ATLA's Ultimate Trial Advocacy College: Art of Persuasion Faculty

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ATLA's Ultimate Trial Advocacy College: Art of Persuasion Faculty 

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Augustus F. Brown has a personal injury practice concentrating in motor vehicle collisions, professional negligence, defective products, negligent highway design, construction, and criminal defense litigation.  He served on AAJ’s Board of Governors, is a sustaining member of AAJ, and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is also a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC).  Mr. Brown is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a partner in the law firm of Brown, Brown & Young in Bel Air, Maryland.

Lesley Ann Clement is a Sacramento, California based trial lawyer with Clement & Associates.  Ms. Clement devotes her practice to representing abused elderly and dependent adults.  Her cases have been highlighted in TIME Magazine, The National Law Journal, People Magazine, and national television.  In her 17-year career prosecuting elder abuse cases, she has never lost a case.

Richard A. Jenson, M.A. has been consulting with attorneys for over 25 years.  He concentrates on trial consulting and conducting research for lawyers throughout the United States in case preparation and jury selection.  His cases have been featured on news broadcasts such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and Dateline.  Mr. Jenson frequently speaks before bar associations and legal groups, and has given presentations on juror bias and jury selection to the American Bar Association (ABA), AAJ, and various state legal associations.  He is a past chair of the Professional Visibility Committee of the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC), and is a member of the American Psychology and Law Association and the ASTC.  Mr. Jenson is the president of Jenson Research & Communications in Austin, Texas.

Rodney Jew is a litigation strategist based in Napa. Over the course of 25 years, he has worked on more than 200 cases nationally and internationally, continually refining his unique Reverse Planning system. Rodney counts among his client successes 47 state records for the highest settlement or verdict in that state or region. His experience spans the range of complex litigation, including multiple defendant and multiple plaintiff cases as well as individual and class action cases around the world. Rodney’s trial successes include some of history’s largest cases.

Joshua Karton teaches litigators how to apply the personal communication skills and theater/film/television techniques to the art of advocacy.  He has designed and conducted trial advocacy programs for AAJ, the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College, the JAG Corps, ABA, as well as maintaining a private practice of case consultation and witness preparation.  Mr. Karton is the president of the Santa Monica, California firm Communication Arts for the Professional.

Mark S. Mandell is a past president of AAJ and has chaired numerous AAJ committees including the Council of Presidents, the Committee on the Courts, and Public Affairs, State Affairs, and Leadership Development Committees.  Mr. Mandell is a current member and former cochair of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, and a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA.  Board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Specialist, he is a past president of both the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association and the Rhode Island Bar Association.  Mr. Mandell is a senior partner with the firm of Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair, Ltd. in Providence, Rhode Island.

Thomas S. McGrath concentrates in construction and consumer law, representing the rights of homeowners in new construction home defects, termite and pest control claims, and real estate fraud.  He is a frequent lecturer on these subjects and a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA.  Mr. McGrath is a member of AAJ and the Alabama Association for Justice.  The McGrath Law Firm is located in Huntsville, Alabama.

Phillip H. Miller has an exclusively personal injury practice.  Mr. Miller has handled a wide range of cases including trucking litigation, nursing home claims, pharmaceutical torts, and day care center child abuse.  Mr. Miller has been recognized as one of the “Best of the Bar” by the Nashville Business Journal and as a Super Lawyer.  In addition to his law practice, Mr. Miller has extensive experience working as a trial consultant on a wide variety of cases.  He is a former member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA, and past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice.  He is with the firm of Phillip Miller & Associates in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eric G. Oliver has concentrated in nonverbal, verbal, and implicit communication skills for over 27 years—23 working with attorneys.  Besides teaching effective communication skills to attorneys and their firms, he spends most of his time helping trial attorneys prepare and present more receiver-friendly cases in court and for settlement presentations and discussions.  He helps lawyers build a presentation plan for each case—adaptable to any venue—integrating the verbal, visual, and personal parts of the trial based on jurors needs and expectations uncovered in focus groups and voir dire. Mr. Oliver is author of Persuasive Communication:  Twenty-five Years of Teaching Lawyers, Facts Can’t Speak for Themselves: Reveal the Stories that Give Facts their Meaning, and coauthor of Courtroom Power: Communication Strategies for Trial Lawyers.  He is the founder of the consulting firm, MetaSystems, Ltd., located in Canton, Michigan.

Paul J. Scoptur, course advisor, is a founding partner in the plaintiff’s personal injury litigation firm of Aiken & Scoptur, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is a current member and cochair of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, as well as a past member of the AAJ Board of Governors and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  Mr. Scoptur lectures on the state and national level in the area of trial skills.  He is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants, has extensive experience working as a trial consultant, and is a founding member of Miller, Scoptur, Vesper & Shar, a case consulting and litigation support firm.  He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2002 and is one of Wisconsin’s top 50 Super Lawyers in the area of personal injury.  Mr. Scoptur is a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA and has completed the Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy curriculum offered by the NCA.

Vicki R. Slater is a member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, president elect for AAJ’s Council of Presidents, second vice chair of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, and a member of the Public Affairs Committee and the Election Committee.  Ms. Slater is president of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA).  In 2010 she received the Mississippi Business Journal’s Leadership in Law Award.  Ms. Slater is the president and owner of Vicki R. Slater, Attorney at Law, P.A. in Jackson, Mississippi.

Carl L. Solomon, course advisor, concentrates his practice in products liability, personal injury, civil, and medical negligence litigation.  He is a member of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  He serves on AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees and is past chair of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section.  He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubble and listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.  The Solomon Law Group is located in Columbia, South Carolina.

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