Specialized Depositions College: Mass Torts | The American Association For Justice

Specialized Depositions College: Mass Torts

October 24, 2018 to October 26, 2018
Program Information:

InterContinental New Orleans | New Orleans, LA

Sponsored by Filevine and Milestone Consulting
Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher

About the College:

Strengthen your deposition skills with top-notch faculty in New Orleans at AAJ's first ever depositions college for mass tort attorneys. Developed by leaders in the mass tort field, this 2.5 day college is a mix of lectures, demonstrations, and interactive workshops designed to teach you workable techniques to be put into practice immediately. 

Registration Fees:

AAJ Members: $2,095

Online registration for this program has closed. Registration is still available onsite at the InterContinental New Orleans.

Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant. Discount not available online, please call 800-622-1791.
If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for five years or less, you can attend this program for 25% off the registration fee. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college).

Contact Education 800.622.1791 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 | education@justice.org


Wednesday, October 24

Registration and Welcome Networking Breakfast
7:00 - 8:00am

Morning Session
8:00am - 12:15pm
• Mass Tort Practice & Depositions: An Overview
• Critical Thinking: Sequencing your Discovery and Anticipating Defenses
• Deposing the Difficult/Evasive Witness​
• The 30(b)(6) Corporate Designee Deposition​

Lunch Break
12:15 - 1:30pm
​Boxed Lunch Provided
• Workshop Introductions​

Afternoon Session
1:30 - 6:00pm
• What are the Roles of the 1st and 2nd (and 3rd and 4th) Chair Attorneys in a Mass Tort Deposition?
• Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct with Defense Witnesses
• Advanced Deposition Techniques
• Workshop #1: Developing the Discovery Plan and Using Critical Thinking

Networking Reception
6:00 - 7:30pm

Thursday, October 25

Continental Breakfast Provided
8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:00pm
• Plaintiff and Expert Witness Preparation
• The Take-No-Prisoner Deposition
• Deposing the Treater—The Learned Intermediary
• Deposing the Sales Training Executive and Sales Representative

Lunch Break (provided)
12:00pm - 3:30pm
​• Workshop #2: Deposition Techniques in Action

Afternoon Session
3:30 - 5:30pm
• The Pharma Corporate Witness
• Deposition Misconduct (Ethics Credit)

Networking Reception
6:00 - 9:00pm

​Friday, October 26

Continental Breakfast Provided
8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:00pm
• Workshop #3: “Death Star” Depositions


Invited Faculty:

Katherine Cornell

Katherine Cornell is a Houston, Texas based trial attorney whose practice focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device cases nationwide. Ms. Cornell manages her firm’s transvaginal and hernia mesh dockets, and she served as the only female member of the trial team against Mentor (Johnson & Johnson) in 2016. Ms. Cornell has been named a Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers and is a 2018 Rising Star recipient, which is an honor reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys. Ms. Cornell is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, where she currently serves as a member of the board of directors. She is also the treasurer for the Law Practice Management Section of the Houston Bar Association and serves on the board of directors for the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation. Ms. Cornell is an attorney with Blizzard Law Firm, PLLC, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, located in Houston, TX.

Yvonne M. Flaherty, course advisor

Yvonne M. Flaherty focuses her practice in the representation of injured parties in complex litigation against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as class actions involving a variety of consumer and product defect claims. She has been appointed to serve as Lead Counsel in consolidated claims against national medical device manufacturers and serves on several Plaintiff Steering Committees on behalf of thousands of claimants in Multi District Litigation throughout the United States. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences concerning medical device and pharmaceutical litigation, including topics on mass tort litigation, preemption, electronic discovery, and the learned intermediary doctrine. Ms. Flaherty is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and is an AAJ PAC Eagle contributor. She serves on numerous AAJ committees including the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees, co-chairs the Electronic Discovery Committee, and is a past Chair of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus. She also serves on the Minnesota Association for Justice Board of Governors and Executive Committee and is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County and Federal Bar Associations. Ms. Flaherty is a partner with Lockridge Grindal Nauen, PLLP, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Stephen J. Herman

Stephen J. Herman practices with Herman, Herman & Katz, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is a past president of the Louisiana Association for Justice, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ) Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the year in 2005, and a former member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees. The author of America and the Law: Challenges for the 21st Century, Mr. Herman teaches an advanced torts seminar on class actions at Loyola Law School and an advanced civil procedure course in complex litigation at Tulane. Mr. Herman served for six years as a Lawyer Chair for one of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) Hearing Committees and currently serves on the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Rules of Professional Conduct Committee.  For the past seven years, Mr. Herman has served as co-liaison/co-lead Class Counsel for Plaintiffs in the BP Oil Spill / Deepwater Horizon Litigation. Mr. Herman is an AAJ PAC Eagle member and is a partner with Herman Herman & Katz, L.L.C., an AAJ Leaders Forum member, located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Robert K. Jenner, course advisor

Robert K. Jenner has 33 years of experience representing injured consumers nationwide against the manufacturers of dangerous prescription drugs, defective medical devices and tainted blood products. This year, Mr. Jenner opened his own firm, Jenner Law, after leading the Mass Tort Division at Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC for 17 years. Mr. Jenner has been honored by Best Lawyers every year since 2006 and in 2013 and 2016, he was named Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” He is also routinely honored in the Top 100 lawyers in Maryland’s “Super Lawyers.”  In 2017, Mr. Jenner was named as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Jenner is currently court-appointed Co-Lead Counsel of the Massachusetts consolidation of 7,000+ GranuFlo state cases; he is court appointed Liaison Counsel for both the Zofran litigation (MDL) in Boston, and the Smith & Nephew BHR hip implant litigation (MDL) in Baltimore; and serves on the PSC of the Essure product liability cases in the California JCCP. Mr. Jenner is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and is an AAJ PAC M Club contributor. He is a past president of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ). Mr. Jenner was honored by his peers by being inducted into the International Society of Barristers and has obtained the highest rating (AV) by his peers as reflected in Martindale-Hubbell. Jenner Law is located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mark R. Kosieradzki

Mark R. Kosieradzki concentrates his practice in products liability, wrongful death, spinal cord injury, amputation, nursing home abuse, and burn litigation. He is a board certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and recently received his 21st Super Lawyer award. He is a past president of the Minnesota Association for Justice (MNAJ), member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has served in several leadership positions in the American Association for Justice (AAJ), including member of AAJ’s Board of Governors, past chair of AAJ’s Nursing Homes Litigation Group, and Diplomate of the National College of Advocacy (NCA). He serves on the NCA’s Board of Trustees, is a member of AAJ’s Press Advisory Board, and is an AAJ PAC M Club contributor. He is a member of AAJ’s Electronic Discovery and Nursing Homes Litigation Groups. Mr. Kosieradzki is the creator of the Deposing the Corporate Representative: 30(b)(6) Depositions DVD and contributed the chapter “Accelerated Discovery: Cutting Through Obstructions” in the Anatomy of the Personal Injury Lawsuit (AAJ Press/Trial Guides, 2015). He is also the creator, with Thomas Vesper, of the Depositions Notebook, 4th Edition (AAJ Press, 2014). He has published numerous including in MNAJ’s Trial magazine, and AAJ’s Trial magazine and teaches trial advocacy skills nationwide. The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Karen Barth Menzies

Karen Barth Menzies focuses her practice in plaintiffs’ pharmaceutical mass tort litigation‚ specifically, on litigation related to women’s health issues. She has been at the forefront of antidepressant litigation involving antidepressant-induced suicide, withdrawal, and birth defects. She has been appointed leadership positions on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in numerous federal MDLs including the Paxil Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1574), the transvaginal mesh federal MDL litigation against Ethicon (MDL No. 2327)‚ C.R. Bard (MDL No. 2187)‚ American Medical Systems (MDL No. 2325), and Boston Scientific (MDL No. 2326). She is also the cochair of the Commercial and Marketing Committee for the Zoloft birth defect federal MDL (MDL No. 2342). Ms. Menzies has received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer. Ms. Menzies is on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Public Justice (NAPJ) and a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). She is an AAJ PAC Platinum M Club contributor and serves on the AAJ Board of Governors. Ms. Menzies is a former chair of AAJ’s Products Liability Section, former trustee for the AAJ PAC Board and a member of the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Ms. Menzies is a partner at Gibbs Law Group, LLP, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, located in Oakland, California.

Phillip H. Miller

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. 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 the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA, a past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice, and is an AAJ PAC member and state donor. Mr. Miller is a member of AAJ’s Jury Bias Litigation Group. He is the coauthor (with Paul Scoptur) of Focus Groups: Hitting the Bull’s-Eye (AAJ Press, 2016); Advanced Depositions Skills (AAJ Press/Trial Guides, 2013), has produced a DVD of the same title, and a DVD on The Defense Medical Examiner. Miller Law Offices, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tobi L. Millrood, course advisor

Tobi L. Millrood brings over 20 years of complex litigation experience, with a focus on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. The first to file a Hormone Therapy lawsuit in the nation in 2002, Mr. Millrood dedicated the next 12 years to the litigation. Mr. Millrood served as Plaintiffs’ Lead Liaison Counsel in In Re Hormone Therapy Litigation, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He was also on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in MDL 1507 – In Re Prempro Products Liability and was Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Hormone Therapy Litigation Group. Most recently, he was appointed by Honorable F. Dennis Saylor as Co-Lead Counsel in In re Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2657 and by Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer as Co-Lead Counsel In re Zimmer Nexgen Knee Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272. Mr. Millrood is a member of both the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ) Board of Governors, as well as the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers (PTLA) Board of Directors. Mr. Millrood also is an AAJ PAC Eagle contributor. He currently serves as an officer in AAJ, as AAJ Vice President and has previously served as AAJ Treasurer and AAJ Parliamentarian. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Court of Federal Claims and the Third Circuit. Mr. Millrood is a partner at the firm of Pogust, Braslow & Millrood, LLC, a Leaders Forum firm, with offices in Conshohocken and Philadelphia, PA. 

Carl L. Solomon

Carl L. Solomon concentrates his practice in products liability, personal injury, civil, and medical negligence litigation. He is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He serves on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees and is a past chair of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section. Mr. Solomon is admitted to practice in South Carolina and the U.S. District Court of South Carolina. Mr. Solomon also is an AAJ PAC M Club contributor.  He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. The Solomon Law Group is located in Columbia, South Carolina.

Navan Ward, Jr.

Navan Ward Jr.  is a principal at Beasley Allen Law Firm. He is the firm’s lead attorney on the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation, and practices from the Atlanta office. He is licensed to practice in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and New York. He was selected to a team of lead lawyers, called the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC), for the DePuy “ASR” Hip Implant Recall Multi-District Litigation (MDL), as well as to the PSC for the DePuy “Pinnacle” Hip Replacement MDL. Mr. Ward was also appointed as co-lead counsel for the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability MDL. Mr. Ward has earned a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. In 2017, he was awarded the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Minority Caucus Stalwart Award. He was also selected to the 2018 edition of the Best Lawyers in America list. He was also named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list. Mr. Ward also received the AAJ Distinguished Service Award in 2012, and again in 2015. In 2014, he was the recipient of the AAJ’s Wiedemann & Wysocki Award.  Currently, he serves as the Secretary of the American Association for Justice and is an AAJ PAC Eagle member. He has also served as a past chairman of the Minority Caucus, past chairman of the Diversity Committee, a member of the Board of Governors and a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, he has served as an American Bar Association member, where he served as a former Alabama State Bar delegate; Alabama Lawyers Association member, where he served as a past president; Alabama State Bar member, where he has served as a former ABA delegate and past president of the Young Lawyers Section.


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InterContinental New Orleans 
444 St. Charles Avenue | New Orleans, LA  70130 
Reservations: (800) 439-4745


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This college is open to AAJ Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum). 

Program Location:

InterContinental New Orleans
444 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
Reservations: (800) 439-4745


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