Dennis M. Donnelly concentrates his practice in personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability litigation. He is the immediate past president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and current President of the Inner Circle of Advocates. Mr. Donnelly was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Attorneys Information Exchange group, lectures nationwide on trial advocacy, and has published articles on medical malpractice and products liability. Mr. Donnelly has been designated as a Super Lawyer and named Best Lawyer’s Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year for 2012 and 2014, respectively. He is a member of the American Association for Justice’s Professional Negligence Section. Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari has offices in Chatham, Sea Girt, Jersey City, and North Bergen, New Jersey.
Dr. Phillip Benton is a physician and lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia. He received both his medical doctor and juris doctor degrees from Emory University. Dr. Benton practiced as an orthopedic spinal surgeon for thirty years and has taught as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law for over twenty years. He now associates as co-counsel in selected plaintiffs’ cases where a just result can make medicine better and safer for patients.
Gary D. Fox concentrates his practice in medical negligence and products liability litigation. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and is board certified as a civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Fox is a past president of the Florida Federation and Miami chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a past chair of the American Association for Justice’s Professional Negligence Section, and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, is a member of the International Society of Barristers, and served on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees. Mr. Fox is the coauthor of the chapter entitled “Multiple Gestations” in the medical textbook, Operative Obstetrics, published by Williams and Wilkins (1995). Mr. Fox is a partner in the firm of Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. in Miami, Florida.
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 & Schoenberger is located in San Francisco, California.
Mark R. Kosieradzki concentrates his practice in products liability, wrongful death, spinal cord injury, amputation, nursing home abuse, and burn litigation. Mr. Kosieradzki is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota Bar Association as a Civil Trial Specialist, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a past president of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. He has served on the American Association for Justice’s Board of Governors, is past chair of the Nursing Homes Litigation Group, is a member of the NCA Board of Trustees, is a Leaders Forum member, and is a Diplomate of the NCA. The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm, LLC is in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
James B. Lees, Jr. is a former cochair of the American Association for Justice’s National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees, a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA, an AAJ Political Action Committee Donor, and a frequent lecturer and teacher of trial tactics throughout the United States. A former Deputy District Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Lees has tried more than 200 cases to jury verdict. Mr. Lees owns and operates Hunt & Lees, L.C. located in Charleston, West Virginia, concentrating in trial litigation.
Jim Leventhal has concentrated his practice in representing injured victims in cases involving medical negligence and serious personal injury for thirty years. He is one of only 100 lawyers in the United States and only the third lawyer from Colorado to achieve membership in the Inner Circle of Advocates and speaks locally and nationally on trial practice and prosecution of medical negligence cases. He is a member of the American Association for Justice’s Leaders Forum, past chair of AAJ’s Professional Negligence Newsletter and a past cochair of AAJ’s Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group (MNIEG). Mr. Leventhal is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar, Denver Bar, and Colorado Bar Associations, serves on AAJ’s Board of Governors, served on the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors, and has spoken at AAJ’s national conventions and several CTLA seminars and conventions. Mr. Leventhal has received numerous awards, including “Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury, Colorado” in 2013 by Best Lawyers in America, Law Week Colorado's “Best Plaintiff Medical Malpractice Lawyer” in 2012 and 2011, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1993, included in the Top 50 Lawyers in Colorado by Colorado Super Lawyers, and was awarded the Kenneth M. Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award by CTLA. He is a senior partner in the Denver, Colorado-based law firm of Leventhal, Brown & Puga, P.C.
William P. Lightfoot limits his practice to plaintiff’s personal injury claims. He is board certified in Civil Trials by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA. Mr. Lightfoot is a past member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees and is a former Council Member at Large for the District of Columbia, where he chaired the Committee on Judiciary. He has been awarded the Attorney of the Year “Good Scout” Award from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scots of America. Mr. Lightfoot is managing partner at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot in Washington, DC.
Patrick A. Malone learned how to ask questions and get answers as an award-winning investigative journalist. Now, he works on behalf of seriously injured people and concentrates his practice in medical negligence, pharmaceutical, and hospital litigation. He is the author of Winning Medical Malpractice Cases with the Rules of the Road and is the co-author of the best-selling advocacy book Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff Lawyer’s Guide to Proving Liability (Trial Guides). Mr. Malone is also the author of a book for consumers, The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care – and Avoiding the Worst (Da Capo Lifelong Books). His next book focuses on cross-examinations and will be published late in 2014. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). Mr. Malone has been named in Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America. Patrick Malone & Associates, P.C., is located in Washington, DC, and represents clients throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Elizabeth N. Mulvey is a partner in the Boston law firm of Crowe & Mulvey, L.L.P., where she concentrates in personal injury law. She has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America. A frequent lecturer, Ms. Mulvey has taught trial advocacy in courses run by Harvard Law School, the American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association. Her work has been published in numerous professional journals, including Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Boston Bar Journal, The Practical Litigator, and the Civil Litigation Section Newsletter. She has served as a section council member and a cochair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association, as well as a member and chair of the section’s bench-bar committee. Ms. Mulvey is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.
Randi McGinn represents both seriously injured people and those who have suffered unfair criminal accusations. She is a past member of AAJ’s Board of Governors, a current member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, and donates to AAJ’s PAC. She is past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Inner Circle of Advocates, and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Ms. McGinn is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Law School and lectures around the country on trial skills and use of creative demonstrative exhibits. She is a senior partner with the firm McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
David A. Wenner, course advisor, is nationally recognized as an authority on juror bias and decision-making. As a partner in the Phoenix law firm of Snyder & Wenner, PC, Mr. Wenner has spent the last two decades prosecuting wrongful death and catastrophic injury accident cases, speaking to lawyers across the country on juror bias and 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)’s Board of Trustees and is a Diplomate of the NCA.