Lisa Blue Baron, the President-Elect of the American Association for Justice, has three decades of experience in asbestos litigation, including the complex field of mesothelioma litigation. Ms. Blue Baron represents parties in civil and personal injury trial, business litigation, estate and trust disputes, and wrongful death cases. Ms. Blue Baron has served as AAJ’s Vice President and on the AAJ Robert L. Habush Endowment Board of Directors and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. She has also served on AAJ’s Public Education Committee, Key Person Committee, and the Labor Liaison Committee. She received the Nancy Pelosi Know Your Power Award and is a Diplomate of the National College of Advocacy. She is the co-author of Blue’s Guide to Jury Selection (AAJ Press through Thomson West). Ms. Blue Baron was named one of the top 50 women litigators in the United States by The National Law Journal in 2001. She has been honored with the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Dallas Bar Association, the Louise Raggio Women’s Legal Advocate Award from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, and the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. Ms. Blue Baron graduated from the University of Georgia in 1973. She earned her M.Ed. and her Ed.S. from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from North Texas State University, and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law. The Baron & Blue Law Firm is in Dallas, Texas.
Richard D. Burbidge concentrates his practice in complex commercial and catastrophic injury litigation. He graduated with honors from the University of Utah College of Law, where he served as articles editor of the Utah Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, American Board of Trial Advocates, and the American Bar Foundation. He has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” since 1995 and recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s “most feared lawyers.” He was also cited by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 national trial lawyers. He serves on the advisory commitee of the Utah Association for Justice. Burbidge Mitchell & Gross is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Richard R. Burke is a partner at the law firm of King & Burke, PC. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation, workers compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, and Social Security litigation. He is a member of the Utah State Bar and the Alaska Bar Association. He is the current president of the Utah Association for Justice and was a member of the senior staff of the Utah Law Review from 1993 to 1994. King & Burke, PC is located in Sandy, Utah.
Phillip W. Dyer is the past president of the Utah Association for Justice. He is the senior trial counsel at The Dyer Law Group, where he concentrates his practice in employment law, complex commercial disputes, and wrongful death litigation, and appeals in civil and criminal cases. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named among Utah’s Legal Elite since 2007. He is a member of the Utah State Bar, Federal Bar Association, First Amendment Lawyer Association, and the American Association for Justice. The Dyer Law Group is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Trevor Goring is the founder of Images of Justice, a visual exploration of the history and symbolism of law, and has exhibited at over 400 legal conferences in Europe and North America, lectured extensively, and published two legal art history books. His work has appeared in magazines and legal textbooks. Mr. Goring published a French language arts magazine, co-founded a Canadian contemporary arts organization, and directed a major public art center for over a decade, as well as serving on the Rhodes scholarship selection committee for eastern Canada. He has taught at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and works in Montreal, Canada, and Cork City, Ireland.
Erik S. Heninger concentrates his practice in professional negligence, medical negligence, products liability, and personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Executive Committee, American and Alabama State Bar Associations, and American Association for Justice. Mr. Heninger is the author of “A Brief Analysis of Nonverbal Communication in the Courtroom,” published in Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal. Heninger Garrison Davis, L.L.C. is located in Birmingham, Alabama.
Michael A. Kelly concentrates his practice in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability, medical device, motor vehicle injury, and complex catastrophic injury litigation. In 2012, Mr. Kelly was awarded the Robert E. Cartwright Award by the Consumer Attorneys of California and received the Robert Oliphant Award from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in 2011. He was voted the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association's "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2010, and chosen by the San Francisco Recorder as the "Best Personal Injury Attorney" in 2009. Mr. Kelly is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers (where he served as president from 2012 to 2013) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Kelly has spoken on a wide variety of trial advocacy topics at continuing legal education seminars internationally and lectures regularly for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and other organizations. Mr. Kelly was an assistant professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law from 1981 through 2001. He is a Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice and a member of AAJ's Products Liability Section. Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Shoenberger is located in San Francisco, California.
Patricia C. Kuendig concentrates her practice in complex divorce and family law litigation. She was recently accepted to the faculty of the Houston Family Law Trial Institute and is licensed in both Utah and Florida. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar and Florida State Bar, where she served on the Executive Council and as cochair of the Publications Committee and chair of the Sponsorship Committee, a member of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Utah Association for Justice, the Park City Bar Association, the American Association for Justice’s Civil Rights Section, and Women Lawyers of Utah. She served on the Editorial Board of the Utah Family Law Journal and as Director of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter. Ms. Kuendig is also active in philanthropic organizations, having served as Director of KidSide, Inc., and the YWCA of Greater Miami. She was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Family Law by Florida Superlawyers and an “Up & Comer” by Florida Legal Elite Magazine and South Florida Legal Guide. Ms. Kuendig has authored articles on family law in FAMSEG and Family Law Commentator. Kuendig Law has offices in Park City, Utah, and St. Augustine, Florida.
Lance M. Sears, course advisor, is a past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and former member of the American Association for Justice’s Board of Governors. He served as the Deputy District Attorney in El Paso County (Colorado Springs) from 1975 to 1979. In 1992, he was appointed by the judges of the Federal Court in Colorado to the Federal Court Advisory Committee, and was elected as President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates for the Federal District Court of Colorado in 2002. Mr. Sears served as chair of the Colorado State Judicial Performance Commission from 2001 to 2006 and lectures nationwide on trial skills and tactics, personal injury law, commercial torts, and legal ethics. He is a Diplomate of the National College of Advocacy (NCA) and former member of the NCA Board of Trustees. Mr. Sears serves on the Colorado Bar Ethics Committee and was named a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) in 2003, where he was appointed State Chair of the ISOB to Colorado in 2006 and elected to the Board of Governors of the ISOB in 2008. He is a Sustaining Member of AAJ and a partner in the law firm of Sears & Swanson, P.C., located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Thomas W. Seiler is a partner in the law firm of Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC, where he concentrates his practice in personal injury, real estate, business, and employment litigation. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was named one of the Top 100 Commercial Litigators and Top 100 Personal Injury Lawyers in Utah by Utah Business magazine. He serves as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the Fourth Judicial Court, served on the Advisory Committee to the Utah Supreme Court on the Rules of Evidence, as an Examiner in Torts for the Utah State Bar, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Association for Justice. He is cofounder of Law Help, a program that provides legal assistance to low income residents of Utah. He is a Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice, American Inns of Court, and Central Utah Bar Association, where he served as president from 1992 to 1993. Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC is located in Provo, Utah.
Donald H. Slavik concentrates his practice in products liability and complex personal injury litigation. He is the past president of the Western Trial Lawyers Association and the Attorneys Information Exchange Group. Mr. Slavik is a frequent lecturer to state bar and trial lawyer associations, universities, and scientific and technical societies. He is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Liaison Counsel Committee for the Toyota Sudden Acceleration Multi-District Litigation, and serves on the board of directors of The Public Justice Foundation. Mr. Slavik has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America for the past decade and is the author of numerous book chapters, treatises, and papers. He is a licensed professional engineer and instrument rated pilot. Mr. Slavik is also a member of the American Association for Justice’s Leaders Forum. Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., has offices in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino, California.
Carl L. Solomon 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-Hubbell and listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. The Solomon Law Group is located in Columbia, South Carolina.
David A. Wenner is a partner in the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C., where he concentrates his practice in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. He is nationally recognized as an authority and lectures nationwide on juror bias, decision-making, and creating a successful juror bias model. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, served on the National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, and is a Diplomate of the NCA. Snyder & Wenner, P.C., is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Michael A. Worel concentrates his practice in catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. He is has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2003 and named Best Lawyers “Salt Lake City Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” in 2010. In 2007, he was named one of the “500 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America” in Lawdragon and is listed in The Best of the U.S., LLC, and SuperLawyers. Mr. Worel is a frequent speaker on medical negligence and general trial practice. He served as a law clerk for Justice Janie L. Shores, Supreme Court of Alabama, after graduating from Cumberland School of Law. He serves as treasurer of the Utah Association for Justice. He has published articles in TRIAL magazine, the Utah Bar Journal, and elsewhere, and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Dewsnup, King & Olsen is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.