2020 Annual Convention


May 6-8, 2020 | 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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Back again this year...
Fake money... real fun. Join OAJ for an evening of fantasy gaming to celebrate the 2020 Annual Convention Thursday, May 7th! This party was a hit last year -- you won't want to miss out! 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 Washington, DC Package
AAJ Washington, DC Package

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

Sponsored by the American Association for Justice


*Winner will receive a reimbursement from OAJ for the cost of 2 tickets roundtrip airfare to Washington, DC not to exceed $1,000. 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 7th

Plenary Session 

Hidden Damages That Can Add Millions to Your Cases: Steven Gursten, Esq. Farmington Hills, MI


New Trends in Civil Litigation 

 The Cast and Characters of the Opioid Litigation and the Pursuit of  the Defendants: Frank Gallucci, Esq. Cleveland, OH & Salvatore Badala, Esq. Melville, NY

The Top Non-Law Books Trial Lawyers Need to Read: Ken Levinson, Esq. Chicago, IL

Case Framing from Cradle to Closing: Doris Cheng, Esq. San Francisco, CA

Negotiation Strategies to Achieve the Best Settlements: Mikal Watts, Esq. San Antonio, TX

Fun with Shrinks: Psychological Evidence in Personal Injury: Jonathan Karon, Esq. Boston, MA

Utilizing a Case Manager as your Client’s Patient Advocate to Achieve the Best Outcomes for your Client and the Case: Shanna Huber, RN, BSN, MSN/Ed, CCM, CLCP, CNLCP, Aging Life Care Manager, Ripple Life Care Planning 

Mediation Tips Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Should Know: Robert Erney, Esq. Columbus, OH, Magistrate Mark Petrucci, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Craig Scott, Esq. Columbus, OH, Frank A. Ray, Esq. Columbus, OH


Professional Conduct Session

Hollywood Ethics: Do They Ever Get it Right?: Charles Kettlewell, Esq. Columbus, OH

Ethics & the Practice of Law: What Would you do for $357?: Joseph Caligiuri, Esq. Disciplinary Counsel at The Supreme Court of Ohio

Know When to Hold ‘Em – Know When to Shred ‘Em – Don’t Gamble with Client Files: Gretchen Mote, Esq. Director of Loss Prevention, Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company


Employment Law Session

FLSA Collective Actions: Greg Mansell, Esq. Columbus, OH, Rachel Sabo, Esq. Columbus, OH, Peter Friedmann, Esq. Columbus, OH

Strategies for Successful Mediations and Settlement Conversations: Hans Nilges, Esq. Massillon, OH

Recent Changes in Wage and Hour Laws Under the Trump Administration: Robert DeRose, Esq. Columbus, OH


Technology Session:

Developing Deep Evidence for Jury Persuasion: Susan Petersen, Esq. Chardon, OH

Crossing the Complex Expert with Technology: Michael Hill, Esq. Cleveland, OH

Utilizing Focus Group Technology for Trial Presentation: David Skall, Esq. Elyria, OH

Running Technology at Trial: Tyson Mutrux,  St. Louis,  MO

Presenting Evidence to Focus Groups: Anca Niederkorn, Settlement Department Manager, Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers Cleveland, OH, William Eadie, Esq. Cleveland, OH



Technology Session:

Effective Opening Statements: Bobby Rutter, Esq. Cleveland, OH & Nicholas DiCello, Esq. Cleveland, OH

What’s Left of Product Liability: Sean Harris, Esq. Columbus, OH

Mediation: Techniques to Facilitate Settlement: John Alton, Esq. Columbus, OH

Client Fund Management: Yukiko Yee, Esq. General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer, Ohio Access to Justice Foundation

Critical First Steps: Medical Malpractice Intake/Investigation: Lindsay Lawrence, Esq. Covington, KY

Proving Traumatic Brain Injuries without Radiologic Evidence: Jeffrey Heller, Esq. Cleveland, OH



Friday, May 8th 


Litigation at Sunrise:

 Starting From Scratch: 5 Ways to Bolster Your Firm’s Social Media Presence: Mike Brown, Findlaw


Workers' Compensation Session:


Industrial Commission Update: Chairman Hughes, Commissioner Taylor, Commissioner Gillmor, Industrial Commission of Ohio Industrial Commission of Ohio


Deciphering the new BWC fusion Rule: What We’ve Learned So Far: Matthew Copp, Esq. Columbus, OH & Esther Barrett, Esq. Columbus, OH

Update from BWC Administrator: Stephanie McCloud, BWC Administrator BWC Administrator

Drug Impaired Behavior Leading to Injury at Work: Interpretation of Forensic Toxicology in Worker's Compensation Cases: Dr. Wyman Wyman, PhD, DABT, DABFT, Forensic Toxicology Consultant

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

Social Security Disability and Your Clients: Your Questions Answered: Carol Herdman, Esq. Columbus, OH

Legislative Changes That will Impact Your Practice: Brad Ingraham, OAJ Director of Government Affairs

Professional Conduct Session:  

Ethics Update and (Un)Professionalism Horror Stories: Charles Kettlewell, Esq. Columbus, OH

Understanding Addiction: Squirrel Logic: Brad Lander, PhD, LICDC The Ohio State University

Professionalism: Observations from the Bench: Laurel Beatty Blunt, Tenth District Court of Appeals Tenth District Court of Appeals

Subrogation Session:  

We can Completely Ignore Subro Claims from Non-ERISA, Private Health Insurance.  Right?  Not so Fast my Friend: Daniel Mordarski, Esq. Columbus, OH

ERISA Subrogation Trends and Management Strategies: Robert Kerpsack, Esq. Dublin, OH

Preserving Clients’ Rights: Special Needs Trusts and Medicare Set-Asides: Anne Lawter, Esq. Ringler

Use Consumer Laws to get Subro / Reimbursement Collectors to Pay Your Client: Daniel Myers, Esq. Cleveland, OH


Med-Pay Migraines: Is there an Rx?: Brian Wilson, Esq. Canton, OH

R.C. 2323.44; the Status of Ohio’s Pro Rata Statute: Matt Nakajima, Esq. Lebanon, OH

Workers’ Compensation & Subrogation: Practices, Pitfalls, and Maximizing the Best Result for your Client: Vincent Scebbi,  Cleveland, OH

Super Liens: Medicare and Medicaid: Margaret Murray,  Sandusky, OH


Women's Caucus Session:

Women's Caucus Panel Discussion: Sydney McLafferty, Esq. Columbus, OH, Meghan Connolly, Esq. Cleveland, OH, Megan Frantz Oldham, Esq. Canton, OH


Trucking Safety Session:  

Strategies to Maximizing the Catastrophic Truck Case: Peter Kestner, Esq. Inver Grove Heights, MN

Accident Reconstruction in Trucking Cases: Initial Perception, Actual Perception, & Reaction: James Crawford, Grafton, OH

Be Careful What you Wish for: Consequences of the Megaverdict in a Truck Crash Case: D.J. Young, Esq. Cleveland, OH

 How to Get Other Records on Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies: Florence Murray, Esq. Sandusky, OH



Medical Malpractice Session:

Cases in Hospital Administration Liability: Craig Felty, RN New Palestine, IN


Understaffing: by the Numbers: Ernest Tosh, Esq. Grapevine, TX

E-Discovery in Medical Malpractice Cases: Medical Records are Just the Beginning!!: Dustin Herman, Esq. Cleveland, OH


New Lawyer Training Session: 

Employment Law 101: Peter Friedmann, Esq. Cleveland, OH

Digging Into Electronic Medical Records: Susan Petersen, Esq. Columbus, OH

Workers Compensation and Law Office Management: Sam Marcellino, Esq. Columbus, OH

How to Increase Value in Your Pre-Suit Settlements: Jami Oliver, Esq. Dublin, OH

Special Considerations for Crashes Near Schools: Ashley Rutherford Starling, Esq. Hilliard, OH

Every Single Case Involves the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: What Every Lawyer Must Know and Understand to Successfully Employ E-Discovery in Every Case: Dustin Herman, Esq. Cleveland, OH

Basics of Bad Faith Claims: Florence Murray, Esq. Sandusky, OH

The Essential CLE for Solos, Small and Medium Firms: Philip King, Esq. Columbus, OH

Probate for Personal Injury Lawyers: Nicholas Laudato, Esq. Indepence, OH




Special thanks to our Monte Carlo Night Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Meyer Wilson
Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy Co., LPA 
Young & McCarthy


Silver Sponsors
Paul W. Flowers Co
Oliver Law Office
Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA
Lipson O'Shea







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 May 1st, 2020 will be refunded less a $45 service fee. No refunds are given for cancellations received after 5:00 PM on Friday May 1st, 2020. 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.