N. John Bey is the managing partner of Bey & Associates, LLC. He concentrates his practice in serious personal injury, complex civil litigation, and criminal defense. Prior to his career in private practice, Mr. Bey held positions in the legal department of Proctor & Gamble and General Electric and served as a legal intern in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals under the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones. Mr. Bey is active in Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House and was inducted into the Sigma Sigma Men's Honorary Society and Men of Metro for his service to the community while at the University of Cincinnati, and he received the Dean's Award for Community Service while at the University of Alabama. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, The National Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), the Farah Law Society, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Bey & Associates is located in Atlanta, Georgia.
David R. Cohen is a shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Accident and Personal Injury Group and chair of the firm’s Nursing Home Litigation Group. He concentrates his practice in nursing home negligence and abuse, elder abuse, and assisted living facility litigation. He is also a past chair of the American Association for Justice’s Nursing Home and Health Care Institution Litigation Group and lectures nationwide on litigating nursing home abuse cases and attorney review of medical records. Mr. Cohen has written numerous articles, editorials, and educational papers and has been published in Nursing Malpractice and is the founder of the Nursing Home Blog, which provides readers with information on nursing home and assisted living care. He was a co-host and moderator of the weekly radio and television show, In the Public Interest, for thirteen years, and has been included several times in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s list of New Jersey SuperLawyers and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice’s Leaders Forum. Stark & Stark has several offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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.
Thomas S. McGrath concentrates in 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 the American Association for Justice’s National College of Advocacy. Mr. McGrath is a member of AAJ and the Alabama Association for Justice. The McGrath Law Firm is located in Huntsville, Alabama.
Christopher J. O’Brien concentrates his practice in automobile negligence, sexual assault, food poisoning, and wrongful death litigation. He is past president of the Western Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), is a member of the NCA Board of Trustees, and is a Diplomate of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA). Mr. O’Brien is a frequent speaker for AAJ and NYSTLA CLE programs and is codirector of Trial Advocacy at SUNY Buffalo Law School. He is the founder of The O’Brien Firm, PC, located in Buffalo, New York.
Sach D. Oliver conducts the opening and closing statements, jury selection, and direct and cross-examination of witnesses for the Bentonville, Arkansas based firm Bailey & Oliver. A graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, he was awarded the Best Oral Advocate in the National Trial Competition and the Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association in 2008. Mr. Oliver serves on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Leadership board.
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 the American Association for Justice’s NCA Board of Trustees and was elected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is also a member of AAJ’s Press Advisory Committee. Roberts & Roberts is located in Tyler, Texas where Ms. Roberts concentrates her practice in personal injury litigation.
Paul J. Scoptur
has been a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs exclusively since his graduation from Marquette University Law School in 1978. He is a trustee and past cochair of the National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, where he has taught litigation and trial skills. He has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” continuously since 2002 and is one of Wisconsin’s top 50 “Super Lawyers.” Mr. Scoptur is a Diplomate of the NCA and was one of the first lawyers to complete the Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA) curriculum offered by the NCA. He is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants. He has a broad practice both as a trial lawyer and as a trial consultant and uses strategic case planning and focus groups extensively, both in his cases and in assisting other lawyers in preparing the discovery and trial of their cases across the country and in Canada. He is coauthor of Advanced Depositions Skills
(Trial Guides) and has produced a DVD of the same title. In over 20 years of coaching basketball, he never got a technical foul. He wishes he could still dunk a basketball. Learn more about Mr. Scoptur at www.plaintiffslaw.com