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Registration Fee: $725

You can attend your first AAJ Education Seminar at 50% off, if you are an AAJ member & have been admitted to the bar for five years or less. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college).

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 (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, or Leaders Forum) with the same firm address.

CLE Credits: 14.25

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Morgan G. Adams concentrates his practice in personal injury cases involving tractor trailers, buses, and other commercial motor vehicles.  He is a Diplomate of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA).  Mr. Adams has published and lectured widely on the subject of personal injury and commercial vehicle litigation, and acts as a consultant to other lawyers in these areas.  He is a past president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association, past chair of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group, and has served as chair of the Tennessee Trucking Litigation Seminars since 2003.  Mr. Adams is on the Board of Governors of AAJ, a life member of the Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ), a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, TAJ’s Board of Governors, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer for a number of years.  The Law Offices of Morgan Adams has offices located in Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee.

David Ball, Ph.D. is a founding partner of Malekpour & Ball.  He works on civil and criminal cases across the country and is one of the nation’s most influential trial consultants, communications experts, and advocacy teachers.  Dr. Ball is a pioneer in adapting methods of film and theater presentation for use in trial; his theater/film students hold Oscars, Obies, Tonies, and Emmies.  He is author of two best-selling trial strategy books:  David Ball on Damages and Reptile:  The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution with Don Keenan.  Dr. Ball has taught law students at North Carolina, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Campbell law schools, and at Duke Law as senior lecturer.  He is an award-winning teacher for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and AAJ’s National College of Advocacy.

Randall R. Benson, M.D. Randall R. Benson, M.D. is the medical director of the Center for Neurological Studies in Novi, Michigan and a former assistant professor in the department of neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, where he instructed medical students and residents in disorders of cognition and the use of neuroimaging in clinical practice and research.  He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Society of Behavioral Neurology, Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, National Neurotrauma Society, and North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS).  He has lectured nationally on neurology, traumatic brain injury, and other related topics.  His articles have been published in NeuroRehabilitation, JMRI, and other scholarly journals. He is the author of several book chapters. 

Daniel J. Buba concentrates his practice in truck and motor vehicle collisions, construction site falls, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, and traumatic brain injury litigation.  Mr. Buba is a past president of the Indianapolis Bar Association and serves as the secretary of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group.  Mr. Buba is an associate at the Law Offices of Doehrman & Chamberlain located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Robert L. Collins, course advisor, is a sole practitioner with more than 30 years of trial experience and handles select cases with an emphasis on public interest and consumer litigation, mass disaster, hurricane and storm damage, refinery and other explosions, pharmaceutical fraud, and transportation disasters involving plane, truck, bus, and automobile litigation.  He serves as chair of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group, is a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA, and a member of the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Court Rules.  Mr. Collins currently acts as the city attorney of Port Isabel, Texas and has offices in Houston and South Padre Island, Texas.

Sheila Donnelly-Coyne concentrates her practice in personal injury litigation.  She has been recognized by the Minnesota Lawyer Magazine as a Super Lawyer and as one of nine outstanding attorneys in the state.  Ms. Donnelly-Coyne is on the Board of Governors and the Continuing Education Committee for the Minnesota Association of Justice and is an adjunct law professor for the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  She is a member of AAJ’s Bus Litigation Group, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Trucking Litigation Group, and the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premise Liability Section.  Ms. Donnelly-Coyne is an owner and partner at Paige Donnelly, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Michael D. Freeman, MedDr., Ph.D., MPH, is a medical doctor and epidemiologist specializing in forensic medicine and epidemiology.  He holds a doctor of medicine degree as well as a Ph.D. in public health/ epidemiology.  Dr. Freeman serves as a full Affiliate Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.  Dr. Freeman has more than 150 published scientific papers, books, and book chapters on forensic applications of epidemiology, crash-related injuries and death, general and specific causation, and a variety of other areas of interest.  He also has a number of publications on the identification of logical fallacy and junk science in expert testimony for the legal profession.  Forensic Research & Analysis is located in Portland, Oregon.

Joseph A. Fried brings an in depth knowledge of physics, engineering, forensics, dynamics, biomechanics, human factors, and accident reconstruction to his cases which has proven crucial when investigating cases, examining opposing expert witnesses, and in devising innovative visual aids for trial.  Mr. Fried serves as a part time Magistrate Judge in Fulton County.  His work has been featured in national media such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Detroit News, and other local and national television broadcasts.  Mr. Fried was honored by his peers in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by being named to the Georgia Super Lawyers list and featured in Atlanta Magazine.  Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Honorable Bill Henry is a District Judge of the 428th District Court in Hays County, Texas.  Before serving on the bench Judge Henry was an assistant district attorney, assistant attorney general, and board-certified trial lawyer.  He has tried over 150 jury trials as a lawyer and a judge in 25 years of trial practice.  In addition to being a frequent speaker on evidence and ethics, he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Calvert Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Gary C. Johnson concentrates his practice in the fields of vehicular negligence, products liability, and medical negligence litigation, and has been representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases for 35 years.  Mr. Johnson is listed in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, has been named a Kentucky Super Lawyer for the last two years, and was awarded the Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Kentucky Justice Association for his work as an advocate for the rights of the people and his service as a mentor to young lawyers in the state.  Mr. Johnson speaks frequently for the Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, and AAJ on trial strategy and how to maximize damages in your case.  Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. has offices in Pikeville, Lexington, and Hazard, Kentucky.

Timothy D. Lange is a founding partner of Benson, Risch & Lange, PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky where he concentrates his practice in trucking litigation and personal injury.  He is recognized as a member of both the Multi-Million Dollar and Million Dollar Advocate Forums, and was listed by each as one of the Top Trial Lawyers in America.  Mr. Lange has achieved Advocate status within AAJ’s NCA Achievement Recognition Program and is a member of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group and Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section.  He serves on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Justice Association (KJA) and has been published in the KJA’s magazine, The Advocate.

John Elliott Leighton, course advisor, is a board certified civil trial lawyer who specializes in medical negligence, nursing home, product liability, and inadequate premises security litigation.  He is a member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, Leaders Forum, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section, Professional Negligence Section, and Trucking Litigation Group.  He serves as cochair of AAJ’s Inadequate Security Litigation Group.  He has published articles and book chapters on many topics such as defective juvenile products, inadequate security litigation, medical malpractice, spinal cord injuries, and market share liability and is a frequent lecturer at legal programs and conventions.  Mr. Leighton’s firm, Leighton Law, PA, is located in Miami, Florida.

Bruce H. Stern concentrates his practice in the area of brain and spinal cord injuries and wrongful death cases.  Mr. Stern, an AAJ President’s Club member, is past president and a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association for Justice, serves on AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, and the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section.  Mr. Stern is a past chair of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.  He is the author of numerous publications, including AAJ/West Press’ Litigating Brain Injuries, and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of traumatic brain injury litigation.  Mr. Stern is a partner in the firm of Stark & Stark in Princeton, New Jersey.

Jacob G. Vigil concentrates his practice in the areas of medical negligence, products liability, and catastrophic injuries.  Mr. Vigil is a past cochair of the AAJ Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group and a Fellow of AAJ’s NCA.  He is also a past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and a past member of AAJ’s Board of Governors.  The Vigil Law Firm, P.A. is in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jeanmarie Whalen devotes her practice to representing the victims of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death.  She represents plaintiffs in various types of complex litigation, maintaining a particular focus within the areas of trucking, auto, and motorcycle litigation.  Ms. Whalen is a member of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking and Motorcycle Litigation Groups, as well as AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  She is an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and a past chair of its Women’s Caucus.  Ms. Whalen is a past president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and a two term past president of its Palm Beach County Chapter.  Ms. Whalen has lectured and chaired various seminars for The Florida Justice Association and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.  She has authored several legal articles including “The Mighty Trucking Case,” published in the February 2011 issue of Trial magazine.  Ms. Whalen is admitted to the Florida Bar, the New York Bar, and the Connecticut Bar, and is a partner at the law firm of Slawson, Cunningham, Whalen & Gaspari in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Charles J. Zauzig, III concentrates his practice in personal injury, medical negligence, and products liability.  He is the president of Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C. and manager of the Zauzig Trial Group.  Mr. Zauzig was nominated by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America, serves on AAJ’s Board of Governors, and is a former president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA).  He is an avid student and teacher of critical thinking as it applies to the strategies of case development and communication to juries and teaches nationwide.  Mr. Zauzig is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C. is located in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Mariusz Ziejewski, Ph.D. is a professor in the College of Engineering at North Dakota State University, where he serves as the director of both the Impact Biomechanics and the Automotive Systems Laboratories.  He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.  Dr. Ziejewski has performed human body dynamics research for the Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Human System Division, which is part of the United States Air Force.  He has been a member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Collaboration Group on Human Brain Modeling.  He has been involved in Emergency Room (ER) Biomechanical Brain Injury Evaluation at Meritcare’s Trauma Center in Fargo, North Dakota.  He was invited to chair three scientific peer review committees for the Department of Defense (DoD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD/TBI) Research Program, (“Physics of Blast as it Relates to Brain Injury”).  His research activities include the entire human body focusing on head/neck dynamics.  Over the years he has received many research grants. Currently, one of his grants focuses on “Blast and the Consequences on Traumatic Brain Injury—Multiscale Mechanical Modeling of Brain.”  A second grant, “Blast Pressure Gradients and Fragments on Ballistic Helmets and the Head and Brain Injury-Simultaneous Multiscale Modeling with Experimental Validation,” was accepted for funding.  He has been invited to give many national and international presentations, including to governmental agencies such as the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission.  Dr. Ziejewski has published three book chapters on brain and neck injury and over eighty technical refereed articles.

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