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Weekend with the Stars Seminar Invited Faculty 

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Jeffrey Anderson concentrates his practice in sexual abuse litigation and is a champion of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  He argues for legislative and judicial protection of children and the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.  In 2009, he received the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award.  Mr. Anderson is the founder of Jeff Anderson & Associates, PA in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Kenneth L. Connor is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who represents victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.  He is the founder and chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.  He is a member of AAJ, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Florida Justice Association.  Mr. Connor has served as a member of the Florida Constitutional Revision Committee, chairman of the State of Florida Ethics Commission, as a member of the Florida Governor’s Constituency for Children, and served on Florida’s Task Force on the Availability and Affordability of Long Term Care.  Mr. Connor is with the law firm Marks Balette & Giessel, PC in Leesburg, Virginia.

Amanda A. Farahany concentrates her practice in employment, overtime, and sexual harassment litigation, and provides consultation and support to management employees.  Ms. Farahany has been recognized as Rising Star Super Lawyer in 2009 and 2005 by Georgia Super Lawyers and Law & Politics.  She is a fellow of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) and the Lawyer’s Foundation of Georgia.  Ms. Farahany serves as the cochair of AAJ’s Wage and Hour Litigation Group and has previously served as president of the Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers and the National Employment Lawyers Association, cochair of AAJ’s Inadequate Security Litigation Group, and vice chair of AAJ’s Employment Rights Section.  She has also taught law students trial tactics as the coach of the Trial Advocacy Program at John Marshall Law School.   Ms. Farahany is a partner in the law firm of Barrett & Farahany, LLP located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brian Galligan concentrates his practice in medical negligence, motor vehicle, personal injury, products liability, consumer protection, and toxic tort litigation. He is the president of the AAJ’s New Lawyers Division, a member of the American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, and the Iowa Association for Justice. Mr. Galligan is a frequent lecturer across the United States on products liability and toxic torts. He is the president of the law firm Galligan & Reid, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa.

Richard D. Hailey concentrates his practice in personal injury.  Mr. Hailey is a past president of AAJ (formerly ATLA®), fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, Governor of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), and a member of the ITLA’s College of Fellows. The law firm of Ramey & Hailey is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Karen K. Koehler is with the firm of Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio in Seattle, Washington.  She is a past chair of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, past president of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), and received WSAJ’s 2005 Trial Lawyer of the year award and 2003 President’s Award.  Ms. Koehler is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the University of Washington.  She is coauthor of Litigating Minor Impact Soft Tissue Claims (Thompson West 2001), Litigating Major Auto Injury and Death Cases (Thomspon West 2006), and Preparing Your Client for Deposition DVD (Trial Guides 2007).

James B. Lees, Jr., course advisor, is a former cochair of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA, and is 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.

Zoe Littlepage concentrates her practice exclusively on defective medical product and drug cases.  She has been active in litigation concerning silicone breast implants, diet drugs, and Rezulin.  She is currently lead counsel in the hormone therapy MDL litigation and is actively prosecuting these claims in both federal and state courts throughout the country.  Ms. Littlepage is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and has been named one of America’s top lawyers by Fortune Magazine, and American Lawyer. She has been invited to lecture nationally on trial skills and visual presentation of evidence. She is a named partner in the joint venture law firm of Littlepage Booth with offices in Houston, Texas and Pensacola, Florida.

Karen Barth Menzies concentrates her practice in plaintiffs’ pharmaceutical mass torts and consumer class actions. Ms. Menzies served as the lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the Paxil MDL, Central District of California, which resulted in the resolution of over 300 cases. Ms. Menzies is currently a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee for the Avandia MDL, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and co liaison counsel for the Paxil Birth Defects litigation pending in the Mass Tort Program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She has testified three times before the FDA and also before the California State Senate regarding the risks of pharmaceutical drugs. She has published numerous articles and commonly speaks on preemption, FDA, and pharmaceutical drug risks to both legal and medical organizations. Ms. Menzies is a partner with Robinson, Calcagnie, & Robinson in Newport Beach, California.

Christopher J. O’Brien, course advisor,
concentrates his practice in automobile negligence, sexual assault, food poisoning, and wrongful death litigation.  He is a past president of the Western Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA.  Mr. O’Brien is a frequent speaker for AAJ and NYSTLA CLE programs and is an adjunct faculty professor at SUNY at Buffalo Law School.  He is a partner with O’Brien Boyd, P.C. in Buffalo, New York.

Jerome F. O’Neill concentrates his practice in litigation on behalf of injured persons and their survivors, commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense.  He serves on AAJ’s Board of Governors, is a member of AAJ’s Exchange Advisory Committee, and is a past cochair and current member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees.  He is a past president of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is the chair of the Vermont Supreme Court Evidence Rules Committee.  Mr. O’Neill is a partner in the firm of O’Neill Kellner & Green in Burlington, Vermont.

Kathleen Flynn Peterson, course advisor, is a Civil Trial Specialist certified by the Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.  She limits her practice to representing individuals and families who have experienced injury or death as a result of medical negligence.  Ms. Flynn Peterson is a past president of AAJ, a past president of the Minnesota Association for Justice, and a member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees.  She is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates, having served as president of Minnesota’s ABOTA chapter in 2005.  She has been repeatedly named in Best Lawyers in America and Law & Leading Attorneys and was named one of the 25 Women Industry Leaders by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2006.  Ms. Flynn Peterson is a partner with the national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Patrick M. Regan concentrates his practice in representing seriously injured clients in medical negligence, products liability, and other serious personal injury and wrongful death claims.  Mr. Regan is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  He is a member of AAJ’s Board of Governors, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a past president of the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, and past president of the DC chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  Mr. Regan is president and senior partner of Regan Zambri & Long, PLLC in Washington, DC.

J. Thomas Rhodes, III concentrates his practice in commercial, intellectual property, construction, personal injury, medical negligence, products liability, wrongful death, civil and trucking collision litigation cases.  He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a past president of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association.  He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2001, a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine since 2003, and in 2008, was named one of the Best Lawyers in Texas.  Mr. Rhodes is the senior trial counsel and managing partner of the Tom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C. in San Antonio, Texas.

Bruce H. Stern concentrates his practice in the area of brain and spinal cord injuries and wrongful death.  Mr. Stern is past president and a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association for Justice, a member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, and a past chair of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section.  He is the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer on the subject of traumatic brain injury litigation.  Mr. Stern is a partner in the firm of Stark & Stark in Princeton, New Jersey.
Marcus L. Stevenson concentrates his practice in the area of medical negligence, food and drug, health, products liability, and pharmaceutical litigation.  Mr. Stevenson is actively involved with several mass torts and serves on several committees in litigation related to MDL 1657 Vioxx, MDL 1699 celebrex and bextra, and MDL 1789 fosamax.  Mr. Stevenson began his legal career in the chief counsel’s Office of the United States Food and Drug Administration prosecuting pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers for violations of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act.  Mr. Stevenson served as an adjunct professor teaching the Food and Drug Law Course at the University of Houston.  He was named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  Mr. Stevenson is a partner with the firm The Stevenson Law Firm, PC in Houston, Texas.

Ernest F. Teitell has over 30 years of trial experience and concentrates his practice in the representation of individuals who have suffered life altering injuries as a result of medical negligence, defective products, catastrophic motor vehicle collisions, or sexual abuse.  He is past president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and has taught Trial Practice and Advanced Trial Practice as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law since 1987.  Mr. Teitell has been inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a partner with Silver Golub & Teitell, LLP in Stamford, Connecticut.

Nicholas Timko concentrates his practice in promoting public safety by holding corporations, businesses, government agencies, hospitals, doctors, manufacturers, and individuals accountable when their conduct causes harm and loss to members of the public.  He is the president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.   Mr. Timko is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been named to New York Super Lawyers.  He has lectured at various continuing legal education seminars and he is the managing partner of the firm of Kahn, Gordon, Timko & Rodriques, P.C. located in New York, New York.

C. Gibson Vance concentrates his practice in consumer fraud, and represents individuals and small businesses against insurance companies and various other entities within the insurance industry.  Mr. Vance is the president of AAJ, has served as vice president of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and treasurer of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. He was the president of the Young Lawyers and a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Bar Association. He is a shareholder at the firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. in Montgomery, Alabama.

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