2020 WAJ VIRTUAL Summer Seminar
Fri, July 10, 2020
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM CT
Registration for this event has expired. Contact WAJ at (608) 210-3390 for more information.
General Seminar Information
Virtual Seminar Link
A Zoom link will be sent to all registered attendees the week leading up to the program.
Zoom Training: Call Bryan at 608-210-3390 for a quick overview (offering only up to 4 days prior to the schedule seminar).
This seminar is worth 7.5 CLE hours including 1 Ethics Credit
Seminar materials are provided to registrants electronically free of charge. A link will be provided to registrants so you can download materials prior to the online program.
Seminar is open to Paralegal
The seminar is open to legal assistants & paralegals at a reduced rate.
Summer Seminar Program Chairs and Moderators
Kristen S. Scheuerman
Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd
Noah D. Domnitz
Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C.
Summer VIRTUAL Seminar CLE Schedule
Friday, July 10, 2020
8:30 AM Welcome & WAJ Update
Beverly Wickstrom, WAJ President,
Gingras Thomsen & Wachs, 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 AM to 10:30 AM:
Advanced Deposition Strategy and Tactics
Phillip Miller, Miller Law Offices, Nashville, TN
Synopsis: Good depositions often determine outcomes, but with time we all become stale. This program is designed to supercharge your depositions and provide concrete examples you can adopt to make a difference in your cases.
Phillip Miller maintains an active practice in Nashville in addition to consulting nationally as a deposition/trial strategist. His innovative approaches and case strategy work, including techniques like the “Miller Mousetrap” have earned him recognition among trial lawyers nationally. Although Phillip’s calendar is full doing deposition/case strategy and focus groups for other firms and managing his own case load, he is also studying for an LLM in Litigation Management at Baylor Law School. Phillip has been certified and re-certified as a Civil Trial Specialist, he is AV rated, and has been designated as a Super Lawyer repeatedly.
He has written 2 books (co-authored with his friend, Paul Scoptur) : Advanced Deposition Strategy and Practice released by Trial Guides in July 2013; and Focus Groups – Hitting the Bullseye published by AAJ Press in January 2017. He is also a contributing author to Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, released by Trial Guides in 2015 and has been published in Trial magazine more than 8 times. He says two other books are in the works, stay tuned.
|10:30 to 10:45 AM Break with Sponsors
10:45 AM to 11:15 AM:
Your Judge’s Favorite Topic – Discovery Wars Over Protective Orders: Why Can’t You Just Work It Out?
Synopsis: The Basic Principles and Beyond
Russell T. Golla, Anderson O’Brien, Stevens Point
Russ received his Juris Doctoris (cum laude) from the Universitas Marquittensis, Collegium Juris Civilis in 1980 and started his legal career clerking for Justice John L. Coffey for one year before joining his current firm where he became a partner in 1986. He is Past President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ), as well as a member of the Legislative Task Force Committee, Membership Service Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of AAJ (American Association for Justice) and AIEG (Attorneys Information Exchange Group).
11:15 to 11:45 PM
Discovery from an Insurer in Connection
with a Wis. Stat. § 628.46 Interest Claim
Edward E. Robinson,
Cannon & Dunphy, S.C., Brookfield
Synopsis: This presentation will provide an overview of some of the questions surrounding the timing, type and scope of discovery that a plaintiff may obtain from an insurer in connection with a § 628.46 interest claim, including: (1) whether and under what circumstances, despite the language in Kontowicz v. American Standard, 2006 WI 48, ¶49, that “claims concerning the issue of interest due under Wis. Stat. § 628.46 may be bifurcated pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 805.05(2),” discovery can be allowed to proceed before the underlying claim has been resolved; (2) what discovery should be permissible as bearing on whether the insurer had “reasonable proof to establish that it was not responsible for the payment;” and (3) whether the attorney-client privilege or work product doctrines can be invoked by the insurer as a shield against disclosure of its claims file.
Edward E. Robinson is a partner at Cannon & Dunphy, D.C. in Brookfield. He specializes in vehicle accidents, animal injuries, products liability, and medical malpractice. He received his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995. Ed is active in WAJ serving as its President-Elect and on the editorial board of The Verdict. He previously served on the Amicus Curiae Committee, where he authored or co-authored 17 briefs on behalf of WAJ submitted to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court. Since 2011, he has been selected annually for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM
GHOSTED: What To Do When Your Opponent Fails To Answer Discovery
Synopsis: Tip for motion practice in your case with an opponent who provides insufficient or incomplete discovery answers or who fails to answer entirely
Ann Jacobs & Jackie Nuckels,
Jacobs Injury Law, Milwaukee
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.
12:15 to 1:00 PM: BREAK FOR LUNCH
2020 Tort Update
Edward E. Robinson, Attorney, Cannon & Dunphy, SC
Synopsis: Stay up-to-date with this quick-hitting session which will survey the most important supreme court and appellate court decisions from this past year on a wide range of topics that may impact your practice.
|2:00 to 2:15 PM: Break with Sponsors
2:15 to 2:45 PM
Pleader Beware: Preparing for Challenges under Wisconsin’s Notice Pleading Standard
Synopsis: In the wake of changes made to Wisconsin’s Rules of Civil Procedure following the enactment of 2017 Wisconsin Act 235, this presentation will focus on pleading trends and good practice with respect to drafting a bulletproof Complaint.
David S. Blinka, Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., Madison
David Blinka is a shareholder at Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. and practices out of the firm’s Madison office. David’s practice encompasses various personal injury cases, including claims involving wrongful death, products liability and motor vehicle accidents. He began his career at Habush Habush & Rottier in 2012 by assisting with the prosecution of claims for over 200 property owners in the Town of Jackson, Wisconsin, who were impacted by groundwater contamination arising from the release of gasoline from a pipeline that ruptured. David is a 2012 graduate from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
|2:45 - 3:00 PM: Break with Sponsors
3:00 -3:30 PM:
The Admissibility of ‘Independent’ or Defense Medical Evaluators Financials Records under Wisconsin Law
Scott M. Butler,
Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Butler, LLC. , La Crosse
Scott is a partner at Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Butler, LLC, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Prior to working for Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC he was the Judicial Law Clerk and Small Claims Mediator for La Crosse County. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2007 and from the Marquette University Law School in 2010. Scott primarily practices in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation. He is on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice and a member of the American Association for Justice and the La Crosse County Bar Association.
3:30-4:30 PM: 1.0 Ethics Credit
Synopsis: This session will discuss some common issues regarding social media, such as responding to on-line criticism, blogging and on-line sleuthing.
Timothy J. Pierce has been Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Wisconsin since 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Pierce was previously a Deputy Director at the Office of Lawyer Regulation in Milwaukee and Madison. He has also been employed as the Ethics Administrator for Milbank, Hadley, Tweed & McCloy, in New York, and as an Assistant State Public Defender in Racine. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is a frequent speaker on matters of professional ethics and has given hundreds of presentations on professional responsibility law. He serves as reporter for the State Bar’s Committee on Professional Ethics and writes the monthly “Ethical Dilemmas” column for the State Bar of Wisconsin. He has also taught Professional Responsibility at the University of Wisconsin Law School since 2011 and currently serves as a Volunteer Subject Matter Expert for the MPRE.
Join us from your home or office.
Thank you Summer Seminar Sponsors
Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor:
Preferred Capital Funding
Premier Settlement Services, Inc.
Synergy Settlement Services
American Association for Justice
Physician Life Care Planning
CenterPoint Consulting, LLC
Skogen Engineering Group, Inc.
Midwest Physicians Medical Legal Consulting, LLC
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 $20 service charge. Cancellations made less than 3 business days prior to the program will incur the full registration cost.