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Conference Schedule2018-08-14T12:12:34+00:00

Conference Schedule at a Glance

NBTA is proud to assemble an accomplished and esteemed stable of speakers for the 2018 conference. See below for a complete list of speakers and sessions.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

3:00-5:30 PM – Registration

6:00 PM – Opening Reception

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

8:30 AM-2:30 PM – Registration

9:00-11:00 AM – Community Service Event (TBA)

NOON-1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00-4:30 PM – Programs

2:15-3:00 PM – Rusty Hardin
Managing the Press in High Profile Cases

7:00 PM – Cocktails in Dinner Area

7:30 PM – Buffet Dinner
Keynote Address – Justice Edith Jones

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9

8:30 AM-NOON – Registration

8:30-9:30 AM – Breakfast

9:30 AM-4:30 PM – Programs

NOON – 1:00 PM – Lunch

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NBTA Certified Attendee ($695)
ABPLA member ($695)
General Attendee ($795)
Spouse/guest ($40)
Law School Student (No Charge)

Featured Speakers

Mark Garagos

Mark Geragos

Persuasive Trial Skills (Parts 1 and 2)

Mark O'Mara

Mark O’Mara

Dynamic Jury Selections

Rusty Hardin

Rusty Hardin

Managing the Press in High Profile Cases

Howard Nations

Howard Nations

Millennials and the Practice of Law

Ken Starr

Ken Starr

“Investigations” and “Complex Litigation Nuts & Bolts” (two separate sessions)

Justice Edith Jones

Justice Edith Jones

Keynote Address at Thursday evening dinner

Appellate Law

Thursday, November 8

3:15 PM

The 5th Circuit and the Civil Rights Movement: Lessons for Trial and Appellate Litigators.

Kara Kapke, Esq., Barnes & Thornburg, moderator
Judge Gregg Costa, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Prof. Anne Emanuel, Georgia State Univ.

Friday, November 9

9:00 AM

Managing Legal, Regulatory, and Political Clashes in the World of Nuclear Energy: Case of Vermont Yankee

Professor Bob Sloan, Tulane Law School

10:15 AM

When Why Matters: Litigating Government Purpose

Professor Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

12:15 PM

Drawing the Lines of Political Districts: A Look Back at the Road Ahead

Dan Bromberg, Esq., Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, moderator
Professor Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School
Sam Hirsch, Esq., Jenner & Block

1:30 PM

The Looming Shadow: the Role of Appellate Courts in the BP Litigation.

Dan Bromberg, Esq., moderator
Sam Hirsch, Esq., Jenner & Block
Jonathan Hunter, Esq., Jones Walker
Eric Lyttle, Esq., Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

2:45 PM

Litigation Unbound: Challenges Facing Multi- Jurisdictional Lawyers

Rachel Lerman, Esq., Barnes & Thronburg LLP, moderator
Sarah Johnston, Esq., Barnes & Thornburg LLP
M.C. Sungaila, Esq., Haynes and Boone, LLP

Civil Law

Thursday, November 8

3:00 PM

 Witness Preparation for Depositions and Trial

Alan Blumenfeld, ACT of COMMUNICATION

Friday, November 9

9:00 AM

Legal Malpractice: Lawyers’ Seven Deadly Sins

David J. Beck, Beck|Redden

10:15 AM

Millennials and the Practice of Law

Howard Nations, The Nations Law Firm

12:15 PM

The Vanishing Trial Lawyer

Kenneth Tekell, Tekell, Book, Allen & Morris, L.L.P.

1:30 PM

Innovating on Jury Trials

Stephen D. Susman, SUSMAN GODFREY LLP Attorneys at Law

2:30 PM

Investigations

Kenneth W. Starr, former U.S. solicitor general and federal judge

Complex Litigation*

For information about the all-new National Board of Complex Litigation Lawyers, its board and application for board certification,
please click here.

Friday, November 9

8:00 AM

Program Overview by Seminar Chairs

Richard J. Arsenault, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Alexander G. Calfo, King & Spalding
Professor James Wren, Baylor Law School

8:30 AM

Ethics Associated With Complex Litigation

Professor Lynn Baker, University of Texas School of Law
John Sherk, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Shean D. Williams, Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith, Sistrunk and Sams P.C.
Raymond Silverman, Parker Waichman LLP
Rachel Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm
Shannon Pennock, Pennock Law Firm, LLC

9:30 AM

Complex Litigation Nuts and Bolts: Part 1

Honorable Ken Starr
Honorable Eldon E. Fallon, US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Judge Sarah S. Vance, US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Honorable W. Royal Furgeson, Jr., University of Texas Dallas College of Law
Honorable Patrick Hanna, US Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
James Williams, Chehardy Sherman Williams

10:45 AM

Navigating Game Changing Dynamics

Professor Thomas Galligan, Lousiana State University Law
Professor James E. Wren, Baylor Law School
Douglas R. Marvin, Williams & Connolly LLP
Jane Lamberti, The Chochran Firm
Eric Holland, Holland Law
Neil Overholtz, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz

1:15 PM

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees: Views from the Bench and Trench

W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm
Jayne Conroy, Simmons Hanly Conroy
Mark P. Robinson, Jr., Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.
Paul Pennock, Weitz & Luxenberg
Kathryn Snapka, Snapka Law Firm
Nicholas Drakulich, Drakulich & Carlson

2:00 PM

Complex Litigation Witnesses

Professor Jaime Dodge, Emory University School of Law
Hezekiah Sistrunk, The Cochran Firm
Lori Cohen, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Stefani Preston, Baylor Law
Aimee Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff
Melanie Muhlstock, Parker Waichman LLP

2:30 PM

Vanishing MDLs and Procedural Modifications

Professor Francis McGovern, Duke Law
Professor James Underwood, Baylor Law School
Alex Calfo, King & Spalding
Ethan Lange, Stueve Siegel Hanson
Robert Drakulich, Drakuluch Law

3:15 PM

Complex Litigation Nuts and Bolts: Part 2

Professor Arthur Miller, New York University Law
Honorable Mary E. Wiss, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
Ginger Susman, Providio MediSolutions
John Hooper, King and Spalding
Antonio “Tony” M. Clayton, CLAYTON | FRUGÈ | WARD

4:15 PM

The Increasing Role and Diverse Functions of Special Masters Managing Mass Torts

Honorable Glenn Norton, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC
Honorable Lisa Page, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
Honorable Beth Hogan, 2014 Missouri Circuit Judge
Honorable James M. Stanton, Stanton LLP
Special Master Kenneth DeJean, Law Offices of Kenneth W. Dejean
Special Master Gary Russo, Jones Walker

*Complex Litigation track to be held at the JW Marriott Hotel
614 Canal Street

Criminal Law

Thursday, November 8

3:00 PM

The Power of the Brand of You

Darren Kavinoky, Kavinoky Law Firm

Friday, November 9

9:00 AM

Dynamic Jury Selections

Mark O’Mara, O’Mara Law Group

10:30 AM

Persuasive Trial Skills (Part 1)

Mark Geragos, Geragos and Geragos

11:00 AM

Persuasive Trial Skills (Part 2)

Mark Geragos, Geragos and Geragos

1:00 PM

A Conversation with a Trial Legend

Gerry Spence, Spence Law Firm (via closed circuit television)

2:00 PM

Capital Litigation Trial Strategies

Jimmy Berry, Criminal Defense Law

2:30 PM

Advanced Sentencing Strategies

 Page Pate, Pate & Johnson

3:00 PM

Your Happiness Guaranteed or Your Misery Back

Mark Eiglarsh, Law Office of Mark Eiglarsh

Family Law

Thursday, November 8

3:00 PM

Qualified Domestic Relations Order, Employee Retirement Income Security Act & Pensions

R. Ann Fallon, Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP

Friday, November 9

9:00 AM

Better Together: Using the UCCJEA and the Abduction Convention in Concert

Janet Frankel, Law Offices of Janet L. Frankel, moderator
BJ Fadem
, Law Offices of B J Fadem & Associates, APC
Caralisa Hughes, Law Office of Caralisa P. Hughes
Leslie Shear, Attorney at Law

10:30 AM

Resist / Refuse

Marjorie Slabach, Marjorie Slabach Private Judging

12:15 PM

Military retirements and disability benefits

Brent Tanner, Sullivan & Tanner, P.A.

2:30 PM

Tax issues in dissolution cases

Leslie Dawson, Dawson CPA Firm

Immigration Law

Thursday, November 8

3:15 PM

Immigration Removal with Criminal Law and Asylum components

Joy Al-Jazrawi, Nguyen, Jazrawi & Chen, PLLC
Maurice Hew, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Stefani Nguyen, Of Counsel, Law Office of Christina Flores

Friday, November 9

9:00 AM

Immigration Reform and Immigration for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers

Charles Foster, Foster LLP

10:30 AM

Immigration Investors

Catharine Yen, Foster LLP

12:15 PM

Immigration Trends and Cycles

Harry Gee, Jr., Law Office of Harry Gee Jr & Associates

1:30 PM

Immigration Work Visa Classifications

Gary Ilagan, Fong & Associates, LLP
Frank Garcia, University of Texas Medical Branch

3:00 PM

Extreme Hardship Waivers

Laurel Scott, The Law Office of Laurel Scott, PLLC

Medical & Legal Malpractice

Thursday, November 8

3:15 PM

Representation of the Fractured and Imploding Entity

James A. Brown, Liskow & Lewis

4:15 PM

Proving and Arguing Liability in Professional Malpractice Cases to Conservative Jurors: The Art, the Science, the Myths & the Insanity

John Romano, Romano Law Group

Friday, November 9

9:00 AM

Federal Tort Claims: Intake To Filing; Persuading Experts; and Claims With Multiple Parties

Barry Nace, Paulson & Nace

10:00 AM

Electronic Fetal Monitoring, Cerebral Palsy, and Cesarean Section: Assumptions Versus Evidence

Ernest Graham, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine

11:00 AM

Birth Trauma from Pediatric Neurologist Perspective

Marc Hille, M.D.

1:00 PM

Legal Malpractice: The Case Within a Case

William F. McMurry, William McMurry & Associates

2:00 PM

Medical Malpractice Defense Strategies

Kelly Hamer, Bice Cole Law Firm

3:00 PM

Making the Most of Your Expert

Bernard Jaffe, M.D., Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Tulane School of Medicine

Social Security Disability

 “Survive and Thrive in the New Environment”

Thursday, November 8

3:15 PM

Developing Your Case Under the New Medical Source and Appeals Council Rules

Sarah Bohr, Bohr & Harrington, LLC

4:15 PM

Evidence Development in a New Era Panel & Questions

Sarah Bohr, Bohr & Harrington, LLC
Chuck Martin, The Law Offices of Martin and Jones
George Piemonte, Piemonte Law Firm

Friday, November 9

9:00 AM

The Law/Business Paradox: Higher Quality, More Clients, More Profit

John Heard, Heard & Smith, L.L.P

10:15 AM

Has Your Firm’s Marketing Strategy Evolved?

Nathan Chapman, Firmidable

11:00 AM

The Business of Disability Panel & Questions

John Heard, Heard & Smith, L.L.P
Eric Buchanan, Eric Buchanan & Associates
Mike Kelly, Morgan & Weisbrod LLP

12:15 PM

Finding and Proving a Theory of Disability

Chuck Martin, The Law Offices of Martin and Jones
George Piemonte, Piemonte Law Firm

1:30 PM

Long Term Disability Insurance and ERISA Benefits

Eric Buchanan, Eric Buchanan & Associates

2:45 PM

A Primer on Adding VA Disability to Your Practice

George Piemonte, Piemonte Law Firm

3:30 PM

Strategies for Profitability – Diversification and Federal Court Appeals Panel & Questions

Chuck Martin, The Law Offices of Martin and Jones
Eric Buchanan, Eric Buchanan & Associates
George Piemonte, Piemonte Law Firm

Truck Accident Law

Thursday, November 8

3:15 PM

The Psychology Of Jurors In Trucking Cases

Tom Metier, Metier Law Firm LLC

3:45 PM

Primer On Trucking Insurance Coverage

Joe Camerlengo, Camerlengo Law Group

4:15 PM

Recent Trends In Vicarious Liability

Pete Kestner, Crawford & Kestner PA

Friday, November 9

9:00 AM

Key Standards, Rules And Regulations

Joe Fried, Fried Rogers Goldberg

9:45 AM

Understanding Post-Crash Investigation Data

Michael Leizerman, Leizerman & Associates, LLC

10:45 AM

An Update On Broker And Shipper Liability

Karonnie Truzy, Crumley Roberts

12:15 PM

The $79M Bad Weather Case

Eric Penn, The Penn Law Firm P.C.

1:00 PM

Ethics: From The Crash Scene To Settlement and Everything In Between

Robert Collins, Robert Collins Law
Morgan Adams, Law Offices of Morgan Adams

2:00 PM

Side Underride: Closing The Gap

Valerie Yarashus, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, PC

3:00 PM

Maximizing Non-Economic Losses

Steve Laird, Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, PC

3:45 PM

$165M Verdict: Uncovering The Truck Company With No Trucks

Jim Scherr, Scherr Legate PLLC