Judd Rosen is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Our latest featured speaker is Judd Rosen from Goldberg & Rosen Trial Attorneys!

Judd Rosen will be speaking at our upcoming 8th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp seminar in Fort Lauderdale on June 6th. This is his first time speaking with us, and we’re looking forward to his presentation!

Judd G. Rosen has taken on and defeated some of the largest insurance companies and corporations in the United States, winning substantial financial settlements for deserving clients. In the past 15 years, Mr. Judd G. Rosen has obtained over $50 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He won verdicts in excess of $1 million dollars before the age of 30 and combined verdicts over $50 million dollars before the age of 40. Mr. Rosen has been an invited lecturer throughout the state of Florida on trial skills and the art of trial work. He has been involved in almost every type of catastrophic case, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, severe automobile injuries and product liability cases. Mr. Rosen has earned the respect of his colleagues, the major insurance companies, the legal society through hard work, dedication and always practicing law with the highest level of professionalism.

Jeffrey Fleming is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Jeffrey will be speaking at our upcoming 8th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp seminar in Orlando on June 7th. He also spoke at our 6th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp, and we’re so glad to have him back this year!

Jeffrey Fleming was appointed Orange County Judge in 2002 and Ninth Circuit Judge in 2006. Following his appointment, Mr. Fleming was later elected to each post without opposition. He also had the privilege of serving as Associate Judge on the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Before he was a judge, Jeff was a trial lawyer. He tried cases in both state and federal court and also appeared as appellate counsel. As a judge, he presided over a wide variety of matters including all types of civil, criminal, domestic, juvenile, probate, guardianship and mental health cases.

In 2013, after 11 years on the bench, Jeff decided to resume his practice as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and to develop an active mediation practice. He now devotes his time as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit, Appellate and Family Law Mediator as well as a Certified U.S. District Court Mediator – Middle District of Florida. Jeff has also served as an arbitrator and has been appointed as a Special Magistrate in multiple jurisdictions.

Peter Sotolongo is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Peter will be speaking at our upcoming 8th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp seminar in Fort Lauderdale on June 6th. This is his first time speaking with us, and we’re looking forward to his presentation!

Peter Sotolongo is the founder of Sotolongo Law. He focuses his practice on Admiralty and Maritime law, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice. Mr. Sotolongo attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where he obtained his Bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice. Thereafter, he moved to Miami, Florida where he worked as a Bailiff in the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, Circuit Civil Division for four years. During this time, Mr. Sotolongo had the privilege of observing hundreds of trials. Realizing this was his calling, Mr. Sotolongo attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2002. A native of Cuba, Mr. Sotolongo migrated to the United States in 1980 with his family at age nine. Mr. Sotolongo enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, reading and helping those in need. Mr. Sotolongo is admitted to practice by The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Jennifer Liu is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Our latest featured speaker is Jennifer Liu from The Liu Law Firm!

Jennifer will be speaking at our upcoming 15th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts seminar in San Francisco on May 17th. She also spoke at our 2018 Federal Court Boot Camp, and we’re so glad to have her expertise again!

Jennifer Liu is the Managing Partner of The Liu Law Firm, P.C., where she represents individuals in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. Ms. Liu focuses on employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, and employment contracts and agreements. She also represents victims of civil rights violations and abuse, including survivors of campus sexual assault, sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Ms. Liu has litigated dozens of cases in federal and state courts across the country and has helped recover over $100 million on behalf of workers and employees. She frequently represents employees in the financial services and technology industries. She has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2017 and 2018.

Ms. Liu is an active member of the legal community and regularly speaks and publishes on employment law issues. She is the Employee Co-Chair for the ABA Annual Meeting for the Section of Labor & Employment law, serves on the Planning Committee for the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law National Conference on Equal Employment Law, and is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association Wage & Hour Committee. She is an Associate Editor of the treatise Employment Discrimination Law (Lindemann, Grossman, & Weirich), an editor of Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession (ABA Commission on Women in the Profession) and has served as an editor for numerous publications and treatises.

Prior to founding The Liu Law Firm, P.C., Ms. Liu was an Associate with Outten & Golden LLP. Ms. Liu also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and she earned her J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before law and business school, Ms. Liu worked as an equity research analyst for Janus Capital Group, an investment management firm. She has passed Levels I, II, and III of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.

Jeffrey Davis is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Our latest featured speaker is Jeffrey Davis!

Jeffrey will be speaking at our upcoming seminar, The Plaintiff Attorney’s Guide to Handling the Medical Malpractice Pre-suit, in Fort Lauderdale on May 10th. This will be his first presentation with us, and we’re looking forward to it!

Jeffrey Davis grew up in Massapequa, Long Island, New York. He attended college at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he graduated with high honors in 1983. Mr. Davis then attended law school at the University of Miami School of Law where he graduated in 1986. He was admitted to The Florida Bar that same year.

Jeffrey Davis has practiced in the area of Plaintiff’s personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice exclusively. After working as an associate in a Plaintiff’s injury firm, Mr. Davis formed his own practice in 1997.

As a practicing lawyer, Jeffrey R. Davis has served on various committees of The Florida Bar, including several grievance committees and committees on the unauthorized practice of law. He has held memberships in several local, state and national lawyer organizations and is admitted to practice law in both Federal and State Court.

Common Issues, Case Development and Theories

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“Common Issues, Case Development and Theories” are tips previously provided to our seminar attendees by Virginia Milstead, Esq., a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Since 2012, Virginia Milstead has been a panelist for our annual Federal Court Boot Camps and Superior Court Boot Camps, at which she has instructed on all facets of civil procedure in federal and state courts. She is a fantastic speaker an an incredible resource. Virginia has provided our attendees with a number of resources and advice to improve their litigation skills.

Below we have summarized just a few of her many tips regarding how you can develop a strong case right from the start.

  • Develop a Case Theme and Strategy From Day One
    • One of the first steps is to understand the needs of your client and what he or she hopes to accomplish through the litigation.
      • A quick, inexpensive resolution to preserve an ongoing relationship?
      • To receive or avoid paying a large monetary award?
      • To require the other party to act in a certain way or to ensure your client can continue acting in a certain way?
      • If your client is a business, what business concerns may drive the outcome of the litigation?
    • Understanding what your client ultimately needs will help you develop the best long-term litigation strategy for that client. Rather than go through litigation mechanically and reactively, always ask yourself whether and how the step you are taking advances your client’s goals. Keep the big picture in mind.
    • Regardless of the ultimate goal, however, the possibility always remains that the case will go to trial (even if remote). Thus, do not take settlement for granted and prepare the case from day one as though you were certain you were going to trial.
      • Such preparation can provide leverage in settlement discussions if the other side knows you are prepared to try the case if necessary.
      • You will be prepared to win in the event that the case does not settle. If you have not been thinking about trial, you may find, after the close of discovery, that key pieces of evidence are missing or not admissible.
      • However, don’t allow your trial preparation to interfere with your client’s goals or the possibility of settlement, if settlement is what is in your client’s best interests.
  • Practical Steps For Developing A Case Theme And Strategy
    • Understanding the elements of the claims and defenses
      • Consult the jury instructions for each claim or defense to understand what each side must prove – right from the start
      • Review practice guides and key cases
    • What are the non-legal, non-factual aspects of the case – the emotional aspects – that might influence a fact-finder? What are the “optics” of the case?
      • Likeability of client? Severity of alleged injury? Social issues?
      • How can you diffuse or make use of these aspects?
    • Work on developing a narrative, which you refine throughout the discovery and fact-finding process.
      • What are the most compelling aspects of your narrative?
      • What are its greatest weaknesses, and how will you address them?
      • Consider creating a “chronology” as discovery proceeds, with all key documents and events in chronological order.
    • Anticipate the other side’s narrative and think of how you will respond.

Of course there are many more things you can do to develop your case, but we wanted to provide you with a short list of some of the advice Virginia and others have provided to our attendees over the years. Stay tuned, more to come!

 


You can find some of our programs at which Virginia’s has taught here:

CA Superior Court Boot Camp (12th Annual)

CA Superior Court Boot Camp (13th Annual)

Superior Court Boot Camp (9th Annual): Discovery, Depos and Motions – Get it Right

Fed Court Boot Camp Conference (13th Annual): How to Practice in Federal Court

Or you can just go to our audio pages and search “Superior Court” or “Federal Court” as the keywords and California as the location.

Micha Star Liberty is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Our latest featured speaker is Micha Star Liberty from Liberty Law!

Micha will be speaking at our upcoming 15th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts seminar in San Francisco on May 17th. This is the first time that Micha will be speaking for us, and we’re so excited to have her insight!

Micha is the owner of the Liberty Law Office — a diverse legal practice primarily representing individuals who have suffered a serious injury or abuse, including child sexual abuse. The firm also represents employees who have been harassed or discriminated against in the workplace. Micha has also assisted businesses with finding a common ground when releasing an employee on best terms.

Ms. Liberty is a frequent lecturer and published author, focusing much of her public speaking on trial practice, discovery techniques, the importance of mentoring, and best practices for opening a law office and law office management.

In 2015, the Consumer Attorneys of California — an organization made up of more than 3,000 lawyers in California alone — presented her with the Street Fighter of the Year award at their 54th annual convention held at The Palace in San Francisco. Ms. Liberty was granted the award after holding the Contra Costa County School District accountable for a child sexual molestation case in which school officials were aware of the abuse and took no action.

Every year since 2005, she’s been given the Presidential Award of Merit. In 2005 and 2006 she was presented the Defender of Justice Award and the Outstanding Service Award, respectively. In 2018, she was awarded the Women’s Advocate of the Year Award for her hard work on legislation and for prosecuting numerous cases in the #metoo era.

Ms. Liberty was a contributing author and editor for the following practice guides: California Client Communications Manual, and California Basic Practice Handbook, both published by Continuing Education of the Bar.

Aside from her thriving law practice, she is a certified mediator with over 40 hours of training, and she has performed private mediations as well as mediations for the Contra Costa Superior Court.

Ms. Liberty has worked at the White House and for two Members of Congress: for U.S. Representative Mel Watt, from North Carolina, and for U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo. She has also served as a judicial extern to Senior United States District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson. While in law school, she served as a Moot Court Board member, teaching assistant, and an editor for the Women’s Law Journal.

In addition to her work on behalf of injured and aggrieved people, Ms. Liberty is active in her legal and political communities. She served as the President of the Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, and was Vice President of the State Bar of California. She is also on the governing boards of several professional legal organizations.

Seth Miles is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Our latest featured speaker is Seth Miles from Buckner + Miles!

Seth will be speaking at our upcoming The Plaintiff Attorney’s Guide to Handling the Medical Malpractice Pre-suit seminar in Fort Lauderdale on May 10th. He also spoke at our Personal Injury Law in Florida seminar in 2018, where attendees reviewed his presentation very highly. Welcome back, Seth!

Seth is an experienced trial lawyer successfully litigating personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, maritime, class action, commercial tort, and qui tam cases. In each area, Mr. Miles has had clients recover in excess of one million dollars. In total, his recoveries for his clients exceed $250,000,000.

In one of the pivotal cases in his career, Seth received an $80 million verdict on behalf of three Cuban migrants forced to work as modern day slaves at a drydock. As a result of his work on this case, he was honored with the prestigious “Most Effective Lawyer” award given by the Daily Business Review.

Mr. Miles was also selected to serve on the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee for the crash of American Airlines Flight 331, and chosen as Liaison Counsel for nationwide force-placed flood insurance claims against J.P. Morgan Chase that resulted in a $22.5 million settlement.

He currently serves on the Southern District of Florida’s Bar Grievance Committee and the Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee. In addition, Seth was selected by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Civil Jury Instruction Committee.

Prior to entering private practice, Seth served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, he tried numerous jury trials on matters ranging from airplane skyjacking to healthcare fraud and argued before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals multiple times.

Laura McNally is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Our latest featured speaker is Laura McNally from Loeb & Loeb!

Laura will be speaking at our upcoming 10th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp in Chicago on April 26th! She has been speaking for us since 2015. Her most recent presentation at our Jury Selection program received outstanding reviews from attendees, and we’re so glad to have her again!

Laura has successfully tried complex commercial cases in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration. Her cases have included issues of contract, fraud, employee mobility, trade secrets, insurance coverage, product liability, fiduciary obligations, and legal malpractice. As Co-Chair of her firm’s Retail and Consumer Brands industry group, Laura has significant focus on legal issues facing this important sector of the economy. She has represented leading retailers and consumer product manufacturers on issues relating to consumer protection, defamation, and antitrust issues, and she has been quoted in the National Law Journal and Bloomberg News. In addition, she has filed amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Litigation Center, and the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board relating to issues affecting the retail and consumer products industry.

She is a frequent speaker on mediation advocacy, including at the Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference, and she has settled cases ranging from small commercial disputes to mass torts involving hundreds of parties to class actions filed against major international retailers.

In addition, Laura has represented many clients on a pro bono basis in civil rights matters, including the first case to establish AIDS-related disability discrimination before the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights. Laura serves as the Chicago chair of her firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Scot Wilson is our Latest Featured Speaker!

Our latest featured speaker is Scot Wilson from Robinson Calcagnie!

Scot will be speaking at our upcoming 15th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp in Los Angeles on May 3rd! He has spoken for us several times since 2013. At our How to Master the Deposition seminar in 2018, Scot received outstanding reviews from attendees. We’re glad to have you, Scot!

Scot has been an attorney since 2002. He has over 17 years of experience representing clients in personal injury‚ wrongful death, consumer protection, employment, business, and class action cases. In addition to personal injury and wrongful death cases, Mr. Wilson also handles class action cases. Scot was one of the trial lawyers in the landmark In re Tobacco II class action trial on behalf of California consumers in which Philip Morris was found to have fraudulently and deceptively marketed Marlboro “Light” cigarettes as being safer and healthier than regular cigarettes.

Before joining Robinson Calcagnie in 2010, Scot was previously a shareholder at a business litigation firm in Newport Beach for six years where he represented clients in business, employment, and class action litigation. Before that, he was an associate at an international law firm in Irvine for two years. Mr. Wilson previously clerked for Judge William J. Rea in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He also served as a pro bono Deputy District Attorney with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Trial Attorney Partnership Program.

Mr. Wilson has been admitted to practice in California since 2002 and has been admitted and handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.

In addition to being a member of the State Bar of California, he is a member of the Western Trial Lawyers Association (“WTLA”), Consumer Attorneys of California (“CAOC”), Orange County Bar Association (“OCBA”), Association of Business Trial Lawyers (“ABTL”), and Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (“OCTLA”). In 2015 and 2016, Scot was on the Board of Directors for the OCTLA. He is the author of the Recent Cases column in the CAOC’s Forum Magazine and is a member of the OCBA’s Administration of Justice committee

Scot has been named a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine for his work. In 2018, Mr. Wilson was a recipient the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (“CLAY”) Award.

He frequently gives presentations to other lawyers regarding trial advocacy, deposition techniques, and emerging issues in personal injury, consumer protection, and class action lawsuits.