2016 WAJ Winter Seminar


2016 Winter Seminar 
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee | December 2nd-3rd, 2016

Schedule of Events:

Friday, December 2nd:

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Registration & Breakfast Buffet
WAJ New Lawyers Breakfast Meeting
Workers' Compensation Meeting

8:30 - 9:00 AM
WAJ Annual Meeting  
Paralegal of the Year Award: 
Laurel A. Wirth, Herrling Clark Law Firm

9:00-10:00 AM
Plaintiff Lawyers in the 21st Century: The Last Resistance
Rick Friedman | Friedman Rubin

10:15-11:00 AM
Old School Musings on Ordering Your Proof at Trial
Ric Domnitz | Domnitz & Skemp SC
John Peterson | Peterson Berk & Cross SC

11:00-12:00 PM
Bringing Drones into the Courtroom
Joseph Hupy | Power of Ground Consulting
Tom Guelzow | Guelzow Law Offices LTD

12:00-1:00 PM
Lunch Buffet
Women’s Caucus Luncheon
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant Luncheon
Special Guest Speaker Senator Tammy Baldwin 

1:00-2:00 PM
Polarizing the Case; followed by, Q & A
Rick Friedman | Friedman Rubin 

2:00-2:45 PM
Using The Theme of The Case To Set-up Your Request For Damages
Craig Christensen | Habush Habush & Rottier

Anchoring Your Ask-How To Increase Your Award
Pat Dunphy | Cannon & Dunphy SC

3:00-3:30 PM
Litigation and Driverless Cars
Scott Thompson | Gingras Cates & Luebke

3:30-4:00 PM
Exclusion of Expert Testimony Based on Unpaid Balances? A Practice Primer
Kristin Cafferty | Habush Habush & Rottier



2:00-3:00 PM
The HITECH Headache and How to Alleviate It
Kristen Scheuerman, Herrling Clark Law Firm, James Scoptur, Aiken & Scoptur, S.C.

3:00-3:45 PM
Find Audio and Visual Evidence to Strengthen Your Case
Christine Esser, Habush Habush & Rottier

3:45-4:00 PM
Life as a Paralegal Versus Life as an Attorney
Amy Risseeuw, Peterson Berk & Cross

Friday Night, December 2nd

6:30 pm - Presidents' Dinner Reception
7:30 pm-  Presidents Dinner

Saturday, December 3rd:

8:00- 9:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast Buffet

9:00- 12:00 PM
Rule Changes to Address the Modern Day Practice of Law
Timothy Pierce | Ethics Counsel, State Bar of Wisconsin
Dean Dietrich | Ruder Ware LLSC



Approved for: 10.0 CLE, including 3.5 Ethics
Friday Only: 7.5 CLE, 0 Ethics
Saturday Only: 3.5 Ethics


Approved For: 6.25 CLE Credits, Including 2.75 Ethics
Friday Only: 3.5 CLE, 0 Ethics
Satuday Only: 2.75 Ethics 

Approved For: 8.75 CLE Credits, Including 3.0 Ethics
Friday Only: 5.75 CLE, 0 Ethics
Saturday Only: 3.0 Ethics

Presidents' Reception & Dinner


December 2nd, 2016
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee


$25.00- Reception Only Ticket (6:30 pm)
$75.00- Dinner Ticket (7:30 pm)

With special music performed by Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Harpist Callie Greene



 Event Dress Code:

  • The dress code for WAJ’s meetings (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are business casual, coat and tie are discouraged.
  • Dress for the Friday night Presidents’ Dinner is business (not formal), i.e., business suit, sports coat and tie for men, and business attire or evening dress for women.

Become a Sponsor? 

Click to view our Sponsorship Opportunities for 
the Winter Seminar. 

Place a Tribute Ad in the Presidents' Dinner Program!

Display your/your company’s ad and pay tribute to our special
guests and award winners and personally congratulate one or
all of the recipients.
Select the ad size you would like to reserve for your

personal greeting or ad in the Tribute Book.

Include your own personalized message!

  • Logo Inserted    $50    
  • 1/6 Page Ad      $100
  • 1/3 Page Ad      $250
  • 1/2 Page Ad      $350
  • Full Page Ad      $500   





Hotel Information:
The Pfister Hotel
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Reservations: To reserve your lodging, contact the hotel directly at 414-935-5942. Reference the Wisconsin Association for Justice Block.  Room Rates: $170 King or two Queens per night.
Salon Suite (upgrade option): $200 per night.
Reservation Deadline: November 15th, 2016



Galaher Settlements
Break Sponsor https://www.galahersettlements.com/
Midland States Bank - Settlement Trust Group



SMP Advance Funding
Gold Medical Legal Consulting


Orthoclick LLC

Heidel House Resort & Spa
Insight Medical-Legal Consulting, LTD
Pat Thomas Medical Illustration


Urban & Taylor S.C


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation & Substitution Policy
Substitution & Cancellation 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.  
At the Door Registrations will incur a $20 late fee.