2012 Annual Convention


Join us for the 2012 OAJ Annual Convention!
The Annual Convention is Approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio for 12.75 hours of CLE credit including 1 hour of Professionalism, 1 hour of Ethics, and .5 hours of Substance Abuse.
The Annual Convention is Approved by the Kentucky Bar Association for 12.75 hours of CLE credit including Ethics.
The Annual Convention is Approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio for 12 hours of New Lawyers Training Credit, including 9 General Hours, 1 Professionalism hour, 1 Law Office Management hour and 1 Client Fund Management hour.
Wednesday, May 2nd:
Opening Party at Fado's
Thursday May 3rd:
Plenary Session
Winning Medical Malpractice Cases with the Rules of the Road - Patrick Malone, Esq.
Labor & Employment Law
Case Law Update - Richard Selby II, Esq.
Iqbal/Twombly Review - Jami Oliver, Esq.
Discovery of Social Media and Email Service Providers - Matthew Besser, Esq.
New Trends in Civil Litigation
The Many Faces of Fracking - An Attorney’s Guide to Protecting Consumers in the Age of Hydro Fracking in the Marcellus Play - Todd O'Malley, Esq.
Representing Professional Athletes with Brain Injuries - Mike Galpern, Esq.
How to Practice Under the New Ohio Consumer Law - Amy Wells. Esq.
New Trends in Visual Persuasion - Howard Nations, Esq.
Recent Trends in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation -
Rick Schulte, Esq. & Stuart Scott, Esq.
Speeding Up the Smaller Case - Andy Cecil, Esq.

New Lawyers Training
Plenary Session with Patrick Malone
Practical P.I. 101: First Call to Trial Prep - Don Moore, Esq.
Preserve, Protect & Pursue: How to Make a Solid Record For Appeal - Bob Wagoner, Esq.
The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Paper Discovery - John Marshall, Esq. & Ed. Forman, Esq.
Anatomy of a Discovery Dispute - John Marshall, Esq.; Ed Forman, Esq. & Kate Stone, Esq.
Expert Opinions: When You Need Them and How You Get Them - Bill Posey, Esq. & Jeff Sefton, Esq.
Professionalism, Ethics, & Substance Abuse
Professionalism - Russ Smith, Esq.
Ethics - Jennifer Branch, Esq.
Substance Abuse - Megan Snyder -
Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program
Members' Only Seminar - Subrogration from the Defense Point of View
Trial Tips for Common Pleas Plaintiff Attorneys - Hon. Frank Forchione, Stark Cty Court of Common Pleas
Subrogation from the Subrogator's Perspective
- Ken Levine & Daran Kiefer - National Association of Subrogation Professionals
Special Events
OAJ PAC Leadership Breakfast with special guests from the Ohio General Assembly
Annual Membership Luncheon with guest speaker Rep. Bruce Braley
Womens' Caucus Reception with guest speaker Rep. Betty Sutton
President's Reception
President's Dinner

Friday May 4th:
Litigation at Sunrise
Business of Law: Strategies for 2012
-Chris Mastriano
-Shelley Johnson
-Brian Dennie
-Michael Brown

iPad Use & New Technology
Not Just a Toy: iPads and Other Tech for Lawyers - Tad Thomas, Esq.
New Lawyers Training
Not Your Ordinary Episode of "Law & Order": The Nuts & Bolts of Trying a Case and Presenting Witnesses and Arguments - Beckie Castell, Esq.,
Nailing it Down: The Lawyer’s Guide to Hanging Out Your Shingle - Jami Oliver, Esq.
Becoming a Big Fan of Luck: Maximizing Mediation - Jacqueline Hagerott, Esq.; Eileen Puett, Esq. & Sean Harris, Esq.
Professionalism: It’s Not Just a Word -- It’s a Requirement - Kristina Frost, Esq.; Magistrate David Jump, Franklin Cty Municipal Court; Judge Gregory L. Frost, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
How Will it Read as a Transcript? Prepping Witnesses and Taking Depostions - Kate Stone, Esq. & Al Gerhardstein, Esq.
Caught on Tape: Fact and Expert Deposition Strategy and the Use of Video - Al Gerhardstein, Esq.
Don’t Show Me the Money: Client Trust Accounts and Keeping Your Law License - Jeffrey Fortkamp, Esq.
Business Torts
A Paradigm Shift from Personal Injury to Business Torts - Gary Corroto, Esq. & Phil Ciano, Esq.
The Commercial Docket & Business Litigation Q&A - Phil Ciano, Esq. & Michael Schmeltzer, Esq.
Stockbrocker Malpractice - David Meyer, Esq.
Insurance Coverage in Business Cases - Nicholas DiCello, Esq.
Injunctions - James McHugh, Esq.

Medical Malpractice
Use of Focus Groups - Rick Topper, Esq.
Wuerth and Its Implications - Steve Keefe, Esq.
Looping in Opening Statements - Greg Gibson, Esq.
Workers' Compensation
Welcome & Introduction - Richard Brian, Esq.
Case Law Update - Richard Brian Esq.
- Materials provided by Jon Goodman, Esq.

Hot Issues Facing Workers' Compensation Practitioners - Philip Fulton, Esq.
Ethical Issues Facing Workers' Compensation Practitioners -
Joseph Caligiuri, Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Industrial Commission Update - Thomas Connor, Esq.
Bureau of Workers' Compensation Update - Jason Rafeld, BWC.

Understanding the Official Disability Guidelines - Dr. Ronald Farabaugh
Identifying and Filing a VSSR Claim - Matthew Finnegan, Esq.
Filing a 4123.512 Workers' Compensation Appeal - William McDonald, Esq.
Trucking Litigation - How to Win your next Interstate Trucking Accident Case

Injury Claims Based On Faulty Cargo Loading And Securement - Mark Napier, Esq.
Truck Accidents Caused By Regulatory Safety Violations - Andrew Young, Esq.
Finding All The Insurance Coverage And Defendants - Michael Leizerman, Esq.
Demonstration Of A Semi-Truck Air Brake System - Bob Reed, Trucking Expert

Professionalism, Ethics & Substance Abuse
Professionalism - Russ Smith, Esq.
Ethics - Jennifer Branch, Esq.
Substance Abuse - Megan Snyder - Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program
Medicare Set Asides
2012 Healthcare Lien Resolution Update - Tate Johnson, Esq.
Medicare Set-Asides: Latest Guidance - John Cattie, Esq.
Current Trends for MSA Funding and Settlements - Michael Goodman, National Settlement Consultants
Special Events
Annual Awards Luncheon with special guests U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown & Howard Nations, Esq.

Pricing Before 3/31/12 for 2-Day Convention Package:
Member Convention Package: $499
Non-Member Convention Package: $609
New Lawyer OAJ Member Convention Package: $299
New Lawyer NON Member Conventino Package: $449
Government Attorney, Law Student, or Paralegal Convention Package: $149
Full-Time Law Professor or Judge Convention Package: $105
Pricing Before 3/31/12 for 1-Day Registration (Thursday or Friday):
Member 1-Day Registration: $249
Non-Member 1-Day Registration: $329
New Lawyer OAJ Member 1-Day Registration: $179
New Lawyer NON Member 1-Day Registration" $329

Printed Materials - Registrant: $50
Printed Materials - Non Registrant: $150
PLEASE NOTE: All materials for this year's convention will be given on a 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 $50 fee for printed materials.


Hilton at Easton Town Center

The Hilton at Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219


Group Rate: $179
-Please call the above number to make reservations and be sure to say you are with the OAJ.

Secondary Hotel
Residence Inn
3999 Easton Loop West
Columbus, Ohio 43219



Group Rate: $179
-Please call the above number to make reservations and be sure to say you are with the OAJ.

Cancellation Policy

OAJ CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations by program participants received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday April 26, 2012 will be refunded less a $45 service fee. No refunds are given for cancellations received after Thursday April 26, 2012. 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.