2016 Auto Torts-Advanced Trial Lawyer college: December 2-3, 2016

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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2016 Auto Torts Schedule of Speakers

Friday, December 2, 2016

8:00 am: Coffee and Danish Compliments of Trammell & Mills Law Firm, LLC

9:00 am – 9:05 am: Welcome President of SCAJ Alexander B. Cash

9:05 am – 9:45am:  Direct Examination at Trial Julie Braman Kane

9:45 am – 10:45 am: Cross Examination of Defendant  & Defendant Experts James Bartimus

10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break Compliments of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC

11:00 am – 11:45 am: New Practice Areas to Grow Your Firm Ira H. Leesfield

11:45 am – 12:35 pm: The Science & Art of Closing Argument Carl L. Solomon and Paul Scoptur

12:35 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch on your own

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Winning a Trucking Case through FOIAs W. Hugh McAngus, Jr.

2:45pm – 3:30 pm: Social Media: Mining for Gold While Avoiding Danger Derrick L. Walker

 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Break Compliments of Wilson & Luginbill, LLC

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: Crafting a 30(b)(6) Notice to Finish Your Case in One Deposition Mark R. Kosieradzki

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Ethics: Learn how to sleep better, enjoy going to work, and improve your love life Robert G. Rikard

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Reception

Saturday, December 3, 2016

8:00 am: Coffee and Danish Compliments of SCAJ

9:00 am –  10:30 am: The Reptile’s New Frontier:  Boldly Going Where We Have Been Before! Sean Claggett and Daniel Luginbill

10:30 am - Coffee Compliments of SCAJ

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Distracted Driving - Personal and Professional Considerations Joel D. Feldman

2016 Auto Torts Speaker Bios

Julie Braman Kane (Coral Gables, FL) is a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson, where she has practiced since graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 1993. Ms. Kane's litigation practice emphasizes representation of plaintiffs in products liability, personal injury, drug and device, business tort and class action litigation. She is the current President of AAJ.

James Bartimus (Leawood KS) founded the firm in 1977 and has devoted the last 39 years to representing plaintiffs nationwide in complex medical negligence and pharmaceutical cases.  Jim shares his experience and knowledge by teaching at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, UMKC School of Nursing, and speaking/presenting at more than 100 continuing legal and medical education events through the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Ira Leesfield (Miami, FL) Founder and Managing Partner of the Florida law firm of Leesfield Scolaro, P.A., and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers concentrating his practice on personal injury/wrongful death and complex civil litigation.   He is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  With more than 40 years of experience, he holds record verdicts and settlements through the State of Florida, and significant nationwide verdicts, including a $19.8 million verdict against American Honda in Federal Court in Erie, PA.

Carl L. Solomon (Columbia, SC) Carl L. Solomon is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and is the owner of the Solomon Law Group, LLC.  He concentrates his practice in areas of complex litigation including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, pharmaceutical litigation, products liability and nursing home abuse and neglect. He also serves as a Minority Delegate on the SCAJ Board of Governors.

Paul Scoptur (Wauwatosa, WI) has been a civil trial lawyer representing plaintiffs exclusively since his graduation from Marquette University Law School in 1978. He is on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, served on the Litigation Section Board of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is a trustee and past co-chair on the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees. He is a Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, teaching trial skills. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers In America continuously since 2002 and is one of Wisconsin’s top 50 "Super Lawyers" in the area of personal injury.

W. Hugh McAngus, Jr. (Columbia, SC) Hugh McAngus leads Chappell, Smith & Arden’s Litigation team, overseeing all files in active litigation. Hugh’s primary practice involves trucking litigation, representing individuals who have been injured or had family members killed in collisions involving commercial vehicles.

Derrick L. Walker (Richmond, VA) is an accomplished and experienced trial attorney in the Richmond, Virginia, Office of Allen & Allen.  He has a solid track record in a wide array of personal injury matters including multi-million dollar awards in cases involving wrongful death, tractor trailer accidents, traumatic brain injury, and medical malpractice.

Mark R. Kosieradzki (Minneapolis, MN) Kosieradzki Smith law firm is recognized in the “Best lawyers in America”.  The National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association certified Mark as a Civil Trial Specialist.  He is a past president of the Minn. Assoc. for Justice, and a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). As a Diplomat in the National College of Advocacy, Mark is recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the use of 30(b)(6) depositions. He has lectured in 34 states and three countries.  Mark is the creator of the AAJ's deposition DVD, "Deposing the Corporate Representative: 30(b)(6)".  Trial Guides, Rules of the Road DVD series, features Mark’s work with 30(b)(6) depositions.  His book, 30(B)(6): Deposing Corporations, Organizations & the Government is expected to be released by Trial Guides in December of 2016.

Robert G. Rikard (Columbia, SC) Robert practices at Rikard & Protopapas LLC in Columbia, South Carolina.  He has been awarded the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Rikard has handled a wide range of complex civil and criminal cases all over the United States.  Today, Mr. Rikard’s practice focuses on helping clients and their families who have suffered injuries or death in medical malpractice, nursing home, assisted living, and tractor-trailer accident cases.

Sean Claggett (Las Vegas, NV) Since 2005, Sean has resolved numerous multi-million dollar real estate disputes. Sean has also successfully settled tens of millions of dollars in personal injury claims. As a testament to his trial experience, nearly half of the cases referred to his firm each year are referred by other attorneys around the country.

Daniel W. Luginbill (Bamberg, SC) Dan came to South Carolina during his six-year tenure with U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet.  After his service, graduated from the College of Charleston, cum laude, and the USC School of Law in 2000.  After graduation, Dan started a family in his wife’s home town of Bamberg, where he continues to practice trial law today at Wilson Luginbill, LLC. After a few years of general trial practice, Dan began to focus on the trial of personal injury cases.  Believing there is no better teacher than experience, Dan has tried dozens of personal injury trials to verdict.  Thankfully, most have had positive outcomes that were better for the client’s than the insurance companies were willing to pay.  As a result, lawyers from around the state have associated Dan to assist them in trying their complex personal injury cases. Believing that everyone has a duty to make their community better, Dan has devoted his time to coaching youth sports, serving on the Bamberg County Economic Development Committee, and the Greater Salkehatchie Community Resource Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Association of Justice and is a member of the American Association of Justice and the American Bar Association.

Joel D. Feldman (Philadelphia, PA) has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years and regularly represents those injured or family members of those killed by distracted drivers. Feldman readily admits that even with representing victims of distracted driving crashes he frequently drove distracted until his daughter’s death. He earned a Master’s Degree in counseling from Villanova after Casey’s death, and uses counseling skills in his distracted driving presentations.  He has given more than 400 presentations to 75,000 teens and adults at elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, community programs, hospitals, legal, medical and EMS/law enforcement conferences, construction and utility companies, pharmaceutical companies and other businesses. He frequently speaks at national and regional youth safety and traffic safety conferences. Feldman particularly enjoys working with students and has supported numerous youth led distracted driving projects across the country.

Auto Torts Seminar Room & Registration Procedures - Directive From the SCAJ Board of Governors

SCAJ has always had an open block policy, allowing members of the state bars the ability to make their reservations within our block at the Ritz Carlton/Buckhead, as needed.  Over the years, due to the Southeastern Conference Championship football game, this has become a problem in that guests would reserve multiple (in some instances up to six) rooms within the SCAJ Block.  The Ritz Carlton’s cancellation policy allows a guest to cancel anytime until noon on the date of arrival.  Over the past two years the final teams qualifying for this Championship have been decided within six days of our seminar, creating a huge deficit in our contracted block due to the cancelations.  With such short notice, neither SCAJ nor the Ritz Carlton have been able to fill these room vacancies, thus activating the attrition penalty clause of our contract.  Due to last minute cancelations over the past two years, SCAJ has incurred and paid attrition penalties totaling in excess of $30,000.00.  Therefore the SCAJ Board of Governors has enacted the following procedures with regard to the Auto Torts Seminar room reservations and seminar registration.


  1. Hotel reservations, at the Ritz Carlton/Buckhead, within the SCAJ Block, will be made only through the SCAJ Office.  The hotel will no longer directly accept reservations, within our block.
  2. Each registrant/guest will be allowed to reserve only one room within the SCAJ Block.  Under special circumstances, the SCAJ Board may allow exceptions to this rule on a case by case basis.
  3. A fifty percent (50%) non-refundable deposit for each room reservation will be collected by SCAJ at the time the reservation is made.  This deposit will be transferred to the Ritz Carlton upon guest’s arrival at the hotel.
    Should the registrant/guest cancel with sufficient notice to SCAJ, and SCAJ is able to fill the reservation, this fee may be refunded.
  4. Each room reservation will be confirmed only after the guest has registered for the Auto Torts seminar.
  5. Cancellation of the Seminar Registration will automatically cancel the room reservation(s) and SCAJ will attempt to fill that reservation with another guest.

The SCAJ Board of Governors apologizes for any personal inconvenience this may cause, and are in the sincere hope you will understand this action was a necessary precaution in order to protect the finances of your Association.



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