2020 WAJ Virtual Winter Seminar



Details

 

  Thursday, December 3rd at 5 PM: 

Presidents' Reception, Election & Awards Registration Only

 

 CLE for 2020 Winter Seminar:  Wisconsin: 7.5 CLE Credits, Including 2.0 Ethics Credit  (pending final approval)


 

Winter Seminar Program Chair & Moderator

 

Kristen S. Scheuerman
Herrling Clark Law Firm 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 4th Schedule:

 

8:30 AM - 8:35 AM Welcome and WAJ Update

 

Beverly Wickstrom, WAJ President,
Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, LLP, Eau Claire, WI

Beverly Wickstrom is a partner in Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, practicing out of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin office. She represents injured and disabled people in personal injury, products liability, workers’ compensation and social security disability cases. Beverly also serves as a mediator in personal injury, real estate, nursing home negligence, products liability, contract dispute and municipal liability cases. Beverly received her bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Lawrence University in 1980, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1983. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association, the Eau Claire County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association for Justice (serving on the Executive Board since 2012) and the American Association for Justice.  In addition to her law practice, Beverly volunteers with several local organizations that help the homeless and the disabled, served as a mock trial coach for many years, is an advocate for the arts in the Chippewa Valley, and is the Chair for the Eau Claire County Democratic Party.

 

 

8:35 -  10:30 AM - Opening Session with Special Guest: 

 Beauty’s in the Eyes of the Beholder
A Surefire Problem-Solving System

Keith Mitnik, Senior Trial Counsel for Morgan & Morgan, Orlando, FL

 

Keith Mitnik is the author of Trial Guides’ bestselling classic book, DON’T EAT THE BRUISES:  How to Foil Their Plans to Spoil Your Case;

He is also known for his popular for monthly audio podcasts, called Brushstrokes and is a frequent keynote speaker at seminars for trial lawyers across America.

During the Corona shutdown, he has developed a sought after written series, At Home, But Not Alone Brushstrokes, that is available on his listserv. Keith has been teaching extensively across the country on webinars while trials are suspended.

Keith is Senior Trial Counsel for Morgan & Morgan. In that role, he is in trial almost every month, often times 2 or 3 times a month, trying everything from suits against cigarette companies, class action pharmaceutical cases, medical malpractice, and product cases, to car crashes and premises cases.

His has a long list of 7 and 8 figure verdicts in all kinds of cases. 

He has been a commentator on many national television broadcasts and has been interviewed by Mike Wallace for 60 Minutes.

Keith is recognized for creating and teaching systems that simply work – for any lawyer, in any case. Lawyers all over the country attribute significant verdicts to his methods.

 

 10:30 to 11:30 AM - ETHICS SESSION

Professional Liability Update 2020

Stacie H. Rosenzweig, Halling & Cayo, S.C.

Synopsis: Four out of five lawyers will get sued for malpractice at some point in their career. You may not be able to avoid that fate eventually, but you can reduce your risk and limit your exposure. This session will review recent legal malpractice case law, the ethical rules implicated, and the mistakes made.

Stacie H. Rosenzweig is an attorney with Halling & Cayo S.C. in Milwaukee. She received her undergraduate degree from Beloit College, and her law degree from Marquette University Law School summa cum laude. She focuses her practice in the area of professional ethics and licensing, including defending lawyers in disciplinary and malpractice matters, and assisting attorneys seeking admission or reinstatement to the bar. She also works with other credentialed professionals, and represents individuals and businesses in employment and civil litigation matters. She serves on the State Bar of Wisconsin Committee on Professional Ethics, the Milwaukee Bar Association Courts Committee, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers Integration and Engagement Committee. She blogs regularly at www.ethicking.com.

 

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Exploring Use of Force

Michael Gerard, Robson Forensic

Synopsis:  Law enforcement use of force overview and relevant considerations.  The use of force by law enforcement has brought national attention as a result of several high profile cases in recent years.  We will discuss the legal, procedural, and training aspects including relevant court decisions, de-escalation, use of force guidelines, and the reasonable and proper application of force. 

 

Michael Gerard is a police practices and premises security expert with over 26 years of law enforcement and security experience. As an expert witness, Mike applies his expertise to forensic casework involving the policies, procedures, and incident-specific actions of law enforcement and security personnel and agencies. During his time as a Police Sergeant and Lieutenant, Mike conducted use of force investigations into the actions of police officers. Mike also developed and implemented use of force training for police officers and developed use of force policies and procedures.

 

Lunch Break with Special Guest Speakers from 12:00 to 1:00 PM 

   

 

Rep. Gordon Hintz
Minority Leader

Assembly District 54

 

 

 

 

Rep. Deb Andraca
Assembly District 23

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Sara Rodriguez
Assembly District 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Beth Meyers 
Assembly District 74

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM    

Understanding the Medicine in a Whiplash Claim

Kevin Lonergan, Herrling Clark Law Firm

&

Dr. Robert A. Servais, DC, Servais Chiropractic Pain Relief Clinic
 

Kevin Lonergan is recognized within the legal community for handling complex litigation matters for clients with catastrophic injuries and for clients who have lost loved ones. Although most cases settle, he has a reputation for trying cases and has had a high percentage of cases where the ultimate jury verdicts far exceeded the insurance companies’ pre-trial offers of settlement. Kevin has handled many million and multi-million dollar cases.

Kevin has been honored to have been recognized as one of the state’s top lawyers by a number of organizations. Kevin has been recognized on a number of occasions as one of the top 10 lawyers in the state of Wisconsin in the state-wide magazine Super Lawyers list. He has also been previously named to the prestigious top 50 lawyers list for several years, and he is only one of a few lawyers in the state who have been named to the Super Lawyers list (top 5% of all attorneys in the state) each and every year that the Super Lawyers designations have been recognized. Kevin had the distinct privilege of being named Wisconsin’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Wisconsin Association for Justice in December 2014. As of the time of Kevin’s nomination and selection, only 14 other lawyers had received the same honor in the organization’s almost seventy-year history.

In addition to being named Wisconsin’s Trial Lawyer of the Year, Kevin is rated 10 out of 10 by AVVO, he has previously been named the top personal injury and products liability lawyer in the Fox Cities area, and he has also been rated one of the top trial lawyers nationally. He is a board-certified civil trial specialist accredited by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has also received the highest possible national ratings for legal ability and ethics by an international rating service. Kevin has been named a “Fellow” of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, an honor bestowed on only 2-1/2% of all practicing lawyers. He is president of the Wisconsin Law Foundation’s Board of the Directors. Kevin also is honored to be named as a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), with a national membership of roughly 7,600 lawyers, balanced equally between plaintiff and defense lawyers and judges. ABOTA is an invitation-only organization with highly experienced lawyers who exhibit virtues of civility, integrity, and professionalism.

 

 

Rob Servais , DC

Educational background
Doctor of Chiropractic - Northwestern College of Chiropractic
Licensed to Practice Chiropractic - State of Wisconsin
Diplomate - National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Fellow - International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology
Certified Graston Technique Practitioner
Certified Active Release Technique Practitioner
Post Graduate Continuing Education
Spinal Rehabilitation
Cervical Acceleration / Deceleration Traumatic Injuries
Soft tissue injury evaluation and treatment
Memberships & Awards
North American Spine Society
Arthritis Foundation
Postgrad Faculty Northwestern College of Chiropractic
American Chiropractic Association
Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
Aurora BayCare Medical Center: Chairman of Integrative Health Department
American Board of Chiropractic Consultants
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Consultant

 

 

2:30 to 3:30 PM - ETHICS SESSION

Ethics Presentation:  Lies, Damned Lies, and Litigation

Stacie H. Rosenzweig, Halling & Cayo, S.C.

Synopsis: It’s been said that trials are, or should be, a search for the truth. But human nature being what it is, litigation is full of opportunities for clients, witnesses, opposing parties, and, yes, even you, to fall short of that goal.

This session will focus on lawyers’ ethical obligations with regard to the truth through the lifespan of an attorney-client relationship, from advertising and sign-up to discovery and trial, and will offer practical tips for meeting those obligations while remaining zealous advocates for their clients.  

 

Stacie H. Rosenzweig is an attorney with Halling & Cayo S.C. in Milwaukee. She received her undergraduate degree from Beloit College, and her law degree from Marquette University Law School summa cum laude. She focuses her practice in the area of professional ethics and licensing, including defending lawyers in disciplinary and malpractice matters, and assisting attorneys seeking admission or reinstatement to the bar. She also works with other credentialed professionals, and represents individuals and businesses in employment and civil litigation matters. She serves on the State Bar of Wisconsin Committee on Professional Ethics, the Milwaukee Bar Association Courts Committee, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers Integration and Engagement Committee. She blogs regularly at www.ethicking.com.

 

3:30 to 4:30 PM

Vanderventer v. Hyundai: an Explanation Of The Case
and Lessons Learned From A $38 Million Verdict

Timothy S. Trecek
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.

Tim Trecek is a Managing Partner of his firm’s Milwaukee and West Bend offices and is the Corporate Secretary of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., ® which has 34 attorneys in 13 offices, throughout Wisconsin.  Tim handles all types of personal injury cases; including, auto accidents, nursing home abuse, electrical accidents, premises liability cases and others, but has special emphasis and expertise in complex product liability cases. 

Tim has always excelled in obtaining great verdicts in the most difficult cases.  Early in his career, his first three 6-figure verdicts were trip and falls/slip and falls, in which his client had drank alcohol before the accident.  Another one of his early verdicts involved a car wash worker, with a six-grade education, who sustained a broken leg, while working at the car wash.  The case was lost at the trial court level, on summary judgment, on a coverage issue.  It went through the Court of Appeals and ultimately Tim successfully argued in front of the State Supreme Court, getting the trial court’s decision reversed, getting the case remanded back to the trial court, trying the case to a Milwaukee County jury and getting a verdict of over $1million.

Tim’s record of successfully litigating product liability cases can be plainly seen in his results.  Over the past 25 years, he has product liability awards totaling approximately $150 million; nearly $50 million in 2020 alone.  He has successfully litigated product liability cases against such recognizable companies as General Motors, Nissan, Harley-Davidson, Dorel and Evenflo car seats, Crown Fork Lift, New Holland, Caterpillar, Hi-Ranger, Oshkosh Truck, Morbark Chippers, Trek, Polaris and many others.  Earlier this year, Tim obtained a $38.1 million verdict against Hyundai Motor Company, in an enhanced injury, defective seatback case.  It was a 17-day trial, which included 27 trial witnesses, 390 trial exhibits and was tried against a $1 million pretrial offer.  It is the largest, single plaintiff, compensatory verdict in the state’s history.  It also included a record-setting $7.7 million award for the spouse of the injured plaintiff. 

Tim has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and, for many years, has been the ACTL liaison to the District 8, National Moot Court Competition, is both a Fellow and on the Board of Governors, of the International Society of Barristers and is a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America.  Additionally, he has been voted “Lawyer of the Year” for plaintiff’s products liability work, by Best Lawyers, four, out of the last six, years.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and has been an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School for two decades, teaching Advanced Trial Practice.  He is a 1990 graduate of Marquette University and a 1993 graduate of Marquette University Law School.

Tim’s greatest pride comes from his over 26 years of marriage to his wife, Karyn and the love and support of their three daughters, Gabrielle (25), Danielle (22) and Isabella (16).

 

 


 

 

 
Wisconsin Association for Justice 
Cordially Invites you to an Evening of Celebration!
 
 
2020 Virtual Presidents' Reception
 
Thursday, December 3rd
Event begins at 5:00 pm  
 
Event includes the following:
WAJ's Annual Election
Award Presentations
Outgoing President's Message
Incoming President's Message
 
A Zoom link will be emailed to those registered a few days before the event.
 

 

Outgoing President

Beverly Wickstrom
Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, LLP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Incoming President

Jay A. Urban
Urban & Taylor, s.c.
 
 
 
 
 
 

    Robert L. Habush - Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Honoree

 

Timothy S. Trecek
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.

Tim Trecek is a Managing Partner of his firm’s Milwaukee and West Bend offices and is the Corporate Secretary of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., ® which has 34 attorneys in 13 offices, throughout Wisconsin.  Tim handles all types of personal injury cases; including, auto accidents, nursing home abuse, electrical accidents, premises liability cases and others, but has special emphasis and expertise in complex product liability cases. 

Tim has always excelled in obtaining great verdicts in the most difficult cases.  Early in his career, his first three 6-figure verdicts were trip and falls/slip and falls, in which his client had drank alcohol before the accident.  Another one of his early verdicts involved a car wash worker, with a six-grade education, who sustained a broken leg, while working at the car wash.  The case was lost at the trial court level, on summary judgment, on a coverage issue.  It went through the Court of Appeals and ultimately Tim successfully argued in front of the State Supreme Court, getting the trial court’s decision reversed, getting the case remanded back to the trial court, trying the case to a Milwaukee County jury and getting a verdict of over $1million.

Tim’s record of successfully litigating product liability cases can be plainly seen in his results.  Over the past 25 years, he has product liability awards totaling approximately $150 million; nearly $50 million in 2020 alone.  He has successfully litigated product liability cases against such recognizable companies as General Motors, Nissan, Harley-Davidson, Dorel and Evenflo car seats, Crown Fork Lift, New Holland, Caterpillar, Hi-Ranger, Oshkosh Truck, Morbark Chippers, Trek, Polaris and many others.  Earlier this year, Tim obtained a $38.1 million verdict against Hyundai Motor Company, in an enhanced injury, defective seatback case.  It was a 17-day trial, which included 27 trial witnesses, 390 trial exhibits and was tried against a $1 million pretrial offer.  It is the largest, single plaintiff, compensatory verdict in the state’s history.  It also included a record-setting $7.7 million award for the spouse of the injured plaintiff. 

Tim has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and, for many years, has been the ACTL liaison to the District 8, National Moot Court Competition, is both a Fellow and on the Board of Governors, of the International Society of Barristers and is a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America.  Additionally, he has been voted “Lawyer of the Year” for plaintiff’s products liability work, by Best Lawyers, four, out of the last six, years.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and has been an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School for two decades, teaching Advanced Trial Practice.  He is a 1990 graduate of Marquette University and a 1993 graduate of Marquette University Law School.

Tim’s greatest pride comes from his over 26 years of marriage to his wife, Karyn and the love and support of their three daughters, Gabrielle (25), Danielle (22) and Isabella (16).

 

 
                                   Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer Award Honoree
 

Christopher J. MacGillis
MacGillis & Wiemer, LLC
         

Christopher J. MacGillis is a founder and partner at MacGillis Wiemer, LLC. Chris focuses his practice on personal injury and representing first responders, including police and fire fighter unions. He represents those injured by the acts of others throughout the State of Wisconsin.

Chris has tried cases in both state and federal court. He prides himself on protecting his clients and working aggressively to obtain the best potential outcomes. Chris serves on the WAJ Board of Directors and currently serves as Regional Officer for District Six.  Chris has authored several articles for the WAJ publication The Verdict and regularly speaks on current trends in the law and litigation.

He has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a “Leading Lawyer” by M Magazine, and Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, amongst others.

Chris is extremely passionate about his clients and works hard to understand them as human beings.  In December of 2019, Chris and his team obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $175,000, which was over ten times the insurance company’s last offer. Chris and his team worked with their client to explain to the jury why the car crash impacted him beyond just the “minor” scarring to his ear, as suggested by the insurance company.

Chris is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and Lawrence University. He is a life-long resident of Wisconsin and currently resides in Hubertus, Wisconsin with his wife, Ann, daughters, Gracie and Joey, and son, Owen.

 
 
 
 
                                   Paralegal of the Year Award Honoree 
 

Roxanne E.Sears Kunda, Paralegal
Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, LLP

Roxanne Kunda was born and raised in Kimberly, Wisconsin.  In 1981 Roxanne moved to Milwaukee to attend the University of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Therapy in 1985.  She utilized her degree to become the Director of Recreation at a nursing home.  While there, she was inspired to attend paralegal school and obtained her paralegal certificate from the American Institute for Paralegal Studies in 1991. 

Roxanne has worked as a worker’s compensation and personal injury paralegal for the defense and plaintiff.  Roxanne was a member of the Milwaukee Insurance Adjusters Association from 1992 to 1999 and was its Treasurer from 1998 to 1999.  In 2002, Roxanne was offered a position to develop a paralegal program while working for in house counsel for Zurich in Brookfield in its worker’s compensation and personal injury areas.  She was a member of the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin from 1999 to 2003 and was the co-director for the Milwaukee Chapter from 2000 to 2001 and its Web Administrator from 2002 to 2003.  In 2010, Roxanne switched to plaintiffs’ work and in April of 2011 started working with Mark Thomsen, then a partner at Cannon & Dunphy, S.C.  She continued working with Mark Thomsen in August of 2017 and has been a lead paralegal, dedicated as always to her clients, and a key source of information and support to her peers at Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, LLP. 

Roxanne is happily married to Cary Kunda, who is very understanding with her working long hours and he keeps her grounded and sane.  She remains very involved with her church and serves on its Finance Committee and as its Secretary.  In her spare time, Roxanne enjoys watching movies, reading, playing games and crocheting, including crochet prayer shawls for her church.  Cary and Roxanne like to travel together.  Roxanne is a member of the Zoological Society and she and Cary particularly enjoy visiting different zoos on their travels.  Her favorite has been in San Diego.  Since the pandemic, Cary and Roxanne do day and weekend getaways when they can between trips. 

 

WAJ would like to thank
Preferred Capital Funding, 
Physician Life Care Planning
 and Urban & Taylor S.C.
for underwriting the 2020 Virtual Presidents' Reception!!
 
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American Association for Justice

 

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Physician Life Care Planning

 

 

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation & Substitution Policy

Attendee substitutions may be made at any time and are encouraged when the original registrant cannot attend. If you must cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least three (3) business days (or 72 hours) prior to the program to receive a refund less a $15 service charge. Cancellations made less than 3 business days prior to the program will incur the full registration cost.