San Francisco Masters in Trial

San Francisco Masters in Trial
Be a better lawyer. Learn from the Masters. ABOTA is dedicated to training the next generation of lawyers to meet the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in the practice of law. The Masters in Trial program shows how some of the most successful trial lawyers in the country conduct a trial.

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Case: Plaintiff Robin Powell has filed a product liability claim against the defendant, alleging that her 34-year old husband was killed while using an industrial product known as a "SuperPulper" while on the job at a papermill. The defendant denies that there was any defect in the design of the product and contends that the decedent was responsible for the accident. 

Program Co-Chairs:
Matthew S. Conant-ADR Services, Inc. 
Amy Eskin-Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns

Presiding Judge:
Honorable Mary Wiss, San Francisco Superior Court 

Trial Consultant: 
Joseph A. Rice. Ph.D., Jury Research Institute, San Francisco 

8:00 am      Registration
8:50 am      Welcome 
9:00 am      Opening Statements 
9:45 am      Examination of Plaintiff Robin Powell 
10:30 am    Examination of lay witness Lou Petrucelli 
11:15 am    Break 
11:30 am    Examination of expert witness Charles Taylor 
12:00 pm    Lunch
1:00 pm      Examination of lay witness Mark Donaldson 
1:30 pm      Examination of expert witness Lowell Smith
2:00 pm      Examination of expert witness Sara Tower 
2:30 pm      Break 
2:45 pm      Closing Arguments 
3:15 pm      Jury Deliberations (Streamed live) 
4:15 pm      Panel/Audience discussion
5:00 pm      Adjourn 
*Schedule and speakers are subject to change

Trial Teams:

Plaintiff  Defense 
Mary E. Alexander 
Mary Alexander & Associates P.C. 
Christopher J. Beeman
Clapp Moroney Vucinich Beeman Scheley  
Robert S. Arns  
Arns Law Firm 
Eugene Brown, Jr.  
Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP 
Khaldoun Baghdadi 
Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger 
Michael A. Laurenson  
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP 
Miles B. Cooper 
Emison Cooper & Cooper, LLP 
Amee A. Mikacich  
Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP 
Patricia E. Henle  
Law Offices of Patricia E. Henle 
Sean P. Moriarty 
Cesari Werner & Moriarty  
Kathleen M. Lucas  
The Lucas Law Firm 
Otis McGee, Jr.
Otis McGee ADR Services   
Cynthia B. McGuinn 
Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn 
Mark Oium 
Oium Reyen & Pryor  
Michael A. Kelly 
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger  
Zachary Smith
Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP  

$395 per registrant 
$345 per registrant for firms sending three (3) or more attorneys**
$20 for current law students using 19sflawedu

**Registrations must be submitted as a group and cannot be combined with other discounts. Online registration closes 10/25/19. Refunds, less a $40 administrative fee, are available until 10/25/19. 


Milton Marks Auditorium 455 Golden Gate Avenue San Francisco 94102

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