2018 Winter Convention


2018 Winter Convention

October 24th - 26th

Cleveland, OH


Learn from the experts.

Generate new connections. 

Celebrate with friends.


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We have two extraordinary plenary speakers lined up for you.


John Morgan

John Morgan is among the most recognized and accomplished plaintiff lawyers in the United States. In 1988, John founded his current firm, Morgan & Morgan, with its original office in Orlando, Florida, with a commitment to representing the people, not the powerful. Morgan & Morgan currently employs 350 attorneys, 305 paralegals and a support staff of nearly 2,000 people, with multiple office locations throughout the country. “For the people” continues to be a way of life for John and the firm.


John lectures across the country on the practice of law. He is the author of two books, titled “You Can’t Teach Hungry…Creating the Multimillion Dollar Law Firm,” and “You Can’t Teach Vision…The Twenty-First Century Law Firm.”


In addition to his successful law practice, John has been an active member of the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is frequently engaged in efforts to promote state and national legislation that would protect families from corporations and insurance companies.

Michael Leizerman

Michael Jay Leizerman is the co-founder of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA). He concentrates his practice in select catastrophic injury truck collision cases across the country.  


Michael is the author of the Thomson West/AAJ three-volume treatise, Litigating Truck Accident Cases. He was the first Chair of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group. Michael attended truck driving school and obtaining his Commercial Driver’s License while managing his law practice.


He has taken 14 truck and bus cases to trial in the last decade. He has received record-breaking truck accident settlements and verdicts across the country, including multiple verdicts with punitive damages.


Michael is the author of the Trial Guides book The Zen Lawyer: Winning with Mindfulness, published in  2018. He puts on a series of workshops teaching his Core Method, including meditation, Aikido and theater skills for lawyers (along with co-teachers Jay Rinsen Weik and Joshua Karton). Learn more at his website www.TheZenLawyer.com.


Click here to view or browse our full lineup below:


Plenary Session:

The 21st Century Law Firm
John Morgan Esq. Orlando, FL
General Session:
Caps on Non-Economic Damages: When Caps Apply and How to Maximize Damages When They Do
Chip Cooper, Esq. Columbus, OH Rex Elliott, Esq. Columbus, OH
Client Preparation: Intake, Deposition and Mediation
Marc Pera, Esq. Cincinnati, OH
Griffith v. Aultman: What Constitutes a Medical Record?
Megan J. Frantz Oldham, Esq. Canton, OH
Trending MDLs
Martin Crump, Esq. Gulfport, MS
Subrogation: Tips for dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, BWC and Private Health Insurers
Daniel Romaine, Esq. Cleveland, OH, Gerald Horning, Esq. Cleveland, OH, Amy Herman, Esq. Cleveland, OH,Vincent Scebbi, Esq. Cleveland, OH
Identifying Standards for Claims Involving Recreational Sports Injuries
Corey Andres, M.Ed. Dublin, OH
Trial Success: Strategies, Lessons and Takeaways
Brian G. Miller, Esq. Worthington, OH
Worker's Compensation Session
Ethics in the Everyday Practice
David Barnhart Esq. Columbus, OH
Industrial Commission Update
Jodie Taylor, Karen  Gillmor, Thomas Bainbridge, Industrial Commissioners of Ohio
How to be Successful in a .512 Appeal
Shawn Wollam, Esq. Columbus, OH & Fred Papalardo , Esq. Cleveland, OH
The Intent to Settle Process: Case Examples and Questions
Shaun Omen, Esq. BWC Legal Counsel
Case Law Update
Jon Goodman, Esq. Worthington, OH
Professional Conduct Session
Social Media and Ethics
Charles Kettlewell, Esq. Columbus, OH
Ethical Considerations when Speaking with Former and Current Corporate Employees
Jordan Lebovitz, Esq. Cleveland, OH
Litigation and Office Ethics
Gary Leppla, Esq. Dayton, OH


Plenary Speaker:
Priceless Does Not Mean Valueless: Maximizing the Value of a Case
Michael Leizerman, Esq. Toledo, OH
General Session:
Cross-Examining the Uncooperative Defense Expert
Steven Gursten, Esq. Detroit, MI
Diminished Value
Erica Eversman, Esq. Bath, OH
Preserving Evidence from Cell Phones
Michael Cowen, Esq. San Antonio, TX
The Equifax Data Breach Class Action
Amy Keller, Esq. Chicago, IL
10 Questions you Must Answer Before you Settle a Case
Blaine Brockman, Esq. Dublin, OH
Using Technology to Advance Your Law Practice
Andrew Baker, Esq. Columbus, OH
Medical Malpractice Session
Birth Injury from Pitocin Hyperstimulation to Failure to Cool
Jack Beam, Esq. Chicago, IL
Potential Pitfalls of Partial Settlement
Rhonda Debevec, Esq. Cleveland, OH
Experts: Selection, Protection and Rejection
Dennis Lansdowne, Esq. Cleveland, OH
An in Depth Review of the Roles of the Operating Room Staff and Critical Moments that Take Place Before, During and After Surgery
James Diaz, CRNA Columbus, OH
Professional Conduct Session:
Case Law Update
Charles Kettlewell, Esq. Columbus, OH
Ohio’s Discipline System for Lawyers and Judges
Richard Alkire, Esq. Independence, OH
Observations From the Bench
Judge Frank Forchione, Stark County Court of Common Pleas

Hilton: Cleveland Downtown

100 Lakeside Ave E.

Cleveland, OH


A limited number of hotel rooms are available. To reserve a room, click here or call the Cleveland Hilton Downtown at (216) 413-5000 and use the room block code OAJ.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by program participants received by 5:00pm on Friday, October 19th will be refunded less a $45 service fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 5:00 PM on October 24th. Upon request, course materials are available in consideration of tuition paid. The OAJ reserves the rights to modify or cancel a program if circumstances warrant.