DRI Faculty List

2021 Appellate Advocacy Virtual Seminar

May 27, 2021


Judge Danny J. Boggs
US Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Judge Danny J. Boggs graduated from Harvard and the University of Chicago Law School. In Kentucky, he was Legal Counsel to the Governor and in Washington he was Assistant to the Solicitor General, served in the Federal Power Commission and the Senate Energy Committee, as Assistant Director of the White House Policy Office, and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Energy Department. In 1986 he was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was its Chief Judge from 2003 to 2009.


Lawrence S. Ebner
Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC

Lawrence S. Ebner is an accomplished and steadfast advocate for business and industry in federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States. Companies of all sizes, national trade associations, and professional organizations call upon Larry when they need an experienced and articulate voice in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts. After more than 40 years as a Washington, D.C.-based appellate litigator and practice leader at a major law firm, Ebner launched his own, nationwide, appellate litigation boutique, Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Ebner serves DRI as immediate past chair of the Amicus Committee and Publications Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee.


Adam W. Hofmann
Hanson Bridgett LLP

Adam W. Hofmann is a partner with Hanson Bridgett LLP and is the assistant leader of the firm's appellate practice. Adam has argued cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in every Court of Appeal in California. He has also filed merits briefs on behalf of amici curiae in the U.S. and California Supreme Courts, and he received the International Municipal Lawyers' Association's Amicus Advocacy Award for 2018. Outside of work, Adam teaches courses in land-use and local-government law at the University of San Francisco School of Law and coaches moot-court teams at the U.C. Davis School of Law. Adam is the Program Chair of the 2021 Appellate Advocacy Seminar.


Deborah S. Hunt
United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Deborah S. Hunt is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Law. She has served as Clerk of Court in several courts in the federal system and has been the Clerk of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals since 2012. Prior to entering federal service her practice was varied including areas of criminal defense, Native American, employment and civil rights law. She is the mother of two adult children.


Michael B. King
Carney Badley Spellman PS

Michael B. King is a principal of Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle, Washington, where his practice focuses on appellate litigation. King has argued over 170 cases to full merits panels, and has represented clients before state and federal appellate courts across the United States. King is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a past chair of DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee. He has spoken on appellate practice issues at conferences around the country.


Mary Re Knack
Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC

Mary Re Knack is a member of the Healthcare and Litigation Departments at Ogden Murphy Wallace. Her practice focuses on insurance, healthcare and civil matters. Re provides a wide range of legal services to members of the healthcare industry including regulatory compliance, confidentiality and privacy-related compliance services including HIPAA and state laws, licensing and risk management related services and related investigations, federal and state agency investigations, guidance and representation related to medical staffing, and defense of professional negligence claims. Re also provides guidance and advice to the insurance industry and self-insureds with respect to their obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA). Re was named to the Washington Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine for 2005 and 2010 – 2017. She has also been recognized by Seattle Met magazine as a "Top Lawyer" in Health Care for 2011 and has been designated as one of the "Top Women Attorneys in Washington" for 2012 – 2017.


Steven P. Lehotsky
Lehotsky Keller LLP

Steven P. Lehotsky has unparalleled experience developing and executing litigation strategies to help businesses and trade associations address their most important regulatory and public-policy challenges. Before founding Lehotsky Keller LLP, Mr. Lehotsky directed the litigation strategy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's leading business federation, where he worked from 2013-2021.


Lee Mickus
Evans Fears & Schuttert

Lee Mickus, a partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Denver, defends manufacturers during the discovery, trial, and appellate stages of product liability lawsuits. He has handled products cases involving automobiles, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and industrial machinery. Mr. Mickus has successfully tried cases to juries in many states, including Colorado, Texas, California, New York, and Montana.


Richik Sarkar
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Richik Sarkar of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is a staunch business advocate, advisor, and fixer for his clients and organizations. He spearheads commercial, consumer and cyber security cases and projects for small, middle market, and Fortune 500 companies and is a nationally recognized class action and commercial litigator. Richik is also one of The Best Lawyers in America® is an Ohio Super Lawyer and is on Lawyers of Color's "Nation's Best" list.


Michael B. Wallace
Wise Carter Child

Michael B. Wallace of Jackson, Mississippi, handles complex civil litigation with an emphasis on appellate practice. After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School, he clerked for Justice William Rehnquist. He is a former Chair of DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee.