Civil Litigation


31st Annual National CLE Conference®

Civil Litigation Program Agenda


Program Chair:

Jennifer (Ginger) Busby, Burr & Forman LLP, Birmingham, AL



Wednesday, January 8, 2014


3:00-7:00 p.m.



4:30-5:30 p.m.

Defeating Goliath:  A Primer on Insurer Bad Faith

Meghan Moore, Shareholder, Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A., Miami, FL
Andrea DeField, Associate, Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A., Miami, FL

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Secrets to Vetting Expert Witnesses

Presented by Atlantis Langowski, Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services,

San Francisco, CA



Thursday, January 9, 2014


7:00-9:00 a.m.

Predicting What Jurors Think: Learn Tools You Can Use by Reviewing a Jury Deliberation and the Most Recent Research

Jennifer (Ginger) Busby, Burr & Forman, LLP, Birmingham, AL

John Tarpley, Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop PC, Nashville, TN


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Plenary Session – Expert Witness Tips and Trends: Information All Practitioners Can Use

Dan Rubin, Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services, San Francisco, CA


5:30-6:30 p.m. (1 Ethics Credit)
Plenary Session – Growing Your Practice Online: The Ethics of Online Marketing and Social Media

  • Websites: How to Ethically Build a Successful Website that Does Not Mislead or Violate Your State Ethics Professional Code of Conduct.
  • Blogging: What You Can and Can’t Say on Your Blog About Your Cases, Clients and Practice Areas
  • Social Media: Why You Need to Care about Social Media, But Only for a Few Minutes a Week…and How to Avoid Hot Water with the Ethics Committee When You or Someone from Your Staff is Using Social Media
    Online Reviews: What are the Ethics of Getting Reviews, How do you Get Reviews Removed and When are You Liable for What They Say?

Jabez LeBret, Chief Innovation Officer, Get Noticed Get Found Inc., Cincinnati, OH


6:30 p.m.

Wine Reception



Friday, January 10, 2014


7:00-8:00 a.m.

Mediation: Tips, Secrets and Settlements— An Insider’s Guide

Laurence Z. (Larry) Shiekman, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA



8:00-9:00 a.m.

Trial Pad in the Courtroom

Leslie Kendrick, Hall & Evans LLC, Denver, CO


4:30-5:30 p.m.

“ERISA for Baby-Boomers or Generation Whatever” — Everything You Need to Know and Not One Iota More

Elizabeth J. (Lisa) BondurantSmith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Atlanta, GA

Michael S. Beaver, Holland & Hart LLP, Greenwood Village, CO


5:30-6:30 p.m.
Visual Advocacy: Learning to Use Cognitive Science to Make Your Case

Justin Kahn, Kahn Law Firm LLP, Charleston, SC
Saturday, January 11, 2014


7:00-8:00 a.m.

ADR of Civil Claims
J. Randall (Randy) Patterson, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Jackson, MS


8:00-9:00 a.m.

Drug Product Mass Tort Trial Prep from a Plaintiff Perspective

Anthony Giacomini, Esq., Reilly Pozner LLP, Denver, CO

Mark Premo-Hopkins, Esq., Reilly Pozner LLP, Denver, CO

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Handling Electronic Medical Records for Trial Lawyers

Linda Miller Atkinson, Atkinson Petruska Kozma & Hart, PC, Channing, MI
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Patient Safety —  What You Might Want to Know When Considering a Case

William H. Black, Jr., Vice President & General Counsel, Cassatt RRG Holding Company, Malvern, PA


Sunday, January 12, 2014


Plenary Session

7:00-8:00 a.m.
The Overturning of DOMA by the Supremes: “What Now My Love?”

Bynum (Bym) E. Tudor III, Founding Partner, Berry & Tudor, P.C. , Brentwood, TN


8:00-9:00 a.m.
Sunset of [which?]Provisions under the Pension Protection Act of 2006 for Multiemployer Pension Plans



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