2021 Litigation Skills Seminar Agenda

Litigation Skills Seminar July 28-30, 2021

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Time (Central) Program
4:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Litigation Skills Business Meeting (Open to all)
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner.
To sign up for Dine-Arounds on Wednesday, July 28, please click here.
7:30 p.m. Young Lawyers Dinner

The DRI Litigation Skills Committee, along with the DRI Medical Liability Committee, will be hosting a Young Lawyers Dinner on Wednesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Carmine’s in Caesar’s Palace! The Young Lawyers dinner is a great opportunity to meet other first-time attendees/young lawyers, network, and start off the seminar with some fun!
Our reservation can only accommodate 40 attendees. If you would like to RSVP, please contact Nick Rauch at nrauch@larsonking.com or Murray Flint at murray.flint@swiftcurrie.com. Spots are already filling up and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Time (Central) Program
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Fact Pattern

Patrick M. Causey, Trenam Law, St. Petersburg, FL
Jennifer Snyder Heis, Ulmer & Berne, LLP, Cincinnati, OH
8:10-10:00 a.m. Module One: Fact Witness Depositions

These interactive sessions will provide hands-on training for how to handle difficult facts in depositions of the plaintiff and a minor co-defendant.
8:10 a.m. Deposition of T.J. Brewster

T.J. Brewster snuck a loaded handgun into the New Columbia State’s college basketball game and accidentally shot his 5-year-old half-brother, Jesse, resulting in his paralysis. Safe Security believes the evidence shows that it was not reasonable for its security guards to have detected the gun based on T.J.’s efforts to conceal it prior to entering the stadium, and that T.J.’s father, Scott, failed to adequately secure the handgun.

Miranda Soto, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Miami, FL
8:50 a.m. Critical Analysis of T.J. Brewster’s Deposition

Join Brandon Ehrie and Miranda Soto as they discuss the approach taken for handling the deposition of T.J. Brewster. Questions, comments, and feedback is welcomed!

Brandon Ehrie, Lewis Wagner, LLP, Indianapolis, IN
Miranda Soto, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Miami, FL
9:05 a.m. Deposition of Plaintiff Tanya Walker

Plaintiff Tanya Walker alleges that her 5-year-old son Jesse was paralyzed after he was accidentally shot by T.J. Brewster, her 13-year old son with her ex-husband, Defendant Scott Brewster. But evidence suggests Tanya was drinking heavily during the New Columbia State’s college basketball game and failed to adequately supervise Jesse.

Marc E. Williams, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Huntington, WV
9:45 a.m. Critical Analysis of Tanya Walker’s Deposition

Katy Lehman and Marc Williams lead the discussion on the deposition of Ms. Walker, seeking feedback, questions, and comments from the audience.

Katy Lehman, King & Spalding, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Marc E. Williams, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Huntington, WV
10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Module Two: Corporate Representative Depositions

Learn cutting-edge techniques for preparing a corporate witness for deposition, then watch those techniques in action!
10:20 a.m. A Radical Approach to Deposition of the Company Witness

Watch as a corporate representative is prepared for the deposition live and on stage! Learn a new approach to company witness preparation including specific tips and novel techniques to prepare the witness more effectively to testify.

Michael Gross, CogentEdge, LLC, St. Petersburg, FL
11:20 a.m. Deposition of Safe Security Corporate Representative

13-year-old T.J. Brewster sneaks a gun into a college basketball tournament game and accidentally shoots his 5-year-old half-brother, Jesse Walker. Plaintiff, Tanya Walker brings a negligent security claim against Safe Security, alleging Safe Security failed to prevent T.J. from bringing a loaded gun into the stadium. Evidence suggests Safe Security was aware of a loophole in its security but failed to correct it. Evidence also suggests T.J.’s father, co-Defendant Scott Brewster, failed to safely secure the handgun.

Erik Matheney, Shutts & Bowen, Tampa, FL
12:00 p.m. Critical Analysis of Corporate Representative Deposition

Join Eddie Sikes, III, Erik Matheney, and Michael Gross for an interactive session discussing the corporate representative deposition.

Eddie E. Sikes, III, Royston Rayzor, Brownsville, TX
Erik Matheney, Shutts & Bowen, Tampa, FL
Michael Gross, CogentEdge, LLC, St. Petersburg, FL
12:00 p.m. Women in the Law Luncheon (Female Attendees)

The Women in the Law luncheon is a ticketed event and registration is required (space is limited). The luncheon will be held at the hotel and you can purchase tickets through the website when you register. Cost of Ticket: $73.00
The deadline to register for the luncheon has been extended to Thursday, July 15.
12:15 p.m. Lunch (On your own)
1:20-3:10 p.m. Module Three: Expert Witness Depositions

Learn how to cross-examine well-trained experts on liability and damages.
1:20 p.m. Deposition of Plaintiff’s Damages Expert, Dr. Carson Jones

Plaintiff's medical expert, Dr. Carson Jones, opines that Tanya is entitled to receive $2.5 million in actual medical expenses, future medical expenses for Jesse’s care, and loss of Jesse’s companionship and services. Watch as a skilled litigator examines whether these damage claims are legitimate and reasonable.

Ricardo Woods, Burr & Forman, LLP, Mobile, Alabama
2:00 p.m. Critical Analysis of Dr. Carson Jones

Join Sonie Golden and Ricardo Woods for this discussion on the deposition of Plaintiff’s damages expert, Dr. Carson Jones.

Sonie M. Golden, Acker & Whipple, Los Angeles, CA
Ricardo Woods, Burr & Forman, LLP, Mobile, Alabama
2:15 p.m. Deposition of Plaintiff’s Security Expert, Peyton Smith

Tanya Walker’s Security Expert, Peyton Smith, opines that Safe Security was negligent in failing to prevent T.J. from bringing a loaded handgun into the New Columbia State basketball game. Peyton Smith also opines that Defendant Scott Walker negligently failed to secure the gun, which allowed T.J. to bring it to the game. But was it reasonable for Safe Security to stop T.J. from sneaking into the stadium? Watch a skilled litigator depose Peyton Smith on these complex liability issues.

Stacy L. Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
2:55 p.m. Critical Analysis of the Deposition of Peyton Smith

Stacy Douglas and David Goodman lead this interactive session with a discussion on the deposition of Plaintiff’s Security Expert, Peyton Smith.

Stacy L. Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
David M. Goodman, Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady LLP, Buffalo, NY
3:10 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30-5:30 p.m. Module Four: Hearings

Learn how to prepare for and argue complex issues at hearings, including ways in which you can utilize technology to improve your arguments. The information you learn will apply to any number of motions, including motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss, and motions in limine.
3:30 p.m. Effective Use of Technology in the Court Room

This technology ethics presentation will teach lawyers how cutting-edge technology can help them improve their effectiveness during hearings, depositions, and at trial.

Baxter D. Drennon, Wright Lindsey & Jennings, LLP, Little Rock, AR
4:30 p.m. Mock Summary Judgment Hearing

The mock litigation concludes with a mock oral argument on Safe Security’s motion for summary judgment. Two skilled litigators discuss what they do to prepare for summary judgment and other evidentiary hearings, and then argue the complex issues in this case.

Gary L. Howard, Bradley Arant, Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Arledge, Sgro & Roger, Las Vegas, NV
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner.
To sign up for Dine-Arounds on Thursday, July 29, please click here.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Time (Central) Program
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions

Stephen O. Plunkett, Bassford Remele, Minneapolis, MN
Meghan Hatfield Yanacek, Hall Booth Smith, P.C., Atlanta, GA
*Joint Session with Medical Liability and Health Care Law
8:05 a.m. *COVID-19 and Its Effects on Communities of Color

Hear how health care disparities in the U.S. relate to COVID-19. Hear clinical observations pertaining to communities of color and propose how we might move forward in this “new normal” with proper education, social distancing, contact tracing, and more.

Stephen T. Jones, MD, Urgent Care Eleven, New Orleans, LA
9:00 a.m. *How to Value Cases: From Start to Finish

In-house specialists typically set reserves at the outset of the case and continue valuing the case for mediation and/or trial. This panel – which includes an experienced claims professional, outside counsel and mediator – will provide recommendations for valuation of a case from before suit is filed until the jury is about to decide the case.

Nicole Palichat, ProAssurance, Las Vegas, NV
Kimberly Logue Woodland, Bendin, Sumrall & Ladner, LLC, Atlanta, GA
10:00 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introduction

Pamela Lee, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, Atlanta, GA
10:20 a.m. *Counter-Anchoring and the Reverse Reptile: The Offensive Use of Plaintiff’s Strategy for the Defense Lawyer

Learn how to counter the Plaintiffs’ Bar use of the Reptile theory and to counter-anchor the damages Plaintiff seeks at trial.

Mark Solheim, Larson King, LLP, Saint Paul, MN
Nicholas Rauch, Larson King, LLP, Saint Paul, MN
11:20 a.m. *The Fine Art of Client / Trial Lawyer Communications

This panel discussion between trial lawyers and in-house attorneys who manage large litigation dockets will focus on defining best practices for communications before and during trial. What should you communicate, without over-communicating? What information needs to be communicated immediately versus what can wait? How is the information best communicated?

Ray Persons, King & Spalding, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Bert Dizon, Gallagher Bassett, Los Angeles, CA
John Henley, UPC Insurance, St. Petersburg, FL
12:20 p.m. *When Things Go Terribly Wrong – Lessons From The Dewey LeBoeuf Scandal

This ethics presentation takes a look at what happened to one of the oldest and most prestigious law firms in the country, with more than 1,000 lawyers in 26 offices around the world. The firm's demise has been called "one of the greatest law firm collapses of all time." How did such a firm go from being the most prestigious to tabloid-fodder in such a short time? More importantly, what lessons can we learn from this event that is as tragic as it is ironic?

Kile T. Turner, Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner, Birmingham, AL
1:20 p.m. Adjourn

DRI Cares

Opportunity Village Pride Purpose And A Paycheck

Opportunity Village (OV) operates employment training centers in southern Nevada to help adults with disabilities through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation.

Please help by donating sketchbooks, drawing paper, Colored pencils, markers, books, card games, board games, adult diapers, and Amazon gift cards or items that OV can auction at their own fundraisers. If you have something of value; i.e. sports tickets, time share, etc., OV could auction such items and raise funds.

The OV will be on-site at the seminar to collect items or to contribute monetary donations.

Please click here to donate. Under “Pick Your Team!” make sure to select Team A: Litigation Skills.

The Litigation Skills and Medical Liability & Health Care Law Committees are in a friendly competition to see who’s the biggest giver.