David Ball, Ph.D., course advisor, is a founding partner of Malekpour & Ball. He works on civil and criminal cases across the country and is one of the nation’s most influential trial consultants, communications experts, and advocacy teachers. Dr. Ball is a pioneer in adapting methods of film and theater presentation for use in trial; his theater/film students hold Oscars, Obies, Tonies, and Emmies. He is author of two best-selling trial strategy books: David Ball on Damages and Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution with Don Keenan. Dr. Ball has taught law students at North Carolina, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Campbell law schools, and at Duke Law as senior lecturer. He is an award-winning teacher for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and AAJ’s National College of Advocacy.
Martha Marie Eastman concentrates her practice in the areas of nursing home and medical negligence. She is a past chair of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and the author of Establishing Relief for the Most Innocent of All AIDS Victims: Liability for Perinatal Transmission of AIDS. Ms. Eastman is a frequent speaker on issues regarding nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as trial advocacy, deposition techniques, and medical negligence. The Eastman Law Office is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Artemis H. Malekpour is a partner in the consulting firm Malekpour & Ball, where she specializes in focus groups, case strategy, and jury selection. Ms. Malekpour came to trial consulting as a lawyer with a background in psychology and psychiatric research. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in mental health issues from UNC’s School of Public Health. Before earning her J.D. with honors at Duke Law School, Artemis worked in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospitals with children and adolescents coping with psychiatric disorders. She co-authored the chapter "Public and Private Sector Involvement in Managed Mental Health Care" in Managed Care & Public Health, is featured in Trial Guides' How to do Your Own Focus Groups DVD and has written updates for David Ball on Damages 3. A member of the North Carolina State Bar, Ms. Malekpour has consulted on a wide variety of high profile, large and small cases, advising plaintiff’s civil and criminal defense attorneys across the country on how to deal with their case weaknesses, maximize their strengths, develop Rules and Reptilian strategies and apply the techniques from Damages. Malekpour & Ball is the nation’s only trial consulting firm qualified to help attorneys with Reptilian methods and strategy.
Mary Alice McLarty concentrates her practice in hazing, premises liability, trucking collision, construction site collision, and severe injury litigation. She is past president of AAJ, recipient of AAJ’s 2009 Distinguished Service, the 2002 Marie Lambert Award, and a five time recipient of the Wiedemann Wysocki Citation of Excellence. Ms. McLarty is a frequent author and lecturer at continuing legal education programs nationwide. She is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and donates to AAJ’s PAC. Ms. McLarty is partner at the firm McLarty | Pope, L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas.
Thomas D. Penfield concentrates his practice in personal injury and class actions. Mr. Penfield has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for personal injury, as a SuperLawyer for the past five years, and a Top Attorney by San Diego Magazine, San Diego Daily Transcript, and San Diego Metro Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego County Bar Association, as vice chair for the American Bar Association’s Trial Techniques Committee, is a past chair of AAJ’s Bicycle Litigation Group, and is past president of the Bar Association of North San Diego County. He is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego Law School and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Mr. Penfield is a partner with the firm of CaseyGerry in San Diego, California.
M. Bryan Slaughter concentrates his practice in complex personal injury cases including those dealing with products liability, traumatic brain injuries, serious automobile and truck collision, premises liability, and medical negligence. Mr. Slaughter is a member of the Virginia and West Virginia state bars and has served on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) since 2001. He has chaired numerous VTLA committees and its products liability section. Mr. Slaughter is with the law firm MichieHamlett in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ernest F. Teitell has practiced both civil and criminal law for over 35 years. His civil practice focuses on the representation of individuals who have suffered life-altering injuries as a result of defective products, medical negligence, premise liability, or sexual abuse. He is past president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) and has taught Trial Practice and Advanced Trial Practice as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law from 1987 to 2010. He is a member of the Quinnipiac University President’s Advisory Board and serves as the Chairperson of the Dean’s Counsel. Mr. Teitell received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the Law School in 2003 and the Barrister’s Award for Outstanding Service to Students in 2005. He has chaired the CTLA’s Plaintiff’s Trial Academy since 2007 and taught at AAJ’s trial advocacy colleges, National Institute of Trial Advocacy workshops, lectured internationally, and written several articles for legal journals and magazines on humanistic and ethical best practices. In 2004, the Connecticut Law Tribune honored Mr. Teitell with the Pro-Bono Award for his volunteer work and was awarded the Publisher’s Award in 2009 for his work in protecting the Client Security Fund. Mr. Teitell recently co-founded the Connecticut Child Justice Foundation, dedicated to serving the unfortunate children of Connecticut. He received his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and his undergraduate degree from Bethany College. Mr. Teitell has been inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, and is a partner with Silver Golub & Teitell LLP in Stamford, Connecticut.
Nancy J. Turbak Berry is a board-certified specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a faculty member of the National College of Advocacy, and an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law. Ms. Turbak Berry was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the South Dakota Trial Lawyers in 1997, was honored as Attorney of the Year by South Dakota Women in Law, and has long been listed in Best Lawyers in America. She is Past President of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers and the South Dakota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has served as a Commissioner of the State Bar of South Dakota. She is a former member and Chair of the Disciplinary Board and a former magistrate of the Unified Judicial System, and served for four years in the South Dakota State Senate. She is the founder of Turbak Law Office, P.C., located in Watertown, South Dakota.