2022 DRI Litigation Skills Seminar

February 2–4, 2022 | Las Vegas, Nevada

DRI Litigation Skills

Trial Lawyers: Join DRI for Compelling and Critical Content this February in Vegas!

Join fellow trial lawyers at DRI’s 2022 Trial Skills and Damages Seminar, hosted by DRI’s Litigation Skills Committee. The seminar is taking place February 2-4, 2022 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada and provides critical and compelling content regarding reducing the stress of trials, preparing witnesses, weaving storytelling and technology into trial, and what to do when verdicts go nuclear. This year will also include joint sessions and cross-networking events with DRI’s Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar. Networking events include a Women in the Law Luncheon, a Young Lawyers-sponsored gathering, and a community service project, featuring Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

View registration information here.

What You Will Learn:

  • What do nuclear verdicts have in common and how can we see them coming?
  • Successful appeal strategies after the nuclear verdict
  • How to use 3D Technology to tell your client’s story at trial
  • How to weave storytelling into your presentation
  • How to prepare a reluctant witness for trial
  • Practical strategies to increase confidence in yourself, your clients, and your witnesses in the courtroom

Expand Your Network By:

  • Enjoying joint receptions and events with members of the Medical Liability and Health Care Law, Litigation Skills, and Product Liability Committees
  • Attending Dine-Arounds to see old friends and meet new people
  • Joining other lawyers for meet and greets

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Thank You to DRI's Litigation Skills Committee Leadership

Pamela Lee
Pamela Lee
Program Chair
Brandon Ehrie
Brandon Ehrie
Program Vice Chair
Kyle Lansberry
Kyle Lansberry
Committee Chair
Christopher Turney
Christopher Turney
Committee Vice Chair
Todd Presnell
Todd Presnell
Law Institute

Join the Litigation Skills Committee

Registration Information

DRI Member Pricing: $995
Non-Member Pricing: $1,295

DRI Member Pricing: $1,295
Non-Member Pricing: $1,595

Early Bird Pricing: $695
Regular Pricing: $995

Register by January 20, 2022 to receive the early registration rate.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
1:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. DRI Cares Community Service Event

Click here for more details about Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY).
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

E. Todd Presnell, Bradley, Nashville, TN
Pamela Newsom Lee, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, Atlanta, GA
8:15 a.m. Is Your Case a Candidate for a Nuclear Verdict?

In this talk we will assess the psychological, case-specific, and narrative framing factors associated with nuclear verdicts. Learn what common themes to look for to determine whether your case is a candidate for a nuclear verdict and what you can do to mitigate that risk.

Nick Polavin, Ph.D., Litigation Insights, Columbus, OH
9:15 a.m. What To Do After the Nuclear Verdict: Appeal Strategies

Got appeal? Three skilled litigators and appellate advocates will discuss the prime time to engage appellate counsel in your cases, as well as address strategies for appeal when faced with nuclear verdicts.

Anelise Codrington, Drew, Eckl & Farnham, Atlanta, GA

Tillman Breckenridge, Stris & Maher, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Derek Stikeleather, Goodell DeVries Leech & Dann LLP, Baltimore, MD
Sarah Spencer, Christensen & Jensen, P.C., Salt Lake City, UT
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. High Exposure Technology and 3D Depictions at Trial

The juries of today are used to, and expecting, technology to play a part in your presentation to keep them interested, informed and engaged. Make those accident scenes come to life and really grab the attention of the jury, without being distracting, using 3D technology at trial.

Brad Mathison, Fearless Eye, Kansas City, MO
Amber Warlick, Fearless Eye, Kansas City, MO
11:45 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
11:45 a.m. Women in the Law Luncheon

Join attendees from Litigation Skills and the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminars for a Women in the Law networking luncheon onsite at Planet Hollywood.

Registration for this event will be on the DRI seminar registration page. You will need to scroll down after the Questions to purchase a ticket. You must purchase your ticket by January 21, 2022.

*The cost is $73 per ticket and ticket is non-refundable. There’s a maximum of two tickets per person.
1:30 p.m. Defending Traumatic Brain Injuries

Successfully defending traumatic brain injury claims requires early detection, tailored discovery efforts, and an understanding of the science utilized by experts on both sides of the case. Katie will provide insights on how the defense team can best combat these prevalent claims, from pre-suit investigation through trial.

Katie Strawbridge, Lewis Wagner, Indianapolis, IN
2:30 p.m. Improv Fun and Fundamentals for Trial Lawyers

Improvisational theatre or “improv” is a performance style in which the performance is created on the spot and in the moment. Lawyers can learn from improv actors who are trained to think on their feet. High-pressure situations, such as oral arguments, trials, or intense negotiations, require attorneys to listen attentively, respond accordingly, and juggle many thoughts at the same time. This unique and interactive workshop will get lawyers to participate in improv games and to practice using those skills refined by actors that lawyers may find pertinent in their practice.

Cyndie M. Chang, Duane Morris LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Michelle Sugihara, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), Los Angeles, CA
3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Stress of Trials and What We Can Do to Help Each Other

This panel will discuss the most frequent causes of stress leading up to trials from their perspective as the carrier or the trial attorney. The panel will gently provide an overview of the internal stressors leading up to trial, the preferred "dos and donts" for each stakeholder, and ways the stakeholders can work as a team to minimize additional stress in what is an already stressful situation.

Chris Bottcher, Esq., McGlinchey, Birmingham, AL
Brittnie Hayes, COPIC: Medical Liability Insurance, Denver, CO
Cynthia Kolb, Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions, Plymouth, MN
Lance Morley, Lending Tree, Charlotte, NC
5:00 p.m. Committee Business Meeting (open to all)
5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).
9:00 p.m. Premier Networking Event: Commonwealth

Join attendees from the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar, Product Liability Conference, and Litigation Skills Seminar for a premier networking event at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas. Enjoy a unique venue with an iconic rooftop showcasing downtown Fremont Street views. Build your book of business and reconnect with colleagues while enjoying “Old World” Las Vegas at its best!

Registration for this event will be on the DRI seminar registration page. You will need to scroll down after the Questions to purchase a ticket. You must purchase your ticket by January 27, 2022.

*The cost is $100 per ticket and ticket is non-refundable. There’s a maximum of two tickets per person.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Brandon Ehrie, Lewis Wagner, Indianapolis, IN
8:15 a.m. The Psychology of Witness Prep

No one views the world precisely the same way. Similarly, not every witness can be prepped precisely the same way. Learn about the psychology behind identifying a witness's strength and weaknesses, methods for adapting to the witness's communication style, and techniques for ensuring witnesses are fully prepped for high stress situations.

Ed Tori, M.D., MedStar Health, Columbia, MD
9:15 a.m. “Pro”-tips: Professional Athlete Principles for Pretrial Preparation of Lawyers, Witnesses, Insurance Representatives, and Parties

What can trial counsel learn from a counselor to professional athletes? How can attorneys prepare the cast of characters to perform at their peak throughout trial? Learn from a counselor for elite athletes tips for assessing the mental preparation of yourself and the trial “players,” and helping everyone rise to the occasion at trial. He also will teach you to evaluate performance like a pro, to help you improve your game and obtain better outcomes in the future.

Jeff Miner, LPC, M.Ed., Triumph Program, Kansas City, MO

Chris Turney, Turney Law Group, Kansas City, MO
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. “Pro”-tips: Game-Time Principles for Trial Players from a Sports Counselor

Like professional athletes during a game, trial lawyers, parties, and witnesses need to be flexible and maintain their focus during trial. How can counsel help the cast of characters respond to the unexpected and perform at their highest level during trial? A high-performance sports counselor will teach strategies to use during trial to control perfectionism, slow down the game, stare down doubt, and relax on command.

Jeff Miner, LPC, M.Ed., Triumph Program, Kansas City, MO

Chris Turney, Turney Law Group, Kansas City, MO
11:45 a.m. The Tripartite Relationship Between Attorney, Client and Insurance Carrier

Hospital systems often employ and insure physicians, but physicians can also be independent contractors and/or insureds under a third-party policy. This topic will discuss the potential conflicts in representation that may arise in the various and coverage settings.

Kori Chambers, Associate General Counsel, Litigation, IU Health Risk Retention Group, Indianapolis, IN
12:45 p.m. Adjourn


NEW in 2022 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning which courses have been approved by which states and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny were meant to eliminate bias in jury selection. But has that happened? This program will address that question and discuss issues of bias in the courtroom more broadly and will challenge viewers to recognize their own biases and to learn how those biases could affect their assessment of potential jurors, witnesses, judges, and adversaries. The program also will provide viewers with skills on how to identify the biases of potential jurors and how those biases could come into play during deliberations.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL


Investigating claims and lawsuits often requires interviews with employees. Corporate in-house attorneys and their outside counsel need to be able to identify potential conflicts of interest and confidentiality issues with employees who may leave their employment and become opposing counsel’s best witness.

Kristie S. Crawford, Brown & James, Springfield, MO
Lauren Buford, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Study after study suggests that lawyers aren’t happy. Continued unhappiness impacts performance, relationships, and physical health. That’s the bad news. The good news is that research proven interventions exist that increase happiness without requiring a radical change in circumstances. Even a slight increase in happiness has a lasting impact on both your current performance and resilience, not to mention, happier just feels better. This program will quickly, efficiently, and practically explain why happiness matters and offer tools you can use today to work, lead, and live happier.

Rebecca Morrison, Aldie VA

Law Practice Management

Law firms must operate more efficiently to ensure they can deliver high-quality services, handle more volume and maintain a profit margin in today’s climate of rate pressure and rising costs. Understanding Key Performance Indicators and law firm analytics concerning financial, operational and client service data are key to mastering law firm performance management. This presentation will address methods to collect information necessary for evaluating key areas of performance, identify tools and techniques to analyze data and generate action items and more.

Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Jan Sander, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Sean Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA

Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, 3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Take advantage of the group rate of $69.00 Single/Double (plus a $39.00 resort fee per room per night) in one of two ways:

The hotel block is limited and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by January 4, 2022 to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after that date are subject to room and rate availability. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the seminar.

Travel Discounts: DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI seminar attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908. If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form at www.dt.com. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.

CLE Information

Earn up to 10.00 hours of continuing legal education hours, including 1 hour of ethics/mental credit and 1 hour of technology credit (in Florida and North Carolina only) from this seminar.

Litigation Skills CLE Information (PDF)


DRI's Litigation Skills Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

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If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

DRI Cares


The Litigation Skills Committee has partnered with the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY). For over 20 years, NPHY has provided Southern Nevada’s homeless youth with help, hope and the support needed to rebuild their lives. Join your colleagues and volunteer to put together care packages for Nevada’s homeless youth on Wednesday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Make a Monetary Donation to NPHY

Event Terms

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In-House Counsel and Claims Executives Initiatives

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