Summit Agenda

 

Sunday, February 5th

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       John Romano
       Eric Romano

Trying My First Case – Part I
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If you have yet to try your first case, or if you have only tried a handful of cases and want to improve your trial skills, this program is for you. The program will address the fundamentals of creating and building a litigation/trial practice for younger lawyers and those transitioning from other practice areas. As a result of numerous legislative changes over the last two decades both at the state and federal levels, it has become more difficult for younger lawyers to get extensive courtroom and trial experience. Many lawyers moving into their own practice are doing so without the fundamental skills and experience necessary to effectively litigate and try cases. This program will be taught by experienced trial attorneys who will provide practical tips and guidance to help prepare you to try your first case or your next case. The program will also provide a forum for attendees to interact and share experiences with other similarly situated attorneys and to gain valuable mentoring from more experienced trial lawyers. Our faculty brings many decades of combined experience and hundreds of verdicts under their belts, and most importantly, they bring a passion for teaching and helping other lawyers to become better advocates for their clients.

1:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Ken Hardison

PILMMA Ken Hardison

12:00-5:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

6:00 p.m.

Super Bowl 51 Kick-Off Party

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Monday, February 6th 

7:00-9:00 a.m. Full Breakfast

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

Moderated by
       Harlan Schillinger

Dealing with Disruptions and Changes in the Legal Practice ─ “How to SURVIVE and How to THRIVE!”

This session is based on two goals: 1. how to not only succeed in the practice of law, but also how to flourish using the newest state of the art technologies and methodologies, and 2. to offer assistance to the lawyers who are changing the nature of their practice because of tort reform and other new legislation designed to put us out of business. The idea is a two-pronged approach: How to survive and how to thrive!

12:00-2:00 p.m.

The National Trial Lawyers Awards Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Alex Rodriguez

2:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Howard Nations

Legends, Masters and Giants of Trial
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This program will comprise five legendary trial lawyers, all of whom are Inductees into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, who will speak on topics that have favorably influenced their practices. These giants of the trial bar are also five of the highest rated speakers in our profession. They will share the hard-earned lessons that have guided them to success, both in and out of the courtroom. This will be an afternoon devoted to topics such as voir dire in the age of Trump, the latest in the science of persuasion and lessons on trial skills passed through generations of trial masters and finely honed for today’s courtroom. Bring an inquisitive and open mind and you will be rewarded.

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Top 40 Under 40 Annual Meeting & Cocktail Hour

Tuesday, February 7th

7:00-9:00 a.m. Full Breakfast
7:00-9:00 a.m.

Moderated by
       Kim Dougherty
       Kimberly Adams

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

Join us for breakfast and a motivating discussion with a panel of distinguished trial lawyers, at the forefront of diversity and inclusion efforts, will share real life experiences that will leave you wondering why you haven’t focused more on diversity. Our clients, court system, and juries are made up of those with widely diverse in economic statuses, cultures, genders, and viewpoints, all of which necessitate the need for us to present the best team—one with the ability to understand and appreciate similarities, difference and uniqueness of the audience and issues. Our experienced panel will provide practical tips to maximize diversity and capitalize on talent, both within your law firm and out in the courtroom. They will discuss the real, not just theoretical, benefits of diversity in our profession. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve the success of your practice.

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       John Romano

$$$ How to Win It in Verdicts & SettlementsJohn Romano

This educational experience will immerse each attendee into the inner-workings of the minds & mindsets of several of the USA’’s most renowned & successful courtroom advocates. You will learn not only of the results of each case as to the Verdict but also the outcome of key motions & arguments & how each position & strategy was initiated….thought through….& finalized. This session is about tactics & techniques. It is about dissecting your opponents likely “moves” & identifying each step as to how to defeat each such defense attempt at obstructing your case. It is about altering your methods of identifying problems & obstacles & determining how to win on every level!

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Book Signing Lunch

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Chaired by
       Gloria Allred
       Nathan Goldberg

NTL for Women’s Rights Meeting
Opened to all attorneys with 5+ years of experience in litigating or settling women’s rights cases
Lunch will be provided.
  
1:00-4:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Mark O’Mara
       Eric Romano

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

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This session is designed by trial lawyers for trial lawyers and is intended to help improve your courtroom skills. The speakers will provide practical tips and suggestions gained from hundreds of collective trials to help you better communicate with the jury, persuade the judge, and present your case. You will hear from some of the most experienced trial lawyers in the country about what works, what doesn’t work, and why. You will learn about cutting edge techniques, emerging trends, and how to better understand and reach today’s jurors. The program will also provide you the opportunity to engage and interact with the faculty and other fellow trial lawyers. If trials are a part of your practice, you don’t want to miss this program!

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Seth Price

Ethics PresentationSeth Price

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

Moderated by
        Mark O’Mara

The National Advocates [Breakout Session] Mark O’Mara
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The National Advocates, the premier legal association for those superior attorneys practicing Matrimonial and Family Law, Social Security Disability Law, Employment Law, Immigration Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates Law and Bankruptcy Law, hosts its first breakout session. The emphasis for the session will be on how Matrimonial and Family Law cases can be affected or affect cases in the other Advocates areas of practice. Experts will share their experiences and tips on how to seamlessly navigate those cases where the areas of practice intersect.

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Karen Evans
       Ibiere Seck

The National Black Lawyers [Breakout Session] ─ Elevating your Practice from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

This workshop, sponsored by The National Black Lawyers, will offer practical tips for solo and smaller size firms and the problems they face, including helping fund your growth through your NTL connections, how to effectively market your growing practice, creating a personal brand in the marketplace, and how to use technology to your practice’s advantage. Rounding out the presentation will be a sobering but invigorating discussion concerning race and how it affects you, your practice and your clients in 2018 and beyond.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

The National Black Lawyers Cocktail Hour

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Criminal Defense Cocktail Hour

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Women’s Networking Cocktail Hour

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

President’s Cocktail Reception followed with Concert by The Pointer Sisters

Wednesday, February 8th

7:00-9:00 a.m. Full Breakfast

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

Moderated by
       Mike Papantonio

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

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Traumatic Brain Injury CasesGary Gober and Jeff Mitchell

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Mass Tort Updates Mike Papantonio
       

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

Moderated by
       Joe Fried
       Michael Leizerman

Winning Truck Crash Cases
       

This program addresses the specialized practice area of trucking litigation. It covers basic and intermediate topics related to this complex and highly regulated area of law. Save research time by gaining insight from some of the most prominent trial lawyers practicing in this field.

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

Moderated by
       John Romano
       Eric Romano

Trying My First Case – Part II [Breakout Session]
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9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Mark O’Mara
       Eric Romano

Criminal Defense [Breakout Session]

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The criminal defense breakout session will be founded on some amazing cornerstones in the law, well known to anyone who’s handled a case that starts with “State vs.” Florida State University College of Law Professor Emeritus Chuck Erhardt (the dean extraordinaire of all things evidence) will present his unique perspective on the body of law that lets things into a courtroom and keeps things out. Eric Romano will give practical pointers and insight on how to understand the dynamics of jury selection and how to connect with jurors from the moment they walk in a courtroom until the verdict. Mark O’Mara will give a presentation to prepare you on how to handle the negatives and positives of having a case that has caught the attention of the media, a phenomenon which is happening more and more in criminal law now that everyone who has a cellphone believes they’re a journalist. We will also enjoy some time with law partners Roy Black and Howard Srebnick, who will talk about current trends in criminal law and how to handle difficult ethical concerns that you may face when practicing in 2018.

Agenda is subject to change.

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