2019 New Trends in Civil Litigation
Published by Ohio Association for Justice
$120 for OH Members and Staff
$100 for Student
Duration: 315 minutes
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From the 2019 Annual Convention:
-Preserving Evidence from Cell Phones
-David V. Goliath: Protecting our Clients with Class Actions
-The Secrets to Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referral Based Marketing
-Conducting a Focus Group Without Breaking the Bank
-What the Emerging Discipline of Decision Science Can Teach Us About Trial Strategy
-Subrogation Trends and Management Strategies
-Making the Most of Mediation
| Eric Penn|
Eric T. Penn believes that in order to keep our families and communities safe, we have to hold people or corporations who choose to violate safety rules accountable for the injuries and conditions they create. That is why he has been an outspoken...MoreEric T. Penn believes that in order to keep our families and communities safe, we have to hold people or corporations who choose to violate safety rules accountable for the injuries and conditions they create. That is why he has been an outspoken advocate for seriously injured people for more than seventeen (17) years. He represents people who have been permanently and seriously injured through no fault of their own.
Eric is a born and raised Texan. He is a 1998 graduate of Baylor University. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Baylor University School of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2001.
A Trial Lawyer’s College (TLC) graduate, Eric is a frequent lecturer on Trucking litigation throughout the country. He is a member of American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trucking Litigation section, Attorney Information Exchange Group (AIEG), Academy of Trucking Accident Attorneys (ATAA) and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA).
In his free time, Eric enjoys traveling, sailing and spending time with his three children. Collapse
| Michael Cowen|
Michael Cowen is the founding partner of Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock. As a graduate of Texas A&M University in 1991, he is a proud Aggie. After obtaining his degree, Michael attended law school at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law where...MoreMichael Cowen is the founding partner of Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock. As a graduate of Texas A&M University in 1991, he is a proud Aggie. After obtaining his degree, Michael attended law school at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law where he graduated in 1995 with high honors and earned the top score on the Texas Bar Exam. To this day, Michael is still asked about this achievement so early in his career.
After graduating, Michael clerked for Judge Reynaldo G. Garza on the Fifth Circuit. In 1996 Michael moved to New York, where he joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the oldest law firm in the nation. It was his legal experience in New York representing a number of corporations, which led him to his passion to help people when they have been injured and are in need of help the most.
After returning to Texas, Michael spent his legal career handling a wide variety of injury cases. His experience gathering and interpreting evidence has helped him continue to be the most prepared attorney in the courtroom. As a Board Certified attorney in personal injury trial law, Michael has spoken at numerous CLE courses on a range of topics, which include pre-trial motions, roof crush litigation, trucking accidents, trial skills, oil field accidents, product liability and the preservation of evidence.
One of Michael’s notable accomplishments involves his work in a product liability case. Seven months after he requested a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into defective Chinese-made tires distributed by the Hercules Tire & Rubber Company, the tire importer announced it would recall seven sizes of certain All Trac A/T SUV tires. This recall was the result of hard work and dedication to not only the client’s Michael Cowen represents, but also the public who deserve to be safe on our roads.
In 2016, Michael celebrated 20 years of practicing law and is devoted to passing on his years of experience and lessons learned along the way, to his peers in the legal community. As a seasoned trial lawyer Michael has experience handling over 100 trials. Whether it is a CLE course hosted by TTLA, AAJ, AIEG, or a CLE event hosted by Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock, Michael takes pride in continuing to give his time to not only his clients, but his colleagues as well. He also welcomes the opportunity to work on cases with fellow attorneys, especially in trucking, oil field accidents and product liability matters.
In 2018 Michael created the podcast Trial Lawyer Nation and hosts two episodes every month where he helps share industry knowledge for fellow plaintiff attorneys. The podcast has grown so quickly it has now been heard in every state in the United States, as well as other countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Sweden, and more. Collapse
| Patrick Perotti|
Patrick J. Perotti has been recognized for outstanding achievements in consumer class actions and employment discrimination, both locally and nationally. He is the architect of the firm’s Ohio Lawyers Give Back initiative to distribute unclaimed...MorePatrick J. Perotti has been recognized for outstanding achievements in consumer class actions and employment discrimination, both locally and nationally. He is the architect of the firm’s Ohio Lawyers Give Back initiative to distribute unclaimed class action funds to charities. Patrick is an award winning national leader in the fields of consumer class actions, employment discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. With verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 billion dollars, Patrick is regularly selected to lead class suits in Ohio and around the country. His reputation developed from a demand for outcomes which not only offered compensation to class members but also stopped unlawful government and corporate practices. Using the class action device to achieve deterrence, he has directed more than $32 million in unclaimed class funds from his settlements to charities and non-profits around the country. The bench, bar and community have recognized Mr. Perotti’s legal and community accomplishments with the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Award, the defense bar’s Top 75 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the United States, the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest honor, the Ritter Award, and his alma mater Marshall College of Law’s highest honor, the Alumnae of the Year Award. As a frequent lecturer at state and national conferences on class actions, employment law, and the cy pres doctrine, Patrick is regularly consulted by the bench, bar and media on those subjects. His interviews and commentary are found in countless websites, newspapers, and local and national radio and television shows. Collapse
| John Fisher|
John Fisher is the owner and founder of John H. Fisher, P.C., where he limits his practice to catastrophic injury law for injury victims in New York State. Over the last 20 years, John’s practice has been limited to the representation of...MoreJohn Fisher is the owner and founder of John H. Fisher, P.C., where he limits his practice to catastrophic injury law for injury victims in New York State. Over the last 20 years, John’s practice has been limited to the representation of catastrophically injured persons.
John has been cited as a legal expert on numerous occasions by TRIAL magazine of the American Association for Justice and the New York Law Journal, and he speaks frequently for the New York State Bar Association, The National Trial Lawyers, PILMMA, Great Legal Marketing, and county and regional bar associations concerning law practice management, internet marketing for lawyers, referral-based marketing and trial skills.
First and foremost, John is an entrepreneur. John was selected as the national Marketer of the Year by Great Legal Marketing in 2013 and has been called a “master of referral marketing” by Ben Glass, Esq. John is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has a perfect 10/10 ranking on www.Avvo.com and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School.
John is the author of the best-selling book, The Power of a System—the first of its kind book with explicit “how-to” steps for the technical, managerial and entrepreneurial implementation of a multi-million dollar personal injury law firm. Collapse
| Sean Harris, Esq. |
Sean Harris followed his esteemed father – and personal hero – into the law. From an early age, he knew that helping others was the right thing to do. He saw his father fighting the good fight and standing up for people whose lives had been turned...MoreSean Harris followed his esteemed father – and personal hero – into the law. From an early age, he knew that helping others was the right thing to do. He saw his father fighting the good fight and standing up for people whose lives had been turned upside down through no fault of their own. And he could think of no better way to spend his life than following in his father’s footsteps.
Sean sees the role of a trial lawyer as keeping corporations and insurance companies honest, and focuses primarily on wrongful death, product liability, and personal injury. He cares about the well being of every client, and takes great pride in handing difficult legal cases where the odds seem to be stacked against him. Sean will do everything he can to make sure that justice is obtained for every client he represents.
A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law, Sean earned the CALI Award in Trial Practice and advanced to the national finals of the ATLA (AAJ) Trial Team competition. He earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University with a triple major in philosophy, geography and environmental studies.
For 2018-2019, Sean will be serving as the President of the Ohio Association for Justice, following in Mark Kitrick’s footsteps. OAJ is the only statewide association dedicated to preserving the 7th Amendment. Collapse
| John Camillus|
There are three critical perspectives in any civil litigation -- the plaintiff’s, the defendant’s, and the court’s. John possesses a rare blend of experience giving him insight into all three of these perspectives, having practiced as a plaintiffs’...MoreThere are three critical perspectives in any civil litigation -- the plaintiff’s, the defendant’s, and the court’s. John possesses a rare blend of experience giving him insight into all three of these perspectives, having practiced as a plaintiffs’ lawyer, worked as a defense lawyer, and clerked for a federal judge.
Prior to starting this firm, John was an attorney at Cooper & Elliott, where his practice focused on representing plaintiffs in a broad range of civil matters. Prior to joining Cooper & Elliott, John was a litigator with the international law firm of Jones Day. While at Jones Day, John worked on civil and criminal matters at both the trial and appellate level. His experience at Jones Day included successful representation of clients in various tort, contract, criminal, and securities matters.
Before joining Jones Day, John served as a law clerk for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As a clerk, John reviewed appellate briefs, prepared bench memoranda, and drafted opinions in a wide breadth of areas of law, from employment discrimination, commercial litigation, and civil rights matters to criminal sentencing, constitutional issues, and trial procedure. Collapse
| Courtney Camillus|
Dr. Courtney Camillus is the founder and CEO of Camillus Trial Consulting. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Ohio Wesleyan University, and received her Ph.D. in psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr....MoreDr. Courtney Camillus is the founder and CEO of Camillus Trial Consulting. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Ohio Wesleyan University, and received her Ph.D. in psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Camillus runs every aspect of the firm, working with attorneys to conduct focus groups and mock trials, assisting with witness preparation and theme development, and actively participating in creating voir dire questions and selecting a jury at trial. Dr. Camillus has developed her own, proprietary psychological assessment that she uses with focus group and mock jury participants, which provides invaluable insight and empirical evidence to aid attorneys in knowing what jurors they need to avoid. Collapse
| Robert Kerpsack|
Robert W. Kerpsack is the principal shareholder in the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Capital University. He is Graduate of the...MoreRobert W. Kerpsack is the principal shareholder in the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Capital University. He is Graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is recognized as an “Advocate” by the National College of Advocacy.
He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Bob has served as the chairperson of the Insurance Law Sections of the Ohio Association for Justice and of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He has also served as the Ohio Delegate to ATLA’s Board of Governors.
Bob is a frequent author and speaker on continuing legal education topics ranging from insurance law and unfair consumer practices.
Bob holds an AV rating (the highest available rating for professional skill and integrity) from the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory, and is listed in the Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.
Bob has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Collapse
| Robert Gray Palmer|
ROBERT GRAY PALMER has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer in all Ohio state and federal courts. With a B.A. from DePauw University and a J.D. from Washington University, Bob was a founding partner in Palmer Volkema Thomas, a...MoreROBERT GRAY PALMER has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer in all Ohio state and federal courts. With a B.A. from DePauw University and a J.D. from Washington University, Bob was a founding partner in Palmer Volkema Thomas, a plaintiffs' tort litigation firm concentrating in civil suits and federal trial and appellate cases. Bob recently established Robert Gray Palmer Co., LPA, to continue his plaintiffs' tort litigation practice. Bob has received considerable national recognition for his accomplishments on behalf of his clients including: Martindale-Hubbell's highest competency and ethical rating ("av"); Best Lawyers in America (10 consecutive years); One of top 100 lawyers in Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers; One of top 50 lawyers in Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers; Who's Who In Law, Business First; Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, for medical malpractice and personal injury; Wiedeman Wysocki Citation of Excellence, Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Known for his tenacity, resourcefulness and creativity, Bob secured a $51.5 million judgment, 1999's highest Ohio jury award, in Dardinger v. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield as a result of bad faith and breach of contract, by denying medical care to cancer patient Esther Dardinger, who then suffered greatly and died several years sooner than she would have with the needed treatment. In Schaefer v. Allstate Ins. Co., the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the insurers' terms for arbitration, which were binding for customers but non-binding for the insurer, were "Unconscionable." His work on this case changed Ohio uninsured motorists law. Bob serves as a legal commentator for a number of Ohio media outlets and lectures regionally and nationally on a wide range of legal topics. He has authored articles on diverse topics ranging from Managed Care Liability to Medical Records Spoliation. He has testified on behalf of the Ohio State Bar Association and Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers before numerous Ohio Senate and House of Representatives' committees on pending legislation. Collapse
May 2, 2019
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
- Preserving Evidence from Cell Phones
- David V. Goliath: Protecting our Clients with Class Actions
- The Secrets to Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referral Based Marketing
- Conducting a Focus Group Without Breaking the Bank
- What the Emerging Discipline of Decision Science Can Teach Us About Trial Strategy
- Subrogation Trends and Management Strategies
- Making the Most of Mediation
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$120 for OH Members and Staff
$100 for Student
Duration: 315 minutes
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