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2019 Auto Torts-Advanced Trial Lawyer college: December 6 & 7, 2019

Often described as "the best seminar in the region, if not the country," the SCAJ Auto Torts seminar is enjoyed each December in Atlanta, GA by Trial Lawyers from across the south. While the seminar used to focus purely on Auto Torts, throughout the years the seminar has shifted to include topics that are relevant to all Trial Lawyers. The seminar offers members a chance to earn nine CLE credits and experience the best holiday shopping, entertainment and food Atlanta has to offer.

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2019 Auto Torts Schedule

Friday, December 6,  2019

8:00 a.m.                           Seminar Registration

8:00 a.m.                           Coffee and Danish - Maguire Law Firm

8:55 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.       Welcome - James L. Ward, Jr, SCAJ President

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.       Secrets of Successful Closing and Rebuttal - Tobias L. Millrod (Conshohocken, PA)

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    Connecting With The Jury — Being Human - Gregory S. Cusimano (Gadsden, AL)

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Coffee Break Compliments of Trammell & Mills Law Firm

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   The Ethical Use of Social Media in Discovery and at Trial - Lance M. Sears (Colorado Springs, CO) Ethics Credit

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   Developing Advanced Mediation Presentations:  Settling a Case Today Versus Yesterday - Christopher Marlowe (Coral Gables, FL)

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.     Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.       Defense Delay Tactics - Melissa G. Mosier (Lexington, SC)

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.       The Art/Science of Handling Brain Injury Cases Caused by Auto and Trucking Accidents - Michael Goldberg (Atlanta, GA)

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.       Coffee Break Compliments of Jennifer Stark Law Firm

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.       The Plight of the Modern Day Lawyer - S. Randall Hood (Rock Hill, SC) SAMH Credit

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.       Coffee Break Compliments of Jennifer Munter Stark Law Firm

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Using Visuals at Trial in the Millennial Era - Rachel Lanier (Houston, TX)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.       Finding the story of the Heartbreak Behind the Numbers - Randi McGinn (Albuquerque, NM)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.        Welcome Reception Compliments of South Carolina Association for Justice

Saturday, December 7, 2019

8:00 a.m.                           Seminar Registration

8:00 a.m.                           Coffee and Danish - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Trial Techniques & Strategy Litigation Hour (12 minutes Rapid Topics

  • Evidence and Demostratives in Openings - Daniel Luginbill (Charleston, SC)
  • Refresh Witness Recollections - Bert G. Utsey, III (Charleston, SC)
  • Objections - Theile B. McVey (Columbia, SC)
  • Cross Exam - Robert V. Phillips (Rock Hill, SC)
  • Experts- Surving New Daubert Strategies - Graham L. Newman (Columbia, SC)

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.   Fighting Secrecy in Civil Litigation: Strategies from Discovery through Settlement - Lori Andrus (San Francisco, CA)

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Coffee Complements of Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC 

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.   Trial Technology - J. Edward Bell, III (Georgetown, SC) 


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Tobias L. Millrood
Secrets of Successful Closing and Rebuttal
Pogust Millrood
8 Tower Bridge, Suite 940
161 Washington St.
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Tobi Millrood brings 18 years of complex litigation experience, with a focus on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Through his tireless dedication and careful attention to his client’s cases, Mr. Millrood has earned the accolades of his peers, clients, and Courts.

The first to file a Hormone Therapy lawsuit in the nation, Mr. Millrood dedicated the last ten years to the litigation. Mr. Millrood currently serves as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in In Re Hormone Therapy Litigation, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He is also on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in MDL 1507 – In Re Prempro Products Liability and is Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Hormone Therapy Litigation Group. Mr. Millrood has tried three Hormone Therapy cases, obtaining jury verdicts in all four, including verdicts in November, 2009 for $34.3 million and December 2011 for $72.6 million.

Mr. Millrood has served in numerous Court-appointed leadership positions in other pharmaceutical litigations. Most recently, he was appointed by Hon. Rebecca Pallmeyer as Co-Lead Counsel in In re Zimmer Nexgen Knee Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272. In addition, he currently serves in Court-appointed leadership positions, including the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees of In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and ABG Modular Hip Litigation, Bergen County, NJ (also Discovery Chair) and In re Consolidated Fresenius Cases – Superior Ct. Mass. (also Discovery Chair). In addition, in the past he served in similar capacities on Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees, namely Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents Product Liability Litigation MDL and In re: Guidant Corp Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation. He was also Court-appointed to the Executive Committee of MDL 1481, In re Meridia Products Liability Litigation. Mr. Millrood speaks frequently at various seminars, on the topics of Mass Tort Litigation, Hormone Therapy, Granuflo, Stryker Rejuvenate, Metal-on-Metal Hips, Zimmer Knees, the Ethics of Settling Mass Tort Cases, Trial Strategies and Electronic Discovery.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Millrood garnered several notable achievements, including serving as co-counsel in a $22 million medical malpractice verdict in Wallace v. Fraider (Phila. CCP Mar. 2001), one of the highest in state history.

Mr. Millrood is a current member of both the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ) Board of Governors. He was elected by the AAJ Board of Governors to the AAJ Executive Committee. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Court of Federal Claims and the Third Circuit.

Mr. Millrood resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and three sons.


Gregory S. Cusimano
Connecting With The Jury — Being Human
Cusimano, Roberts & Mills LLC
153 South 9th Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901

Born in Gadsden, Alabama, Greg Cusimano attended Gadsden High School and later received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. While in undergraduate school, he became a founder and first president of Beta Theta Pi social fraternity at the University and was included in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. While attending law school at the University of Alabama, he served as president of the student body. Greg was tapped into the Bench and Bar Honor Society and invited to serve on Law Review as a freshman. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1968. In support of his legal career, Greg has served as executive board member, treasurer, vice president, president and past president of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. In 1995, Cusimano was appointed to the Council of the Alabama Law Institute, an organization that systematically reviews and rewrites statutory laws of Alabama. Greg was also appointed to the American Bar Association’s Advisory Panel. Cusimano has served as president of the Etowah County Trial Lawyers Association, the Etowah County Young Lawyers, and the Etowah County Bar Association. He is an active member of the American Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association.

Mr. Cusimano served as a trial consultant in several high-profile cases across the country resulting in hundreds of million dollar verdicts and one resulting in a 3.68 billion dollar verdict. He is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants. As a trial consultant, lawyer and author, he has given numerous interviews for national magazines, television, and radio programs. He is a founding principal in Winning Works, LLC, a national consulting firm.

In 1985, 1986, and 1987, Cusimano sat on the President’s Council of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now AAJ and from 1986 through 1988, served as a member of its Board of Governors. In 1995, Cusimano was again elected to the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, (now American Association for Justice –AAJ) and continues to serve. He is one of a few who have been given lifetime membership on its Board of Governors. In 1988, he was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve on the Committee to rewrite the Alabama Rules of Evidence, and in June of 1997, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama to serve as a member of the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee. In December 1998, the Supreme Court appointed Cusimano to the Standing Committee of the Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure. By invitation, he taught as Practitioner in Residence at the University of Alabama School of Law in the fall of 1992.


Lance M. Sears
The Ethical Use of Social Media in Discovery and at Trial
Sears & Associates, P.C.
2 N. Cascade Avenue, Suite 1250
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Mr. Sears is a Past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association (1988-1989) and a former two-term member of the American Trial Lawyer's Association (ATLA) Board of Governor's (1990-1996). He is a Past President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates (the trial lawyers who practice in Federal Court) for the United States District Court of Colorado (2002).

He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the National College of Advocacy. He has lectured and taught trial lawyers in over forty states, at national forums, on subjects involving trial skills and tactics, commercial torts and legal ethics.

Mr. Sears was named as a fellow to the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) in 2003. He was appointed Colorado State Chair of the ISOB in 2006 to present, and was appointed to the Board of Governors of the ISOB for two, three­year terms.

Mr. Sears is one of only 27 lawyers certified as obtaining The Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy Degree by The National College of Advocacy, its highest distinction. Mr. Sears holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and a 10.0 AVVO rating.

Since 2006, Mr. Sears has been named a Super Lawyer by a vote of his peers in Colorado. In 2008 Mr. Sears was named a Fellow to the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society. In 2012 Mr. Sears was named to Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Sears' practice is limited to serious personal injury cases, civil litigation, class actions, legal malpractice, and grievance defense.

Mr. Sears is a Past Chair of the Colorado State Judicial Performance Committee (1998-2006), which evaluates the performances of the justices of the Supreme Court and the judges of the Court of Appeals of Colorado for purposes of retention by the voters of Colorado. He previously served on the Fourth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission for nine years.


Christopher Marlowe
Developing Advanced Mediation Presentations:  Settling a Case Today Versus Yesterday
The Haggard Law Firm
330 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Christopher Marlowe joined The Haggard Law Firm in 2008 and was named partner in May 2014. Christopher handles a wide array of cases, including those involving negligent security, pool drowning, auto accident and wrongful death. His work as lead counsel on sexual assault, robbery, homicide and shooting cases, has led to security and safety improvements at commercial and residential properties throughout Florida. Christopher’s dedication to his clients extends past the verdict or settlement. He has assisted several clients to go on to lead and participate directly in victims’ advocacy organizations that offer aid and support to other victims of violent crime in their communities.

Recently, Marlowe and Haggard Law Attorney Jason Brenner obtained a $12 Million Verdict following a 5 day trial in a wrongful death, negligent security case. It was named by TopVerdict.com as #1 Verdict in Florida in 2017 in the inadequate security category.

Prior to joining The Haggard Law Firm, Christopher was an associate with Aronovitz Jaffe, where he was responsible for handling personal injury, medical, malpractice, product liability and consumer class action cases. He also served as an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County for four years and tried in excess of twenty-five felony jury trials including armed narcotics trafficking, murder and other violent felonies.

Christopher has been recognized on the “Best Lawyer in America”, Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite”, Super Lawyers lists multiple times and as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” He is a member of the Coral Gables Bar Association, Miami-Dade Justice Association, and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.

Christopher Marlowe graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. In 1997, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rhodes College, located in Memphis, Tennessee.


Melissa G. Mosier
Defense Delay Tactics
McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.
119 East Main Street
Lexington, SC 29072

Melissa García Mosier joined the firm in 2010. She works primarily in the Columbia and Lexington offices in the areas of automobile accidents, premises liability, trucking accidents, insurance litigation, and all forms of personal injury. Ms. Mosier graduated magna cum laude from the South Carolina Honors College in 2007 with a B.S. in criminology and criminal justice and a Spanish minor.

She received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010, and was admitted to practice law that same year.  Ms. Mosier is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, a USC School of Law Merit Scholar, and a five-time winner of the CALI Award in the areas of Consumer Law; Energy Law and the Environment; Immigration Law; Issues in Civil Rights and Legal History; and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation. Ms. Mosier is currently an active member of the South Carolina Bar’s Practice and Procedure Committee and Professional Responsibility Committee.  Ms. Mosier is also currently the Publications Editor of the South Carolina Association for Justice, and a member of the SCAJ Board of Governors.  In the community, Ms. Mosier is a volunteer judge through the South Carolina Bar’s Law Related Education program, and she enjoys interacting with middle and high school students learning about law and government.

From 2015-2019, Ms. Mosier has been honored as a South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star.  She is an active member of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, and has been featured as a guest speaker at the New Jersey Association for Justice Trucking University (2015) and the AAJ Trucking College in Dallas, Texas (2015), and the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group Members Only seminar (2018).

In 2018, Ms. Mosier represented the parents of Crystal Cross, whose daughter, son-in-law and only grandchild were all killed by an 18 wheeler barreling through a construction zone on Interstate 95.  Before the trial began, Ms. Mosier prevailed in her efforts to keep the publicly-traded parent corporation for the trucking company in the case, and the trial judge pierced the corporate veil.  The case resulted in a $17 million verdict for the family in the U.S. District Court’s Charleston Division.


Michael Goldberg
The Art/Science of Handling Brain Injury Cases Caused by Auto and Trucking Accidents
Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC
Three Alliance Center
3550 Lenox Road, N.E., Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30326-4302

Michael L. Goldberg is a partner in the law firm of Fried Rogers Goldberg, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. He represents victims suffering catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death throughout the Southeast primarily in the area of trucking and commercial vehicle accidents. He has been lead counsel for the plaintiff on 13 cases with verdicts in excess of a million dollars. He obtained a Political Science degree from Mercer University in 1994 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1997 and is admitted to practice law in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

Michael was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in October of 2013. Fellowship into the ACTL is extended by invitation only and is limited to less than 1% of the lawyer population. Michael was named as one of the top lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40 by the Fulton County Daily Report in 2011 and was named as one of the top 100 lawyers in Georgia in the Super Lawyer edition of Atlanta Magazine in 2013-2018.  He is the author of the Library of Georgia Personal Injury Forms, 3rd Edition and Understanding Motor Carrier Claims, 5th Edition. He is a frequent speaker at legal seminars and has published several articles for the Georgia Bar Journal, the South Carolina Bar Journal, the Verdict magazine and AAJ publications. He is a member of several legal organizations including the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, Association of Plaintiff Trucking Lawyers of America, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Association of Justice, the American Association of Justice, the DeKalb Bar Association, and the Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta. Michael can be reached by e-mail at Michael@frg-law.com and his firm’s website is at www.frg-law.com


S. Randall Hood
The Plight of the Modern Day Lawyer
McGowan Hood & Felder, LLC
1539 Healthcare Drive
Rock Hill, SC 29732

South Carolina injury attorney S. Randall Hood is a founding partner at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC and a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. A hard-working lawyer, Randy has dedicated his legal career to helping those who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones because of someone else’s negligence. Randy is also the former President of the South Carolina Association for Justice. He has over 20 years of experience helping injured people fight back against those who hurt them. In 2018, Randy was invited to join the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization of trial attorneys dedicated to protecting the civil justice system.

His catastrophic injury practice includes people injured in a medical malpractice case, tractor-trailer collision, product liability claim, birth injury case or some other serious incident. The catastrophic injuries suffered by some of his clients have included traumatic brain injury, burn injury, paralysis, amputation, cerebral palsy and death. Randall also represents people who have suffered some type of injury due to wrongful conduct on behalf of a corporation or organized entity. This type of situation presents an opportunity for Randy to represent a class of individuals (class action) or many individual claims in a consolidated action against corporate entities (Multi District Litigation, or MDL). These class actions or MDL situations usually involve a defective drug or medical device.

Randy is a proud parent and grandparent When not practicing law, he spends his time golfing, enjoying time with family and friends (especially his grandchildren), following the Carolina Panthers football team (and anything football-related), the Charlotte Hornets, most things Gamecocks-related and dabbling in real estate.


Rachel Lanier
Using Visuals at Trial in the Millennial Era
The Lanier Law Firm
10940 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77064

Rachel Lanier joined the Lanier Law Firm’s New York office as an associate in 2016 and practices in the areas of toxic torts, pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, and product liability.  In 2017, Ms. Lanier served on the Lanier Law Firm’s trial team in the Pinnacle hip implant litigation against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. which led to a $247 million dollar verdict in favor of plaintiffs.  In 2018, Ms. Lanier was on the trial team in St. Louis, Missouri representing twenty-two plaintiffs in the Talcum Powder litigation against Johnson & Johnson, and was instrumental in obtaining the $4.7 billion dollar verdict for the plaintiffs.  Most recently, Ms. Lanier was appointed to serve on Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 3M Combat Earplug Multi-District Litigation.

Ms. Lanier is dedicated to representing injured clients and their families by pursuing justice for those who have been harmed by toxic substances and defective products.  Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, Ms. Lanier was an associate at a mid-sized firm in Manhattan, where she focused on representing individuals suffering from asbestos-induced diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Ms. Lanier was recognized as a 2018 New York Rising Star in the practice area of personal injury – products and is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, New York Bar Association, and New Jersey Bar Association.  She enjoys speaking at Continuing Legal Education seminars, and participated in a breakout panel at the annual Mass Torts Made Perfect seminar in Las Vegas, NV.  In 2018, Ms. Lanier spoke on the recent Talc verdict at the HarrisMartin MDL Conference in Napa, CA, and presented at the HarrisMartin Talc and Asbestos Conference in Miami Beach, FL.  She also participated on a panel at the Annual Complex Litigation Symposium in Louisiana and the 2019 National Trial Lawyers Summit in Miami Beach.  Ms. Lanier has further been honored as a member of the National Trial Lawyers Civil Plaintiff Top 40 Under 40 and recently selected to serve on the 2019 Executive Committee for the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

Ms. Lanier is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.


Randi McGinn
Finding the story of the Heartbreak Behind the Numbers
McGinn Montoya Love & Curry
201 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Interesting Stuff: Randi McGinn is the author of “Changing Laws, Saving Lives:  How to Take on Corporate Giants and Win,” available through Trial Guides at:  http://www.trialguides.com/book/changing-laws-saving-lives/

She is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers, having tried over 130 cases – everything from workplace violence to medical malpractice to products liability lawsuits.   The first woman president of the Inner Circle (100 best trial lawyers in the US), she is known for her creativity in the courtroom and use of demonstrative evidence to visualize opening, direct, cross-examination and closing argument.   She has destroyed adverse witnesses by leaving a pretentious Beverly Hills doctor standing in front of the jury covered with post-its and clutching a grapefruit to his chest, by grilling a government snitch until he threw up and by exposing the fact that a world-renowned polygraph expert had been polygraphing his own sperm cells in the dead of night.   In a particularly hard won police shooting case, the local SWAT cops once put her face on their Christmas pinata and took turns whacking it with a big stick.  

She recently was appointed as a special prosecutor and tried the first murder prosecution of an Albuquerque police officer for an on the job shooting.   In 2019 obtained the largest verdict ever against a semi trailer manufacturer for its decision not to build its trailers with side underride guards which would prevent passenger cars from becoming trapped underneath semis.

Started her career by giving birth to daughter Heather, now age 39, the day before the 3 day bar examination.

Boring Stuff: Randi is senior partner with her three women partners in a law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico; double listed in criminal and civil litigation in Best Lawyers in America; International Academy of Trial Lawyers fellow; past AAJ Governor; past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers' Association; NACDL board member, NITA-NCDC-UNM adjunct instructor.


Lori E. Andrus
Fighting Secrecy in Civil Litigation: Strategies from Discovery through Settlement
Andrus Anderson LLP
155 Montgomery Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94104

Lori E. Andrus specializes in class actions and complex litigation, work that encompasses many subject areas. With two decades of experience battling corporate giants, Ms. Andrus puts her legal skills to work for working women who deserve fair pay. She also represents individuals who have been harmed by dangerous pharmaceuticals or medical devices, defrauded or discriminated against by large corporations, or sold defective products. Ms. Andrus has considerable experience in individual personal injury cases, as well.

Ms. Andrus has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (AV) for legal ability and ethical standards, and was recognized as a “Top 50” Northern California Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2018. In 2015, the National Law Journal named Ms. Andrus as one of the nation’s 75 “Outstanding Women Lawyers.”

Ms. Andrus is a recognized leader in mass torts. She is currently an appointed member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (“PSC”) in the Essure Birth Control Device California J.C.C.P. litigation. Previously, she was a member of the PSC in the Yaz/Yasmin California J.C.C.P. litigation, and for the Ortho Evra Multidistrict Litigation in federal court in Ohio.

Ms. Andrus, originally from Louisiana, completed her undergraduate work at Boston University, earning cum laude distinction. Between college and law school, Ms. Andrus worked for two Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. After graduating with honors from Duke University School of Law, Ms. Andrus joined the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, where she was promoted to partner after five years of practice. As a partner at Lieff Cabraser, Ms. Andrus played a leadership role in nationwide consumer class cases and defective pharmaceuticals cases.

Ms. Andrus is a sought-after speaker, and she regularly presents on cutting edge legal topics. This year, Ms. Andrus will address audiences across the country about how the legal system can help level the playing field in the workplace. In past years, Ms. Andrus lectured at the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Annual Convention on the latest tactics in fighting forced arbitration, and was a featured speaker at the California Employment Lawyers’ Association Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar. Ms. Andrus regularly speaks at continuing education events for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the American Association for Justice, and was honored to speak at The Impact Fund’s 10th Annual Class Action Conference.

Ms. Andrus is also recognized for her long-term commitment to diversifying leadership in complex legal matters. In 2017 and 2018, Ms. Andrus co-chaired Duke University School of Law’s dual Symposia on the topic of Increasing the Number of Women and Minority Lawyers Appointed to Leadership Positions in Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation. Ms. Andrus has also earned plaudits for her stewardship of Women En Mass, an annual retreat for women practicing in mass torts. In just a few short years, WEM’s pioneering efforts to promote women lawyers in mass tort leadership has paid great dividends.

Ms. Andrus serves on the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California, is Parliamentarian of the American Association for Justice, and is on the Advisory Board for Emerge California, a women’s political training program. She is a Past Chair for the Women Trial Lawyers’ Caucus of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) and is a Member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association, the American Constitution Society, Public Justice, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, California Women Lawyers, and the American Bar Association.


J. Edward Bell, III
Trial Technology
Bell Legal Group, LLC
PO Box 2590
Georgetown, SC 29442

South Carolina native, J. Edward Bell III, founder and senior partner of Bell Legal Group, is an attorney, businessman, and entrepreneur.  In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has distinguished himself as a top litigation attorney at local, state, and national levels and tried more than 300 major cases throughout the United States.

A graduate of University of South Carolina School of Law, Bell distinguished himself as a top civil litigator in the field of complex litigation law with his success in the demanding auto torts and auto safety field. His unique approach in auto case work led him to establish a Vehicle Safety Research Center, a facility that conducts auto defect investigations, accident re-enactments, develops exhibits, and explores the complex nature of the issues surrounding injury and accident cases. Since its inception, the center has evolved into a multi-disciplined Science and Technology Center used to assist attorneys in unraveling technical information associated with trial work.

His work in the legal field is extensive and renowned, yet more notable is his work with students and young attorneys.  His history of mentoring students interested in pursuing the law has included assistance with financial aid, internships and housing for national and international students.  It is this passion for sharing knowledge and understanding of the law that led Bell to his newest position as President of the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina.  His work in environmental law coupled with his love of Southern culture led him to explore opportunities for land development with an emphasis on environmental conservation. 

In 2010, he became a partner in Garden & Gun Magazine, LLC; a nationally-recognized Southern lifestyle publication.  That partnership, along with the acquisition of an established coastal real estate business, The Litchfield Company, LLC, and the inception of Garden & Gun Land, continues to broaden his environmental pursuits on a national level.  Bell is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group with membership limited to 100 of the best plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States.  The Boy Scouts of America Coastal Carolina Council and the National Eagle Scout Association recently recognized Bell as a 2018 Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipient.

A native of Sumter, Bell lives in Georgetown, South Carolina, with his wife, Dawn, and their two children, Jeb and Middleton.  Ed volunteers through Duncan United Methodist Church, is a Rotarian, a former Board Member of Richmont University in Atlanta, and has sponsored numerous programs in area hospitals, schools and youth organizations. He is currently the longest serving member on the Board of Directors of TMS Global, an Atlanta-based International Mission Group and has spoken about “cross cultural communications” internationally.

 


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