2017 Annual Convention


May 3-5, 2017 | Columbus, OH


Join us for our annual two day event where you can earn up to half of your biennial CLE while networking and building connections with plaintiff's attorneys from around the state and midwest. Keep an eye out for session information, guest speakers, and details on networking events! Final schedule will be released in early 2017.
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Wednesday, May 3rd

Clair M. Carlin Memorial Golf Tournament

Women's Caucus Reception at World of Beer

Opening Party at World of Beer


Thursday, May 4th

Plenary Session with David Ball, Ph.D., - Cutting Edge Techniques I

David Ball is widely acknowledged as America's most influential and effective trial consultant. He's a partner in Malekpour & Ball Consulting in North Carolina, the nation's only consulting firm qualified to guide attorneys in the use of Reptilian methods and strategies. Co-founder of Reptilian trial advocacy, Dr. Ball specializes in mediation techniques, early case development, focus groups, case analysis and presentation, advocacy skills, damages strategies, and jury selection. His best-selling books include Reptile with Don Keenan, David Ball on Damages (now in its third, ground-breaking edition) and Theater Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials. He is the nation's most in-demand and experienced trial consultant for teaching CLEs.
He is best known for his insight into methods of explaining difficult cases, identifying and dealing with case weaknesses, turning case problems into strengths, and focus group techniques. He is also regarded as the major authority on damages.

New Trends in Civil Litigation

Becoming a Fearless Cross-Examiner - Patrick Malone, Esq.
Cutting Edge Techniques II - David Ball, Ph.D.
Proving Corporate Liability - Lisa Circeo, Esq.
Excessive Police Force Against the Emotionally Impaired - Antonio Romanucci, Esq.
Security Guard Misconduct: Attacking Companies who Hide Behind Contract Guards - Jordan Lebovitz, Esq.
Law Firm Liability and Compliance with HIPAA - Stephen Bittinger, Esq.

Employment Law

Federal and State Employment Law Update - Daniel Petrov, Esq.
Strengthening Your Case with Public Records: Useful Tactics for Making the Most of Ohio’s Sunshine Laws - Ashlie Case Sletvold, Esq.

Professional Conduct

Important Things to Know About Ohio’s Legal Ethics SystemRichard Dove, Director of Board of Professional Conduct, Supreme Court of Ohio
Legal Ethics: A View From the Bench - Judge Jennifer Brunner
Alcohol & Substance Abuse Education for Lawyers - William Mann, Esq.
Legal Ethics Update - William Mann, Esq.

Family Law

QDRO Best Practices: Addressing Critical Issues Prior to Final Hearing - Benjamin Nyhan, Esq.
Advanced Issues in Spousal Support - Nicholas Yaeger, Esq.
Family Law Case and Legislative Update - Chris Trolinger, Esq.

New Lawyers Training

Cutting Edge Techniques I - David Ball, Ph.D.
Pre-Suit Damage Work Up and Negotiations - Jami Oliver, Esq.
Preparing for Your 1st Trial: Calm Down & Don’t Wet Your Pants - Jay Vaughn, Esq.
Bifurcation/Trifurcation - Bobby Rutter, Esq.,
Law Office Management - Kurt Young, Esq.
Worker's Compensation 101 - Kurt Young, Esq.
Practical Tips and Tricks from the Mediators - Craig Scott, Esq., Frank Ray, Esq., Rob Erney, Esq.,  & Bob Hanson, Esq.


Special Events

President's Reception
President's Dinner


Friday, May 5th

Litigation at Sunrise Presented by FindLaw

From Novelty to Necessity: Pragmatic Social Media for Law Firms
Remember when websites were novel? If your firm was around prior to the dot com boom you probably had to make a hard decision about when to finally get on board with this whole “internet” thing. Well it’s happened again. In the same way that websites once changed from being curiosities to business essentials, so too has social media moved from novelty to necessity. Join us to learn how your firm can capitalize on social media’s ability to reach and advertise to legal consumers in 2017.

Workers' Compensation:
Workers' Compensation session has been approved for 5.25 CLE Specialty hours with the Ohio State Bar Association.

Traumatic Brain Injury, A Neuropsychological Perspective - Dr. DeAnna Frye, Ph.D.
Practicing Rhetoric in the Hearing Room - Martha Schaffer, JD, PhD.
AWW/Tender Years Doctrine and Special Circumstances - Mark Granger, Esq.
Workers' Comp Fraud: Claimant's Perspective - Dennis Evans, Esq.
Aultworks: A Unique Perspective from a POR With an Open Discussion to Follow - Dr. Michael Marvin, MD
Protecting Your Client’s Reputation in an Internet World - Edward Forman, Esq.
Case Law Update - Jon Goodman, Esq.

Trucking Litigation: Hide and Seek II: Finding the Flaws and Coverage and Getting it all to the Jury

Looking for Truck Maintenance Problems - Andrew Abraham Esq.
Trucking Insurance 101 - Pete Kestner Esq.
Finding the Gems Through the 30(b)6 Deposition of the Trucking Company - Andy Young Esq.
Getting in the Jury Instructions - Rena Leizerman Esq,.

Mass Torts

Mass Torts in State Court - Joseph Lyon Esq.
Case Screening: The Importance of Criteria - Calvin Tregre Esq,
Pitfalls to Avoid in Handling Mass Tort Litigation - David Zoll Esq.
Identifying and Handling Mass Tort Cases for the Single Event Firm - Dustin Herman Esq.
Mass Tort Updates: Current and Emerging Cases - Richard Schulte Esq.

Medical Malpractice

Chiropractic-Induced Vertebral Artery Dissection and Stroke, a Verdict Analysis - Kenneth McKenna, Esq.
180 Day Letters - A Godsend or a Trap for the Unwary (Lawyer, that is) - Rubin Guttman, Esq.
The Four Year Statute of Repose Analysis, Application and Updates - Eleana Drakatos, Esq.
The Apology Statute Analysis and Updates - Michael Shroge, Esq.

Professional Conduct

Important Things to Know About Ohio’s Legal Ethics SystemRichard Dove, Director of Board of Professional Conduct, Supreme Court of Ohio
Legal Ethics: A View From the Bench - Judge Jennifer Brunner
Alcohol & Substance Abuse Education for Lawyers - William Mann, Esq.
Legal Ethics Update - William Mann, Esq.

New Lawyer Training

Prepping Witnesses and Taking Depositions  - Bruce Boerst, Esq.
Current Issues and Trends in 1983 Actions - Sean Walton, Esq.
Tackling Brief Research and Writing: A Step by Step Approach - Margaret Murray, Esq.
ERISA Claims Process and Litigation Fundamentals - Robert Perez, Esq.
The Bad Faith and Personal Counsel “Clubs” in Third-Party Cases - Peter Traska, Esq.
Supporting Your Mobile Law Office - Apps, Tools, Tricks for Practicing Law on the Go- Philip Leppla, Esq.
Beyond the MPRE: Common Ethics Pitfalls for Personal Injury Lawyers - Rick Stege, Esq.
Client Fund Management - Susan Choe, Deputy Director and General Counsel


Special Events

Annual Awards Luncheon


OAJ will submit credit to Ohio and Kentucky for CLE credit for the Annual Convention.

Hilton at Easton Town Center

The Hilton at Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219
The room rate for this years' block is $193 per night. The room block is currently open. Please use the room code OAJ when booking your room. Click here to reserve your room today.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by program participants received by 5:00 p.m. April 28, 2017 will be refunded less a $45 service fee. No refunds are given for cancellations received after 5:00 PM on Friday April 28, 2017. 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.