2019 Annual Convention


May 1-3, 2019 | Columbus, OH


Earn up to half of your biennial CLE while networking and building connections with plaintiff's attorneys from around the state and midwest. Learn from the experts, Generate new connections, and Celebrate with friends!
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 For special room block pricing at our rate of $195 follow this link to reserve a room at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.
New this year...
Fake money... real fun. Join OAJ for an evening of fantasy gaming to celebrate the 2019 Annual Convention Thursday, May 2nd! This brand new signature event is one you can't miss. With drinks, food stations, and plaintiff's attorneys from around the state, the Monte Carlo Night is the perfect place to celebrate with friends and generate new connections. Check out our exciting grand prizes below.
AAJ San Diego Package
July 27th - 30th, 2019
San Diego Convention Center - San Diego, CA

• Two Roundtrip Tickets to San Diego
• One Full Registration for OAJ Member & Guest to AAJ’s Annual Convention
• Hotel Accommodations for Four Nights*


*Winner will receive a reimbursement from OAJ for the cost of 2 tickets roundtrip airfare to San Diego, CA, not to exceed $1,500. All travel arrangements are made by, and are the responsibility of, the winner. Receipt required. Hotel accommodations must be made at headquarters hotel at the prevailing standard room rate. Must be present to win.


Las Vegas Stay at the Vdara
Vdara - Las Vegas, NV

• Accommodations for Three Nights at the Vdara
• Two Roundtrip Tickets to Las Vegas Sponsored by Preferred Capital Funding


Winner will receive a reimbursement from OAJ for the cost of 2 tickets roundtrip airfare to Las Vegas, NV, not to exceed $1,000. All travel arrangements are made by, and are the responsibility of, the winner. Receipt required. Accommodations will be made with host based on availability and must be made no later than 30 days after event.






Thursday, May 2nd     


Plenary Session

Evaluating Your Client’s Potential Vehicle Crashworthiness Case Can Save Your Case From A Recovery Dead End
E. Todd Tracy, Esq. Dallas, TX  


New Trends in Civil Litigation

Jury Selection: Thoughts, Strategies & the Interplay with Trial Sequencing from a Recent Trucking Verdict
Eric Penn, Esq. Jacksonville, TX  


Preserving Evidence from Cell Phones
Michael Cowen, Esq. San Antonio, TX  


David V. Goliath: Protecting our Clients With Class Actions
Patrick Perotti, Esq. Cleveland, OH  


The Secrets to Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referral Based Marketing
John Fisher, Esq. Kingston, NY  


Conducting a Focus Group Without Breaking the Bank
Sean Harris, Esq. Columbus, OH  


What The Emerging Discipline of Decision Science Can Teach Us About Trial Strategy
John Camillus, Esq. Columbus, OH  
Dr. Courtney Camillus Columbus, OH  


Subrogation Trends and Management Strategies
Robert Kerpsack, Esq. Columbus, OH  


Making the Most of Mediation
Robert Gray Palmer, Esq. Columbus, OH  


Professional Conduct Session

Case Law Update
Charles Kettlewell, Esq. Columbus, OH  


Ethics and Lien Resolution
Jordan Lebovitz, Esq. Cleveland, OH  
Brenda Johnson, Esq. Cleveland, OH  


How to Avoid Being a Respondent in Ohio's Disciplinary System
Richard Alkire, Esq. Independence, OH  


Employment Law Session

Collective and Class Litigation in the Post-Epic World Or “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mass Arbitration.”
Hans Nilges, Esq. Massillon, OH  


Religious Discrimination in the Workplace, an Overview with Examples
Rachel Sabo, Esq. Columbus, OH  


The Whistleblower & The False Claims Act
Paul Martins, Esq. & James Tate, Esq. Cincinnati, OH  


Mastering Trial Presentation Technology: A Hands On Experience

Become a better, more persuasive attorney through the use of trial technology. Bring your laptops for this hands-on practicum. Must RSVP to MeghanF@OAJustice.org to attend -- space is limited!


Trial Director
William Eadie, Esq. Cleveland, OH 


Electronic Settlement Packages
Michael Hill, Esq.Cleveland, OH


Video Editing for Persuasive Settlement Packages and Trial
Anca Niederkorn, Settlement Department Manager, Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers Cleveland, OH


Trial and Deposition Apps: TrialPad, Invisible Body, TranscriptPad, Google Earth, & Excel 101
William Eadie, Esq. Cleveland, OH
Dennis Mulvihill, Esq.Cleveland, OH
Michael Hill, Esq. Cleveland, OH


New Lawyers Training Session


Bobby Rutter, Esq. Cleveland, OH  


Analyzing Causation and Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases for the New Lawyer
Lindsay Lawrence, Esq. Covington, KY  


New Trends in Civil Litigation
Sean Harris, Esq. Columbus, OH  


Client Fund Management
Susan Choe, Esq. Deputy Director & General Counsel at Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation  


Worker's Compensation 101
David Nager, Esq. Cleveland, OH  


Increasing Settlement Values Before Trial
Matt Nakajima, Esq. Lebanon, OH
Charles M. Rittgers, Esq. Lebanon, OH


Friday, May 3rd 


Litigation at Sunrise

Does your Brand have the Bandwidth?
Michael Brown, Findlaw Senior Client Development Consultant Cincinnati


Worker's Compensation Session   


The Claims Process of the Firefighter Cancer Legislation
Karen Turano, Esq. Columbus, OH & Kaitlin Reber, Esq. Hilliard, OH  


Industrial Commission Update
Thomas Bainbridge, Jodie Taylor & Karen Gillmor Industrial Commission of Ohio  


4123.512 Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives
Jennifer Lawther, Esq. Cleveland, OH  & Christopher Russell, Esq. Columbus, OH  


Case Law Update
Jon Goodman, Esq. Worthington, OH  


BWC Administrative Settlement Updates
Shaun Omen,Esq., BWC Employer Services and Settlement Attorney, Columbus, OH  


How to Upgrade Your Practice While Still Pro-tech-ting Yourself Professionally
Carley Kranstuber, Esq. Columbus, OH  & Katherine Ivan, Esq. Columbus, OH  


Professional Conduct Session

Charles Kettlewell, Esq. Columbus, OH  


Trending Litigation and Office Ethics
Gary Leppla, Esq. Dayton, OH  


What To Do and What Not To Do When You Receive a Legal Ethics Grievance
William Mann, Esq. Dublin, OH 


Members Only Session

“Proof? I already told you we represent an ERISA plan asserting a subrogation lien.  What more poof do I need?”  A discussion for OAJ members only regarding health care subrogation issues.
Daniel Mordarski, Esq. Columbus, OH  & Benjamin Pfouts, Esq. Akron, OH


Trucking Litigation Session

"Like the 1980's Arcade Game Classic "Dig Dug, Keep Digging!" Digging Above, Below, Around, and Through Defense Discovery Blockades in Your Next Trucking Case
Matthew Rizzi Jr., Esq. Akron, OH  


Supply and Demand Technology in Trucking and How Blockchain Works
Florence Murray, Esq. Sandusky, OH  


Issue Spotting for Direct Negligence Claims in Trucking Cases
D.J. Young, Esq. Cleveland, OH  


Using Jury Instructions to Win Trucking Cases Before Trial Ever Begins
Joseph Camerlengo, Jr., Esq. Jacksonville, FL  


“A tow truck parked the wrong way, a young driver who is a great guy, FMCSRs and a dark country road.  Stop me if you heard this one.”  Maximizing Coverage in a Non-Traditional Trucking Case
Daniel Mordarski, Esq. Columbus, OH  



Medical Malpractice Session    

How to Build a Powerhouse Law Firm with a Book
John Fisher, Esq. Kingston, NY  


Mediator Roundtable
John Alton, Esq. Columbus, OH 
Steven Collier, Esq. Toledo, OH
Frank Ray, Esq. Columbus, OH 


Statutory Changes Affecting Medical Claim Statute of Limitations and Notice of Claim Issues
Gerald Leeseberg Columbus, OH  


Audit Trail Boot Camp- What Every Litigator Should Know
Michele Gonsman, RN,BSN, ALNC, CPSS Duncansville, PA   



New Lawyers Session   

Importance of Electronic Discovery in Civil Litigation
Dustin Herman, Esq. Cleveland, OH  


Defeating Summary Judgment in Use of Force Cases
Robert Gresham, Esq. Dayton, OH  


Law Practice Management
Peter Friedmann, Esq. Columbus, OH  


Subrogation 101
Vincent Scebbi, Esq. Cleveland, OH  


Ethical Challenges for Solo Practitioners and Associate Attorneys
Margaret Murray, Esq. Sandusky, OH  


Successful Mediation Practices
Philip Leppla, Esq. Dayton, OH  


Special thanks to our Monte Carlo Night Sponsors:


Gold Sponsors:
Meyer Wilson

Kitrick, Lewis, & Harris Co., LPA
Crandall & Pera Law, LLC
Young and McCarthy, LLP


Silver Sponsors:

Michael Goodman of NFP
The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, LLC
The Lawrence Firm, PSC 
O'Connor, Acciani and Levy
Lowe, Eklund, Wakefield Co., LPA

Garson Johnson LLC 




This program has been approved for credit in the following jurisdiction(s):

Supreme Court Of Ohio, Commission on CLE

Credit has been approved with the Supreme Court Of Ohio, Commission on CLE for 2.50 Ethics credits, 12.25 General credits, 1.00 New Attorney Client Fund Hours credit, 9.00 New Attorney Law General Hours credits, 1.00 New Attorney Law Office Hours credit, and 1.00 New Attorney Law Professionalism Hours credit. OAJ is an approved CLE provider with the Ohio Supreme Court.


Hilton at Easton Town Center

The Hilton at Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

Cancellation Policy

Convention Cancellation

Cancellations by program participants received by Friday April 26th, 2019 will be refunded less a $45 service fee. No refunds are given for cancellations received after 5:00 PM on Friday April 26th, 2019. Transfer of registration fee paid to another CLE event or colleague is not permitted. Upon request, course materials are available in consideration of tuition paid. The OAJ reserves the right to modify or cancel a program if circumstances warrant. If the OAJ cancels a program, full tuition will be refunded.