Summit Agenda 2019

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Sunday, February 5th
9:30 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

Located in Americana Foyer

Pre-Conference Registration
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       John Romano
       Eric Romano

Located in Americana 4

Courtroom Playbook– Fundamentals on How to Run, Block, Pass and Tackle in the Courtroom 2.0
Seasoned trial attorneys provide practical tips and guidance to prepare you to try your first or next case. Learn the fundamentals of building a successful practice, network with your peers, and receive mentoring from passionate lawyers with hundreds of verdicts and decades of experience.

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10:00-10:20 a.m.
6 Quick Strategy Tips in Deposing 30(b)(6) Designees in Nursing Home Cases

10:20-10:40 a.m.
The Use of Pictures/PowerPoints/Elmo to Tell Your Story to the Jury

10:40-11:00 a.m.
Jury Selection in 2019–4 KEY Strategies


11:00-11:20 a.m.

Opening Statements: Lessons Learned from Hollywood Movie Trailers

11:20-11:40 a.m.
Architectural Lawyering—Designing Plaintiff’s Case in Chief…Order-of-Proofing Strategy

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

Grief & Bereavement Experts in TBI Cases

12:30-12:50 p.m.
The Power of a Dynamic Redirect Examination (The Least Respected Part of Most Trials & Often the Most Ill-Prepared for by Lawyers)

12:50-1:10 p.m.
The 5 Most Important Techniques for Cross-Examination

1:10-1:30 p.m.
Fighting Court Secrecy: Recent Development and “Secret” Weapons

1:30-1:50 p.m.
Interstate & Intrastate Components of Bad Faith

1:50-2:10 p.m.
Treating the “Before & After Witness” as a Star Witness (as Opposed to a “Fill-in-Witness”—Essential Ingredients of the Persuasive Direct Examination

2:10-2:30 p.m.
Topic Cross-Examination of the Defense Neuropsychologist

2:30-2:50 p.m.
The Tipping Point of Persuasion

2:50-3:10 p.m.
Presence in the Courtroom: How to Radiate Confidence, Intelligence and Authority

3:10-3:30 p.m.
New Ideas About Cross Examination

3:30-3:45 p.m.
Rebuttal Summation–Overcoming the Obstacles

Sponsored by The Search Engine Guys

Speakers include: Eric Hertz | Troy Rafferty | Erin Dickinson | Karen Evans | Mike Burg | Stephen Burg | Dustin Herman | Sara Williams | Amy Quezon | Leslie Kroeger | Elizabeth Zwibel | Lisa Blue | Fred Levin | Chad Mance | Rayna Kessler | Jeff Gaddy | Arthur Bryant

Sponsored by EverConvert
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Harlan Schillinger

Located in Poinciana 4

Digital Marketing Workshop: What You Don’t Know, You Don’t Know! NOW!
We are committed to sharing with you the facts on succeeding right now in your digital world.

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1:30-1:40 p.m.
Digital Marketing – What Mr. Google Wants and Will Reward You For

1:40-2:20 p.m.
Gain Superior ROI through Search Engine Optimization

With paid click skyrocketing, prioritize your business’s organic rankings

2:20-2:40 p.m.
Staking out Your Territory – SEO: Must be here!

How to ensure Google identifies you as the best local option

2:40-2:55 p.m.
Reviews: The Ultimate Conversion Factor

Learn how, when and why to get them!

3:00-3:25 p.m
Scaling PPC Without Breaking the Bank

Buying your way to the top with strategic campaigns

3:25-3:50 p.m.
Social Media – The Wild West of Paid Search

How to leverage inexpensive clicks while they last

3:50-4:15 p.m.
Social Video Dominance. How I do it!

Leveraging high quality video to connect on a deeper level with potential clients

4:15-4:30 p.m.
Roundtable in a Square Room

Bringing it all together and figuring out what’s right for your practice
Moderated by:


4:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Seth Price
       David Benowitz

Located in Americana 4

Trial Ethics

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4:00-4:45 p.m.
The Strategic Approach to Integrating Ethics into Firm Culture

4:45-5:30 p.m.
Take a “SHOT” with the Ethics of Legal and Medical Funding

5:00-5:30 P.M.
Legal Ethics and Online Marketing

Speakers include: Elizabeth Pekin | Anneke Kurt Godlewski

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Located on 3rd Floor Boardroom Terrace

Young Lawyers Happy Hour

Sponsored by Ethos Risk Services

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Located on Americana Lawn and Nautilus

Summit Kickoff Party with Special Entertainment

Sponsored by Counsel Financial

Sponsored by Counsel Financial
Monday, February 6th 
7:00-9:00 a.m.

Located in Americana 3 and Foyer

Full Breakfast

Co-sponsored by Persist Communications and Focus Digital


Located in Poinciana 1

Complementary Pilates Class with Jennifer O’Mara.


Join us on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am

Open to all attendees and their guests! Mats Provided.


6:30-8:00 a.m.

Moderated by
       Douglas Beam
       John Romano

Located in Americana 4

Sunrise Litigation Tips
Join legal luminaries, veterans of hundreds of courtroom battles, as they reveal their insight about connecting with jurors, and identifying and overcoming juror bias.

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6:30-7:25 a.m.
Words in Action in the Courtroom—Understanding the Language of Persuasion (The Why & How It All Starts in the Early Depositions)

7:25-8:00 a.m
The Anatomy of Jury Bias—Seeing It…Feeling It…Understanding…Overcoming It!

Speakers include: John Romano | Harvey Moore

Sponsored by Douglas R. Beam, P.A.

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

Moderated by
       Judge Sandra Moss (ret.)
       Lisa Blue

Located in Americana 4

Words of Wisdom from the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame
This program will be comprised of legendary trial lawyers, all of whom are inductees into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, who will speak on trial skills topics that have favorably influenced their practices, and have been finely honed for today’s courtroom. They will share the hard-earned lessons that have guided them to success, both in and out of the courtroom.

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8:00-8:10 a.m.
Welcome Announcements

8:10-8:40 a.m.
Demonstratives in Trial


8:40-9:10 a.m.
The Electronic Opening Statement

9:10-9:40 a.m.
Everyday Life Experiences, Sources & Themes

9:40-9:55 a.m.

9:55-10:40 a.m.
Let’s Rethink Your Deposition Game

10:40-11:10 a.m.
Revisiting Gentile and Protective Orders

11:10-11:40 a.m.
Practicing Law is Half the Fun─ Stories Beyond the Courtroom

Speakers include: Mark Lanier | Rachel Lanier | Robert Mongeluzzi | Howard Nations | Peter Perlman | Mike Papantonio | Mark Geragos | Teny Geragos | Morris Dees

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Located in Americana 1 & 2

The National Trial Lawyers Awards Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Nick Saban
Join us as we honor the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees and The Trial Team of the Year with a moving keynote address from six-time NCAA championship-winning coach Nick Saban on “The Mindset of a Champion.”Awards Luncheon Sponsored by Greystone Management Solutions | Nick Saban Keynote Speech Sponsored by Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP
2:15-3:15 p.m.

Located in Americana 4

“Champions of Justice” Panel/Press Conference in Honor of Martin Luther, Jr. King Day
The nation’s most influential Civil Rights attorneys honor Dr. King’s vision with an era-defining discussion of the current legal, social and political landscape including strides made in the legal field and hurdles still left to overcome.

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3:15-5:30 p.m

Moderated by
       Harlan Schillinger
      Mike Burg

Located in Americana 4

The Business of Law 2019:  The Good, the Bad and the Opportunity

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3:15-3:45 p.m.
How to Market Your Law Firm to Millennials:  What it Takes to Capture (and Keep) the Attention of Gen Y!


3:45-4:25 p.m.
Is it Advertising or Marketing? Getting Business in the Door, Today!


4:25-5:05 p.m.
Digital, Bla Bla Bla. Who Should You Listen to and What!


5:05-5:20 p.m.
Exclusivity Marketing:  Why You Need a Digital Partner Who Won’t Work with Your Competitors!

5:20-5:25 P.M.
The Power of Performance

5:25-5:30 P.M.
Closing Statements

Speakers include: Michael Mogill | Randy Nordstrom | Felix Eckhardt | Sean Allen | Conrad Saam | Carl Jaeckel | Harlan Schillinger

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Located in Sponsor Hall & Americana 4

Monday Mix & Mingle with World Renown Mentalist Lior Suchard

Special thanks to The Nations Law Firm, American Law Firm Capital and Dalimonte Rueb, LLP

Tuesday, February 7th

Located in Americana 3 and Foyer – Extra Seating in Americana 1 & 2

Full Breakfast

Co-sponsored by Persist Communications and Focus Digital


Located in Poinciana 1

Complementary Pilates Class with Jennifer O’Mara.


Join us on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am

Open to all attendees and their guests! Mats Provided.


6:30-8:00 a.m.

Located in Americana 4

Lessons from Lanier
Mark Lanier is opening the vault and revealing his most successful trial secrets for and strategies behind his most recent verdict!  You will get a glimpse of what is offered at the Lanier Trial Academy!

Speakers include: Mark Lanier

Sponsored by Douglas R. Beam, P.A.

8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Mark Lanier
       Howard Nations

Located in Americana 4

Trial Skills from the Legends, Masters and Giants of Trial Law – 33 rules to bring your trial to another level!

This educational experience will immerse each attendee into the inner-workings of the minds and mindsets of some of America’s renowned and successful courtroom advocates, as they each reveal their “Top 3 Rules” for trial.  This session is designed by trial lawyers for trial lawyers and is intended to help improve your courtroom skills.  If trials are a part of your practice, you don’t want to miss this program!

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8:00-8:20 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules in Preparing Depositions for Trial

8:20-8:40 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules in Maximizing Use of Focus Groups for Trial

8:40-9:00 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules in Determining the Best Jurors for My Trial

9:00-9:20 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules of Demeanor and Presence

9:20-9:40 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules for Preparing My Witnesses to Testify

9:40-10:00 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules for Direct Examination of Plaintiffs

10:15 a.m.-10:35 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules in Preparing for Resolution

10:35-10:55 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules for Direct Examination of Experts

10:55-11:15 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules for Cross Examination of Experts

11:15-11:35 a.m.
My Three Most Important Rules in Cross Examining the Defendant or Corporate Representative

11:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
My Three Most Important Rules for Closing

Speakers include:
Robert Eglet | Mark Robinson | Mary Beth Ramey | Richard Hailey | Sekou Gary | Tom Girardi | Tom Demetrio | F. Lee Bailey | Mark O’Mara | Christine Spagnoli | Judge Milton Hirsch | Chris Placitella | Ken Suggs

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Located in Americana 1 & 2

“Meet the Author” Book Signing Lunch
Mark Lanier, Judge Milton Hirsch, Michael Mogill, Michael Waddington, Mike Burg, and Mike Papantonio

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Mark Lanier - Christianity on Trial Mark Lanier - Psalms for Living Mark Lanier - Torah for Living Judge Milton Hirsch - The Shadow of JusticeJudge Milton Hirsch - Laredo Slider Michael Mogill - The Game Changing Attorney Michael Waddington - Kick-Ass Closings Mike Burg - Trial by Fire Mike Papantonio - Law and Vengence

11:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Gloria Allred
       Nathan Goldberg

Located in Poinciana 4

NTL for Women’s Rights [BREAKOUT SESSION] – Lunch Provided
Open to ALL Attendees!
 A timely and intensive review of the development of Women’s Rights cases over the past year and the significant impact the social and legal issues will have in the coming years.

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11:15-1:00 p.m. (Begins Promptly at 11:30 a.m.)
Seeing Allred [Netflix Documentary – Private Screening]
Open to ALL Attendees!
Learn how she took on two of the biggest adversaries of her career — Bill Cosby and Donald Trump — as sexual violence allegations grip the nation!

1:00-1:30 p.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Sexual Assault Cases in the #MeToo #TimesUp Era

2:30-3:00 p.m.
Managing the Media in #MeToo Cases

3:00-4:00 p.m.
The Horrors of Human Trafficking

4:00-4:30 p.m.
Maximizing Settlement Value in “Me Too” Cases [Workshop]

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Mark Lanier
       Howard Nations

Located in Americana 4

CONTINUED…Trial Skills from the Legends, Masters and Giants of Trial Law

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The Supreme Court:  The Year in Review, the Year Ahead

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Karen Evans
       Ibiere Seck

Located on 3rd Floor Cowrie Ballroom

Elevating Your Practice from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be 2.0 [BREAKOUT WORKSHOP]
This workshop, sponsored by The National Black Lawyers, will offer practical tips for solo and small 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 2019 and beyond.

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1:00-1:50 p.m.
You Win Some, and You Decline Some:  Knowing When to Say No

1:50-2:40 p.m.
Proof Shouldn’t Be a Burden:  Expert Testimony Without Breaking the Bank

2:40-3:30 p.m.
Tech on a Budget:  Quality Doesn’t Have to Be Costly

3:30-4:20 p.m.
Nobody’s Perfect:  How to Put the Imperfect Client’s Best Foot Forward

4:20-5:00 p.m.
The Unavoidable Truth:  Implicit Racial Bias in Jury Selection and Beyond

Speakers include:
Nicole Austin-Hillery | Simona Farrise | Karen Evans | Channa Lloyd | Tracey Brown | Mark O’Mara
| Ibiere Seck

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Located in Americana 4

Mindfulness in Law (Ethics)

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Professor Scott Rogers will offer an overview of mindfulness and its connection to performance and well-being. Attendees will learn about recent science findings on the benefits of mindfulness, how mindfulness differs from other meditative practices, and ways of bringing mindfulness into the busy day.

3:15-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Harlan Schillinger
      Seth Price

Located in Americana 4

Intake & Conversion:  What You Don’t Know, You Don’t Know!
Increase your net profit by 25%!

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3:15-4:00 p.m.
Intake from the Expert’s View

Panel 1:

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Intake from the Lawyer’s View

Panel 2:

4:45-5:15 p.m.
Stop the Bleeding at Intake Right Now!

5:15-5:30 p.m.
Catching the Goldfish

Speakers include: Alexander Shunnarah | Dino Colombo | Glen Lerner | Felix Eckhardt | Chris O’Brien | Bill Denninger | Mark Sullivan | Gary Falkowitz

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Located in Poinciana 1

Women’s Networking & Cocktails with guest speaker Bridie Farrell, Athlete and Advocate

Everyone is welcome to join the Women’s Caucus for a networking reception, with guest speaker, Bridie Farrell. Bridie is an elite Speed Skater, 4-time national athlete in completion for an Olympic seat, who founded NY Loves Kids. She was sexually assaulted by her teammate, who was double her age, and has recently become an advocate for sexually assaulted minors. In NY, the statute of limitations is woefully inadequate, as an advocate for NY Loves Kids, she has gone door to door to attempt to change that statute and advocated for justice for abused minors. Come hear her inspiring story and how lawyers can work with advocates to effectuate needed change and justice.

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5:15-5:30 p.m.
Breaking the silence – Where Do We Go From Here?

Sponsored by Filevine | Brought to you by the National Women Trial Lawyers Association
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Located on 3rd Floor Cowrie Ballroom

The National Black Lawyers Cocktail Hour


5:00-6:00 p.m.

Located on 3rd Floor Boardroom Terrace

Criminal Defense Cocktail Hour
Co-Sponsored by O’Mara Law Group and Geragos & Geragos  

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Located at the National Hotel

President’s Reception at the National Hotel with private concert by AMERICA
Enjoy a can’t-miss performance from Grammy-winning Vocal Group Hall of Famers, AMERICA performing their greatest hits like “A Horse with No Name” and “Sister Golden Hair.”Sponsored by HMR Funding | Entertainment brought to you by Mark and Becky Lanier
Wednesday, February 8th
7:00-9:00 a.m.

Located in Americana 3 and Foyer

Full Breakfast

Sponsored by Walker Advertising


Located in Poinciana 1

Complementary Pilates Class with Jennifer O’Mara.


Join us on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am

Open to all attendees and their guests! Mats Provided.


6:30-8:00 a.m.

Moderated by
       Eric Romano

Located in Americana 4

Rise and Shine Session
Grab your coffee and join us for this sunrise session, which will explore innovative approaches to depositions, damages and more.

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6:30-7:00 a.m.
Talk Like Trump

7:00-7:30 a.m.
Proof & Argument of Damages for Mental Pain & Anguish

7:30-8:00 a.m.
Debunking Affirmative Defenses in Opening Statement

Speakers include
: Jeffrey Kroll | Julie Kane

Sponsored by Douglas R. Beam, P.A

8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m

Located in Americana 4

Expand Your Practice – Med Mal, Mass Torts, and Class Action!

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8:00-8:45 A.M.
Turning Tribulations into Triumphs

8:45-9:15 A.M.
Cancer Causation

9:15-9:30 A.M.
Media Is Changing, Are You?..A Walk Through Hybrid Fusion Approach

9:30-11:00 A.M.
What You’re Missing:  Mass Torts MUST Be in Your Practice  
Sponsored by Simpluris

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Top 5 Mass Torts You Should Know About

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Road Map to Discovery in a Mass Tort Case – Hernia Mesh

11:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Are You Missing Class Action Business Growth?
Sponsored by Simpluris

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Ethically Find Plaintiffs in Class Actions and Mass Torts

11:20-12:30 p.m.
Class Actions Roundtable: How Trial Lawyers Can Add Class Actions to their Practices

Sponsored by Simpluris
8:00 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

Moderated by
        Joe Fried
       Michael Leizerman

Located on 3rd Floor Cowrie Ballroom

The Winning Edge in Truck and Auto Litigation [BREAKOUT SESSION]

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8:00-8:10 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction

8:10-8:40 a.m.
What Every Lawyer Should Know About Cell Phone Data

8:40-9:10 a.m.
Five Things You Should Know About Accident Reconstruction

9:10-9:55 a.m.
Using Post-Crash Data to Win Trucking Cases

10:10-10:40 a.m.
Best Practices to Maximize Results in Car Crash Cases

10:40-11:25 a.m.
How to Win Your Trucking Case Through Examining the Truck Driver and Corporate Representative

11:25 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Direct Negligence Cases Against Trucking Companies

12:05-12:35 p.m.
Punitive Damages-Finding and Using Them to Maximize Your Trucking Case

Speakers include: Breck McDaniel | Tom Langley | Michael Leizerman | John Givens | Shean Williams | Joe Fried | Joe Camerlengo | Tim Whiting
8:00-11:30 a.m

Moderated by
       Mark O’Mara
      Eric Romano

Located in Poinciana 4

Criminal Defense:  Generational Changes in Criminal Law [BREAKOUT SESSION]
In a world of social media, Millennials, and #MeToo, the criminal law landscape is shifting quickly.  In this half-day crash course in criminal law, you will learn cutting-edge approaches and new insights from some of the best in the field.

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8:00-8:55 a.m.
Evidence Do’s and Don’t’s and “Is Facebook Admissable? Twitter? How?”

8:55-9:50 a.m.
Mastering the Art of Cross-Examination

9:50-10:45 a.m.
Voir Dire in a #MeToo World

10:45-11:30 a.m.
Jury Selection 2019 and Beyond

Speakers include:
Charles Erhardt | F. Lee Bailey
| Mark O’Mara | Eric Romano

Agenda is subject to change.

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