WSAJ 2018 Annual Meeting & Convention

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


Summary

WEDNESDAY • 9/26
12:50-5:30PM
TORT LAW CLE
3.5 Law & Legal Credits and .5 Ethics Credits
12:50-1PM Welcome by Convention Chairs
Elizabeth Calora, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
John Webber, GLP Attorneys, P.S., inc
1-1:30PM Case Law Update
Valerie McOmie & Dan Huntington, WSAJ Amicus Coordinators
1:30-2PM Lessons from a Four Month Asbestos Trial
Jessica Dean, Dean Omar & Branham, Dallas, TX
2:30-3PM Break
3-3:30PM Trucking Torts 101
Morgan Adams, Seattle Truck Law
3:30-4PM Sexual Abuse Torts in the Age of #MeToo
Jason Amala, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
4-4:30PM Emerging Torts
Ellen Relkin, Weitz & Luxenberg, New York, NY
4:30-5PM Challenging the Vulnerable Arbitration Clause: the Defenses Still Available in Many Cases
Paul Bland, Executive Director, Public Justice, Washington, DC
5-5:30PM Ethics: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Katie Chamberlain, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless
THURSDAY • 9/27
8:20AM-2:15PM
TRENDS & TACTICS IN CIVIL LITIGATION CLE
2.5 Law & Legal Credits and .75 Ethics Credits
8:20-8:30AM Introduction by Convention Chairs
Elizabeth Calora, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
John Webber, GLP Attorneys, P.S., Inc.
8:30-9:45AM How to Work with Trump-Era Juries
Artemis Malekpour & David Ball, PhD, Malekpour & Ball, Durham, NC (David Ball via live stream)
9:45-10:30AM Inclusion Rider, Diversity and Inclusion in Our Own Profession and the Role of Lawyers in Driving Social Change
Kalpana Kotagal, Cohen Milstein, Washington, DC
10:30-11AM Break
11-11:45AM Secrecy in Civil Litigation
Lori Andrus, Andrus Anderson, San Francisco, CA
Noon-1:45PM Lunch
1:45-2:15PM Using the Power of Belief to Frame Your Case
Ed Lazarus, Winning Works, Washington, DC
2:15-5:15PM
AUTO CASES CLE/MOTOR VEHICLE DESKBOOK RELEASE
2.5 Law & Legal Credits
2:15-2:25PM Introduction by Deskbook Co-Editors
Scott Carness, The Carness Law Firm, PS
Shannon Kilpatrick, DawsonBrown, P.S.
2:25-2:55PM Distracted Driving: General Overview of Human Factors, "What It Is, What It Isn't, and How It's Different"
Nancy Grugle, PhD, Robson Forensic
2:55-3:15PM PIP Litigation - Getting the Bills Paid
Jason Baker, Law Offices of Jason A. Baker
3:15-3:35PM Break
3:35-4:05PM Demonstrative Evidence and the Admissibility of Exhibits
Keith Kessler, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Koehler Moore
4:05-4:25PM Accident Investigation - "Documenting the Facts"
Tara Eubanks, Law Office of Tara L. Eubanks, PLLC
4:25-4:45PM Use of Interrogatories, Requests for Production, ER 904, Requests for Admission & Depositions at Trial
Lee Thomas, Harpold Thomas, P.C.
4:45-5:15PM Subrogation: Federal Health Plans - Medicare & FEHBA
Steve Shaw, Shaw Legal Solutions
FRIDAY • 9/28
8:20AM-12:30PM
AUTO CASES CLE (Continued)
2.75 Law & Legal Credits and .5 Ethics Credits
8:20-8:30AM Introduction by Deskbook Co-Editors
Scott Carness, The Carness Law Firm, PLLC
Shannon Kilpatrick, DawsonBrown, P.S.
8:30-9:30AM Justice, Safety, and Robot Cars
Daniel Hinkle, Leg. Counsel, AAJ, Washington, DC
9:30-10AM Identifying & Handling Conflicts of Interest
Sims Weymuller, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
10-10:20AM Appeal: What Every Practitioner Should Know to Properly Preserve the Appellate Record
Catherine Clark, Law Office of Catherine C. Clark PLLC
10:20-10:50AM Break
10:50-11:10AM Discovery in Automobile Cases: Practical Tips
Ada Wong, AKW Law, P.C.
11:10-11:30AM Rules of the Road: Claims Involving Unique Vehicles (Bicycles)
Stacie Bain, Law Office of Stacie Bain PLLC
11:30-11:50AM Claims Involving Fault or Defective Equipment - Is There a Companion Product Liability Claim?
James S. Rogers, Law Offices of James S. Rogers
11:50AM-12:15PM Closing Argument(s)
Mike Wampold, Peterson Wampold Rosato Feldman Luna
12:15PM Adjourn

Presenters
Elizabeth Calora
Elizabeth Calora is a partner with Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala. As a child, Liz learned firsthand the devastating impact of medical negligence when her uncle was paralyzed as a result of a physician’s error. When the medical provider failed to accept...More
John D. Webber
John Webber is a partner of GLP Attorneys in its Seattle and Burlington offices. John began his practice of personal injury law in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1995, after graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law. In 2000, he moved to...More
Valerie McOmie
Valerie McOmie is a lawyer from Camas, Washington, in Clark County. Valerie received her B.A. from the University of Washington, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Following law school, Valerie did a clerkship for U.S. District...More
Daniel E. Huntington
Dan Huntington is a Spokane lawyer. Dan received his B.A. degree from Gonzaga University, and his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall, the University of California School of Law at Berkeley. He began private practice in Tacoma, and after two years moved to...More
Jessica Dean
Jessica Dean works at Dean Omar & Branham, LLP. She is originally from St. Louis, MO and now lives in Dallas, TX. She has tried cases in Washington, Louisiana, South Carolina, Iowa, Minnesota, California and elsewhere. She is grateful to represent...More
Morgan Adams
Morgan Adams, owner of Seattle Truck Law, PLLC, is the President of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and past Chair of both the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Trucking Litigation Group (TLG) and Bus Litigation Group (BLG). In...More
Jason P. Amala
Jason P. Amala is a named partner in the Seattle office of Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC (http://www.pcva.law), where he has dedicated his law practice to representing individuals and businesses who have been victimized by others. His clients and...More
Ellen Relkin
Ellen Relkin is of counsel to Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. in New York City and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. She has been elected as a “Super Lawyer” of New Jersey and New...More
F. Paul Bland, Jr.
F. Paul Bland, Jr. is Executive Director of Public Justice, overseeing its advocacy and litigation of consumer, environmental and civil rights cases, as well as its communications, development and administrative departments. He has argued and won...More
Katherine Chamberlain
Katherine Chamberlain is a partner at MacDonald Hoague & Bayless (www.mhb.com). She received her B.A. from the University of California at Davis, summa cum laude, in 2001. Katie graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2004. Katie...More
Artemis Malekpour
Artemis Malekpour of Chapel Hill, NC is a partner in the litigation consulting firm Malekpour & Ball, where she specializes in case strategy, jury selection, jury research, focus groups and decision-making. As a lawyer with a background in psychology...More
David Ball, Ph.D.
David Ball, who wrote trial advocacy’s best-selling strategy book – David Ball on Damages -- is a litigation researcher and strategist with North Carolina’s Malekpour & Ball Consulting (JuryWatch, Inc.). He is the nation's most influential jury...More
Kalpana Kotagal
Kalpana Kotagal is a Partner at Cohen Milstein, a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment practice group, and Chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee.

Ms. Kotagal is co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," referenced by...More

Lori Andrus
LORI E. ANDRUS specializes in class actions and complex litigation, work that encompasses many subject areas. With two decades of experience battling corporate giants, Ms. Andrus puts her legal skills to work for working women who deserve fair pay....More
Edward H. Lazarus
Ed Lazarus is a partner in the trial strategy firm Winning Works, co-author of Winning Case Preparation (Trail Guides, 2018), and president of Lazarus Strategic Services.

Command of the current research and science in the areas of...More

Scott P. Carness
Scott P. Carness, co-editor of the Motor Vehicle Litigation Deskbook, is the Principal of the Carness Law Firm, PLLC, located in Edmonds, Washington. He represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters including wrongful death, premises liability,...More
Shannon Kilpatrick
Shannon M. Kilpatrick practices at DawsonBrownPS in Seattle. She focuses her practice on substantial personal injury claims, wrongful death, insurance coverage disputes, and claims involving insurer misconduct. She also consults on and handles...More
Nancy Grugle
Dr. Nancy Grugle is a human factors expert at Robson Forensic in Denver, CO. Her areas of specialization include distracted driving and drowsy driving, product and equipment design, error investigation and assessment, and the design of warnings and...More
Jason Baker
Jason Baker, EAGLE member, is a solo practitioner focusing on plaintiff personal injury and insurance bad faith. Two Christmases ago, Mr. Baker was at a Christmas party full of almost entirely adjusters and defense lawyers from a major carrier,...More
Keith Kessler
Keith L. Kessler is a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney with the Hoquiam and Seattle law firm of Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore. Over the past 38 years, Mr. Kessler has focused on highway design and product liability cases.

Mr....More

Tara Eubanks
Tara L. Eubanks is a sole practitioner with Law Offices of Tara L. Eubanks, PLLC. Her practice focuses on cases involving complex personal injuries, medical negligence, wrongful death, product liability, and insurance bad faith. She is frequently...More
Lee Stewart Thomas
Lee S. Thomas practices exclusively in litigation involving injured workers and those injured through the negligence of others. He is regularly in hearings at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals trying cases against the Department of Labor &...More
Steven Shaw
Steven Shaw is a personal injury attorney that also consults with other attorneys regarding Medicare Secondary Payer law issues. Steven is a Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Fellow (CMSP-F), a Medicare Set-aside Consultant-Certified (MSCC)...More
Daniel Hinkle
Daniel Hinkle is the Senior State Affairs Counsel for the American Association for Justice where he helps defend and promote the right to a trial by jury at the state level by providing expert legal and legislative analysis, research, and multi-state...More
Sims G. Weymuller
Sims Weymuller is an attorney and shareholder at the Seattle firm Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender. At SGB, Sims litigates professional negligence, product liability, and catastrophic injury matters. After graduating with honors from Kenyon College,...More
Catherine C. Clark
Catherine C. Clark, or “Cat” as she is also known, is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gonzaga University School of Law. Cat attended the UW on an athletic scholarship (Swimming) where she earned four varsity letters and academic...More
Ada Ko Wong
Ada K. Wong is the owner of AKW LAW, P.C., with offices in Washington and California. She is licensed to practice in California, Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California,...More
Stacie Bain
Stacie Bain is a bike lawyer who practices in Seattle and Spokane, Washington. Ms. Bain has over twenty-seven years of experience riding bikes including working as a bike messenger, racing road and mountain bikes, bike commuting year-round, riding...More
James S. Rogers
James S. Rogers is a lawyer in Seattle’s The Law Offices of James S. Rogers. His practice is limited to serious personal injury and product liability litigation.

Mr. Rogers is a member of DART, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial...More

Michael Wampold
Michael S. Wampold is a Seattle native and graduated from Franklin High School. He attended Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude in history. At Yale, Mike won a fellowship from the Yale-China Association, allowing him to spend two...More

Originally Published

September 26, 2018


Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Case Law Update
  • Lessons from a Four Month Asbestos Trial
  • Trucking Torts 101
  • Sexual Abuse Torts in the Age of #MeToo
  • Emerging Torts
  • Challenging the Vulnerable Arbitration Clause: the Defenses Still Available in Many Cases
  • Ethics: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • How to Work with Trump-Era Juries
  • How to Work with Trump-Era Juries - Part 2
  • Inclusion Rider, Diversity and Inclusion in Our Own Profession and the Role of Lawyers in Driving Social Change
  • Secrecy in Civil Litigation
  • Using the Power of Belief to Frame Your Case
  • Distracted Driving: General Overview of Human Factors, "What It Is, What It Isn't, and How It's Different"
  • PIP Litigation - Getting the Bills Paid
  • Demonstrative Evidence and the Admissibility of Exhibits - Video
  • Accident Investigation - "Documenting the Facts"
  • Use of Interrogatories, Requests for Production, ER 904, Requests for Admission & Depositions at Trial
  • Subrogation: Federal Health Plans - Medicare & FEHBA
  • Justice, Safety, and Robot Cars
  • Identifying & Handling Conflicts of Interest
  • Appeal: What Every Practitioner Should Know to Properly Preserve the Appellate Record
  • Discovery in Automobile Cases: Practical Tips
  • Rules of the Road: Claims Involving Unique Vehicles (Bicycles)
  • Claims Involving Fault or Defective Equipment - Is There a Companion Product Liability Claim?
  • Closing Argument(s)
  • 2018 Annual Convention Written Materials

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