Richard D. Hailey, course advisor, concentrates his practice in personal injury litigation. Mr. Hailey is a past president of AAJ, 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. He serves on the ITLA’s Board of Directors, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, and was named the Melvin Belli Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Melvin Belli Society. The law firm of Ramey & Hailey is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mark R. Kosieradzki, course advisor, concentrates his practice in products liability, wrongful death, spinal cord injury, amputation, nursing home abuse, and burn litigation. Mr. Kosieradzki is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota Bar Association as a Civil Trial Specialist, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a past president of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. He has served on AAJ’s Board of Governors, is past chair of AAJ’s Nursing Homes Litigation Group, is a member of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, and a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA. The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC is in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
William P. Lightfoot limits his practice to plaintiff’s personal injury claims and served as cochair on the Committee to Re-Elect Mayor Adrian Fenty 2010. He is board certified in Civil Trials by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA. Mr. Lightfoot is a past member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees and is a former Council Member at Large for the District of Columbia, where he chaired the Committee on Judiciary. Mr. Lightfoot is managing partner at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP in Washington, DC.
Thomas S. McGrath concentrates on construction and consumer law, representing the rights of homeowners in new construction home defects, termite & pest control claims, and real estate fraud. He is a frequent lecturer on these subjects and a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA. Mr. McGrath is a member of AAJ and the Alabama Association for Justice. The McGrath Law Firm is located in Huntsville, Alabama.
Phillip H. Miller has an exclusively personal injury practice. Mr. Miller has handled a wide range of cases including trucking litigation, nursing home claims, pharmaceutical torts, and day care center child abuse. Mr. Miller has been recognized as one of the “Best of the Bar” by the Nashville Business Journal and as a Super Lawyer. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Miller has extensive experience working as a trial consultant on a wide variety of cases. He is a former member of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA, and past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice. He is with the firm of Phillip Miller & Associates in Nashville, Tennessee.
Karen R. Roberts worked as a broadcast journalist for news networks in Colorado and Nevada before becoming a lawyer. She served as vice president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) and chair of the TTLA Board of Advocates. She has also served on AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, and was elected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Roberts & Roberts is located in Tyler, Texas where Ms. Roberts concentrates her practice in personal injury litigation.
Paul J. Scoptur, course advisor, is a founding partner in the plaintiff’s personal injury litigation firm of Aiken & Scoptur, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a current member and cochair of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, as well as a past member of the AAJ Board of Governors and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Mr. Scoptur lectures on the state and national level in the area of trial skills. He is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants, has extensive experience working as a trial consultant, and is a founding member of Miller, Scoptur, Vesper & Shar, a case consulting and litigation support firm. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2002 and is one of Wisconsin’s top 50 Super Lawyers in the area of personal injury. Mr. Scoptur is a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA and has completed the Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy curriculum offered by the NCA.
Robyn L. Wishart handles a wide variety of cases, including complex personal injury, insurance litigation, defamation, environmental claims, landlord-tenant disputes, commercial arbitrations, and employment and labor. Ms. Wishart has appeared as counsel before the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia, and several administrative tribunals. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Bar Association. Ms. Wishart is with the firm Slater Vecchio LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia.