MTLA Convention - Seminar of the Masters
Polson, MT - 12.5 CLE Hours
Jim Manley & Doug Wold, Convention Co-Chairs
Federal Removal and Remand Practice: Get Out and Stay Out
John C. Heenan, Billings
Health Insurance: The Liability or Automobile Medical Payments Exclusion
Justin R. Starin, Missoula
Montana Case Law Update: July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006
Hon. Justice Patricia OBrien Cotter Montana Supreme Court, Helena
The Art of Cross Examination
Maren Chaloupka, Scottsbluff, NE, Michael W. Strain, Sturgis, SD
The Defense Perspective
Charles E. McNeil, Missoula
Finding the Soul of Your Case - Motivating Jurors to Deliver Justice
Michael W. Strain, Sturgis, SD
Insurance Commissioners Perspective
Hon. John M. Morrison, Montana State Auditor, Helena
MTLA Amicus Committee Report
Lawrence A. Anderson, Great Falls
Town of Superior vs. ASARCO
A. Clifford Edwards, Billings
Discovering the Real Story of Your Case -
Using Psychodramatic Reenactment Techniques
Lonnie Stanga, New Orleans, LA
Making Cents Out of Collossus
Sunday Z. Rossberg, Great Falls
The Settlement Process from the Perspective of the Adjustor
John J. Gregory, Great Falls
Deposition Strategies and Techniques
Mark R. Mueller, Austin, TX
An Independent Judiciary
Hon. Thomas F. Hogan, District Court Judge, District of Columbia
Montana Insurance Law Update
Prof. Greg Munro, Missoula
MTLA New Lawyers - Practice Skills Workshop
2.CLE Hours - Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Deposing Corporate Representatives and Party Defendants
J. David Slovak, Great Falls
Medical Depositions: Treating and IME Physicians
Joe R. Bottomly, Kalispell
MTLA Paralegal Seminar
Chair - Laurie Cutler-Barnhart, Bozeman
Damages: Cracking the Code Inside and Beyond the Medical Record,
ICD9/CPT Codes & the Life Care Plan
Rae Lynn Christians, RN, East Helena Kertrina Miller, RN, Bozeman
Countdown: Sixty Days to Trial
Christy M. Collins, Brooke Lozano, and Melissa K. Truly, Austin, TX
*How Does the Bar Affect You as A Paralegal?
Marie Connolly, Helena
*Road Show 2006: The Throw Down of the Decade
Marie Connolly, Helena
* Two Hours Ethics
Speakers - Seminar of the Masters
Lawrence A. Anderson earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1974. Mr. Anderson practices in Great Falls concentrating in the areas of medical negligence, personal injury, and products liability. Larry is a sustaining member of MTLA and ATLA. He represents Montana on ATLA?s Board of Governors. Mr. Anderson has served on MTLA?s Board of Directors since 1997, is the current President and chairs MTLA?s Amicus Committee.
Maren Lynn Chaloupka is a trial lawyer who will go to extremes for her clients. She has blackened her own eye in an opening statement to prove that can be done. She has taken a quadriplegic client from Nebraska to California on a hunt for missing witnesses. She was recently threatened with arrest by an assistant attorney general during a deposition. While Maren's zeal does not always yield unqualified victory, her clients - who range from exotic dancers to university regents - know she will literally shed blood, sweat and tears for them. Maren is a graduate and staff member of Trial Lawyers College, and she practices out of Scottsbluff, Nebraska with her father and three other partners. She enjoys working on unusual cases in the areas of personal injury, products liability, criminal defense, civil rights and appeals. Maren is also the navigator for a high-speed open road racing team, the choir director for a mission church and a thorn in The Man's side.
Hon. Justice Patricia O?Brien Cotter earned her law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 1977 and practiced in South Bend for six years before moving to Great Falls. After practicing law with John Hoyt, she and her husband, Michael, established the firm of Cotter & Cotter in 1985. Justice Cotter is a two-time recipient of MTLA?s Public Service Award and served as a lawyer representative and executive committee member to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She served as chair of MTLA?s amicus committee for six years. Justice Cotter won election to the Montana Supreme Court in November 2000.
A. Clifford Edwards has practiced law in Montana since 1974. Mr. Edwards is a third generation Montanan and his grandparents, both sides, were pioneer (1890s) homesteaders in the famed Judith Basin of Central Montana. Mr. Edwards is a partner in the Billings firm of Edwards, Frickle, Anner-Hughes & Culver specializing in plaintiffs? trial practices statewide. He is a sustaining member of both the American and Montana Trial Lawyers Associations. In 1996 MTLA named Mr. Edwards Trial Lawyer of the Year. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1987 and has taught advanced advocacy at UM School of Law. He has been inducted into both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law.
John J. Gregory the branch manager for Crawford & Company in the state of Montana, supervising offices in Minot, ND and Sheridan and Casper, WY. He has thirty-four years of insurance industry experience with particular expertise in workers? compensation, general liability, products and auto bodily injury claims. Mr. Gregory earned his Bachelor of Science Degree, with a double major in Government and Communications, in 1971 at St John?s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.
John C. Heenan graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2003. Thereafter, he clerked for Hon. Richard F. Cebull until 2005, when he joined the Edwards Law Firm. In 2003, he won the ATLA Roscoe Pound Institute?s Environmental Law essay contest for his article Graceful Maneuvering: Corporate Avoidance of Liability Through Bankruptcy and Corporate Law, which explored W.R. Grace?s corporate maneuvers in the aftermath of the Libby fallout. John practices primarily in the areas of business torts, toxic torts, personal injury and federal criminal law.
Hon. Thomas F. Hogan was appointed to the United States District Court in August 1982 and became Chief Judge on June 19, 2001. He graduated Georgetown University Law Center in 1966, where he was the St. Thomas More Fellow. Following law school, Judge Hogan clerked for Judge William B. Jones of the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 1966 to 1967. He served as counsel to the National Commission for the Reform of Federal Criminal Laws from 1967 to 1968, and was engaged in private practice from 1968 to 1982. He has been an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of the Prettyman-Leventhal Inn of Court. He is Chair of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference, Chair of the Courtroom Technology Subcommittee, and served on the Board of the Federal Judicial Center.
Charles McNeil earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of Montana School of Law in 1984. Mr. McNeil began the private practice of law with Garlington, Lohn & Robinson in the fall of 1984 and became a partner in the firm in January, 1992. His primary areas of litigation practice include general negligence, product liability, insurance defense and coverage, bad faith, Indian law, employer liability, and workers compensation. Chuck has extensive trial and appellate experience in Montana state district courts, federal courts, and tribal courts. He is a member of MTLA and MDTLA.
John M. Morrison is Montana?s State Auditor, Commissioner of Insurance and Securities. He has been a consumer advocate, leading reforms in health insurance, privacy protection, credit scoring, ERISA plans, and investor protection. John co-chairs the Consumer Protection Working Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners which opened information about complaints against insurers to the public via the internet. As chair of NAIC?s Legal Issues ad hoc Group, formed in response to September 11, John led deliberations that resulted in terrorism exclusions being disallowed for personal lines and limited for commercial lines. John also serves on the State Land Board and has advocated ways to improve public access to state lands. John is a past president of MTLA where he started the bicycle helmet program and is a co-founder of MTLA?s Endowment for Public Health and Safety and Safe Kids and Families Fund.
Mark R. Mueller graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madision in 1978. He attended law school at the University of Houston in 1981. He is a graduate faculty of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer?s College. He is licensed in 6 states - Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Montana and Pennsylvania. His practice is based in Austin, Texas and handles birth injury and/or other interesting cases. He throws a pretty good music party in Austin in the summer time. His biggest win was 59 million dollars (once); biggest loss was zero.
Sunday Z. Rossberg earned her law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1996. Prior to beginning her solo practice in 2000, Ms. Rossberg was an associate in the Great Falls firm of McPherson & Hutchison. The focus of her practice involves civil rights violations involving inmates, insurance claims, personal injury litigation, family law and some criminal defense work. Sunday is a graduate of MTLA?s 2005 Trial Academy.
Alonzo T. (Lonnie) Stanga III has been involved in the active practice of law since he earned his law degree from Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisana, in 1973. Mr. Stanga is a sustaining member of ATLA and represents Louisanna on the Board of Governors. He is a past president and Board member of LTLA. Mr. Stanga has served as the President and on the Board of Directors of the F Warriors Club, which is the alumni club of the Trial Lawyers College. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Trial Lawyers College. Lonnie?s practice emphasizes motor vehicle collision, personal injury, premises liability and products liability cases.
Justin R. Starin graduated from the University of Montana in 1994 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. He graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1999. Justin clerked at the Montana Supreme Court and at the First Judicial District Court in Helena, Montana. Since then, Justin has engaged in private practice in both Helena and Missoula, Montana. He is currently an associate at the law firm of Tornabene & McKenna, PLLC.
Michael Strain is a nationally known trial lawyer who practices in Sturgis, South Dakota. Mr. Strain?s speciality is jury trial practice, ranging from death penalty criminal work to civil rights litigation to medical malpractice and general tort law. His most recent verdict was a 4.5 million dollar verdict against two California highway patrol officers for maliciously ticketing his client after reporting one of the officers for a criminal infraction. In 2005, SDTLA named him Trial Lawyer of the Year. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1987 and is a member of WTLA (Wyoming), SDTLA and ATLA. He is a 1995 graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and has served as a staff (since 1998) and Board member (2002 and 2003).
MTLA Practice Skills Workshop Speakers
Joe Bottomly was born and raised in Great Falls. He earned his BS in psychology and political science from the University of Oregon and his JD from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. Joe has practiced in Montana since 1980. He has tried many civil jury cases including product liability, professional malpractice, business torts, auto accident as well as other personal injury matters. He is a sustaining member of MTLA, a past president, a recipient of the 2000 Trial Lawyer of the Year award and a member of ABOTA.
J. David Slovak graduated from UM School of Law in 1980. He is a partner with Lewis, Slovak & Kovacich, P.C., in Great Falls, Montana. The firm has a statewide trial practice exclusively limited to plaintiff?s civil litigation. The firm?s work focuses on toxic tort, product liability, and safe place to work claims arising out of workplace injuries as well as environmental litigation. Mr. Slovak is a sustaining member of MTLA, listed in The Best Lawyers in America for plaintiff?s personal injury litigation and is AV Peer Review Rated. He received MTLA?s Trial Lawyer of the Year award in 2005.
MTLA Paralegal Seminar Speakers
Rae Lynn Christians has fifteen years of experience as registered nurse and is a very motivated and excited legal nurse consultant and life care planner. While continuing to work in the emergency room, Rae Lynn has expanded her nursing career to utilization management, and is a proud member of the Montana, American and Legal Nurses Associations. Being a patient and healthcare advocate, Rae Lynn has also volunteered her nursing services for over 10 years to cancer organizations. She is also co-owner of Rocky Mountain Legal Nurse Consulting, LLC. Founded three years ago, this company has experienced tremendous growth in the collaborating with attorneys and paralegals.
Christy M. Collins grew up in Florida and moved to Texas in 1996. She has spent the last 15 years in plaintiffs? litigation and started as a paralegal with Mueller Law Offices in 1999. Following the birth of her little boy, she returned as the Office Manager and has spent the last two years as a member of the Honey Badgers Trial Team training the younger office staff in "Mueller?s way or the highway" techniques.
Marie Connolly joined the State Bar staff on January 15, 2004 as the program coordinator for the Lawyers Fund for Client Protection, the Commission for Unauthorized Practice of Law and the Lawyer Referral and Information Service. Prior to employment with the Bar, Marie was employed by the Attorney General's Office as a legal investigator and has been employed in the legal field for almost 20 years working for solo practitioners and larger law firms. She attended the University of Montana and the College of Great Falls and has been a member of the Paralegal Section of the State Bar since shortly after its inception.
Brooke Lozano graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and worked for a large plaintiffs? firm there. She moved to Austin in 2003 and began work as a legal secretary for Mueller Law Offices. Since that time, she have taken over her own caseload and learned the art of attorney management on top of trial work and preparation. Ms. Lozano is a member of the Honey Badgers Trial Team.
Kertrina Miller has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She started her nursing career in an open heart intensive care unit and later worked in intensive care unit, recovery room, emergency room, physician office, and hospital management. Kertrina is a member of numerous professional nursing associations and is certified in critical care, perianesthesia care, legal nurse consulting and life care planning. She is past president of the Montana Nurses Association Local Unit No. 4 and co-owner of Rocky Mountain Legal Nurse Consulting, LLC. Ms. Miller volunteers in Gallatin County as a Guardian ad Litem.
Melissa K. Truly, originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and decided to make Austin her permanent home. She earned her BA in English and a minor in communication studies and went to work full-time for the small plaintiffs firm where she clerked during her last two years of school. In August of 2004, she started at Mueller Law Offices where she has spent most of her time managing cases and doing trial work as a member of the Honey Badgers Trial Team.