2016 Annual Convention


May 4-6, 2016 | 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 2016.
Connect with us on social media - #OAJ16

Wednesday, May 4th

Clair M. Carlin Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Ringler Associates

Women's Caucus Reception at World of Beer Easton

Opening Party at World of Beer Easton sponsored by Leading Technologies


Thursday, May 5th

Plenary Session with Rick Friedman - The Last Resistance: Plaintiff Lawyers in the 21st Century

Rick built his reputation representing people and small businesses injured by large corporations and government agencies. His cases include those involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and business torts. Among Rick’s landmark cases are Myrick v. Mastagni, believed to be the first case in California holding a building owner liable for injuries sustained in an earthquake, and Robinson v. State Farm, which exposed State Farm using phony doctor’s reports to deny claims. He has obtained four verdicts in the past twelve years which LawyersUSA ranked in the top ten verdicts of the year.

Rick is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and the author of three books on trial advocacy published by Trial Guides: Rules of the Road:  A Plaintiff Lawyer’s Guide to Proving Liability; Polarizing the Case: Exposing and Defeating the Malingering Myth, On Becoming a Trial Lawyer; and The Elements of Trial.   He practices in Alaska, Washington, Nevada and California, and also appears pro hac vice in state and federal courts around the country.

New Trends in Civil Litigation

Revisiting Cross-Examination - Rick Friedman, Esq.
Obtaining True Justice for the Catastrophically Injured - Brian Panish, Esq.
Internet Defamation and Related Torts - Whitney Gibson, Esq. & Colleen Devanney, Esq.
Looking Inside Your Own Mind - Mark Kitrick, Esq.
Winning Your Case In Voir Dire - Ven Johnson, Esq.
Protecting Your Client's Coverage Benefits: Ideas on Handling Med-Pay - Bob Wagoner, Esq.

Employment Law

What are You Missing? Spotting FMLA and Disability Discrimination Issues in Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Cases - Hans Nilges, Esq.
Decision-Making Skills in Employment Cases - Daniel Petrov, Esq.

Professional Conduct

Legal Ethics: Exploring the Many Shades of Gray -  Alison De Villiers, Esq.
Friending for Evidence - John Sauter, Esq.
Ethics And Professionalism You Can Really Use - Dan Mordarski, Esq.

Family Law

Electronic Eavesdropping in Domestic Relations Cases - Brad Frick, Esq.
Custody and Divorces Involving Children or Parties with Special Needs - Tabitha Woodruff, Esq.
The Implications of Same Sex Marriage Cases on Family Law Practices - Leeann Massucci, Esq.
Family Law Case Law Update - Chris Trolinger, Esq.

New Lawyers Training

Taking Depositions in a Medical Malpractice Case - Pamela Pantages, Esq.
Intro to Cross Examination - Eric Kennedy, Esq.
Intro to Securing Evidence and Trial Prep - Don Moore, Esq.
Intro to Civil Rights and 1983 Cases - Michael Hill, Esq.
Intro to Workers' Compensation - Troy Duffy, Esq.
Intro to Social Security Disability Cases - Shannon Bateson, Esq.


Special Events

OAJ PAC Leadership Breakfast with special guests Supreme Court Candidates Judge John O'Donnell and Judge Cynthia Rice
Annual Membership Luncheon
President's Reception
President's Dinner with special guest Sirius XM radio commentator/CNN commentator and trial attorney Michael Smerconish


Friday, May 6th

Litigation at Sunrise Presented by FindLaw

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Workers' Compensation

VSSR Issues that Arise in Your Workers' Compensation Law Practice and Effective Practice Strategies - Matt Finnegan, Esq.
Vocational Rehabilitation: Basic tips and Expert Tricks to Help Your Client - Kitty Ivan, Esq. and Shelley Johnson
Case Law That Might Actually Help at Hearing - Jon Goodman, Esq.
Case Law Update - Rachel Black, Esq.
Effective Appellate Arguments - Judge Cynthia Rice
Lumbar Conditions and Treatment Options - Dr. Jonathan J. Paley, MD
TBI: Diagnosis and Recognizing Symptoms - Dr. Denise Rabold, Psychologist
The Shoulder: Anatomy, Conditions, and Causation - Dr. Rodney Comisar, MD

Trucking Litigation: Hide and Seek: How and Why to Find the Parties and Where to Find the Money

How and Where to Find the Right Regulations - Rena Leizerman, Esq.
Finding the Right Defendant for Injuries from Falling Cargo - Tim Whiting, Esq.
The Shell Game: Finding the Parties. The Deep Dive: Finding the Hours of Service and other Violations. The Payoff: Punitive Damages - Marion Munley, Esq.
Finding the Money: Brokers, Consultants and Construction Companies in Trucking Cases from Recent Case Examples
- Rena Leizerman, Esq.

Mass Torts

Views From Leadership: How to Utilize Lead Counsel in a Mass Tort Case - Brenda Fulmer, Esq. & Mark DiCello, Esq.
Mass Torts in State Court: A Good Option? - Joe Lyon, Esq.
Handling Dangerous Drug Cases - Andrew List, Esq. and Sol Weiss, Esq.
Mass Torts Update: Status, Topics and Trends - Rick Schulte, Esq.

Medical Malpractice sponsored by MedMal Consulting, Inc.

A Focus Group Review: The Winning Formula for Plaintiffs Lawyers - Steve Crandall, Esq.
This Year's Hot Issues: Wuerth, Foreseeability, Collateral Source Set-Offs, and Beyond - Paul Flowers, Esq.
Devastating Depositions - David Kulwicki, Esq.

Professional Conduct

Legal Ethics: Exploring the Many Shades of Gray -  Alison De Villiers, Esq.
Professionalism in the 21st Century - Corey Artim, Esq.
Case Updates and Developing Trends in Ethics and Professional Conduct - David Dingwell, Esq.

New Lawyers Training

Are You Including Everything? – Claims for Lost Wages and Loss of Future Earning Capacity  - Nick Owen, Esq.
Strategies and Techniques for Presenting Economic Damages at Trial - Dan Volkema, Esq.
Building a Reliable Foundation for Future Medical Expenses: The Experts You Must Have and the Information They Must Include in Their Reports - Travis Mohler, Esq.
Dealing with Collateral Source and Robinson v. Bates issues - Marilena DiSilvio, Esq.
Friending for Evidence - John Sauter, Esq.
Law Office Management - Kurt Young, Esq.
Client Fund Management - Ohio Legal Aid Foundation
2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - Justin Hawal, Esq.


Special Events

Annual Awards Luncheon


OAJ will submit credit to Ohio and Kentucky for CLE credit for the Annual Convention.
PLEASE NOTE: All materials for this year's convention will be given on a Flashdrive or DISC. Power strips for laptop use will be available in all seminar rooms and at all seminar tables. If you would like printed materials please be sure to opt for them as a part of your registration, there is an additional $100 fee for printed materials.

Hilton at Easton Towne Center

The Hilton at Easton Towne Center
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219
The room rate for this years' block is $192 per night. All room reservations must be made by April 12th. Please use the room code OAJ when booking your room. Click here for Online Room Reservations


Overflow Hotel:

Courtyard Columbus at Easton

3900 Morse Crossing

Columbus, OH 43219

Group Rate: $192 per night; online code: OAJOAJA; call-in code: OAJC


Residence Inn Columbus Easton


3999 Easton Loop West
Columbus  OH  43219 


Cancellation Policy

Convention Cancelation

Cancelations by program participants received by 5:00 p.m. April 29, 2016 will be refunded less a $45 service fee. No refunds are given for cancelations received after 5:00 PM on Wednesday April 29, 2016. 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.