John F. Evers is a founding partner in the law firm of Shoup Evers & Green. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for plaintiff’s personal injury and commercial litigation and by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel as a top commercial litigation lawyer. He lectures frequently on trial evidence, techniques, and jury selection. Mr. Evers is a past president of the Vermont Association for Justice, where he served on its Board of Governors, and was a member of the American Association for Justice’s Board of Governors from 1993 to 2006. He served as the Vermont Bar Association’s representative to the Vermont Legislature’s Medical Malpractice Study Committee and is an adjunct faculty member at Vermont Law School, where he teaches trial advocacy. Mr. Evers is active in several philanthropic organizations, including serving as the chair of the Town of New Haven’s Development Review Board and as a board member of Addison County Home Health and Hospice. Shoup Evers & Green is located in Burlington, Vermont.
Carrie R. Frank is a partner with Klein | Frank, P.C. in Boulder, Colorado, where she concentrates her practice in personal injury and products liability litigation. She has consistently been recognized as a leading attorney in her field, was voted a Colorado SuperLawyer since 2009, rated as one of the top 3000 attorneys by LawDragon, and listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2012. She is a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA and has completed AAJ’s Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy; she is only one of a handful of woman attorneys who has obtained those designations. Ms. Frank is a past chair of the American Association for Justice Products Liability section and a past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. She teaches nationwide and has taught at ATLA’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course and Mega College. She was a member of the NCA Board of Trustees. Ms. Frank also has a Master’s degree in social work, which is valuable for her work as a trial consultant and in running focus groups.
Patricia F. Kuehn, J.D., M.A., focuses her consulting practice on strategic jury selection, jury decision-making research, witness preparation, persuasive negotiation tactics and trial strategies. Judicially qualified as an expert in the field of small group decision-making, Ms. Kuehn consistently provides her clients with strategies to enhance juror understanding and to meet juror expectations, bringing about optimal results. Since 1993 Ms. Kuehn has analyzed over 10,000 jury-eligible citizens regarding various litigation matters. She is on the board of directors for the American Society of Trial Consultants, holds a degree in Social Psychology with emphasis on jury behavior and is licensed to practice law. Ms. Kuehn’s litigation consulting practice is based in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Paul J. Komyatte is the founder of The Komyatte Law Firm, located in Golden, Colorado, where he concentrates his practice in automotive products liability litigation. He has successfully represented consumers in products liability lawsuits against most of the major automobile manufacturers. Mr. Komyatte has lectured nationwide, including at NCA programs. He is a frequent contributor to TRIAL magazine and has authored numerous magazine articles and seminar papers on crashworthiness litigation, discovery abuse, and trial preparation and strategy. Mr. Komyatte is a state certified firefighter with the Genesee Fire & Rescue volunteer fire department. He has also served as a pro bono volunteer lawyer for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, the Chicago Bar Association Pro Bono law project, and the Denver Metro Volunteer Lawyers, and as chair of the Amnesty International Chicago Lawyers Committee.
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 NCA Board of Trustees, a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA, and past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice. He is coauthor of Advanced Depositions Skills (AAJ Press/Trial Guides) and has produced a DVD of the same title. He is with the firm of Phillip Miller & Associates in Nashville, Tennessee.
Raymond M. Norris concentrates his practice in catastrophic personal injury, brain and spinal cord injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and product liability litigation. Mr. Norris served on the Governor’s Council on Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries, which later became the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, and on the Board of Directors for Hope Center for Brain Injury. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa Bar Association, the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Mr. Norris has been recognized in the list of “The Best Lawyers in America” for twelve consecutive years, is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and is past president of the Phoenix Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice. He has lectured nationwide on traumatic brain injury and trial advocacy. Gallagher & Kennedy is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Eric G. Oliver has concentrated in nonverbal, verbal, and implicit communication skills for over 27 years—23 working with attorneys. Besides teaching effective communication skills to attorneys and their firms, he spends most of his time helping trial attorneys prepare and present more receiver-friendly cases in court and for settlement presentations and discussions. He helps lawyers build a presentation plan for each case—adaptable to any venue—integrating the verbal, visual, and personal parts of the trial based on jurors needs and expectations uncovered in focus groups and voir dire. Mr. Oliver is author of Persuasive Communication: Twenty-five Years of Teaching Lawyers, Facts Can’t Speak for Themselves: Reveal the Stories that Give Facts their Meaning, and coauthor of Courtroom Power: Communication Strategies for Trial Lawyers. He is the founder of the consulting firm MetaSystems, Ltd., located in Canton, Michigan.
Jerome F. O’Neill, course advisor, concentrates his practice in litigation on behalf of injured persons and their survivors, commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He is cochair of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, a member of AAJ’s Exchange Advisory Committee, and cochair of AAJ’s Jury Bias Litigation Group. He is a past president of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is the chair of the Vermont Supreme Court Evidence Rules Committee. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and AAJ’s Products Liability Section. Gravel & Shea is located in Burlington, Vermont.
Terence R. Quinn is a frequent national CLE lecturer and a past member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees. Mr. Quinn is a member of AAJ’s Board of Governors, Public Affairs Committee, and Stalwarts Committee, and a past president of both the State Bar of South Dakota and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. He has coauthored two books, Anatomy for Attorneys and Medical Evidence. He is a partner in the Rapid City, South Dakota firm of Goodsell Quinn, LLP.
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. 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.
Mary E. Ryan is the founder of Speech Communication Specialists, Ltd., a communication education and consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. Her company helps clients expand and improve communication skills for use in a variety of business and professional settings. For over a decade, Ms. Ryan has helped lawyers in the U.S. and abroad design ethical, persuasive strategies for litigation. She teaches communication skills, including trial, mediation, and deposition techniques. Ms. Ryan has spoken at Harvard University, Stanford Law College, and various other institutions.
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. 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 (AAJ Press/Trial Guides) and has produced a DVD of the same title. Aiken & Scoptur, S.C. is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jacob G. Vigil concentrates his practice in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, including spinal cord, brain injury, and amputations. Mr. Vigil has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death arising from medical negligence, products liability and vehicular negligence with the goal of making our society safer. He has been representing families and children for over thirty-five years. Mr. Vigil is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in their Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Vigil speaks nationally on trial strategy and acts as a consultant to other lawyers nationwide. He is also a past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellow of AAJ’s NCA and a past member of AAJ’s Board of Governors. Mr. Vigil’s firm, Vigil Law Firm P.A., has offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Diane F. Wyzga is an R.N., J.D., and professionally-trained storyteller who works as a trial and ADR consultant. She helps attorneys develop their persuasive communication skills using the techniques and principles of storytelling to translate images into verdict action. With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Wyzga founded Lightning Rod Communications to train attorneys to identify, shape, and effectively deliver their stories using language with power, passion, and precision. She concentrates her practice in compelling oral and written communications, case story, structure and theme, focus groups, and trial strategy. Lightning Rod Communications is based in San Clemente, California.