2019 WAJ Spring Seminar





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April 12, 2019
Spring Seminar, The Edgewater, Madison, WI


Learn about the hottest topics and conquering the biggest challenges in premises liability cases.  This seminar focuses on strategies and tips to succeed in claims for slip or trip and falls and other premises liability issues from intake to verdict.


Spring Seminar Program Chairs and Moderators

           

 Amy M. Risseeuw, Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.
  &  Peter M. Young, Habush Habush & Rottier SC

 

 

 

CLE SCHEDULE:

7:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet: Included with registration and open to all attendees. 

8:30-8:35 AM  

Welcome & WAJ Update

Edward E. Robinson, WAJ President,
Cannon & Dunphy, S.C., Brookfield, WI

Edward E. Robinson is a partner at Cannon & Dunphy, S.C. in Brookfield. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Marquette University in 1991, with a double major in History and English. Ed received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995, where he was a member of the Law Review. In addition to handling cases throughout the State of Wisconsin, Ed is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  Since graduating from law school, Ed has been very active in The Wisconsin Association for Justice.  He previously served on the Amicus Curiae Committee, where he authored and co-authored numerous briefs to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court advocating on behalf of WAJ.  He has appeared and successfully argued cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in connection with both his own individual cases, as well as cases in which he has advocated on behalf of WAJ.  He has authored and coauthored numerous articles published in The Verdict, and continues to serve on its editorial board.  He has been a frequent speaker at WAJ and State Bar seminars, and, since 2008, he has presented the annual Torts Update at the WAJ Summer Seminar. He has been a member of the Association’s Board of Directors since 2009. Since 2009, he has also been recognized annually as a Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, and has also been chosen annually since 2011 for inclusion in Best Lawyers®. In 2014, he was privileged to be selected for membership in the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In 2018, Ed was elected to serve on the Board of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

8:35 - 9:35 AM: 

Building Credibility in Voir Dire.

Synopsis: This talk focuses on using the Three Promises Approach to have prospective jurors feel comfortable in telling you how they actually feel about issues.

Chris O'Brien, O’Brien & Ford, PC, Buffalo, NY

Chris O’Brien has been a successful trial lawyer for over 30 years. He has represented thousands of people hurt in car crashes, sexual assaults, slip and fall incidents and dog bite attacks. For every client, he gives them the personal attention that they deserve. Chris believes that every client has a right to understand what is going on in their case at all times: that’s why he gives every client his personal cell phone and often takes calls at night. Chris limits the number of cases handled by each lawyer at the firm to ensure that clients’ calls are returned promptly and to move cases to completion properly.

Besides practicing law, Chris has been a trial technique instructor since the early 1990’s. He knows that teaching law students and other lawyers requires him to stay current on the latest thinking and tactics involved in trial practice. Chris has taught at more than forty seminars, from Montreal to Georgia to California to Puerto Rico. He is the Co-Chair of the National College of Advocacy, served as Co-Director of Trial Advocacy at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and has been named a New York State SuperLawyer. He also is regularly recognized by Buffalo’s Business First newspaper as one of the top trial lawyers in Western New York.

Chris has had twenty million or multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. Through his national network of trial lawyers and trial consultants who teach at seminars, Chris has access to a wide of variety of experts and demonstrative evidence creators who help him prepare the best presentation possible of cases for trial. Though less than 2% of his cases go to trial, Chris knows that preparation is the key to success. Asa  result, he often conducts focus groups to help him identify individual case issues and themes.

Chris lives in Amherst, New York with his two younger children as the two older children have gone to college and beyond. He spends his spare time serving as a board member for the Erie County Medical Center and the Buffalo Irish Classical Theater Company, while also reading trial technique books and thinking of new ways to teach trial advocacy to lawyers and law students.

9:35 to 9:50 AM Break with Exhibitors
 

9:50 am to 10:20 AM:  

Gain Confidence in your Theory of Liability and
your Ask: Using Focus Groups in your
Premises Liability Case.

Synopsis: Brad and his Minnesota co-counsel represented a Wisconsinite who was injured by falling merchandise in a HomeGoods store in Minnesota.  Brad will explain how they used, and the benefits of, the focus group that helped them refine their theory of liability and dollar demand for trial.   

Brad A. Yanke, Anderson O’Brien, Stevens Point, WI
 

Brad is a partner at Anderson O’Brien, and he focuses his practice on representing accident victims and those injured in the workplace.  In addition to fighting for the fair compensation that his clients deserve, Brad enjoys being able to demystify the personal injury process and provide his clients with pragmatic advice and solutions so that his clients can focus on getting better.

Raised in Marshfield, Wisconsin, Brad was happy to return to Central Wisconsin and join Anderson O’Brien in 2013 after practicing in the Appleton area.  Since that time, Brad has helped his clients make substantial recoveries, by settlement and jury verdict, for auto accidents, work injuries, big-box store accidents, dog bites and slip and falls.

Brad is a member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice and Attorneys Information Exchange Group, and he was recently elected to serve as Governor for District 7 on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors, representing Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood counties.

10:20-10:50 AM

Give Yourself a Step Up: Using Trial Technology to Connect with Jurors and Increase Your Verdicts

Kristen S. Scheuerman​, Herrling Clark Law Firm, Appleton, WI

Synopsis: In July 2018, Kristen obtained a six-figure verdict in a complex liability trip and fall case venued in Dane County. Kristen’s client tripped down a set of three large steps at the back of her son’s college apartment complex. During the trial, all of the Plaintiff’s evidence was presented to the jury through TrialPad. Feedback from jurors after trial was that they had a better, stronger connection to the Plaintiff’s evidence and theme as opposed to the defense position, in large part because of TrialPad and how they were able to interact with and view the evidence. This presentation will be a live demonstration of the evidence and material presented during the trial through TrialPad.

Kristen joined the Herrling Clark Law Firm in 2011 as an Associate Attorney, after clerking with the firm for over a year. In 2016, she was named a Partner/Shareholder. Kristen’s practice is primarily devoted to personal injury litigation, although she also handles municipal prosecution for a local municipality.

Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, Kristen graduated from Appleton East High School and received her Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University. After working in corporate America for just over five years, Kristen enrolled at Marquette University Law School and earned her Juris Doctorate in 2010.

10:50-11:30 AM

Jurassic Park – A Case Study:  Analyzing immunity and liability related to "methods & processes" under Wisconsin Safe Place law.

Presenters: Ann Jacobs & Jackie Nuckels,
Jacobs Injury Law, Milwaukee, WI

 

Ann S. Jacobs, Jacobs Injury Law 

Ann is the founder of Jacobs Injury Law. Her practice includes automobile accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect cases, financial abuse/fraud, as well as medical malpractice cases.

 

 

 

Jackie Nuckels, Jacobs Injury Law

Jackie’s practice is devoted exclusively to the representation of injured clients.  She has represented hundreds of individuals who have been seriously injured in automobile collisions, truck accidents, premises accidents, and workplace incidents.  She has also represented individuals who are injured by unsafe products and as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect.

11:30 AM -12:00 PM

Wisconsin’s Statute of Repose: Worse than Before.

Peter M. Young, Habush Habush & Rottier SC, Wausau, WI

Peter M. Young is a shareholder at the law firm and practices in the Wausau, Rhinelander, and Stevens Point offices. Pete has tried jury cases throughout Wisconsin. His practice includes personal injury claims, automobile accidents, product liability claims, nursing home abuse & neglect claims, vaccine related claims, and wrongful death claims. He is admitted to practice before the State of Wisconsin, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Pete is also licensed to practice before the Tribal Courts of the Forest County Potawatomi and the Sokaogon Chippewa. Additionally, he has been admitted pro hac vice in cases in California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska and Washington.

In 2016, Pete’s colleagues from the Wisconsin Association for Justice honored him with the organization’s inaugural Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer award. In 2015 he was recognized as a “20 under 40 Honoree” by the Wausau Daily Herald for his significant community involvement.  In 2012, Pete was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of the 25 Up and Coming Lawyers in Wisconsin.  In 2011 and 2012, he was honored as a Rising Star in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers publication by Milwaukee Magazine and has been honored as a Super Lawyer each year since 2013 by these same publications.

Pete serves on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, is the Chair of the District 16 OLR Investigative Committee (appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court), and is also a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Appointment Selection Committee.  He is a past member of the Wisconsin State Bench & Bar Committee, is the past President of the Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association, and is a past President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice’s New Lawyer’s Division. While attending law school, Pete served as a Judicial Intern for the late N. Patrick Crooks of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

12:00-1:00 PM:  Lunch Buffet: Included with registration and open to all attendees. 

Women's Caucus Lunch Meeting  

1:00-2:00 PM:  

The Cross Examination of the Defense Medical Examiner---Mining the Good before Showing the Evil. 

Synopsis: This lecture/demonstration focuses on using the defense doctor to build your own credibility and to reaffirm key medical points in your case before showing the jury why the doctor’s opinion in this case is biased and incorrect.

Chris O'Brien, O’Brien & Ford, PC, Buffalo, NY

Chris O’Brien has been a successful trial lawyer for over 30 years. He has represented thousands of people hurt in car crashes, sexual assaults, slip and fall incidents and dog bite attacks. For every client, he gives them the personal attention that they deserve. Chris believes that every client has a right to understand what is going on in their case at all times: that’s why he gives every client his personal cell phone and often takes calls at night. Chris limits the number of cases handled by each lawyer at the firm to ensure that clients’ calls are returned promptly and to move cases to completion properly.

Besides practicing law, Chris has been a trial technique instructor since the early 1990’s. He knows that teaching law students and other lawyers requires him to stay current on the latest thinking and tactics involved in trial practice. Chris has taught at more than forty seminars, from Montreal to Georgia to California to Puerto Rico. He is the Co-Chair of the National College of Advocacy, served as Co-Director of Trial Advocacy at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and has been named a New York State SuperLawyer. He also is regularly recognized by Buffalo’s Business First newspaper as one of the top trial lawyers in Western New York.

Chris has had twenty million or multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. Through his national network of trial lawyers and trial consultants who teach at seminars, Chris has access to a wide of variety of experts and demonstrative evidence creators who help him prepare the best presentation possible of cases for trial. Though less than 2% of his cases go to trial, Chris knows that preparation is the key to success. Asa  result, he often conducts focus groups to help him identify individual case issues and themes.

Chris lives in Amherst, New York with his two younger children as the two older children have gone to college and beyond. He spends his spare time serving as a board member for the Erie County Medical Center and the Buffalo Irish Classical Theater Company, while also reading trial technique books and thinking of new ways to teach trial advocacy to lawyers and law students.

2:00 - 2:15 PM: Break with Exhibitors

2:15 to 2:45

Lessons from Recent Slip and Fall on Ice Cases

Eric J. Ryberg, Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., Madison, WI

Eric Ryberg is a shareholder in the firm and practices in the Madison office. He has successfully tried personal injury cases in Dane, Rock, Sauk, Waukesha, Eau Claire, and Dunn Counties. He is admitted to practice before the State of Wisconsin and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Eric is a Past President of the Dane County Bar Association. He is a Fellow in the Wisconsin Law Foundation. Eric is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. He has taught trial advocacy and served as a mock trial coach at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

In 2011, Eric was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of the 25 Up and Coming lawyers in the state and has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has been selected as a Rising Star in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers publication by Milwaukee Magazine from 2010 - 2012. He also has been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer since 2013, including being named to the Super Lawyers Top 25 Madison list in 2014.

Eric was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a graduate of Regis High School in Eau Claire. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, graduating summa cum laude. Eric received his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, graduating Order of the Coif, cum laude, and in the top 15% of his class. He received the Abner Brodie Award for outstanding achievement in legal study and practical application of law.

When Eric isn’t practicing litigation, you can find him playing tennis, golfing and cheering on the Badgers. He resides in Fitchburg with his wife Nikki and their two boys.

2:45 -3:15 PM: 

Trying a Slip and Fall From a
Defense Attorneys Perspective

Jeffrey T. Nichols, Crivello Carlson, S.C., Milwaukee, WI

Synopsis:  Attorney Nichols will speak on litigating a slip and fall case for a plaintiff  from a defense attorneys perspective.   Specifically, he will discuss a recent slip and fall case he tried in Milwaukee County that resulted in a verdict in excess of a half a million dollars.  He will  address issues that arose in the case regarding liability and Daubert challenges as well as issues that arose regarding damage experts.

Jeff is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating possible by Martindale-Hubbell.)

Jeff is a long time shareholder and member of the Board of Directors at Crivello Carlson. He is National Trial Counsel for one of the Country’s leading manufacturers of compact farming and construction equipment and assists as National Counsel for a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. He has also served as National Counsel for one of the Country’s leading manufacturers of boilers and water heaters and works with several multi-national companies on contract disputes, product performance issues and product liability claims.

Jeff has handled numerous cases throughout the State and Country and has tried cases to juries in New York, Kansas, Connecticut, Texas and California. Jeff’s trials typically involve claimed damages in excess of $1 Million and involve alleged product defects and performance and warnings issues resulting in catastrophic injuries.

Closer to home Jeff is proud to sit on the Board of Directors for one of the clients that he has represented for nearly 20 years. He has tried numerous cases to juries throughout the State involving automobile accidents, products liability, medical malpractice and fire loss claims with great success.

While working at Crivello Carlson Jeff was a member of the trial team involving litigation surrounding a manufacturer of one of the world’s larges mobile cranes. That lawsuit arose out of the construction of the Miller Park Baseball Stadium in 2001 when a crane collapsed resulting in the deaths of three workers. At the conclusion of the trial the court ruled the crane was not defective as a matter of law and co-defendant was responsible for approximately $100 Million in damages.

3:15-4:15 PM:  1.0 Ethics Credit

Ethics Presentation:  Safeguarding the Client File

Christopher C. Shattuck, State Bar of Wisconsin Law Practice Assistance Manager, Madison.

Synopsis: This presentation will focus on safeguards attorneys need to implement when utilizing cloud computing.  The presenter will discuss the obligations under the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct and focus on Wisconsin Formal Ethics Opinion EF- 15-01: Ethical Obligations of Attorneys Using Cloud Computing.  The presentation will also focus on technological threats and methods to counteract threats.  Presenter Christopher Shattuck will address a specific scenario and provide law practice management advice.  

 

Seminar Information:

Included with Registration

  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Weblink to Seminar Materials
  • Break Refreshments & Snacks

Available for Purchase: Hard Copy Seminar Materials (Syllabus):

  • Member Pricing: $49
  • Non-Member Pricing: $150

CLE INFORMATION:
 
  • Wisconsin:  TBA CLE Credits, Including 1 Ethics Credit
  • Minnesota: TBA CLE Credits, Including 1 Ethics Credit
  • Illinois:  TBA CLE Credits, Including 1 Ethics Credit
  • Paralegals:  TBA CLE Credits, Including 1.0 Ethics Credit
 

THANK YOU! Seminar Sponsors & Exhibitors

Premier Settlement Services, Inc (Reception, Lunch and Seminar Sponsor)

Preferred Capital Funding (Reception and Seminar Sponsor)

Synergy Settlement Services (Seminar Sponsor)

Skogen Engineering Group, Inc (Seminar Sponsor)

U.S. Legal Support (Seminar Sponsor)

Physician Life Care Planning (Seminar Sponsor)

Capital First Trust (Seminar Sponsor)

Thomson Reuters

American Association for Justice

Trial Guides

 

Location

Hotel Information:
Spring Seminar Lodging at the Edgewater in Madison, WI

 

Link to secure your lodging 

Reservations can be made directly with the hotel at:   (608) 535-8200

Be sure to reference Wisconsin Association for Justice to receive special rates. 

Edgewater King = $149

Terrace King = $169

 

Sponsors

Preferred Capital Funding



Premier Settlement Services, Inc.



Skogen Engineering Group, Inc.



Synergy Settlement Services



U.S. Legal Support



Physician Life Care Planning



THOMSON REUTERS



Capital First Trust Company



American Association for Justice



Trial Guides


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and Refunds
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.