1 THE SOUTHERN TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION 27th Annual Conference the weekend of Mardi Gras in New Orleans FACE To FACE Where Trial Lawyers Share and Exchange Information and Ideas on the Real, Absolute and Human Element of Trial Law Designed for and limited exclusively to Plaintiff s Personal Injury Trial Lawyers Wednesday, February 11, Sunday, February 15, 2015 J. W. Marriott Hotel, New Orleans This conference has sold out for seventeen years in a row, and you are strongly encouraged to register immediately! Remaining rooms, if there are any, will be released on January 21, 2015.
2 Agenda Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a reception hosted by the J.W. Marriott through Saturday night with the Balcony on Bourbon is evolving even as you read this notice. The learning is serious, yet relaxed and from some of the best presenters in the country. Many say this is the best CLE program they attend all year and with all the social events, you ll have to wait until you get home to rest. Wednesday, February 11, :00-8:00p Welcome reception hosted by J. W. Marriott Hotel Thursday, February 12, :00-9:05a Welcome by President Charles G. Monnett, III Charlotte, NC SESSION 1 Moderator Pamela Mullis, Columbia South Carolina and Mark Zamora, Atlanta, Georgia HOW TO GET THE CASES/HOW TO HANDLE THE CASES 9:05-9:25a Best Law Office Practices Christopher Welsh, Omaha, NE 9:25-9:45a Gender - Power for the Trial Team Kim Dougherty, Boston, MA 9:45-10:05a Paperless Intakes Tad Thomas, Louisville, KY 10:05-10:25a Themes in Opening and Closing Jay Urban, Milwaukee, WI 10:25-10:45a Demonstrative Evidence in all Cases Larry Simon, New York, NY 10:45-11:00a BREAK 11:00-11:30a Identifying Mass Torts: The Road You Should Follow Rick Schulte, Vandalia, OH 11:30-11:50a Tech Savvy Trial Techniques Elise Sanguinetti, San Francisco, CA 11:50-12:10p Collaborative Partnerships Christopher Gilreath, Memphis, TN 12:10-12:25p Dealing with Difficult Defense Lawyers Steve Lowry, Savannah, GA 12:25-12:50p Rule 23 Class Cases on Liability and Injury Mark Chalos and Gerard Stranch, IV Nashville, TN 12:50-1:15p Relationship Marketing in the 21st Century Fred Schultz, Bloomington, IN Brian Nettles, Henderson, NV Friday, February 13, 2015 SESSION 2 Moderator Adam Malone, Atlanta, GA STORYTELLING THROUGH WITNESS EXAMINATION 9:00 9:30a Truth Through the Story Thomas W. Malone, Atlanta, Ga 9:30-10:00a Liquor Before Beer, Never Fear - Why the Order of Witnesses Matters Tim Hall, Atlanta, Ga 10:00-10:30a Who and Why First: The Lens to Understanding What and How Marj Russell, Mason, MN 10:30-11:00a There Once Was a Healthy Child Richard Shapiro, Bradenton, FL 11:00-11:15a BREAK SESSION 3 Moderator Eric Romano, West Palm Beach, FL DAMAGES 11:15-11:45a The Emerging Consensus on Traumatic Brain Injury and How You Can Use It to Obtain an Adequate Award Gary Gober, Nashville, TN 11:45-12:15p Protecting Your Client s Money: Medicare Compliance and Effectively Handling Liens Jason Lazarus, Orlando, FL 12:15-12:45p Planning for the Future: Effectively Presenting Economic Damages P.J. Scheiner, Ft. Myers, FL 12:45-1:15p Telling Your Clients Story: Persuasive Presentation of Human Damages Dino Colombo, Morgantown, WV
3 Saturday, February 14, :00-9:00a BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING SESSION 4 Moderator W. Coleman Allen Jr., Richmond, VA LITIGATION GUMBO: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE TRULY UGLY 9:00-9:30a Proving Physical Pain & Suffering Through Cross-Examination of Defense Medical Experts, AKA Power-Proof John Romano, West Palm Beach, FL 9:30-10:00a Critical Case Development or Emotion Charles Joseph Zauzig III, Woodbridge, VA 10:00-10:30a They Made Me Do It: Winning an Auto Products Case Against a Component Manufacturer Chris Gover, Montgomery, AL 10:30-11:00a Salt for the Leeches: Removing Liens and Other Claims From Your Clients Recovery Edward Allen, Fredericksburg, VA 11:00 11:15a BREAK SESSION 5 Moderator Elizabeth M. Burke, Mt. Pleasant, SC THREE BAD PRODUCTS AND ONE BAD COP 11:15-11:45a Litigating Class Action Cases I and the Pharmaceutical Products Arena Chris Coffin, Plaquermine, LA 11:45-12:15p Lipitor: Is it Really That Bad? An Update on a Fast Paced Litigation David Miceli, Alton, IL 12:15-12:45p When Manufacturers Go Broke: Product Liability in Bankruptcy Court Dan Haltiwanger, Barnwell, SC 12:45-1:15p Policing for Proft: An Expensive Proposition Mullins McLeod, Charleston, SC Bus leaves for Krewe of Tucks Parade at 10:00 am. Everyone will be picked up a hotel check in. 1:00-4:00p Medi Visual Crawfish Boil 10:00 - Midnight Thursday Late Night Party in the French Quarter War Horse Banquet Friday Evening, February 13, 2015 Windsor Court Hotel- Reception 6:45 p.m. 7:45 p.m. Dinner 8:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the formal WARHORSE reception and banquet are $175 each. For first time attendees the price for tickets will be $100. Please order tickets in advance using the conference registration form, as tickets will not be available on site. (The Windsor Court Hotel is about 2 Blocks from the JW Marriott) This is an elegant celebration in honor of some of the nation s most outstanding trial lawyers. You are cordially invited to participate in this special evening with lawyers and their families from throughout the South. This is a black tie event and masks can be worn for the reception. (Dark suits acceptable) WAR HORSE honorees are nominated by members of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the cause of Justice. Acknowledged leaders in their communities, they have been in active practice for more than thirty years, demonstrated outstanding skill as trial advocates, and shown exceptional commitment to furthering the cause of justice. A solid bronze casting designed by renowned wildlife artist Pierre Pierce depicting a reared stallion symbolizes the remarkable careers of these WarHorses of the South. The 2015 recipients of the prestigious WarHorse award are William Andrew Andy Haggard from Coral Gables, Florida and Wade Byrd from Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Professor W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Lighthouse Award is presented annually to America s Most Outstanding lawyer in the field of academics, legal scholarship and advocacy teaching and training. This award recognizes lifelong devotion to the noble profession of trial law. Honorees stand out as mentors to young lawyers and professional peers, thus the award s name Lighthouse Award-the light that shines from the lighthouse provides guidance and direction to those weathering the storm. W. McKinley Smiley, Jr., for whom the award is named, embodies all that the award seeks to uphold. This years recipient is Peter Perlman from Lexington Kentucky. Pete is past recipient pf the prestigious War Horse Award and the Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award. The Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award recognizes an individual who has a calling to help others. This person is a powerful example of the bold pursuit of Excellence and Justice. Such an individual is one who inspires others and is a living symbol of Integrity, Strength, Bravery, Justice, Freedom, Pride, Devotion, Excellence, and Friendship and to many a Hero. Southern Trial Lawyers was founded in New Orleans and that s where our annual conference has always been. After Katrina in 2005, it was up in the air where we would hold our conference. An went out to all members for suggestions of other locations and the majority said they wanted to come back and support New Orleans if the hotel and city were ready. I contacted the hotel and they assured me they were ready. We did come back and I m proud to say we were one of the first Associations to return to New Orleans and we had one of our best conferences yet.
4 Message from the President It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve as President of STLA this past year. I cannot say too often how much this organization depends on the great work that Jody Campbell does day in and day out. There is simply no way that we could have the quality of events that we have each year without Jody s constant attention to detail. I hope that each of you will take a moment to thank him personally the next time you see him. STLA is one of the premier trial lawyer organizations in the country. Our organization is thriving at a time when many trial lawyer organizations are suffering from declining membership. I think that is a tribute to the quality and reputation of our members along with the outstanding CLE programs and social events we offer every year. If you have not already paid your dues, please do so immediately. Those of you that attended our Fall Retreat at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville know what a wonderful time it was. The Friday CLE was excellent with presentations by Jeffrey Kidd on the latest developments in truck crash investigations, Michael Haggard on defeating the preventability defense in inadequate security/premises liability cases, Bob Shepherd on strategic visualization through the use of demonstrative and illustrative evidence and Christopher Marlowe on investigating and prosecuting child sexual abuse actions. The Saturday afternoon micro-brewery and distillery tour gave everyone that attended a chance to get to know one another better in a fun and relaxed setting. Thanks again to our CLE presenters and to our sponsors: Forge Consulting, Alliance Medications, The Center, Collision Specialists and JPDS. I know that everyone is looking forward to another fun time at Mardi Gras in There is simply not another place in the world as unique as New Orleans, especially at Mardi Gras. The Board of Governors has been working hard to improve an already memorable experience for attendees. The Warhorse Dinner remains our marquee event of the year. We have lowered the price for everyone and now offer a substantial discount for first time attendees. In addition, the program will be shorter this year to allow everyone more time on the town Friday night. I encourage everyone to attend. The Crawfish Boil Saturday afternoon is always a fun time and Saturday night will again feature a balcony party on Bourbon Street with food and complimentary throws. As you can see from the attached brochure, this year we will have another terrific CLE program. The schedule changes made last year were well received so we will once again start at 9:00 am and end the programs at 1:30 pm so that everyone will have the opportunity for a leisurely lunch at one of New Orleans premier restaurants and to spend some time enjoying the city before the evening events. I look forward to see each and every one of you in New Orleans. Laissez les bon temps roulez!! Charles G. Monnett III Attorney-at-Law New Orleans Style Shrimp/ Crawfish Boil in the Quarter Saturday, February 14, 2015 This started five years ago in an alleyway in the French Quarter. Because of the huge success and popularity over the years, this event had to be moved to the House of Blues. Despite high winds and rain the past two years the turnout was outstanding. Started by Bob Shepherd with Medi Visuals out of Richmond Virginia, it has grown and become one of the most popular social events of the conference. At the time this brochure was printed a location for this year s event had not been determined but location and directions will be available at the reception desk at check in. Dress code is very casual. (This is free to attendees and guest. Exhibitors will be charged a nominal fee). About the Host Hotel - The J.W. Marriott is located at 614 Canal Street and is one of New Orleans premier hotels, offering modern luxury combined with elegance and traditional Southern Charm. Located in the heart of this vibrant city, it is adjacent to the French Quarter and within easy walking distance to Bourbon Street, all of the Mississippi River attractions, streetcar lines, Jackson Square, and other attractions. Hotel reservations must be made through the STLA office in tandem with your conference registration. No reservations will be accepted on a direct basis by the hotel. Hotel reservations will be confirmed by the STLA office. Reservations must be made by January 21, The STLA conference actually kicks off with the reception on Wednesday night, February 11, starting at 6 p.m. This reception is hosted by the JW Marriott and the food and drink is always outstanding. Rooms are available several days before and after the conference for participants interested in an extended stay in New Orleans. There is a TWO- DAY MINIMUM on rooms and there are no concierge-level rooms. Because of Mardi Gras, the Cutoff Date is January 21, However, you are encouraged to register and make hotel reservations earlier to insure availability. We will sell out, so act now!
5 Conference Registration Fees* $650 Non-STLA member Registrant $550 Members of the STLA $850 Exhibit Fee REGISTRATION AND EXHIBIT FEES ARE THE SAME AS THEY WERE IN 2008 *Your conference registration fee covers the welcome reception for you and a guest, continental breakfast each morning, Thursday night party, 1 ticket for the Balcony on Bourbon Street, the Crawfish Boil (Exhibitors pay a nominal fee) and CLE Credits The WARHORSE Reception and Banquet are not included in the conference registration fee, as the additional cost of $175 and for first time attendees, $100, is calculated to cover the cost of this extraordinary event. It has proven to be the highlight of every convention, and you will not want to miss it! WANT TO RIDE IN A MARDI GRAS PARADE? As an STLA registrant, you have a unique opportunity to actually ride on a Mardi Gras float! The Krewe of Tucks is a Mardi Gras Krewe and many STLA members, faculty and others participate in this annual event. It is the fourth largest parade and rolls about 1:30 on Saturday, February 14th. Through the STLA, you are invited to experience all the magic of the season through participating in a parade, in full regalia, with family and friends. A bus will pick you up and take you to load onto the floats and you will be dropped off right up the street from the J.W. Marriott. This opportunity is offered separate from the conference, for a fee of about $1,300 per person, which includes the costume, throws, and party. Additional throws can be purchased. If canceled due to weather and date changed there will be no refunds. For more information, contact the office of Lloyd Frischertz at or Tell them you are inquiring about riding on the STLA Float. In Order to Register: Mail your conference registration form and fee, plus your completed hotel reservation form with credit card detail to cover the one night room deposit to: Southern Trial Lawyers Association PO Box 1207 Crawfordville, FL Phone/Fax (850) To Register Name Guest s Name Address City State Zip Telephone STLA Member Registration $550 = $ STLA Non-member $650 = $ Exhibit Fee $850 = $ Friday Evening War Horse Banquet $175 each x = $ War Horse Banquet 1st Time Attendees $100 each x = $ Balcony on Bourbon Street Sat. Night $100 each x = $ (One ticket included with registration, additional tickets are $100 each) TOTAL ENCLOSED $ STLA IS NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS FOR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES. Please issue checks payable to The Southern Trial Lawyers Association to cover the cost of each conference option that you choose. You may reserve your hotel room by credit card as noted below. HOTEL RESERVATIONS at the conference site, the J.W. Marriott, are possible ONLY through the STLA office, and only AFTER you have registered for the conference. Your completed hotel reservation form below, should accompany your conference registration form. There will be a $100 administrative fee for cancelations and hotel must be canceled a week before conference.please provide one of the following to insure J.W. Marriott accommodations: 1) Your check or money order payable to the J.W. Marriott Hotel covering the first night s stay OR 2) Your credit card detail (credit card information will be provided to the JW Marriott by STLA). You will receive confirmation of your reservation directly from the J.W. Marriott. HOTEL RESERVATION FORM Name Address City/State/Zip Phone Arrival Date/Time Departure Date Check in 3:00 p.m./check out 12 noon. Please check room requested: Smoking Non-smoking Deluxe (Corner room with King Bed) Superior (King or twin beds) $275 plus 13% tax $246 plus 13% tax King Twin DEPOSIT OF ONE ROOM NIGHT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RESERVATIONS: Please charge my credit card for the one room night deposit required. Credit Card # Name on card Signature Fax Exp. In order to assure the group rate, the STLA office must receive reservations before January 19, If the rate requested is not available, the nearest available rate will be confirmed. Reservations requested beyond the cut-off date are subject to availability. Rooms may still be available after the cut-off date but not at the group rate. Valet Parking is available at the 609 Common Street entrance. All conference registrations and hotel reservations will be acknowledged/confirmed by February 1, Fax
6 PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage P A I D Tallahassee, FL Permit #236 Southern Trial Lawyers Association P.O. Box 1207, Crawfordville, FL TEL/FAX (850) CLE Credit - 13 CLE hours are anticipated in the 13-member southern states Saturday Night on Bourbon Street February 14, Bourbon Street 7:00 p.m. til 1:00 a.m. You think Bourbon Street is crazy on the streets during Mardi Gras, well wait until you see it from a balcony. Last year was our 5th time for this event and for the fifth time it was a huge success. We have again rented the 232 Bourbon Street Balcony and will have our Saturday night party there. It is two blocks off Canal and is one of the easiest balconies on Bourbon to get to. We will have finger foods and an open bar starting at 7 p.m. and this will conclude at 1 a.m. on Sunday morning. There is no theme this year so costumes are optional but masks will be required. Our good friends at Robson Forensic will again supply beads. (1 ticket included in Registration fee and extra tickets are $100). Thursday Night Party 10pm until Midnight Plans are in the works for a party in the French Quarter on Thursday night. You will receive an with the details when plans have been finalized.
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