Earn a Year’s Worth of CLE IN JUST FOUR DAYS!

Designed by plaintiff lawyers, for plaintiff lawyers, AAJ’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs are an unmatched resource for staying ahead of the curve and enhancing your practice. AAJ Education programs feature nationally renowned faculty, updates in a wide range of practice areas, and the latest in trial advocacy topics.

While attending the 2019 Winter Convention in Miami, be sure not to miss:

  • The cutting-edge CLE programs offered over four days;
  • The newest litigation strategies from AAJ’s Sections and Litigation Groups;
  • A wealth of outstanding reference materials prepared by AAJ faculty for additional learning;

AAJ’s Winter Convention CLE programs offer something for everyone. Make the most of your convention experience and customize your CLE schedule to maximize your learning potential.

Saturday, February 2, 2019
 9:00am-12:10pm
Advocacy Track: Everyone Has Baggage: Don't Let Your Case Get Weighed Down

Room: Poinciana Ballroom

Venue: Loews Miami Beach

Casey R. Johnson, Aitken*Aitken*Cohn


9:10am-9:40am The "Unlikeable" Plantiff: Mitigation Strategies for Trial
Antonio Romanucci, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC
9:40am-10:10am Causation: Limiting Evidence
10:10am-10:40am The Eggshell Plaintiff: Preexisting Conditions as an Advantage
Kenneth Levinson, Levinson & Stefani
10:40am-11:10am Customs, Culture, and Language: Representing Immigrants
Rick Barrera, Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
11:10am-11:40am The Social Butterfly: Your Client's Digital Life
Stacey E Burke, Stacey E. Burke, P.C.
11:40am-12:10pm Art of Motions in Limine or How to Remove the Trash, Clutter, and Stink from Your Case
Christopher T. Nace, Paulson & Nace, PLLC
Saturday, February 2, 2019
 9:00am-12:25pm
Specialized Track: Discovery and Litigation Strategies for Drug and Device Cases

Room: Americana 1

Venue: Loews Miami Beach


9:10am-9:40am Interpreting Epidemiology Studies 101
Janet Abaray, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC
9:40am-10:10am Trends in Phased Discovery: Making It Work for Your Client's Case
Jennifer Hoekstra, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC
10:10am-10:40am The "That's Not My Job" Witness: Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct
Leslie Pescia, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.
10:40am-11:10am Pulling Back the Curtain: Tapping into FDA Reports and Other Regulatory Resources
Kate Jaycox, Robins Kaplan LLP
11:10am-11:40am Deposing the Treater: The Learned Intermediary
Karen Barth Menzies, Gibbs Law Group LLP
11:40am-12:25pm Hot Button Issues in Mass Torts
Thomas Ayala, Grant & Eisenhofer, PA
Michael Daly, Pogust Millrood
Sindhu Susan Daniel, Baron & Budd, PC
Sunday, February 3, 2019
 7:30am-8:30am
Early Morning CLE Program

Room: Americana 1

Venue: Loews Miami Beach


7:30am-8:30am Mindfulness and Intentional Living to Improve Your Life and Legal Practice
Helen Gülgün Bukulmez, NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Rene Heinrich, The Heinrich Firm
Sunday, February 3, 2019
 9:00am-12:30pm
Advocacy Track: Exposing the Cracks: Deposing and Cross-Examining Experts

Room: Poinciana Ballroom

Venue: Loews Miami Beach

James Scoptur, Aiken & Scoptur, SC


Dedicated in memory of Paul J. Scoptur


9:10am-9:45am To Depose or Not to Depose?
Phillip Miller, Miller Law Offices
9:45am-10:20am Get to Your Goal: Boxing-In, Bracketing, and Exhaustion
Robyn L. Wishart, Wishart Brain and Spine Law
10:20am-10:55am Cost-Effective Tactics for Expert Depositions
Carl L. Solomon, The Solomon Law Group
10:55am-11:30am Preparing an Expert for Deposition
Shayla Reed, Reed Law Offices, PC, LLO
11:30am-12:30pm Handling Deposition Obstruction (Ethics)
Mark Kosieradzki, Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC
Sunday, February 3, 2019
 9:00am-12:10pm
Specialized Track: Keep Your Eyes on the Road: The Latest Strategies in Litigation

Room: Americana 1

Venue: Loews Miami Beach

Helen Gülgün Bukulmez, NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law


9:10am-9:40am Revealing the Invisible Injuries in Minor Impact Soft Tissue Cases
Kristina Kastl, Kastl Law, PC
9:40am-10:10am Who Is At Fault? Evaluating Potential Crashworthiness Cases
10:10am-10:40am The Legal Landscape of Driverless Vehicles
Daniel Hinkle, American Association for Justice
Elise Sanguinetti, Arias Sanguinetti Wang Torrijos, LLP
10:40am-11:10am Looking Beyond Automobiles: Bicycles and Electric Scooters
Michael Keating, Keating Law Offices, P.C.
11:10am-11:40am Handling Rideshare Injury Cases and Insurance Coverage
O. Zamora, The Orlando Firm, P.C.
11:40am-12:10pm Negotiation Matters: Tying Down Your Trucking Case
Peter Kestner, McEwen & Kestner, PLLC
Monday, February 4, 2019
 6:30am-8:00am
Litigation at Sunrise Program

Room: Americana 1

Venue: Loews Miami Beach

Sommer Luther, The Gold Law Firm


6:40am-6:50am Gadolinium Deposition Disease
Margot Cutter, Cutter Law, PC
6:50am-7:00am The Anatomy of a Data Breach
Hadley L. Matarazzo, Faraci Lange, LLP
7:00am-7:10am Bitcoin as Property in Insurance Claims
Bobby Rutter, Rutter and Russin, LLC
7:10am-7:20am Wright Medical/MicroPort Hips
George McLaughlin, McLaughlin Law Firm
7:20am-7:30am Social Security Benefits for Your Client
Kajal Alemo, Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano Disability
Thomas J Giordano Jr Jr., Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano
7:30am-7:40am Climate Change--Can We Control It Through Litigation?
Paul Bland Jr., Public Justice
7:40am-7:50am Technology at Trial: How to Shine a Light on Your Best Practice
Kevin Biniazan, Breit Cantor Grana Buckner
7:50am-8:00am Representing a Client Going Through Bankruptcy
Barbara N Nevin, Milavetz Gallop & Milavetz
Monday, February 4, 2019
 9:00am-12:30pm
Advocacy Track: Understanding and Empowering the Decision-Maker: Considerations for Persuading Jurors

Room: Poinciana Ballroom

Venue: Loews Miami Beach

Steven Laird, The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C.


9:10am-9:50am Unearthing Bias in Voir Dire
Jerome F. O'Neill, Gravel & Shea, PC
9:50am-10:30am Looking at the Jury Pool: A Reflection of Changing Demographics
Edward Ciarimboli, Fellerman & Ciarimboli
10:30am-11:10am Wake Up! How to Capture and Keep the Jurors' Attention
Christopher O'Brien, O'Brien & Ford, PC
11:10am-11:50am Persuasion Tactics for Today's Jurors
Artemis Malekpour, Malekpour & Ball Consulting
11:50am-12:30pm Helping Jurors Help Themselves to Maximize Your Client's Damages
John Leighton, Leighton Law, PA
Monday, February 4, 2019
 9:00am-12:25pm
Specialized Track: Sexual Harassment and Assault: The Trial Bar's Role in Promoting Safety and Security in the #MeToo Era

Room: Americana 1

Venue: Loews Miami Beach

Jennifer Lipinski, Gordon & Partners, PA


9:10am-9:40am Employer Liability: When Employees Don't Act Professionally
Jami S Oliver, Oliver Law Office
9:40am-10:10am Institutional vs. Individual Liability
Nadeem Bezar, Kline & Specter, PC
10:10am-10:55am Preparing a Sexual Assault Survivor for His or Her Day in Court
John Manly, Manly Stewart Finaldi
10:55am-11:25am Pursuing Civil Claims When There Is a Concurrent Criminal Prosecution
Leto Copeley, Copeley Johnson Groninger, PLLC
11:25am-11:55am A Crash Course in Litigating Campus Sexual Assault
Lindsay Cordes, Thomas Law Offices
11:55am-12:25pm Messaging is Key: Handling Media During a Sexual Assault Case
Jessica K Pride, The Pride Law Firm
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
 9:00am-12:10pm
Advocacy Track: Piecing Together Your Client's Case Throughout Trial

Room: Poinciana Ballroom

Venue: Loews Miami Beach

Emily Mills, Cusimano, Roberts & Mills, LLC


9:10am-9:55am Focus Groups: Developing Your Case Themes Through Feedback and Critique
Lauren D Fraser, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC
9:55am-10:25am The Power of Narrative: Preparing Your Client to Tell the Story at Depositions and Trial
Deborah Chang, Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP
10:25am-10:55am A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Storytelling Using Visuals Effecitvely
Rachel Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm
10:55am-11:25am Closing Argument: Tying It All Together
John F Romano, Romano Law Group
11:25am-12:25pm Four Hot Spots to Avoid Legal Malpractice (Ethics)
Lori Andrus, Andrus Anderson LLP
Stephen Herman, Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC
Jeffrey O. Katz, The Patterson Law Firm
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
 9:00am-12:25pm
Specialized Track: Taking Control of the Medicine and Medical Records

Room: Americana 1

Venue: Loews Miami Beach

Rebecca Langston, Langston & Langston, PLLC


9:10am-9:40am When WebMD Just Won't Cut It: Resources for Researching Medicine
Brian Snyder, Snyder & Wenner
9:40am-10:10am Making the Complex Simple: Explaining Medicine to Jurors
Kathleen Nastri, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC
10:10am-10:40am Looking Back for Liability: Tools to Use Today
Jonathan Lomurro, Lomurro Law
10:40am-11:10am Medicare and Other Healthcare Liens
Betsy Greene, Greene & Schultz
11:10am-11:40am Medicaid Liens and Ahlborn Hearings
Franklin Solomon, Solomon Law Firm
11:40am-12:25pm Beyond Folders and Files: Audit Trails and Litigation
Isobel S Thomas, Thomas Keel & Laird LLC

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