Summit Agenda


Sunday, February 5th

9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Located in Americana Foyer

Conference Registration

10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       John Romano
       Eric Romano

Located in Poinciana

The Courtroom Playbook ─ Fundamentals on How to Run, Block, Pass and Tackle in the Courtroom

Sponsored by EverConvert

The Pretrial Conference ─ Understanding How Cases Can Be Won and Lost in and Through the Pretrial Conference and Pretrial Statement ─ What You Need to Know!  What You Need to Avoid!
Dustin Herman

Supply Failures Lose More Battles Than Do Combat Failures!  What You Must Understand About Checklists, Systems, Procedures, and Administrative Details So As Not to Lose the Case Before You Even Get Started
Rayna Kessler

Voir Dire ─ Liability Issues
Bobby Saadian Colin JonesBobby Saadian | Colin Jones

Voir Dire ─ Damages
eric-romanoEric Romano

Opening Statement
Jeff Gaddy Ned McWilliamsJeff Gaddy | Ned McWilliams

Direct Examination of the Injured Plaintiff
Terance PerryTerance Perry

Cross Examination of an Independent Eyewitness
Michael WaddingtonMichael Waddington

Direct Examination of the Primary Investigating Law Enforcement Officer in a Vehicular Collision Case
Rich HaileyRich Hailey

Direct Examination of Primary Treating Physician for Plaintiff
Stephanie O’Connor Stephanie O’Connor

Working with Economists in Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases – 8 Essential Steps to Better Assist the Judge & Jury
Bernard F. Pettingill, Jr. Bernard F. Pettingill, Jr.

Utilizing and Working with Appellate Lawyers for Purposes of Trial Support ─ Getting It Right from the Beginning!
Celene HumphriesCelene Humphries

Cross-Examination of the Defendant Driver/Operator of Motor Vehicle
Dino ColomboDino Colombo

Cross-Examination of Defendant’s Primary Liability Expert Witness
Jayne ConroyJayne Conroy

Cross-Examination of the “Defense Medical Examiner”
Elizabeth ZwibelElizabeth Zwibel

Verdict Forms and Jury Instructions ─ Learning How to Navigate the Minefields
Bobby Saadian

 “Opening” Summation ─ The Psychology and Sociology of Persuasion
Mark ZamoraMark Zamora

Cross-Examination of the Defense Bio-Mechanical Engineer in Auto Cases
Michael BurgMichael Burg

Rebuttal Summation ─ The Magic of Advocacy
Howard NationsHoward Nations

1:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Ken Hardison

Located in Cowrie

[Bonus Session] PILMMA (Personal Injury Lawyers Marketing & Management Assoc.)

5 Secrets on How to Stand Out From Your Competition and Become the Go to Lawyer in Your Market
Ken Hardison

7 Ways to Repurpose Facebook Live Videos for Multi-Platform Content Marketing
Cindy SpeakerCindy Speaker

Combating the Rise of Commoditization: Dominating the New Legal Landscape
Michael MogillMichael Mogill

How to Work with Your Vendors for a More Productive Win, Win!
Harlan SchillingerHarlan Schillinger

How to Double the Return on Your Marketing Through Better Intake
Jay JacksonJay Jackson

Tell Your Story ─ Transform Your Web Campaign
Tanner JonesTanner Jones

How to Triple Your Referrals from Past Clients
Ken Hardison

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Seth Price

Located in Poinciana

Ethics Presentation

Ethical Issues Arising at Settlement
Rodd SantomauroRodd Santomauro

Ethical Pitfalls in the Courtroom
David BenowitzDavid Benowitz

The Ethics of Legal Funding and the Reasonableness of Medical Bills
Elizabeth PekinElizabeth Pekin

6:00 p.m.

Located on Americana Lawn

Super Bowl 52 Kick-Off Party

Sponsored by Counsel Financial

Monday, February 6th 

7:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.

Located in Americana Foyer

Conference Registration

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Located in Americana 3

Full Breakfast
Join us for an informative and substantive conversation while you enjoy your full breakfast.

7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Harlan Schillinger
       Doug Beam

Located in Americana 4

SURVIVE and THRIVE—Dealing with Disruptions and Changes in the Legal Practice
Doug Beam

Drive Your Marketing With Performance!
Adam WarrenAdam Warren

The Power of Performance
Dean ChaseDean Chase

Domination through Disruption: How to Stand Out in the Legal Industry
Michael MogillMichael Mogill

How to Immediately Increase Sign-Ups Through Intake
Gary Falkowitz Sean Allen Michael MogillGary Falkowitz | Sean Allen | Ken Hardison | Michael Mogill

I Built Legal Zoom and What I and You See Next
Brian LiuBrian Liu

A Powerful Argument for Courting Latino Cases
Mary Ann WalkerMary Ann Walker

Disrupting the Market Place:  2018 Version
Alexander Shunnarah Michael DeMayo Glen LernerAlexander Shunnarah | Michael DeMayo | Glen Lerner

.LAW and You!  What is it and How it Will Help distinguish you!
Carl Jaeckel Lou AndreozziCarl Jaeckel | Lou Andreozzi

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Located in Americana 1 & 2

The National Trial Lawyers Awards Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Alex Rodriguez

“ARod” is one of baseball’s greatest players and sports’ most highly touted prospects. He is a 14-time All-Star, World Series Champ, has won three American League Most Valuable Player Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards and two Gold Glove Awards. He is a FoxSports Commentator/Analyst and Yankees Special Advisor. He is also the career record holder for grand slams with 25.

2:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Howard Nations

Located in Americana 4

Legends, Masters and Giants of Trial Law


Little Kids, Big Damages
Chris SearcyChris Searcy

Voir Dire in the Age of Trump
Lisa BlueLisa Blue

Lessons Learned from Mentors, Masters and Courtroom Combat
Mark LanierMark Lanier

Psychology in Trial: The Power of Bias
howard-nationsHoward Nations

Lessons We Learned in the Courtroom
Morris DeesMorris Dees

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Located in Poinciana

[Breakout Session] Women’s Networking Workshop
How to Effectively Network at the Trial Lawyers Summit and Make the Most of Your Time at the Conference

Amy Eskin Paula Bliss Jennifer Lenze

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Located in Poinciana

Women’s Networking Cocktail Hour

Sponsored by FileVine

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Located in Poinciana

Young Lawyers Happy Hour

Sponsored by Walker Advertising

Tuesday, February 7th

7:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

Located in Americana Foyer

Conference Registration

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Located in Americana 3

Full Breakfast
Join us for an informative and substantive conversation while you enjoy your full breakfast.

Sponsored by Neurosurgical Solutions
7:00-9:00 a.m.

Moderated by
       Kim Dougherty
       Kimberly Adams

Located in Americana 4

Diversity: Not Just a Trend, It’s Important to the Success of Your Practice

Lisa Blue Aimee Wagstaff Fidelma Fitzpatrick Hon. Sandra Moss (Ret.) Karen Evans Lisa Blue | Aimee Wagstaff | Fidelma Fitzpatrick | Karen Evans | Karen Evans

8:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       John Romano

Located in Americana 4

Top Trials, Top Verdicts & Top Cases of 2016-17 (includes speakers from the top largest trials, verdicts and cases)

Konrad v. AbbVie and Mitchell v. AbbVie
Troy Rafferty Troy Rafferty

Tierney Darden v. City of Chicago
Patrick SalviPatrick Salvi

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Aaron Hernandez
Jose BaezJose Baez

Las Vegas Shootings – Mandalay Bay – MGM Resorts
Robert EgletRobert Eglet

Eva Echeverria v. Johnson & Johnson
Mark RobinsonMark Robinson

Metzler v. DePuy Orthopaedics
Mark LanierMark Lanier

Kenneth Vigneron, et al. v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours
Mike PapantonioMike Papantonio

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Located in Poinciana

Opioids/Opium Resource Room
Resource room staffed with attorneys experienced in handling all aspects of opium litigation available for informal unedited open complete discussions of all matters concerning the opioid litigation including issues surrounding state plaintiff actions against the opioid defendants; county, municipal government, trade union, municipal hospital, Indian reservation, actions against opioid defendants as well as individual actions against opioid defendants.

The room will be set up with four separate informal areas where close quarter private Q&A take place between those interested in exploring the prospects of representing opioid injured parties against opioid manufacturers, distributors and others.

Resource room will have written materials available outlining the opioid issues, including overview about the problem as well as specifics concerning claims and causes of actions, pleadings, etc.

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Located in Americana Foyer

Book Signing Lunch
‘Back to Brooklyn’ – Lawrence Kelter | ‘Law and Vengeance’ – Mike Papantonio | ‘The Art of Trial Warfare’ – Michael Waddington | ‘Excellence in Cross-Examination’ – F. Lee Bailey | ‘Psalms for Living,’ ‘Christianity on Trial’ – Mark Lanier

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Chaired by
       Gloria Allred
       Nathan Goldberg

Located in Poinciana

NTL for Women’s Rights Meeting

Opened to all attorneys with 5+ years of experience in litigating or settling women’s rights cases. (Lunch provided)

1:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Eric Romano

Located in Americana 4

Trial Skills ─ Playing to Your Audience; the Judge, the Jury and the Media

The Art of Jury Selection
Robert Komitor Robert Komitor

Lights…Camera…Action – Managing the Media in a High-Profile Case
mark-omaraMark O’Mara

Depositions are Trial: Advanced Deposition Techniques
Leigh O'Dell Sach Oliver

Aggressive Cross Examination
F. Lee BaileyF. Lee Bailey

Storytime – Keep Jurors Clinging to Your Every Word
Mark LanierMark Lanier

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Moderated by
        Mark O’Mara

Located in Poinciana

[Breakout Session] The National Advocates

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Alimony: Who Supports Who and For How Long?
Caryn Margo GreenCaryn Margo Green

Considerations for the Interaction of Family Law and Bankruptcy
Douglas NewayDouglas Neway

So You’re Getting Divorced: What Happens to Your Immigration Status? Your Spouse’s? Your Children’s?
Desiree ClaudioDesiree Claudio

How to Protect Your Money and Your Estate Before, During, and After a Divorce
Matthew PalmaMatthew Palma

How and When to Direct and Cross-Examine an Expert in a Family Law Case
Paul DeJesse, Jr.Paul DeJesse, Jr.

Can Criminal Accusations be a Trump Card for You or Against You in Your Divorce?
mark-omaraMark O’Mara

How to Balance Your Client’s Stress and Your Own, and How to Leave a Divorce Case with Your Health Intact
John FosterJohn Foster

Different Roles Psychologists and Mental Health Professionals Can Assume in Your Family Law Case
Deborah DayDeborah Day

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Karen Evans
       Ibiere Seck

Located in Poinciana

The National Black Lawyers [Breakout Event] Elevating Your Practice from Where You Are to Where You Want To Be Workshop sponsored by The National Black Lawyers
Karen Evans  Ibiere Seck

How NTL Can Help You Advance Your Practice; Dollars, Connections and Knowledge
Hezekiah Sistrunk Jr. Hezekiah Sistrunk Jr.

Effectively Marketing Your Practice
Glen LernerGlen Lerner

Creating and Enhancing Your Personal Brand
Dustin Ruge Arthur Jones Dustin Ruge | Arthur Jones

How to Grow Your Solo or Small Firm in to a Legal Empire
Alexander ShunnarahAlexander Shunnarah

Global Office Economics:  How to Run an Office on an iPad, Instead of a Business Loan
Channa LloydChanna Lloyd

Race:  You, Your Practice, and Your Clients in 2018
Juan Thomas Billy Martin Shean WilliamsJuan Thomas | Billy Martin | Shean Williams

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Located in Poinciana

The National Black Lawyers Cocktail Hour

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Located on 3rd Floor Boardroom Terrace

Criminal Defense Cocktail Hour

Sponsored by
O’Mara Law Group | Geragos & Geragos

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Women’s Networking Cocktail Hour

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Located at The National Hotel (short walking distance from Loews Hotel)

President’s Reception with Concert by The Pointer Sisters

Sponsored by HMR Funding
Special thanks to Girardi | Keese

Wednesday, February 8th

7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Located in Americana Foyer

Conference Registration

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Located in Americana 3

Full Breakfast
Join us for an informative and substantive conversation while you enjoy your full breakfast.

7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m

Located in Americana 4

Specific Ways to Expand Your Practice – Traumatic Brain Injury, Mass Torts, Criminal Law, and Trucking!

7:30-8:50 a.m.

Moderated by
       Gary Gober

Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

Understanding and Explaining How a Brain Injury is an Ongoing Process, Not an Event
Bob Shepherd

Neuroimaging Findings and Long-Term Neurocognitive Outcomes
Jeff Mitchell

Advocacy in a TBI Case: A Spiritual Challenge
Gary Gober

8:45 a.m.

Located in Americana 4

Tesla Giveaway Program Rules and Qualifications

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Moderated by
       Mike Papantonio

What You’re Missing:  Mass Torts MUST Be in Your Practice

Mike Papantonio Shannon Pennock Aimee Wagstaff Kimberly Adams Robin Greenwald Angela MasonMike Papantonio | Shannon Pennock | Aimee Wagstaff | Kimberly Adams | Robin Greenwald | Angela Mason

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Peter Mougey

Located in Americana 4

National Prescription Opioid Litigation Summit
Peter Mougey Peter Mougey

Case Background
Jeff GaddyJeff Gaddy

The Distributor Defendants
Paul FarrellPaul Farrell

The Manufacturer Defendants
Mark  PifkoMark Pifko

Elements of Public Nuisance Claim
Tony  MajestroTony Majestro

Identifying Crisis Communities
Mike  FullerMike Fuller

Potential Damage Model
Amy QuezonAmy Quezon

Case Update
Jim  PetersonJim Peterson

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Mark O’Mara
       Eric Romano

Located in Poinciana

[Breakout Session] Criminal Law

Practical Evidence
Chuck EhrhardtChuck Ehrhardt

Jury Selection: Art or Science or Both
Mark Gegaros Teny GeragosMark Gegaros | Teny Geragos

Cross Examination of a Government Expert
F. Lee BaileyF. Lee Bailey

Cutting Through the Clutter Communicating with Today’s Jurors
mark-omaraMark O’Mara

Theme and Theory of Your Criminal Defense
Roy Black Howard Srebnick Roy Black | Howard Srebnick

Forensic Factors ─ Using Science to Win Your Case
Jose BaezJose Baez

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Joe Fried
       Michael Leizerman

[Breakout Session] Winning Truck Crash Cases

Telematics ─ Using Technology to Win
Tom GreenTom Green

Defeating Common Problems in Trucking Cases
Joe Fried

Finding All the Parties and Insurance
Michael Leizerman

Night Time Driving Cases ─ Overdriving Headlights
Morgan AdamsMorgan Adams

Taking the Truck Driver’s Deposition and Cross Examination at Trial
Tim WhitingTim Whiting

Finding and Telling Your Story in a Trucking Case
Shean WilliamsShean Williams

Tying It All Together
Joe Fried | Michael Leizerman

Agenda is subject to change.

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