Engaging the Court of Public Opinion

Ready for an ethics CLE that can improve your bottom line by helping you leverage media in you cases?

I’m pleased to announce our December 13 CATA Luncheon CLE presenter, Wayne Pollock, who will be presenting “Engaging the Court of Public Opinion,” an ethics CLE focused on how you can responsibly engage with public media in your cases.


  • Where: Hilton Downtown Cleveland, room Center Street A
  • When: Wednesday, December 13 from 12:15-1:35 (12:15-12:20 registration; 12:20-12:30 introductory remarks; 12:30-1:30 presentation; 1:30-1:35 wrap-up)
  • Why: Learn to use public media responsibly to increase case value and outcomes (requesting 1.0 ethics CLE credit)
  • Who: You!

Register now using the form at the bottom of the page, or read on for more event details!


With the proliferation of online and social media, in 2017 attorneys represent their clients in a court of law AND the Court of Public Opinion. Engaging the Court of Public Opinion not only helps attorneys to favorably resolve their clients’ cases—it is required if an attorney wants to protect a client’s reputational and business interests in connection with a legal dispute.

When advocating in the Court of Public Opinion, attorneys must comply with Ohio Rule of Professional Conduct 3.6 (Trial Publicity). In this presentation, we will cover Rule 3.6’s restrictions, the U.S. Supreme Court’s take on those restrictions, Ohio case law and ethics opinions regarding the rule, and examples from across the United States where attorneys’ out-of-court statements were challenged as violating Rule 3.6.

About Wayne Pollock

Wayne Pollock founded Copo Strategies after spending over a decade achieving favorable public relations and legal results for his clients. Prior to starting Copo, Wayne was a litigation attorney at Dechert LLP, an Am Law 50 law firm with with more than 900 attorneys worldwide, and more than $900 million in annual revenues.

In his more than six years at the firm, he worked on high-stakes, high-profile matters that were often reported on by local, national, and international media outlets, including representing Takata (maker of recalled airbags), the ten former independent directors of Lehman Brothers, and the Marshall family (against litigation brought by Vickie Lynn Marshall a.k.a. Anna Nicole Smith).

Prior to Dechert and law school at Georgetown, Wayne practiced public relations for four years at a national marketing communications firm where he worked with media outlets on a daily basis.

About Copo Strategies

Copo Strategies is a limited scope, boutique law firm with a niche practice: helping other attorneys and clients make those clients’ cases in the Court of Public Opinion. Working as consultants to other lawyers and their firms, or as limited scope co-counsel to clients, the firm provides legal strategy and services in the form of communications strategy and services. The firm’s advocacy supports the favorable resolution of clients’ legal disputes while also helping to minimize the reputational harm to clients caused by those disputes.

Register for the December 13 CATA Luncheon CLE

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Bring a CHECK for payment with you to the event, or send the check in advance to William Eadie, Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers, 3100 E 45 St., Suite 218, Cleveland Ohio 44127 luncheon.

Rescheduling the Jury Improvement Luncheon CLE

This Thursday’s Jury Improvement Lunch by the Civil Jury Project, which was also to be our CATA Luncheon CLE, is being rescheduled with the Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court.  I will post the new date here as soon as they have one set.

Thanks for your patience.  I think the Jury Improvement Project is going to be worth the effort.  You can read more about the Civil Jury project here: http://civiljuryproject.law.nyu.edu/

You should show up, instead, to the CATA Social with the Case Law School on Thursday, November 16, from 5:30-7:30 PM at ABC Uptown located at 11434 Uptown Ave, Cleveland (University Circle/Uptown). RSVP to Ellen at ehirshman@loucaslaw.com!

Driving Better Case Valuation: A Panel Discussion with Defense Insiders

Join us for a CATA Luncheon CLE featuring a panel of defense- and insurance-insiders sharing what drives case valuation for their side. I’ll be hosting the panel discussion, and we’ll welcome your audience questions as we go (or leave in the comment section below after signing up)!


  • Where: Hilton Downtown Cleveland, Hope Ballroom E
  • When: Wednesday, October 11 from 12:15-1:35 (12:15-12:20 registration; 12:20-12:30 introductory remarks; 12:30-1:30 panel discussion; 1:30-1:35 wrap-up)
  • Why: Better case valuation
  • Who: You

Our lineup includes:

  1. Westfield Insurance’s Complex Claims Specialist covering the state of Ohio, Wanda Huberman, who also spent about 8 years working on the plaintiff’s side in the past.
  2. Medical malpractice defense lawyer named Best Lawyer’s 2018 Defense Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, Greg Rossi, partner at Hanna Campbell & Powell.
  3. Collins, Roche, Utley & Garner (CRUG) law firm managing partner focusing on personal injury and trucking defense, Patrick M. Roche

Register now below!

CLE Luncheon Sign Up (2017-10-11)
First name of the attendee
Last name of the attendee
(For confirmation and reminders)
Send check to William Eadie, Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers, 3100 E 45 St., Suite 218, Cleveland Ohio 44127, or bring check payment with you to the luncheon.

Negotiation Tools for Lawyers: Kwame Christian Presents at CATA Luncheon CLE September 13, 2017

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Kwame Christian will be presenting at the September 13, 2017 CATA Luncheon CLE Series on negotiation tools for plaintiff injury lawyers.

I’m pleased to welcome Kwame Christian to our first CLE Luncheon of this season.  Kwame, a master negotiator, will teach us how to maximize case value by using powerful persuasion techniques.  Drawing on the latest research in negotiation, Kwame has consulted with lawyers and businesses to close large deals, including settlement negotiations and mediations.

The luncheon starts at 12:15 pm on September 13, 2017, at the Cleveland Hilton Downtown, 3rd floor (Room Hope C).

If you’d like a sneak-peek at some of Kwame’s powerful persuasion techniques, check out his podcast Negotiate Anything, in which he interviews successful entrepreneurs, lawyers, and experts on best (and worst) negotiation techniques. With over 110,000 downloads and listeners in 140 countries, it is the top ranked negotiation and dispute resolution podcast in the nation.

Complete this form to RSVP now to register.  You MUST RSVP to attend!

CLE Luncheon Sign Up
First name of the attendee
Last name of the attendee
(For confirmation and reminders)
Send check to William Eadie, Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers, 3100 E 45 St., Suite 218, Cleveland Ohio 44127, or bring check payment with you to the luncheon.

Ken Levinson Presents on Focus Groups

On March 9, Chicago attorney and focus-group impresario Ken Levinson presented to the CATA membership at our periodic luncheon CLE on using focus groups to maximize case value.

As an attorney who regularly uses focus groups, I found Ken’s presentation to be enlightening. Ken obviously knows how to manage a group–including ours!–in a way that opens them up to providing candid feedback.  He gave away valuable tips from his own experience, as well as examples of how they have gone form focus-group gold to trial wins.

Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in Illinois, Ken is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, and a member of the Trial Lawyers College Alumni Board and The American Trial Lawyers Association. He is the author of the latest edition of Litigating Major Automobile Injury and Death Cases, published by AAJ Press/Thomson Reuters, and has been invited to speak by the American Association for Justice and multiple state bar and trial lawyer associations. In addition to representing clients, Ken is often retained to create focus groups and assist lawyers in the presentation of their case.

Thanks to CATA Secretary Cathy Bolek for putting the presentation together for our members.

Please take a moment to give Ken some feedback, or even ask questions.  I’ll let him know we’re using this post for that purpose so he can respond.


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CATA Hofbrauhaus Social with CM Law Moot Court

Yesterday CATA co-sponsored a social event with the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Moot Court Team at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland. Over 50 CATA members, judges and law students gathered to meet new friends and share their tales from the courtroom and classroom.

The CMCL students were provided with a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into how trial attorneys go about representing families and vigilantly pursuing justice in the courtroom. Many CMCL students already are clerking at firms around town and were grateful to meet attorneys and judges to supplement their exposure to opportunities in the NE legal community. The CMCL students were invited to join CATA as student members.

We look forward to welcoming them into our organization!

Some pictures from the event:

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Margaret Murray Presents to Members on Ohio’s New Subrogation Statute

Please join the Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at noon for lunch and a presentation by Margaret Murray on Ohio’s new Subrogation statute.  Download the CATA October 2015 Luncheon Registration Form.

Margaret will be discussing Ohio’s newly enacted Make Whole Law, R.C. 2323.44, which is effective on September 28, 2015.  She will explain the difference between the Common Fund Doctrine and the Make Whole Law, and tell us how the new statute affects our clients and our practice.  As a member of the Ohio State Bar Association 2009 Special Committee on Subrogation and 2010 Subrogation Task Force, and the Ohio Association for Justice Subrogation Task Force in 2014 and Subrogation Committee in 2015, Margaret is well versed in Ohio subrogation law.

Margaret M. Murray has been a partner at Murray & Murray Co., L.P.A. since 1997, having graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1996 and from the College of the Holy Cross in 1993.  Margaret is a member of AAJ, OAJ, ABA, OSBA, and the Erie County Bar Association, is currently chair of the Erie-Huron County Joint Grievance Committee, and rejoined the OAJ Board of Trustees this year having previously served from 2004-2010.  She also served on the OSBA Legal Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee from 2009-2012.  Margaret most recently spoke at the OAJ Insurance Law CLEs regarding Professional Rule of Conduct 1.15(d) and (e) and how these rules impact our responsibilities regarding subrogation claims.  Margaret’s work has been recognized by OAJ in 2010 and in 2014 with the Amicus Curiae Award and in 2011 with a Distinguished Service Award.  She is a past president of the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio and has been an elected member of the State Central Committee for the Ohio Democratic Party since 2006.  She has served as the amicus curiae chair of OAJ for the past six years and also serves as the co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Ohio Democratic Party.  Many decisions have been published regarding Margaret’s work including a national federal class action settlement in 2013 and most recently in June of 2015, a decision from the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reinstating cases involving more than sixty life insurance companies which had been dismissed by the trial court.

I look forward to seeing you on October 14.

Case Law & CATA Social Tonight!

Looking forward to our social tonight with the Case Western Reserve University School of Law​’s Mock Trial Team and SBA!  See you from 6-8 PM at Crop Uptown located at 11460 Uptown Ave, Cleveland (University Circle).

2015 Annual Installation Dinner

CATA’s annual dinner was held on June 5th this year. Outgoing president, Ellen Hirshman, gave the President’s Award to Joel Feldman, the founder of the Casey Feldman Foundation and the EndDD program. Joel accepted the award on video. Ellen also gave CATA’s Service Award to Lillian Rudiy, who, as legal assistant to incoming president Kathy St. John, has acted as design support for the CATA News for the past five years, and has been actively involved in assisting with the Litigation Institute and Annual Dinner this year.

Our guest speaker was celebrated trial lawyer Randi McGinn, who authored the book Changing Laws, Saving Lives: How to Take on Corporate Giants, and Win. McGinn drew rousing applause for her inspirational theme: It’s not about the Money. The officers and board of directors were sworn in. Our new slate of officers is: Kathy St. John, President; Rhonda Debevec, Vice President; Cathy Bolek, Secretary; and Chris Patno, Treasurer. Check out some photos from the dinner on CATA’s Facebook Page.

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Joel Feldman Accepting the 2015 CATA President’s Award

Last week we held the CATA’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, during which the outgoing president selects an honoree to receive the President’s Award.  This year, outgoing president Ellen Hobbs Hirshman selected Joel Feldman, of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and the End Distracted Driving Organization.

Joel is an accomplished attorney who lost his daughter, Casey, to a distracted driver.  He has worked tirelessly to educate teens, adults, teachers, and parents on how to take real action to end distracted driving.  He’s also worked with organizations like CATA to help us present to groups as well.   Ellen has made EndDD a signature effort of CATA.  Having given the presentation to multiple schools, I can attest to its powerful impact.

Here is Joel accepting the award via video: