N. John Bey is the managing partner of Bey & Associates, LLC. He concentrates his practice in serious personal injury and complex civil litigation. Mr. Bey received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law and held positions in the legal department at Proctor & Gamble and General Electric. He also served as a legal intern in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals under the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), the Farah Law Society, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and is a member of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Highways and Premises Liability Section and Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section. He is active in several philanthropic groups, including Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House. Bey & Associates, LLC is located in Atlanta, Georgia.
John W. deGravelles is a senior partner in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based law firm of deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Frugé, L.L.P. He graduated from Louisana State University Law School with honors (Order of the Coif) in 1974. He is past president of the Louisiana Association for Justice (formerly the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association). Mr. DeGravelles currently serves on AAJ’s Board of Governors and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Admiralty Law, Products Liability, and Professional Negligence Sections. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and past president of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Louisiana State University Law School and a regularly faculty member of Tulane Law School’s Summer Session in Rhodes, Greece. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach American Maritime Private International Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Law School in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2001. He has been named a Louisiana Super Lawyer every year since its inception in 2007. Mr. deGravelles is the author of the amicus curiae brief filed with the United States Supreme Court by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now AAJ) in Stewart v. Dutra Construction Company, Inc. He has written extensively in the area of maritime law, including “The Deepwater Horizon Rig Disaster: Issues of Personal Injury and Death,” 85 Tulane Law Review 1075 (2011) and “Supreme Court Charts Course on Maritime Punitive Damages,” University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal (2010).
Robert M. Gerchen concentrates in jury research, case specific consulting services, and consulting one-on-one with attorneys, assisting them with courtroom presentation skills and storytelling techniques. Mr. Gerchen also presents a series of courtroom communication workshops around the country. He brings over 20 years’ experience on stage, screen, and behind the microphone to the courtroom arena. He is the author of 101 Quick Courtroom Tips for Busy Trial Lawyers. Mr. Gerchen is the director of the St. Louis, Missouri office of Litigation Insights.
Russ M. Herman is a senior partner of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC, where he concentrates his practice in personal injury, maritime, motor vehicle collision, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, and products liability litigation. He served as President of the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA, now the American Association for Justice), President of the Civil Justice Foundation, and President of the Roscoe Pound Foundation. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and the National College of Advocacy (NCA), is a Fellow and Director of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and is a Barrister of the American College of Barristers. In 2001, Mr. Herman was awarded the Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award. Mr. Herman was also awarded the ATLA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Joe Tonahill Award. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected for listing in Naifeth and Smith’s Best Lawyers in America in Personal Injury, Maritime, Complex Litigation, and Appellate Trial Practice Areas. The National Law Journal named Mr. Herman as one of Louisiana’s top ten litigators and he has been featured in the American Law Journal and Fortune magazine. He was also selected as one of America’s 500 Leading Lawyers and Jurists by Lawdragon. Mr. Herman has authored over 200 articles, papers, and books on civil trial practice, including Courtroom Persuasion: Art, Drama & Science (West Group) and West Group’s two-volume series on Louisiana personal injury. He has been published in Am Jur, TRIAL, The Forum, and Personal Injury Annual, among other publications. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Admiralty Law, Business Torts, Motor Vehicle Highway and Premises Liability, Professional Negligence, and Railroad Law Sections, and the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC, is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Stephen J. Herman, course advisor, concentrates his practice in products liability, maritime, class action, premises liability, and multi-district litigation. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, serves on the Board of the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), and is a State Delegate to the American Association for Justice. He also served as the President of the Civil Justice Foundation and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar and American Bar Associations. Mr. Herman is an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Law and Loyola University School of Law and is the author of America and the Law: Challenges for the 21st Century (Gravier House Press). He has published articles in Sidebar, TRIAL, and the Tulane Law Review, and is the author of three novels. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Admiralty Law, Business Torts, Insurance Law, and Products Liability Sections. Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Richard A. Jenson, M.A. has been consulting with attorneys for over 25 years 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.
Thomas S. McGrath concentrates in construction and consumer law, representing the rights of homeowners in new construction home defects, termite & 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.
Jennifer E. McKibben concentrates her practice in personal injury, wrongful death, motor vehicle collisions and premises liability litigation. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Allen County Bar Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. Glaser & Ebbs, LLC is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Joel E. Smith is a partner in the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm, LLC, which he co-founded with Mark Kosieradzki in 2004. Mr. Smith represents persons who have been seriously injured and families who have lost a loved one due to others’ wrongful conduct. Heis active in the Minnesota Association for Justice (MNAJ), where he currently serves on the Board of Directors, having previously served from 1994 to 2004, and on its Executive Committee. Mr. Smith also served as the chairperson of MNAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Committee. Mr. Smith is active in the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), where he serves on it Governing Council and has served as the cochair of its Vulnerable Adults Committee. He is a member of AAJ’s Leader’s Forum and is actively involved in AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group. Mr. Smith also serves on the Board of Directors of the Elder Care Rights Alliance, a Minnesota non-profit organization that advocates for the rights and safety of the elderly, and has been a Sustaining Member of the Minnesota Senior Federation. He has been recognized as a SuperLawyer by Law & Politics magazine since 2001, is co-author of Thompson-West’s Tort Litigation’s chapter on nursing home litigation, and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm, LLC is located in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth in Minnesota.
Robyn L. Wishart handles a wide variety of cases, including complex personal injury, insurance litigation, defamation, environmental claims, landlord-tenant disputes, commercial arbitrations, and employment and labor. Ms. Wishart has appeared as counsel before the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia, and several administrative tribunals. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Bar Association. Ms. Wishart is with the firm Slater Vecchio LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia.