Nathan P. Carter concentrates his practice in nursing home, medical negligence, products liability, and other complex personal injury cases. He has achieved an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was voted by his peers to be one of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite” for 2008. Mr. Carter is an active member of AAJ, served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association, (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), and serves on FJA’s Nursing Home Task Force and the Florida Lawyers Action Group Candidate Recruitment Task Force. He is a member and past president of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers and a member of the Orange County Bar Association. Mr. Carter is with Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, LLC in Orlando, Florida.
During the past decade, Lisa E. Circeo has concentrated her practice in nursing home abuse and neglect, personal injury, and wrongful death cases against nursing home corporations. Ms. Circeo was a member of Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, the Mississippi Law Journal, Moot Court, and author of “The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Criticism of the Justice Department in Miller v. Johnson.” She is a frequent lecturer and author on the topic of nursing home litigation on the state and national level. Prior to joining the Lexington, Kentucky office of Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., she practiced general defense and domestic litigation. She is a member of the Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee Bar Associations, the Kentucky Association of Trial Attorneys, the Mississippi and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Associations, and the Association of Women Attorneys.
Kenneth L. Connor is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and is a shareholder in the Augusta, Georgia based law firm of Connor & Connor, LLC, representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. Mr. Connor was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” and was included in Florida's Legal Elite in Florida Trend Magazine and recognized by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the Washington, DC area’s top attorneys. He has served as a member of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, Chairman of the State of Florida Ethics Commission, Florida’s Task Force on the Availability and Affordability of Long Term Care, as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, and as a member of the Florida Governor’s Constituency for Children. Mr. Connor is chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.
David A. Couch concentrates his practice in nursing home abuse, medical negligence, and personal injury litigation. He is a former chair of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and is a frequent speaker on nursing home litigation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly NCCNHR). In 2003, Mr. Couch was awarded the Civil Justice Advocacy Award by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association for his efforts in fighting proposed tort reform in the nursing home area. Mr. Couch practices in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Martha Marie Eastman concentrates her practice in the areas of nursing home and medical negligence. She is a past chair of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and the author of Establishing Relief for the Most Innocent of All AIDS Victims: Liability for Perinatal Transmission of AIDS. Ms. Eastman is a frequent speaker on issues regarding nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as trial advocacy, deposition techniques, and medical negligence. The Eastman Law Office is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Deborah R. Gough, course advisor, concentrates her practice in representing the victims of nursing home neglect and abuse, and their families, including cases involving infections, pressure sores, falls, broken bones, sexual abuse, malnutrition, fraudulent charting, and fraudulent billing. She graduated from Loyola University School of Law in the top of her class. Ms. Gough is chair of AAJ’s Nursing Homes Litigation Group and a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice and the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly NCCNHR). She has written and lectured on the subject of nursing home abuse and neglect, and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York. Ms. Gough is a member of the Gough Law Firm, LLP in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Saul G. Gruber, course advisor, concentrates his practice in representing victims of nursing home and other long term care facility negligence and abuse. He is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Board of the NJAJ and acts as a PAC trustee of the NJAJ PAC. Mr. Gruber is the past treasurer of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group, past chair of AAJ’s Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section, and member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. As an attorney dedicated to the protection of the elderly and victims of nursing home injustice, he is a member of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly NCCNHR) and a frequent lecturer on these topics for NJAJ, AAJ, ICLE, and various other community relation groups. The Gruber Firm, LLC is located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
David J. Hoey concentrates his practice in the areas of nursing home abuse and neglect, negligent assisted living facilities, and injuries to the elderly. Mr. Hoey is the author of “Prosecuting Nursing Home Cases in Massachusetts” (Lawyers Weekly), “Most Common Mistakes Attorneys Make in Prosecuting Nursing Home Cases” (AAJ Press/Thompson West), and is working with West Publishing on a nursing home litigation manual. Mr. Hoey speaks nationally on nursing home bankruptcy and Medicare/Medicaid issues, patient rights, and nursing home negligence. He is a past chair of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly NCCNHR). He was selected by his peers as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer. Mr. Hoey is the president of the Law Office of David J. Hoey, P.C. in North Reading, Massachusetts.
Martin S. Kardon concentrates his practice in medical negligence and nursing home neglect. After serving as an Assistant City Solicitor in the City of Philadelphia Law Department, he entered private practice in 1982 with the law firm of Kanter and Bernstein, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Kardon is a fellow of the Academy of Advocacy, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and a member of AAJ’s Nursing Homes Litigation Group.
Mark R. Kosieradzki, NCA liaison, 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 is recognized in “Best Lawyers in America”, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and coauthored Depositions Notebook (AAJ Press/Thompson West). 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.
Steven M. Levin is a cofounder and senior partner of the Chicago, Illinois based firm Levin & Perconti, with over 30 years of personal injury litigation experience. In 2012, he received an award for Trial Lawyer Excellence by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Co. He is a former chairman of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and is an AAJ Leaders Forum member. He serves on the boards of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Society of Trial Lawyers, the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and the Decalogue Society. He is “AV” rated by the Martindale-Hubbell American Law Directory and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2005. He was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs. He serves on the Leadership Council of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Longer Term Care. Mr. Levin has lectured and written many articles about personal injury, wrongful death, and nursing home issues.
Lance D. Lourie concentrates his practice in medical negligence, personal injury, nursing home negligence and abuse, and truck collision cases. Mr. Lourie was a partner with a defense firm where he practiced from 1985 to 1997. During that time, his primary area of practice was the defense of medical negligence and general liability cases, including obstetrical and gynecological cases and state liability issues. He has lectured at continuing legal education seminars on trial tactics, medical negligence cases, general liability cases, and other matters related to personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA). He has served as a member of the GTLA executive committee and is the current vice president at large of GTLA. Mr. Lourie is partner in the law firm of Watkins Lourie Roll & Chance, PC in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jules B. Olsman is the President of Olsman, Mueller, Wallace & MacKenzie, located in Berkley, Michigan. He concentrates his practice in personal injury, medical negligence, nursing home, products liability, workplace injury, and trucking and automobile collision litigation. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and was a founding member of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group. He is past president of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, past chair of the Negligence Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the State Bar’s Civil Procedure Committee, and serves on the Oakland County Bar Association Board of Directors. He serves as legislative counsel and as a member of the executive board of Citizens for Better Care and was appointed by Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Elder Abuse. He has contributed numerous articles to legal publications and frequently lectures on nursing home and assisted living liability. He has been ranked at the highest level by Martindale-Hubbell, was named in Best Lawyers of America, and was named Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Jeffrey A. Pitman concentrates his practice in serious injury and nursing home neglect and abuse litigation. He was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of the 2012 Leaders in the Law. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the Elder Law section of the Wisconsin State Bar, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the American Association for Justice’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and was selected by Law & Politics Magazine as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer and is AV rated. He has authored numerous articles on personal injury litigation and lectured nationwide on nursing home abuse and neglect. He leads the nursing home neglect and abuse team at Pitman, Kyle, Sicula & Dentice, S.C., located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Scott M. Simon concentrates his practice in nursing home and personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Allegheny Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Tad Thomas concentrates his practice in civil litigation including, motor vehicle and trucking collisions, medical negligence, accounting and auditing negligence, products liability, class actions, and other serious personal injury matters. Mr. Thomas was given the honor of being invited to assist Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and led the Civil and Environmental Division of the Attorney General’s office. He was then promoted to one of two Assistant Deputy Attorneys General. Mr. Thomas serves on AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, Minority Caucus, and Press Advisory Board, and donates to AAJ’s PAC. He is a member of the Louisville Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, and Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Thomas Law Offices is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Barry W. Walker is the founder of Walker Law, LLC and concentrates his practice in collision, fraud, and medical negligence litigation. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable U.W. Clemon, United States District Judge, Northern District of Alabama. He is an AAJ Justice Leaders Forum member, a member of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, the National Bar Association, the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, and the George Washington Law School Association. Walker Law, LLC is located in Birmingham, Alabama. He has active cases in Maryland, California, and Washington, DC, in addition to Alabama.