Champions of the Courtroom: Winning Techniques for Nursing Home Litigation | The American Association For Justice

Champions of the Courtroom: Winning Techniques for Nursing Home Litigation

October 24, 2019 to October 25, 2019
Program Information:

Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Hart

About the Seminar:

This new AAJ Education program will challenge your preconceptions about how to prepare cases. David Hoey will break down nursing home case analysis and selection; the value of role play in focus groups; winning themes for opening statements; and guidelines for punitive damages. Plus, participants will learn principles of Zen and mindfulness with Michael Leizerman—who has over 40 multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts. Learn his strategies and how clarity and simplicity can strengthen your case and motivate the jury to give meaning through their verdicts. Your approach to nursing home litigation will never be the same!

Registration Fees:

AAJ Members: $1,395

Members of the Nursing Homes Litigation Group save $100 on registration! Use promo code NHTN100 at checkout or call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of these special savings. 

If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for five years or less, you can attend this seminar for 50% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college). This discount is not available online, please call 800-622-1791 for more information.
AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this seminar 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. This discount is not available online, please call 800-622-1791 for more information.

Contact AAJ Education: 800-622-1791 | 202-965-3500, ext. 8612 |​​


Thursday, October 24

The Zen Lawyer, with Michael Leizerman

Registration and Welcome Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am

Morning Session
9:00am - 12:45pm
• Introduction to the Cores– the Physical Core, Emotional Core, Logical Core, Motivational Core, and Zen Core
• Getting to the Core Truths in your Case
• Embodying the Case so the Jury Senses the Physical Truth of the Case
• Explaining the Case so the Jury Thinks Through the Logical Truth of the Case

Networking Lunch
12:45 - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 - 5:45pm
• Exploring the Case so the Jury Feels the Emotional Truth of the Case
• Jury Selection Workshop
Networking Reception
5:45 - 7:15pm

Friday, October 25

David Hoey: My System for Handling Nursing Home Cases

Welcome Back Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:15pm
• Introduction: My system for Handling Nursing Home Cases
• Case analysis: Selecting the Right Nursing Home Case
• The Value of Focus Groups and Role Play

Lunch Break
12:15 - 1:15pm

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 5:00pm
• Trial Preparation: Developing a Plan
• Winning Themes for Opening Statements
• When and How to Seek Punitive Damages
• The Lady Justice Closing


Invited Faculty:

David J. Hoey

David J. Hoey
Law Office of David J. Hoey, PC
North Reading, MA

Michael J. Leizerman

Michael J. Leizerman
Leizerman & Associates, LLC
Toledo, OH


AAJ has a limited number of rooms available at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel at a special group rate of $325.00 per night for single or double occupancy, plus any applicable taxes (currently 15.25%) and fees.  To reserve a room, please CLICK HERE or call the hotel reservation line at (888) 236-2427 and state that you are booking with the American Association for Justice.

For cancellations or alterations to existing reservations contact the hotel directly. AAJ is not responsible for cancellation or early departure fees.

The cut-off date for reservations at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel is October 2, 2019.

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Toll Free: (888) 236-2427 | Local: (615) 255-8400

Who should attend:

This seminar is open to AAJ Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum). AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this seminar.


Call us. We'll provide you with names and phone numbers of previous attendees of AAJ Education programs who will be pleased to answer your questions. Or, if you prefer to speak with a course advisor or faculty member, we will arrange that as well. Call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, extension 8612.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  Registered participants can receive approximately 12 CLE* credits depending on the jurisdiction and will be applied to your participation in AAJ’s professional recognition program. AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. Available CLE/MCLE credits are contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards and may vary by jurisdiction. CLE questions may be addressed by calling the CLE Assistant at 800-424-2725, ext. 8612 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.​

To learn more about AAJ's Masters of Trial Law professional recognition program call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612, or CLICK HERE. The Masters of Trial Law program recognizes Fellow, Diplomate, and Champion status for AAJ members. To gain MTL credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.

Special Assistance:

AAJ Education will make every effort to ensure that its meetings are held in facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend our program and need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please call 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612. 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing on or before October 10, 2019 will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing October 11-16, 2019 will result in a voucher for the entire registration fee, which may be applied toward any AAJ Education college, seminar, or webinar held within one calendar year of the date of issue. Requests for refunds or vouchers received after October 16, 2019 will not be honored. AAJ is not responsible for any room cancellation fees or other travel fees which result from your cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Fax or email your cancellation letter to the registrar at 202-625-7084 or

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