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-peak 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!

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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.

Thanks!

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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:

 

CATA Social at the Speakeasy with CM Law’s Criminal Law Society

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Last Thursday CATA co-sponsored a social networking event with the Cleveland Marshall College of Law’s Criminal Law Society at The Speakeasy on W. 25th Street. We welcomed over 50 attendees, including CATA members, Marshall law students, and common pleas judges and staff attorneys. It was a delightful evening of libations, appetizers, and community building. It was a wonderful opportunity for CATA members to meet potential law clerks and for students to obtain some insight into the practice of law from a trial attorney’s perspective. CATA looks forward to sponsoring more networking events with area law schools this fall.

Check out some of the photos from the event on Twitter:

Member Blog Post: Online Shopping-What, Me Worry?

Check out CATA member Jfiliaggi’s recent blog post, “Online Shopping-What, Me Worry?,” via Spangenberg Safety Blog Feed:

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Member Blog Post: What to Expect, When Expecting-Taking Zofran

Check out CATA member Jfiliaggi’s recent blog post, “What to Expect, When Expecting-Taking Zofran,” via Spangenberg Safety Blog Feed:

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