DRI Faculty List

Business Litigation Seminar

The Ritz-Carlton Denver | Denver, CO | April 26 - 27, 2018

The Honorable Robbie Meripol Barr

The Honorable Robbie Meripol Barr founded BarrADR in 2013. For 16 years before that, she practiced mediation and arbitration at Colorado's largest mediation firm, where she successfully settled cases involving employment law, complex commercial transactions, construction defects and delays, professional malpractice, real property, environmental law, personal injury/ wrongful death, insurance, civil rights and everything in between.Barr's ability to settle claims stems in part from a diverse legal background that gives her multiple perspectives on the court process. In private practice beginning in 1980, she tried complex civil cases, developing special expertise in commercial torts, real estate litigation, construction disputes, professional malpractice and all types of contractual claims.

Jeff Bennion
Law Office of Jeff Bennion

Jeff Bennion is a civil trial attorney and solo practitioner in San Diego. He has participated in approximately 40 jury trials, securing outstanding outcomes for his clients. He has managed many large e-discovery projects in complex litigation and mass torts cases and acted as a trial consultant in several jury trials throughout California.Jeff is the Chair of the California Lawyers Association's Law Practice Management and Technology section, a newly formed organization that branched off from the State Bar of California. Jeff also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

Matthew D. Berkowitz
Carr Maloney PC

Matthew D. Berkowitz with Carr Maloney PC is an experienced civil litigator with significant class action experience. He has successfully defended clients in shareholder derivative suits, trademark infringement claims, breach of contract and negligence suits. He also has successfully defended clients accused of violating Federal & State Consumer Protection Acts, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Matt regularly defends attorneys and other professionals accused of malpractice.

Jeffrey K. Brandt
Jackson Kelly PLLC

Jeffrey K. Brandt is the Chief Information Officer at the law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC and has over 30 years of experience in the field of legal automation. Jeffrey is also editor of the popular PinHawk Law Technology Daily Digest, a respected thought leader in the legal technology community and a frequent educational speaker at industry conferences.

Erin M. (Maggie) Cook
Godfrey & Kahn SC

Erin M. (Maggie) Cook is a member of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.'s litigation practice group and practices in the firm's Milwaukee, Wisconsin office. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation, primarily in the areas of covenants not to compete, unfair competition and trade secrets, business torts, contracts, real estate, construction, and financial services. Maggie has litigated in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before various administrative agencies.

Michelle Thurber Czapski
Bodman PLC

Michelle Thurber Czapski is a member with Bodman PLC, where she specializes in the defense of life, health, disability and ERISA cases, insurance coverage matters, class actions, and commercial litigation. Ms. Czapski is based in Bodman PLC's Troy, Michigan office, where she chairs the firm's Insurance Practice, leads the firm's attorney training program, and is a member of Bodman's ethics committee. She has served as lead trial counsel in matters across the country and has appeared in courts in numerous jurisdictions. She is active in DRI and the Life, Health and Disability Committee, and served as Program Chair of the 2016 Life Health Disability and ERISA Seminar. Ms. Czapski is the current chair of the DRI Commercial Litigation Committee.

Donald A. Daugherty, Jr.
Godfrey & Kahn SC

Donald A. Daugherty, Jr. is a shareholder in Godfrey & Kahn's Milwaukee, WI office. His practice includes representing manufacturers, IT companies and their customers, health care providers and systems, insurers, and financial institutions. Mr. Daugherty received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Northwestern University Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Roger J. Miner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Daugherty serves on the Governor's Judicial Selection Advisory Committee and is Vice President of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association. He has been consistently recognized as among the "Best Lawyers in American" and Wisconsin's "Superlawyers."

Robert Dubose
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP

Robert Dubose handles civil appeals and legal strategy for complex litigation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America. Robert is the editor of Texas Practitioner's Guide to Civil Appeals and wrote the book Legal Writing for the Rewired Brain. Robert previously taught law school courses at the University of Houston including Appellate Advocacy and Insurance Appeals. Robert is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law.

Nathan D. Dupes
Bodman PLC

Nathan D. Dupes is a member of the Bodman's Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the Environmental Practice Group in Detroit where he represents clients involved in complex commercial and environmental litigation. He has successfully represented clients in a wide range of industries including automotive, health care, energy, manufacturing, and sports entertainment. Nathan is dedicated to pro bono service and recently has assisted indigent clients discharge burdensome child support debt and defend a personal protective order.

Blair I. Fassburg
Senior Associate
Williams Kastner

Blair I. Fassburg is an attorney at William Kastner & Gibbs, where he represents transportation companies in business litigation, wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, and in regulatory and administrative law matters.

John L. Hayes
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC

John L. Hayes counsels and represents employers on a wide variety of employment-related legal matters. Mr. Hayes has litigated age, race, disability, and national-origin pattern-and-practice discrimination actions, retaliation and harassment cases, and wage-and-hour claims. Mr. Hayes has extensive experience litigating disputes involving restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicit, and confidentiality agreements), misappropriation of trade secrets, and tortious interference. Mr. Hayes also has broad experience counseling public accommodations about accessibility issues under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Hayes has served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law in the legal writing department.

Bruce M. Hennes
Managing Partner
Hennes Communications

Bruce M. Hennes is managing partner of Hennes Communications, one of the few firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on crisis management, serving law firms and their clients that are "on trial" in the Court of Public Opinion. His past and present clients include the Cleveland Host Committee for last year's Republican National Convention, Avery Dennison, ThyssenKrupp and Lubrizol. Hennes serves on the executive committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and he's an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University.

James D. Johnson
Jackson Kelly PLLC

James D. Johnson is a Member of Jackson Kelly's Evansville, Indiana, office. Mr. Johnson advises clients in business matters including commercial law, civil litigation, appellate law, and matters of trade secrets and intellectual property. Mr. Johnson is an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has handled over 50 appeals and multiple oral arguments before state and federal courts. He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Appellate Practice since 2007.

William F. (Billy) Jones
Moye White LLP

William F. (Billy) Jones is an experienced and accomplished litigator at Moye White, LLP. Billy's practice focuses on complex civil litigation and business disputes. He defends business clients involved in insurance defense and coverage issues, franchise and distribution disputes, product liability defense, trust and estate litigation, as well as real estate litigation.

William J.(Bill) Kelly III
Managing Partner
Kelly & Walker LLC

William J.(Bill) Kelly III is a founding member of Kelly & Walker LLC whose commercial and employment litigation practice focuses on national and regional class action litigation for business clients. Bill's commercial litigation trial experience includes class actions, vicarious liability, professional liability, non-compete and trade secret litigation, breach of contract and indemnity litigation, multi-thousand member environmental and mass tort actions, ad valorem tax assessment litigation and mass-claim complex insurance coverage litigation. In response to a survey of Fortune 500 General Counsel, Bill has been named a "BTI Client Services All Star" for 4 consecutive years. He is also the sole Colorado recipient of the "Lexology Client Choice Award in Litigation" for 2017, a national survey of in-house counsel.

Nina Kilbride
Monax Industries

Nina Kilbride is the Head of Legal Engineering at Monax Industries. Nina is an experienced U.S. commercial lawyer who has long imagined combining logical, automated processes with the seamless web of law. Her mission is to help translate the functional tools of law into smart contract code. She's inspired by calculus, machine learning and her personal menagerie including humans, dogs, cats, chickens and of course, marmots.

Michael T. (Mike) Kokal
Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

Michael T. (Mike) Kokal is a partner in the law firm of Heyl Royster. Mike has wide-ranging experience in cybersecurity, intellectual property, commercial litigation, and professional liability. He is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US) and licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Kokal worked as an electrical engineer at Ralston Purina. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Phillip C. (Phil) Korovesis
Butzel Long

Phillip C. (Phil) Korovesis is a shareholder in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He serves as a Litigation Practice Department Chair and as the Chair of the firm's Trade Secret and Non-Compete Specialty Team which focuses on trade secret, non-compete and business tort litigation. Mr. Korovesis is a regular presenter on trade secret and non-compete issues to lawyers and other professionals. He is a former President of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Federal Bar Association. He has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers (Business Litigation) and by Best Lawyers (Commercial Litigation).

Richard B. Levin
Polsinelli PC

Richard B. Levin is the Chair of the Financial Services Technology (FinTech) and Regulation Practice at Polsinelli PC. His practice focuses on the representation of early stage and publicly traded companies in the FinTech industry, including broker-dealers, hedge funds, alternative trading systems (ATSs), exchanges, peer to peer lending platforms, and digital currency platforms. He represents firms before the SEC, CFTC, and FINRA. Richard has also represented clients before regulators in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom and he counsels companies that appear before the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

J. Stott Matthews
Spectrum Computer Forensics & Risk Management LLC

J. Stott Matthews is the founder and Managing Partner of Spectrum Computer Forensics and Risk Management LLC. Prior to Spectrum, Matthews had over sixteen years of experience in the high-tech, manufacturing, and finance industries. Matthews has been referenced as a computer-forensic expert in two Federal Court opinions (2006 and 2012). He has held computer-forensic and computer-security certifications, including the EnCase® Certified Examiner (EnCE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Douglas F. McMeyer
Chapman Spingola

Douglas F. McMeyer is a partner with Chapman Spingola in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, breaches of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, toxic torts, product liability, and internal investigations. Doug has significant experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Prior to entering private practice he was a law clerk to the Honorable Rita B. Garman, former Chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Doug maintains his commitment to public service through an active pro bono practice.

Russell B.(Russ) Morgan
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Russell B.(Russ) Morgan is a trial lawyer who represents and advises clients in healthcare, product liability and construction litigation. He has been recognized in several publications, including The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Construction, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar." Russ represents healthcare providers in government investigations and has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation that affect healthcare clients, including healthcare technology, whistleblower/qui tam, EHR, HIPAA/HITECH, payor disputes, and anti-kickback violations. Russ is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Matthew C. Murphy
Nilan Johnson Lewis PA

Matthew C. Murphy is an associate in Nilan Johnson Lewis PA's Minneapolis office, concentrating on product liability, commercial litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. He is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and New York. Previously, he was associated with a full-service law firm in New York City.

Joseph T. (Joe) Muzingo
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Joseph T. (Joe) Muzingo is an Assistant General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. His primary responsibility is managing large complex litigation including class actions, multi-district litigations, antitrust matters, and ERISA matters, among others.Before joining BCBSM in 2014 Joe worked at the Bodman Law firm where he served as outside counsel to BCBSM. Prior to joining Bodman, Joe worked at Milberg Weiss LLP in New York City, specializing in security, antitrust and consumer fraud class actions. Joe received his undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. He is licensed to practice in Michigan and New York.

Daniel C. (Dan) Nelson, CJEH, CIPP/US
Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Daniel C. (Dan) Nelson, CJEH, CIPP/US is a partner and co-leader of the privacy and data security practice area at Armstrong Teasdale. He's a commercial litigator and one of the few U.S. attorneys to hold the title of Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). Dan is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and is very familiar with privacy laws and regulations, and how to apply them. His experience enhances his ability to help clients protect against and prepare for data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents.

Gerard M. Nussbaum
Zarach Associates LLC

Gerard M. Nussbaum is a principal with Zarach Associates in Chicago. Gerard is an accomplished healthcare executive with mastery of the legal and regulatory issues surrounding digital health, information technology, and healthcare operations. Gerard has worked across the full gamut of acute and ambulatory healthcare industry and provides leadership and expertise to academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, and health industry vendors.He is a frequent public speaker and author.

E. Todd Presnell
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

E. Todd Presnell is a partner in Bradley's Nashville office where he practices in the areas of business and employment litigation. Mr. Presnell also counsels and advises in-house legal departments on the attorney-client and other privileges, and authors the popular legal blog Presnell on Privileges. Mr. Presnell is a former chair of DRI's Young Lawyers Committee, former Chair of the DRI Annual Meeting, and currently serves on the DRI Law Institute.

Jeffrey Press
EisnerAmper LLP

Jeffrey Press is a Director in the EisnerAmper LLP Financial Advisory Services practice where he specializes in forensic accounting and the quantification of damages in dispute settings. Mr. Press provides expert services to attorneys and their clients in both testifying and non-testifying capacities. His responsibilities include analyzing financial and other types of data, preparing damages calculations and expert reports, and assisting counsel with discovery and trial preparation. Mr. Press also performs forensic analyses in non-litigation settings.

Andrea Schillaci
Hurwitz & Fine PC

Andrea Schillaci As head of the Hurwitz & Fine, PC Business & Commercial Litigation Department, Ms. Schillaci's practice includes matters in the areas of contracts, healthcare, professional liability, and regulatory and compliance matters. She also has extensive experience in the directors' and officers' liability, errors and omissions, insurance coverage, and environmental areas. She serves on the firm's Board of Directors. Her practice includes the representation of governmental entities and agencies, publicly and privately held companies and of individuals in the prosecution and defense of civil litigation, administrative and regulatory matters. She handles all types of legal disputes in the business setting and has appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal court.

Kim A. Tran
Fellers Snider

Kim A. Tran is an attorney with Fellers Snider in Oklahoma City. She has extensive experience in a broad range of areas of civil litigation defending cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. She has handled matters in the areas of product liability, employment law, construction law, civil rights, premises liability, trucking/transportation, and complex commercial litigation.

Tracey L. Turnbull
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Tracey L. Turnbull, a partner in the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, focuses her practice on complex commercial and employment litigation matters. She represents companies and individuals in cases involving contract disputes, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, intellectual property, and product liability claims. Ms. Turnbull is a member of the DRI Intellectual Property Litigation Committee and the webpage/blog chair for the DRI Commercial Litigation Committee.

The Honorable Nina Y. Wang
US District Court for the District of Colorado

The Honorable Nina Y. Wangis a Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court of Colorado. Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2015, she was a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at a private firm, where her practice focused on complex intellectual property litigation. She also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Colorado in the Civil Division from 2000-2004, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter J. Messitte on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and Harvard Law School.Judge Wang is a former past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, and Chair of the IP Section of the Colorado Bar.

M. Therese Waymel
Carr Maloney PC

M. Therese Waymel focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and class action litigation. She has experience in multi-jurisdictional complex civil and class action consumer protection matters.

Justin Whitehead
Digital Silence

Justin Whitehead is an Army infantry veteran with over a decade of service. After retiring from the military, he went on to have a successful career in computer forensics, incident response, and penetration testing, including working under renowned security researcher Chris Roberts. He now serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Digital Silence, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Digital Silence provides penetration testing and security assessment services, bringing a unique attention to detail as well as a blend of blue and red team experience. Justin has been a frequent speaker and instructor at top security conferences, including DefCon, DerbyCon, GrrCon, and various BSides events.