Discovery Masters Class: Overcoming Obstructive Discovery Seminar | The American Association For Justice

Discovery Masters Class: Overcoming Obstructive Discovery Seminar

November 21, 2019 to November 22, 2019
Program Information:

AAJ Headquarters | Washington, DC

Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Hart

About the Seminar:

This 2-day seminar is designed to cover critical areas of discovery in which plaintiff attorneys often struggle: dealing with deposition obstruction, crafting motions, exchanging information, and keeping your discovery focused on the case you are trying to develop. The seasoned faculty will go beyond the basics and share how they personally navigate discovery with real-world case examples. Plus, take home a copy of Mark Kosieradzki’s newest book, Deposition Obstruction: Breaking Through, included with your registration. Join us in Washington, DC, to network with faculty and learn how to break down obstructions to discovery.

To learn more about Deposition Obstruction: Breaking Through, CLICK HERE

Hear from Mark Kosieradzki:

Registration Fees:

AAJ Members: $995

Online registration for this program has closed. To register, please call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 or visit the onsite registration desk at AAJ Headquarters.

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, November 21

Registration and Welcome Breakfast
8:00 - 8:45am

Morning Session
8:45 - 11:45am
- Pleading to Support Discovery
- Attorney’s Duty When Responding (ethics)
- Discovery Planning: What Do You Really Want?

Networking Lunch
11:45am - 12:15pm

Afternoon Session
12:15 - 5:30pm
- Preservation Obligations
- Prohibited Objections: Written Discovery 
- Confidentially Protective Orders: When Are They Appropriate?
- When is a Privilege Objection Valid? 
- Preempting Objections: Rule 30(b)(6) Custodial Foundation Depositions 
- Exchanging Information
- Rule 34: Electronically Stored Information (ESI)
- Dealing with Objections to Written Discovery 
- Deposition Logistics: Avoiding Objections With the Rules

Networking Reception
5:30 - 7:00pm

Friday, November 22

Welcome Back Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 8:45am

Morning Session
8:45am - 12:15pm
- Rules of Engagement: Dealing with Deposition Obstruction (ethics)
- Dealing with Obstruction: Access to Individual Witnesses (ethics)
- Dealing with Objections: Rule 30(b)(6)

Networking Lunch Break
12:15 - 12:45pm

Afternoon Session
12:45 - 2:15pm
- Motions to Compel
- Sanctions

Invited Faculty:

Morgan G. Adams

Lt. Col. Morgan G. Adams, owner of Truck Wreck Justice and Seattle Truck Law is a past chair of both the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Bus Litigation Group and Trucking Litigation Group (TLG), and the only recipient of the TLG Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently Chair of the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. Board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and in Truck Accident Law, Mr. Adams has worked on truck and bus cases in 40 states with record results in multiple states and jurisdictions. Mr. Adams is a past member of AAJ’s Board of Governors, a past member of the Tennessee Association for Justice’s Board of Governors, has chaired the Tennessee Truck Litigation Seminars since 2004, and is currently a member of the Public Affairs Committee. He has repeatedly been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, is a member of the Belli Society, Taos Group, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Adams is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, rated 10/10 by AVVO, is a Diplomate of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA), and a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College. In 2010, AAJ Press/West Publishing included his chapter on “Truck Accident Litigation” in its multivolume set Handling Motor Vehicle Cases, 2d Ed. He authored the chapter on “Negligence Per Se” in the 2013 ABA textbook Truck Accident Litigation 3d Ed., as well as co-authored “Investigating the Case” in Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit 4th Ed. (AAJ Press/Trial Guides 2015).  He generously donates to AAJ PAC MCLUB and State. Mr. Adams is retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve after 22 years of service. He has offices in Seattle, WA and Chattanooga, TN.

Seth L. Cardeli

Seth L. Cardeli focuses his practice on representing victims of medical negligence, including children injured during labor and delivery. He graduated from the American Association for Justice 2014 Leadership Academy and serves on AAJ’s Membership Oversight Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Publications Committee, and is a member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group. Mr. Cardeli published “Thwart the Assault on Future Medical Expenses” in the May 2014 issue of TRIAL magazine, the nation’s largest and most reputable magazine for trial lawyers, and “Future Medical Expenses Without the Affordable Care Act” was published in the Maryland Association for Justice’s Trial Reporter Special Issue 2015. He is also a member of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ) and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). Mr. Cardeli generously donates to AAJ PAC. Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, an AAJ Leaders Forum member firm, is located in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, South Carolina, New York, Philadelphia, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.

Camille Godwin

Camille Godwin has more than twenty years of experience litigating a variety of issues and cases, including cases involving multi-state civil rights, inadequate security, products liability, toxic torts, medical negligence, nursing home abuse, and commercial disputes. Through these cases, Ms. Godwin developed an understanding of the complicated corporate structures, financial arrangements, and organizational agreements that typify much of the health care industry and other business sectors. Ms. Godwin is the managing attorney at Eric J. Hertz, PC in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Godwin is licensed to practice in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Kentucky, Washington, and South Carolina.

Carma L. Henson

Carma L. Henson is a partner at Henson Fuerst, PA in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Ms. Henson joined Henson Fuerst after earning her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has spent her entire career fighting for the rights of individuals who have been hurt, abused, or neglected through no fault of their own. This has ranged from representing nursing home residents who were physically abused and neglected; to representing those who have been catastrophically injured or killed as a result of a truck crash, a drunk driver, or sometimes due to just simple inattention of another driver; and many things in between. Ms. Henson is a Pound Civil Justice Institute Fellow and former chair of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Section.

Paula M. Jossart

Paula M. Jossart is an experienced personal injury attorney and railroad injury attorney recognized for her record of success in actions against railroads and insurance companies. She has achieved multiple seven and eight-figure verdicts in her career. Ms. Jossart has represented persons in personal injury and FELA (Federal Employees’ Litigation Act) cases in Minnesota, Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. She served as lead counsel for injured victims in the nation’s largest anhydrous ammonia spill and has worked on many other large chemical exposure cases. Ms. Jossart was honored as a Minnesota Attorney of the Year, Outstanding Trial Lawyer by the Minnesota Association of Justice, a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics numerous times, and one of the Top Young Lawyers. She is a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys and the Minnesota Association of Justice. Ms. Jossart is the owner of Jossart Law, LLC in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Mark R. Kosieradzki, course advisor

Mark R. Kosieradzki is the author of 30(B)(6): Deposing Corporations, Organizations & the Government; Depositions Obstruction: Breaking Through; and the AAJ Deposing the Corporate Representative: 30(b)(6) Depositions DVD. He has joined trial teams throughout the United States, assisting them with all aspects of 30(b)(6) depositions in their cases. His experience covers a wide variety of wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, including medical negligence, bad faith, construction injuries, nursing home abuse, interstate truck crashes, and products liability. He is recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America”. He is a board-certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a past president of the Minneapolis Association for Justice and a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Annika K. Martin

Annika K. Martin is a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, an AAJ Leaders Forum member firm, and has represented plaintiffs since 2005 in environment, mass tort, consumer protection, and sexual abuse cases. Ms. Martin serves as court-appointed co-interim class counsel representing women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California. Annika’s published works include “Stick a Toothbrush Down Your Throat: An Analysis of the Potential Liability of Pro-Eating Disorder Websites,” Texas Journal of Women & the Law, Volume 14 Issue 2, Spring 2005 and “How to Stop Worrying and Love Predictive Coding,” Trial Magazine, January 2016. An active member of the legal community, Ms. Martin is the immediate past chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group. She serves on the steering committee for the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 1 (Electronic Discovery Retention and Production) and co-founded the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, an annual e-discovery conference for plaintiffs-side complex litigation practitioners. Ms. Martin speaks and writes regularly on issues of class actions, mass torts, e-discovery, and diversity in legal practice.

Andre M. Mura, course advisor

Andre M. Mura represents plaintiffs in class action and complex litigation concerning consumers’ and workers’ rights, products liability, drug and medical devices, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law. Prior to joining Gibbs Law Group, LLP, Mr. Mura was senior litigation counsel at the Center for Constitutional Litigation, PC where he represented plaintiffs in high stakes appeals and complex litigation in state supreme courts and federal appellate courts. Mr. Mura also authored briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court at both the petition and merits stages, and he argued dispositive motions in trial courts nationwide. Mr. Mura is on the board of the Civil Justice Research Initiative of Berkeley Law and UC Irvine School of Law, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts, a member of Public Justice’s Class Action Preservation Project, an ex-officio trustee of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, and chair of the American Association for Justice’s LGBT Caucus. Mr. Mura is a partner at Gibbs Law Group, LLP in Oakland, California.

Zachary Wool

Zachary Wool concentrates his practice in the fields of litigation and general corporate counsel for clients ranging in size from individuals to multi-billion-dollar hedge funds. He also advises corporations without in-house lawyers on general business matters. Mr. Wool is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association's LGBT Diversity Committee, and he is the founder of the American Association for Justice's LGBT Caucus, which presented him with its first annual Founder's Award for his efforts to support the LGBT community. For 2016-2017, Zachary served as a trustee of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a national think tank that aims to preserve access to justice for ordinary citizens. Mr. Wool has also served as vice president of the Einstein Group, Inc., a non-profit organization that runs two K-8 charter schools in New Orleans East, and he is on the Board of Trustees for the Contemporary Arts Center. In addition, he volunteers with the Louisiana State Bar Association's Lawyers in Libraries program, which provides free legal guidance to the Parish's low-income residents. Mr. Wool is a partner at Barrios, Kingsdorf, and Casteix, LLP in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, D.C./Downtown

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Washington, D.C. 20001
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Local: (202) 289-5959

Renaissance Washington, Downtown DC Hotel

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999 Ninth Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Toll Free: (800) 487-2090
Local: (202) 898-9000

Hotel Monaco

Hotel Monaco
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Washington, DC 20004
Toll Free: (800) 487-2090
Local: (202) 628-7177

Hampton Inn - Convention Center

Hampton Inn – Convention Center
901 Sixth Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Toll Free: (800) 486-7866
Local: (202) 842-2500

Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt
1000 H Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Toll Free: (800) 304-9288
Local: (202) 582-1234

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 if they are employed by an AAJ plaintiff attorney with the same firm address.

Program Location:

AAJ Headquarters
777 6th St. NW
Ste. 200
Washington, DC  20001


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, ext. 8612.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  Registered participants can receive 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 by November 12, 2019 will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing November 13-17, 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 within 48 hours of the program will not be honored. AAJ is not responsible for any room cancellation fees or other travel fees which may result from your cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Fax or email your cancellation request to the Registrar at 202-625-7084 or

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