2019 Winter Convention


2019 Winter Convention

November 6th - 8th, 2019

Cleveland, OH

Learn from the experts.

Generate new connections. 

Celebrate with friends.

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We have two extraordinary plenary speakers lined up for you. Check out the lineup here!


Carl Bettinger 

CARL BETTINGER has litigated hundreds of personal injury, medical malpractice and nursing home neglect claims.  He is the author of Twelve Heroes, One Voice: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts (Those interested should look to the independent publisher, Trial Guides, www.trialguides.com, not Amazon (the book is not self-published)). Both in his own work and when consulting for others, Carl focuses on bringing cases alive, utilizing a variety of non-conventional approaches, including those from improvisational acting, psychodrama and storytelling.  In recent trials, he sang part of his closings. Before attending University of New Mexico Law School, he went to medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and then completed an internal medicine residency at The University of New Mexico. In his spare time, he goes fishing. A couple years ago he caught an 80 pound tarpon on a fly rod.

Michael Mogill

MICHAEL MOGILL is Founder and CEO of Crisp Video Group, the nation’s fastest-growing legal video marketing company, and the author of “The Game Changing Attorney”. He’s helped thousands of attorneys — from solo and small firms to large practices — differentiate themselves from competitors. Crisp has been named to the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest-growing companies. A sought-after speaker, Michael often presents at national conferences on innovative ways to create exponential business growth. His advice has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Inc., Avvo, ABA Journal, The Trial Lawyer, and Wall Street Journal


Browse our full line up below:



Plenary Session 

Story - The Pathway to the Hero in Every Juror: Carl Bettinger, Esq. Albuquerque, NM


General Session

Public Benefits and Injury Settlements: Tim Stallings, Esq. Cleveland, OH

Winning Large Verdicts by Empowering Jurors: a Case Study on a Substantial Trip and Fall Verdict: Matt Nakajima, Esq. & Charlie M. Rittgers, Esq.  Lebanon, OH

Toward An Evidence Based Legal Practice: Utilizing Decision Science and Mathematics In Case Evaluation and Settlement: Hans Nilges, Esq. Massillon, OH

Anatomy of the Boeing Max 737 Crashes: Jamie Lebovitz, Esq. Cleveland, OH

Why do my settlement offers suck?  What can I do to get better offers?  A mediator’s view:  Daniel Mordarski, Esq. Columbus, OH

Jury Research for Jury Selection:  The Takeaways from Focus Groups: Artemis Malekpour, J.D., M.H.A. Chapel Hill, NC


Workers' Compensation Session

Case Law Update:  Jon Goodman, Esq. Columbus, OH  

Industrial Commission UpdateIndustrial Commissioners

Workplace Injury and Psychological Functioning: Dr. Raymond Richetta, PH.D & Dr. Patrick Yingling, Psy.D.  Beachwood, OH

Voluntary Abandonment - Case Law and Practice Tips: Stacy Callen, Esq. Cleveland, OH

Updates from the Industrial Commission: Tom Connor, Industrial Commission Hearing Services Director  

What Workers' Comp Practitioners Need to Know About Employer Merit and Group Rating and Self Insured Assessments: Robert Trivisonno, Administrator, Cleveland, OH


Professional Conduct Session

Professionalism: If It's an Option, Why Bother?: Patrick Perotti, Esq. Cleveland, OH

Legal Ethics for Trial Attorneys: William Mann, Esq. Dublin, OH

Legal Ethics from Hollywood; Does anyone ever get it right?: Charles Kettlewell, Esq. Columbus, OH




Plenary Session

Building a Game Changing Organization: Michael Mogill, Founder & CEO of Crisp Video Atlanta, GA


General Session: 

Offensive Voir Dire: Seven Steps to an Unbiased Jury: John Camillus, Esq. Columbus, OH

Legal Issues in the age of E-Scooters: Steven Magas, Esq. Cincinnati, OH

How to Avoid the Golden Rule While Placing Jurors Squarely in the Shoes of Your Clients and Maximizing the Value of Your Case: Rex Elliott, Esq. & Charles Cooper, Esq. Columbus, OH

Starting and Building a Plaintiff's Practice Without Breaking the Bank: Steven Babin, Esq. Columbus, OH


Medical Malpractice Session: 

Overcoming Negative Attribution and Other Common Hurdles in Medical Cases: Artemis Malekpour, J.D., M.H.A. Chapel Hill, NC

How to Win an Opiate Overdose Case Against a Doctor and a Pharmacy: George Loucas, Esq. Beachwood, OH

Rethinking the Standard of Care: A New Paradigm: Sean McElligott , Esq. Bridgeport, CT

Finding the Nuggets of Gold in Nursing Home Records: Ingrid Sidorov , MSN, RN Wynnewood, PA


Trucking Safety Session:

Tough Trucking Liability Cases and How to Concern the Opposition: Andrew Young, Esq. Cleveland, OH

Recent Trends in Vicarious Liability and Trucking Cases: Peter Kestner, Esq. Inver Grove Heights, MN

Experts in Trucking Cases: Jay Vaughn, Esq. Louisville, KY

Maximizing the Trucking Safety Regulations: Rena Leizerman, Esq. Toledo, OH

Looming: Perceived Rate of Closure in Vehicle Crashes: Dr. Nancy Grugle, Ph.D., CHFP Denver, CO


Social Events
Wednesday, November 6th: Opening Party at Magnolia 

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Thursday, November 7th: Networking Event at Eliot's Bar 

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Hilton: Cleveland Downtown

100 Lakeside Ave E.

Cleveland, OH


A limited number of hotel rooms are available. To reserve a room, click here or call the Cleveland Hilton Downtown at (216) 413-5000 and use the room block code OAJ.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by program participants received by 5:00pm on Friday, November 1st will be refunded less a $45 service fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 5:00 PM on November 1st. Upon request, course materials are available in consideration of tuition paid. The OAJ reserves the rights to modify or cancel a program if circumstances warrant.