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Advanced Trial Skills: Perfecting Your Competitive Edge

13.5 Hours General CLE; 1.0 Hour Ethics; 1.5 Hours Technology; 13.5 Hours Civil Trial Certification
Registration includes electronic materials only - printed materials not provided
Program Co-Chairs: Leslie M. Kroeger, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. Palm Beach Gardens, and Angela E. Rodante, Swope, Rodante, P.A., Tampa

Sponsored by Physician Life Care Planning and Fast Funds

Wednesday, June 14th, 8:45 am - 5:30 pm & Thursday, June 15th, 8:30 am - 3:20 pm

Highlights:
  • Closing the Deal in Opening
    Todd Michaels, The Haggard Law Firm, Coral Gables
  • The Ins and Outs of Arbitration
    Fermin Lopez, Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter, Orlando
  • Boecher, Elkins & Katzman: Leveling the Playing Field of Discovery & Admissibility of Expert Financial Discovery 
    Steve Barnes, Barnes Trial Group, Tampa
  • Expert Witnesses at Trial--Using the Minimum Effective Dose
    Steve Watrel, Steve Watrel, P.A., Jacksonville
  • No Crystal Ball Required - Institutional Liability When the Unknown Child Sex Predator Strikes
    Michael Dolce, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, West Palm Beach 
  • Jury Trials in the Age of Information Overload and Fake News
    Bob Kelley, Kelley Uustal, Fort Lauderdale
  • The Trump Administration: Threats and Opportunities for the Civil Justice System
    F. Paul Bland Jr., Executive Director - Public Justice, Washington, D. C.
  • Social Media Discovery – Pre suit Through Trial
    Mark Zamora, The Orlando Firm, PC, Atlanta
  • 25 Practical Tips when Approaching a Settlement 
    Michael Goodman, Principal of National Financial Partners (NFP), Managing Partner, NFP Structured Settlements and Anne Koerner, RN, BSN, CRRN, National Care Advisors
  • Corporate Greed: How to Find It & How to Prove It in Bad Faith Cases
    Brandon Cathey, Swope Rodante, P.A., Tampa
  • Direct Examination
    Julie Kane, Colson Hicks Eidson, Coral Gables
  • Closing the Show - Final Argument
    Steve Yerrid, Yerrid Law, Tampa
  • Effectively Dealing With Difficult Witnesses And Clients
    Brenda S. Fulmer, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., West Palm Beach
  • Gender Bias in the Courtroom
    Honorable Kim Hernandez Vance, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County
  • Your Appellate Partner at Trial
    Celene Humphries, Brannock & Humphries, Tampa

 

Young Lawyers Seminar: Making Your Ordinary Case – Extraordinary!

7.5 Hours General CLE; 1.0 Hour Ethics; 7.5 Hours Civil Trial Certification
Registration includes electronic materials only - printed materials not provided
Program Co-Chairs: Heather Freeman Jones, Anderson & Anderson, Tampa and Olivia Liggio, Liggio Law, West Palm Beach 

Sponsored by Robson Forensic

Wednesday, June 14th 
8:30 am - 5:30 pm 

Highlights:
  • Insider's View of the FJA
    G.C. Murray, Deputy General Counsel, Florida Justice Association, Tallahassee
  • Medical Malpractice: Making Your Ordinary Case - Extraordinary
    Jennifer Lipinski, Gordon & Doner, Palm Beach Gardens
  • What Young Lawyers Need to Know About Ethics
    Donald A. Smith, Jr., Smith, Tozian, Daniel & Davis, P.A., Tampa
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
    Dr. Vimal H. Patel, M.D., Gateway Radiology, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Consumer Collection Practices
    Geoff Stahl, Liggio Law, West Palm Beach
  • Creative Ways to Enhance Your Personal Injury Claims, Auto & Premises
    Timothy G. Anderson Sr. and Timothy G. Anderson Jr., Anderson & Anderson, Tampa
  • Identifying, Developing and Maximizing the Typical Auto Negligence Case
    Howard Butler, Butler Law Group, Jacksonville
  • Proposals for Settlement
    Andrew Harris, Burlington and Rockenbach, West Palm Beach
  • Litigating Your Case in the Court of Public Opinion
    Matthew A. Crist, Crist Legal, P.A., Tampa
  • RSD: Symptoms, How to Identify Such Conditions, and How the Conditions Can Affect a Legal Case
    Kazi Hassan, M.D., Florida Medical Pain Management, St. Petersburg

 

Annual Review Seminar: 2017 Legislative Changes & Case Law Update

4.5 Hours General CLE; 4.5 Hours Civil Trial Certification
Registration includes electronic materials only - printed materials not provided
Program Co-Chairs: Jimmy Gustafson, FJA President, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., Tallahassee, and Dale Swope, FJA President-Elect, Swope, Rodante, P.A., Tampa

Sponsored by Image Resources of Florida

Friday, June 16th 
8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Highlights:
  • Auto Insurance Case Law and Legislative Changes
    Brent G. Steinberg, Swope Rodante, P.A., Tampa & Tiffany M. Faddis, Faddis & Faddis, P.A., Orlando
  • Medical Malpractice Case Law Update (no legislative changes)
    Rachel Furst, Grossman Roth Cohen & Yaffa, Coral Gables
  • General and Property Insurance Case Law and Legislative Changes
    Lee Jacobson, Hale, Hale & Jacobson, P.A., Orlando
  • Evidence Code & General Tort Legislative Changes & Case Law Update
    John S. Mills and Courtney Brewer, The Mills Firm, Tallahassee
  • Transportation Network Companies/Self Driving Vehicles Legislative & Case Law Update
    Will Ourand, Newsome Melton, Orlando
  • Workers’ Comp Legislative & Case Law Update
    Paul Anderson, Anderson & Hart, P.A., Tallahassee & Richard Chait, Touby, Chait & Sicking, P.L., Coral Gables
  • Legislative Overview and Discussion
    Jimmy Gustafson, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., Tallahassee; Dale Swope, Swope Rodante, P.A., Tampa; and Jeff Porter, Legislative and Political Director, Florida Justice Association, Tallahassee

Civil Litigation for Paralegals & Legal Assistants

Registration includes electronic materials only - printed materials not provided
Program Co-Chairs: Virginia Buchanan, Levin Papantonio, Pensacola, and Bonnie Sue Stark, FRP, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley P.A., Tallahassee
This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals for CLE Credit required to maintain the CP Credential. NALA has approved the seminar for 6.0 CLE credits including 1.0 Ethics CLE credit.

Sponsored by Milestone Reporting 

Friday, June 16th 
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Program Agenda:
8:00 am – 8:45 am......   Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 am – 9:00 am......   Welcome, Opening Remarks & Announcements 
Virginia Buchanan, Esq., Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A., Pensacola
9:00 am – 9:50 am......   Why Settlement Planning Is So Important – Ethical Pitfalls – Structured Settlements/Settlement Trust – Planning for Public Benefits Preservation with the Disabled (SNTs, MSAs, & Dual Eligibility) 
Daniel J. Alvarez, J.D., Vice President & General Counsel, Synergy Settlement Services
9:55 am – 10:45 am......   Protecting Your Clients' Privacy Rights
Yvonne Berstein, CLA, FRP, Personal Injury of Florida, Palm Beach Gardens
10:45 am – 10:55 am....   Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing


Refreshment Break Sponsored by Suntrust Bank
10:55 am – 11:45 am.....   Know Your Medicine 
Caroline Peterson, RN, CP, FRP, Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A., Pensacola
11:45 am – 1:00 pm......   Box Lunch Provided, Visit with sponsors and vendors. Good health tips! 
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm.......   Owning the Details: The Application of Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Excel to Medical Records and Chronologies That Will Enable You to Kick the Defense Lawyers’ Butts and Get You a Raise! 
Kenneth Sobel, Esq., Sobel Legal, Fort Lauderdale
1:55 pm – 2:45 pm.......   What Florida Paralegals Need to Know About the Unauthorized Practice of Law – Ethical Considerations
 
Maria L. Torres, Branch UPL Counsel, The Florida Bar – Unlicensed Practice of Law Division, Tampa
2:45 pm – 2:55 pm.......   Afternoon Refreshment Break
2:55 pm – 3:45 pm.......   Knowing Your Jury – Conducting Jury Research 
Bonnie Sue Stark, FRP and Legal Investigator, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley P.A., Tallahassee
3:50 pm – 4:40 pm.......   The Role of the New Case Coordinator – Paralegal, Psychologist, Grief Counselor and Directory Assistance 
Claire C. Davis, CP, FRP, Fonvielle Lewis Messer & McConnaughhay, Tallahassee
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm........   Roundtable Discussion and Closing Remarks