William A. Barton concentrates his practice in medical negligence, child abuse, and products liability litigation. Mr. Barton has tried over 500 jury trials during his thirty-five years in practice, and was the first lawyer to successfully file, serve, and state a legal cause of action against the Vatican for sexual abuse of a minor. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been listed in three categories, medical malpractice, personal injury litigation, and non-white-collar criminal defense, in The Best Lawyers in America. He is a former member of AAJ’s Board of Governors and past chair of AAJ’s Child Abuse Litigation Group. Barton & Strever, P.C. is located in Newport, Oregon.
Stephen B. Chewning has over 24-years experience in accident reconstruction and analysis and is a specialist in commercial vehicle crashes and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Mr. Chewning has a certificate of full accreditation from The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction. He is a member of National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists, The Society of Accident Reconstructionists, Society of Automotive Engineers, and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Traffic Safety Consultants, Inc. is located in Richmond, Virginia.
Michael D. Freeman, Ph.D., MPH is a forensic epidemiologist specializing in the application of probability and epidemiologic data to forensic venues. He serves as a clinical associate professor of epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. He holds a Ph.D. in public health with a focus in epidemiology, as well as a masters in public health (MPH) degree in biostatistics and epidemiology, from Oregon State University. Dr. Freeman is a fully accredited crash reconstructionist with the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction. He has served as a consultant in forensic epidemiology to the medical examiner division of the Oregon State Police, and currently serves as a special deputy sheriff as a vehicular homicide investigator. Dr. Freeman has written and published widely in peer-reviewed biomedical literature in the field of forensic epidemiology, traffic injuries and crash reconstruction, medical diagnostics, and a variety of other areas of interest. Forensic Research and Analysis is located in Portland, Oregon.
Brian Galligan concentrates his practice in medical negligence, motor vehicle, personal injury, products liability, consumer protection, and toxic tort litigation. He is president of AAJ’s New Lawyers Division, and 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.
D. Mitchell Garrett, Jr. is a fifth-generation Oklahoma attorney who concentrates his practice on personal injury, mass torts, civil rights, environmental law, products liability, and pharmaceutical litigation. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association, AAJ, and the Oklahoma Association for Justice. Mr. Garrett currently serves as a Board of Governor for both the Oklahoma Association for Justice and as a New Lawyers Division representative to AAJ’s Board of Governors. Mr. Garrett is a former U.S. Marine and recipient of a Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, and a Good Conduct Medal from the U.S. Marine Corps. The Garrett Law Center is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Steven C. Gill concentrates his practice in the area of products liability, medical device, pharmaceutical, and automobile litigation. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar and a graduate of Southern University Law Center. The Gill Law Firm LLC is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Stephen J. Herman has developed a broad civil practice, including fire and explosion, highway defect, commercial, class action, insurance coverage, and professional liability cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He is a member of the American Bar Association, and the Louisiana State Bar Association, serves at a State Network Coordinator for Public Justice, and sits on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Association for Justice (formerly LTLA). He has been named a Superlawyer in class actions/mass torts, is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and is also a past president of the Civil Justice Foundation. Mr. Herman has spoken on numerous topics, including e-discovery, commercial fraud, and complex litigation. Mr. Herman is a partner in the firm of Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, L.L.P. in New Orleans, Louisiana.
David P. Huber is an associate with The Healy Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Huber has lectured at Illinois Trial Lawyers Association seminars, and has coauthored a chapter on “Intersection Collisions” for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Education and “Sunshine in Litigation” published in the Illinois Bar Journal. He has tried cases to verdict in the United States District Count and the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and serves as an arbitrator in various matters including insurance disputes. He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) where he serves on several committees, including the ISBA committee on Judicial Evaluation.
Randi McGinn represents both seriously injured people and those who have suffered unfair criminal accusations. She is a member of AAJ’s Board of Governors and is past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Ms. McGinn is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Law School, and lectures around the country on trial skills and use of creative demonstrative exhibits. She is a senior partner with the firm McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jackalyn A. Olinger concentrates her practice on asbestos litigation. She is a member of several legal organizations and serves on the Executive Boards for the Mound City Bar Association, AAJ’s New Lawyers Division (NLD), and AAJ’s Minority Caucus. Miss Olinger is on the Junior Board of Directors for the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and serves as cochair of their silent auction, Old Bags. Miss Olinger is an associate with the law firm of Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, LLC.
Emily Hawk Raley concentrates her practice in personal injury litigation. She serves on AAJ’s New Lawyers Division Board of Governors and AAJ’s the National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association—including serving on its Executive Committee and chairing the Women’s Caucus, the Etowah County Bar Association, and the Alabama Bar Association. Ms. Raley is a partner at the firm Cusimano, Keener, Roberts Knowles & Raley, P.C. in Gadsden, Alabama.
Elise R. Sanguinetti, course advisor, represents plaintiffs in trial and appellate courts, in areas including catastrophic injury and wrongful death, consumer litigation, insurance bad faith, and personal injury. She currently serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the Executive Committee of AAJ’s New Lawyers Division, and is cochair of AAJ’s NCA Board of the Trustees. Ms. Sanguinetti is a partner at Hinton Alfert & Sumner, APC in Walnut Creek, California.
Robert L. Shepherd, M.S. designs and develops visual exhibits to support medical expert testimony. As a Certified Medical Illustrator, he provides medical illustrations and graphics, medical 3-D models, animations, and interactives to aid in personal injury, medical negligence, and product liability cases. Mr. Shepherd is a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, and the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Medical Legal Illustration. He is vice president and director of Eastern Region Operations at MediVisuals Inc. in Richmond, Virginia.
Donald H. Slavik has a degree in engineering and a professional engineering license, as well as bar licenses in Wisconsin, Texas, Colorado, and Washington. He concentrates his practice in products liability litigation and has extensive experience with cases involving electrical products, aircraft, automobiles, farm equipment, industrial machinery, and utility negligence. His automobile defects cases include those involving seat belt failures, handling defects, seat design, roof crush in rollover accidents, air bags, and defects in child car seats. He is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America.” Slavik Law is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Tad Thomas concentrates his practice in general personal injury and civil litigation, including motor vehicle and trucking collision, medical negligence, accounting and auditing negligence, products liability, class actions cases. Mr. Thomas was tasked with leading the Civil and Environmental Division of the Attorney General’s Office in Kentucky and served Assistant Deputy Attorney General. He is a recipient of the Anderson Publishing Company Book Awards for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, Evidence and Wills and Trusts, Bratton and Wirthlin Trial Practice Award, CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Professional Responsibility and Trial Advocacy, Judge Robert S. Kraft Award for High Grade in Professional Responsibility, and International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. He is a member of Louisville Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Thomas is a frequent lecturer and has conducted seminars on technology, including the use of litigation management and trial preparation software, ethics and mediation. Law Offices of Tad Thomas is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Derrick L. Walker concentrates his practice in automobile collision and medical negligence litigation. He is a graduate of The College of William & Mary and The University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, where he received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocate Award. Mr. Walker is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, the AAJ Board of Governors, the I’anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court, and Virginia’s Boyd-Graves Conference. He has been selected as a “Virginia Rising Star” in Law & Politics magazine in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury practice, and SuperLawyer magazine recently named him a Top Lawyer in Virginia. Mr. Walker is a partner in the law firm of Breit, Drescher, Imprevento & Walker, P.C. located in Norfolk, Virginia.
Claude A. Wyle concentrates his practice in automobile, bicycle, and motorcycle collision, dangerous roadway, and premises cases litigation. Mr. Wyle is a member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), the California Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Western Trial Lawyers Association, and AAJ. Mr. Wyle has published numerous articles on most aspects of trial practice and litigation and is a frequent lecturer at trial lawyers programs. Mr. Wyle is a partner at Choulos, Choulos & Wyle in San Francisco, California.