Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Invited Faculty

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Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Invited Faculty 

Program Information

Registration Fee:
AAJ and NYSTLA members– $1,095
Nonmembers – $1,375

New Lawyers Discount
If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for ten years or less, you can attend the Depositions College for 25% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college).

Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant.

AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this college and receive 50% off the registration fee if they are employed by and attending with an AAJ plaintiff attorney from the same firm with the same firm address.

CLE Credits: 22

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations for our programs must be submitted in writing.

For more information or assistance, please call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.


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 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 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.

Deirdre E. Ostrowski concentrates her practice in catastrophic personal injury, motor vehicle collision, premises liability, wrongful death, medical negligence, and products liability litigation. She serves on the Colorado Supreme Court's Civil Jury Instruction Committee. She was recognized as a "Rising Star" in 2013 and 2014 in Colorado's Super Lawyer magazine. She was invited to become a member of the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the Colorado Bar, American Bar, Denver Bar, American Association for Justice and Colorado Trial Lawyers Associations.  Mrs. Ostrowski is a partner with the Denver based firm, Keating Wagner Polidori Free, P.C.


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 and

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.

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