2018 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

10:00-10:20 a.m.
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

10:20-10:40 a.m.
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

10:40-11:00 a.m.
Voir Dire ─ Liability Issues
Bobby Saadian Colin JonesBobby Saadian | Colin Jones

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Voir Dire ─ Damages
eric-romanoEric Romano

11:20-11:40 a.m.
Opening Statement
Jeff GaddyJeff Gaddy

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Direct Examination of the Injured Plaintiff
Terance PerryTerance Perry

12:00-12:20 p.m.
8 Techniques for Controlling Difficult Witnesses on Cross-Examination
Michael WaddingtonMichael Waddington

12:20-12:40 p.m.
Direct Examination of the Primary Investigating Law Enforcement Officer in a Vehicular Collision Case
Richard HaileyRichard Hailey

12:40-1:00 p.m.
Direct Examination of Primary Treating Physician for Plaintiff
Stephanie O’Connor Stephanie O’Connor

1:20-1:40 p.m.
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.

1:40-2:00 p.m.
Utilizing and Working with Appellate Lawyers for Purposes of Trial Support ─ Getting It Right from the Beginning!
Celene HumphriesCelene Humphries

2:00-2:20 p.m.
Cross-Examination of the Defendant Driver/Operator of Motor Vehicle
Dino ColomboDino Colombo

2:20-2:40 p.m.
Cross-Examination of Defendant’s Primary Liability Expert Witness
Jayne ConroyJayne Conroy

2:40-3:00 p.m.
Cross-Examination of Defense Expert: “Think Outside of the Box”
Elizabeth ZwibelElizabeth Zwibel

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

 3:00-3:20 p.m.
“Opening” Summation ─ The Psychology and Sociology of Persuasion
Mark ZamoraMark Zamora

3:20-3:40 p.m.
Cross-Examination of the Defense Bio-Mechanical Engineer in Auto Cases
Michael BurgMichael Burg

3:40-4:00 p.m.
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.)

1:00-1:40 p.m.
5 Secrets on How to Stand Out From Your Competition and Become the Go to Lawyer in Your Market
Ken Hardison

1:40-2:20 p.m.
7 Ways to Repurpose Facebook Live Videos for Multi-Platform Content Marketing
Cindy SpeakerCindy Speaker

2:20-3:00 p.m.
Combating the Rise of Commoditization: Dominating the New Legal Landscape
Michael MogillMichael Mogill

3:15-3:40 p.m.
How to Work with Your Vendors for a More Productive Win, Win!
Harlan SchillingerHarlan Schillinger

3:40-4:20 p.m.
How to Double the Return on Your Marketing Through Better Intake
Jay JacksonJay Jackson

4:20-5:00 p.m.
Tell Your Story ─ Transform Your Web Campaign
Tanner JonesTanner Jones

5:00-5:30 p.m.
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

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Ethical Issues Arising at Settlement
Rodd SantomauroRodd Santomauro

4:45-5:30 p.m.
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

7:00-7:30 a.m.

Joe DiNardoJoe DiNardo

7:30-7:45 a.m.
Medicare Liens: Maximizing Your Client’s Recovery

Michael Yekikian Michael Yekikian

7:45-8:05 a.m.
Drive Your Marketing With Performance!

Adam WarrenAdam Warren

8:05-8:25 a.m.
The Power of Performance

Dean ChaseDean Chase

8:25-8:50 a.m.
Domination through Disruption: How to Stand Out in the Legal Industry

Michael MogillMichael Mogill

Welcome and Announcements
Chris SearcyChris Searcy

9:00-9:45 a.m.
Disruptors in Marketing: Intake, Video Contents, Getting Cases

Gary Falkowitz Sean Allen Michael MogillGary Falkowitz | Sean Allen | Ken Hardison | Michael Mogill

9:45-10:15 a.m.
I Built Legal Zoom and What I and You See Next

Brian LiuBrian Liu

10:15-10:55 a.m.
A Powerful Argument for Courting Latino Cases

Mary Ann WalkerMary Ann Walker

10:55-11:40 a.m.
Marketing Your Practice Now, the Future, the Must Do!

Alexander Shunnarah Michael DeMayo Glen LernerAlexander Shunnarah | Michael DeMayo | Glen Lerner

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
.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


2:00-2:40 p.m.
Little Kids, Big Damages
Chris SearcyChris Searcy

2:40-3:20 p.m.
Voir Dire in the Age of Trump

Lisa BlueLisa Blue

3:20-4:00 p.m.
Theme and Theory of Your Criminal Defense

Roy Black Howard Srebnick Roy Black | Howard Srebnick

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Lessons Learned from Mentors, Masters and Courtroom Combat

Mark LanierMark Lanier

4:45-5:30 p.m.
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 Sofia Bruera 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)

9:00-9:25 a.m.
Konrad v. AbbVie and Mitchell v. AbbVie (Testosterone Gel)

Troy Rafferty David Buchanan Bill RobinsTroy Rafferty | David Buchanan | Bill Robins

9:25-9:50 a.m.
Tierney Darden v. City of Chicago (Collapsed Pedestrian Shelter at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport)

Patrick Salvi Jeffrey Kroll Tara Devine Patrick Salvi, II Eirene SalviPatrick Salvi | Jeffrey Kroll | Patrick Salvi, II | Tara Devine | Eirene Salvi

9:50-10:15 a.m.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Aaron Hernandez (Double Murder Trial)

Jose Baez Ronald Sullivan, Jr. George Leontire Linda Kenny Baden Michelle MedinaJose Baez | Ronald Sullivan, Jr. | George Leontire | Linda Kenny Baden | Michelle Medina

10:15-10:40 a.m.
Mandalay Bay – MGM Resorts (Las Vegas Shootings)

Robert Eglet Dennis Prince Tracy Eglet Robert Adams Aaron FordRobert Eglet | Dennis Prince | Tracy Eglet | Aaron Ford

10:40-11:05 a.m.
Eva Echeverria v. Johnson & Johnson (Talcum Powder)

Mark Robinson Allen SmithMark Robinson | Allen Smith

11:05-11:35 a.m.
Metzler v. DePuy Orthopaedics

Mark Lanier Jayne Conroy Rachel Lanier Lee Cirsch Robert Leone Laura Fitzpatrick Mark LanierMark Lanier | Jayne Conroy | Rachel Lanier | Lee Cirsch | Robert Leone | Laura Fitzpatrick | Richard Arsenault

11:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Kenneth Vigneron, et al. v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours

Mike Papantonio Michael London Jeff GaddyMike Papantonio | Michael London | Jeff Gaddy

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 | ‘Trial by Fire’ – Michael Burg

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Chaired by
       Gloria Allred
       Nathan Goldberg

Located in Poinciana

Recent Developments in the Entertainment Industry in the Wake of Harvey Weinstein Workshop
sponsored by NTL for Women’s Rights

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

1:00-1:45 p.m.
The Art of Jury Selection

Robert Komitor Robert Komitor

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Lights…Camera…Action – Managing the Media in a High-Profile Case

mark-omaraMark O’Mara

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Depositions are Trial: Advanced Deposition Techniques

Leigh O'Dell Sach Oliver

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Aggressive Cross Examination
F. Lee BaileyF. Lee Bailey

4:30-5:30 p.m.

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] Dysfunction Junction:
Navigating the Intersecting Practice Areas of Family Law, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning (Sponsored by The National Advocates)


9:00-9:50 a.m.
How and When to Direct and Cross-Examine an Expert in a Family Law Case

Paul DeJesse, Jr.Paul DeJesse, Jr.

9:50-10:40 a.m.
Meet Me at the Corner of Bankruptcy and Divorce
Douglas NewayDouglas Neway

10:40-11:30 a.m.
So You’re Getting Divorced: What Happens to Your Immigration Status? Your Spouse’s? Your Children’s?
Desiree ClaudioDesiree Claudio

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Estate Planning for the Modern Family

Matthew PalmaMatthew Palma

1:20-2:10 p.m.
The Ever-Changing Landscape of Alimony: Who Supports Who and For How Long?
Caryn Margo GreenCaryn Margo Green

2:10-3:00 p.m.
Addiction in Your Cases and in Your Professions
John Foster Deborah Day Molly Paris Lonny MeadJohn Foster | Deborah Day | Molly Paris | Lonny Mead

3:00-3:50 p.m.
Can Criminal Accusations be a Trump Card for You or Against You in Your Divorce?

mark-omaraMark O’Mara

3:50-4:30 p.m.
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

1:30-1:45 p.m.
Welcome and Announcements
Karen Evans  Ibiere Seck

1:45-4:15 p.m.
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

4:15-4:30 p.m.
Open Mic/Group Wrap Up/Q&A

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

7:30-8:50 a.m.
Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

7:30-7:55 a.m.
Understanding and Explaining How a Brain Injury is an Ongoing Process, Not an Event
Bob Shepherd

7:55-8:20 a.m.
Neuroimaging Findings and Long-Term Neurocognitive Outcomes
Jeff Mitchell

8:20-8:50 a.m.
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

10:05-10:20 a.m.
Case Background & The Distributor Defendants
Jeff GaddyJeff Gaddy

10:20-10:30 a.m.
The Manufacturer Defendants

Mark  PifkoMark Pifko

10:30-10:40 a.m.
Elements of Public Nuisance Claim
Tony  MajestroTony Majestro

10:40-10:50 a.m.
Identifying Crisis Communities

Mike  FullerMike Fuller

10:50-11:00 a.m.
Potential Damage Model

Amy QuezonAmy Quezon

11:20-11:35 a.m.
Intake Qualification and Contract Completion for Evaluating and Accepting Individual Opioid Death and Addiction Cases

Chase Givens Roger SmithChase Givens | Roger Smith

11:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Marketing for Individual Opioid Death and Addiction Cases

Robert GoldwaterRobert Goldwater

12:00-12:25 p.m.
Bringing Actions in State Court versus Federal Court: When, Where and Why to File Municipal and Individual Cases in State Courts or Federal Courts

Steve Skikos Steven Wigrizer Robert AdamsSteve Skikos | Steven Wigrizer | Robert Adams

12:25-12:45 p.m.
20 minutes Full Panel Discussion

12:45-1:00 p.m.
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

9:00-9:45 a.m.
Practical Evidence

Chuck EhrhardtChuck Ehrhardt

9:45-10:30 a.m.
Jury Selection: Art or Science or Both

Mark Gegaros Teny GeragosMark Gegaros | Teny Geragos

10:30-11:20 a.m.
How to Create a Good Witness

F. Lee BaileyF. Lee Bailey

11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Cutting Through the Clutter Communicating with Today’s Jurors

mark-omaraMark O’Mara

12:10-1:00 p.m.
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

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Telematics ─ Using Technology to Win

Tom GreenTom Green

10:30-11:15 a.m.
Proving the Standards of Care in Trucking Cases

Joe Fried

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Finding All the Parties and Insurance

Michael Leizerman

12:15-12:35 p.m.
Night Time Driving Cases ─ Overdriving Headlights

Morgan AdamsMorgan Adams

12:35-1:05 p.m.
Taking the Truck Driver’s Deposition and Cross Examination at Trial

Tim WhitingTim Whiting

1:05-1:25 p.m.
Deposing 30b(6) Representatives in Trucking Cases

John GivensJohn Givens

1:25-1:55 p.m.
Finding and Telling Your Story in a Trucking Case

Shean WilliamsShean Williams

1:55-2:00 p.m.
Tying It All Together

Joe Fried | Michael Leizerman

Agenda is subject to change.

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