2018 Annual Convention


May 2-4, 2018 | 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! To see a full copy of the brochure, click here!
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 For special room block pricing call (614) 414-5000 and use the code OAJ to reserve a room at our rate of $193 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.


Thursday, May 3rd      


Plenary Session

Bottom Up Preparation: Preparing to Win               

Greg Cusimano, Esq. Gadsden, AL


New Trends in Civil Litigation          

Depositions are Trial: Effectively Using Exhibits, Testimony and Visual Aids   

Sach Oliver, Esq., Rogers, AR     


Practical Tips When Approaching A Settlement  

Michael Goodman Esq., Cleveland, OH

Ann  Koerner, President, National Care Advisors, Morgan Hill, CA


Approaches to Premises Liability Cases       

Michael Neff Esq., Atlanta, GA


Jury Selection in the Age of Polarization

Sean Dominick Esq., Palm Beach Gardens, FL


Litigating in the 21st- Century

Matthew Hass, CEO of Arkansas Trial Lawyer Association


Why Would Anyone Want to be a Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer?       

Gary Paul Esq., El Segundo, CA


How to Talk to Conservatives               

Paul Byrd, Esq., Little Rock, AR


New Lawyers                                                                                                    

Tactics & Timing:  The Art of Negotiating Early            

Jami Oliver, Esq., Dublin, OH


Employing E-Discovery in Every Case: Understanding the Nuts and Bolts

Dustin   Herman, Esq., Cleveland, OH


The Trial Lawyer’s Most Effective Discovery Tool: 30(B)(5) Corporate Representative Depositions

Travis    Mohler Esq., Columbus, OH


Trial Strategies            

Dennis  Mulvihill, Esq., Cleveland, OH


Maximizing Recoveries in Personal Injury Cases and Streamlining Litigation

Matt Nakajima  Esq., Cincinnati, OH


Why, When, and How to Focus Group Effectively       

Matthew Hass, CEO, Arkansas Trial Lawyer Association, Founder, The Focus Firm, Little Rock, AR



iPads at Trial: High Tech, Low Cost

Tad Thomas, Esq. Louisville, KY


E-Discovery and Litigation Support

Brett Burney Esq., Chagrin Falls, OH


How to Better Manage Your Workload and Time - Distraction, Time, Task & Email Management for Lawyers

Paul Unger, Esq., Columbus, OH


How Trial Lawyers Can Use Social Media to Help Consumers and Expand Their Law Firm Brand From Local To Global

Mitch Jackson Esq., Laguna Hills, CA


Employment Law                                                                                                            

Decisions, Decisions: Using Mental Models to Improve Your Law Practice          

Daniel Petrov  Esq., Cleveland, Ohio


FLSA Case law Update                

Bob DeRose, Esq., Columbus, Ohio


Professional Conduct                                                                                                    

Social Media and Ethics

Charles Kettlewell, Esq. Columbus, OH


Departing Attorneys:  Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Diana Anelli , Esq., Columbus, OH


SCANDAL! Defiance, Ohio Attorneys Clay Crates and Dan Michel Discuss Scandal Inside and Outside of the Courtroom, and How to Avoid It  

Daniel Michel, Esq., Defiance, OH, Clay Crates, Esq., Defiance, OH


Friday, May 4th 


Litigation at Sunrise

Reputation Management for Law Firms         

Jordan Schuetzle, Esq., Eagan, MN


Workers' Compensation

BWC Update

Sarah Morrison, Esq. BWC Administrator/CEO, Columbus, OH


Industrial Commission Update

Tim Bainbridge Esq., Chairperson Industrial Commission, Jodi Taylor, Esq., Employer Member


Karen  Gillmor, Ph.D., Public Member    

Amended R.C. 4123.512 and Settlements 

Richard Blake, BWC Director of Employer Services Support and Settlements, Columbus, OH


SSDI and Workers’ Compensation Interplay

Carol Herdman Esq. Columbus, OH


Case Law Update

Jon Goodman, Esq., Worthington, OH


Psychological Allowances in a Post-Armstrong World

Raymond Richetta, Ph.D., Clinical Director of Weinstein & Associates, Inc., Beachwood, OH 


Trends in Workers’ Comp Policy and Their Effect on Your Clients and Your Practice

John Van Doorn, OAJ Director of Government Affairs


Barriers to Patient Care for Injured Workers

Joseph Mileti, M.D., Upper Arlington, OH


New Lawyers  

Starting Your Practice From Scratch

Kurt Young, Esq., Toledo, OH


Ethics Essentials      

Rick Stege Esq., Solon, OH


Social Media Use: Voir Dire and Trial

Bruce Boerst, Esq., Toledo, OH


Mediations: Do's and Don'ts

John Alton, Esq., Columbus, OH


Tailoring Demand Packages: Maximizing the Value of Your Client’s Case

Rhys Richards Esq., Middletown, OH


Client Trust Accounts 2018

Susan Choe, Deputy Director & General Counsel at Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, Columbus, OH


Ohio Workers’ Compensation Basics:  What and Who You Need to Know!

Matthew Copp, Esq., Columbus, OH


Understanding the Fundamentals of Police Liability Claims

Adam  Gerhardstein, Esq., Cincinnati, OH


Mass Torts         

Hernia Mesh Litigation Update

Jacob Gebelle, Esq., Vandalia, OH


Local Governments as Plaintiffs, Solving the Opioid Epidemic

James Young, Esq., Jacksonville, FL


The Story of C8 Litigation

Robert Bilott, Esq., Cincinnati, OH


Panel Discussion: Current Trends in Mass Torts

Richard  Schulte, Esq. Vandalia, OH 

Robert Bilott, Esq., Cincinnati, OH

James Young, Esq., Jacksonville, FL

Frank Guerra, Esq. San Antonio, Texas


Professional Conduct                    

Case Law Update

Charles Kettlewell, Esq., Columbus, OH


Featherbrained and Flighty:  Frivolous Conduct Subterfuge in Litigation

Diana Anelli, Esq., Columbus, OH


Summaries of Board Advisory Opinions

William Mann, Esq., Powell, OH


Medical Malpractice                                                                                                      

Social Media in the Courtroom: the Effects on Jury Selection and Jury Verdicts

Steven Crandall, Esq.. Chagrin Falls, OH


Using Psychodrama to Disarm the Defense Expert
Curtis  Fifner Esq., Columbus, OH
How to be a Whiz at Urology Malpractice and The Ins and Outs of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Stephen O'Keefe Esq. Dayton, OH




Trucking Litigation           

Interactive Trial Demonstration

Scott Smith, Esq., Columbus, Ohio

Andrew Young, Esq., Cleveland, OH

Rena Leizerman, Esq., Toledo, OH

Michael Leizerman, Esq., Toledo, OH



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, 12.00 General credits, 1.00 New Attorney Client Fund Hours credit, 9.25 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 27, 2018 will be refunded less a $45 service fee. No refunds are given for cancellations received after 5:00 PM on Friday April 27, 2018. 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.