Trial Professors

Charla Aldous

Charla Aldous is a founder of Athea Trial Lawyers and a partner of the Dallas-based law firm of Aldous | Walker LLP. As a trial attorney, she is nationally known for her record of success in high-profile, high-stakes civil cases. Her personal commitment to each case and meticulous detail-oriented approach have also earned her recognition among one of Texas’ most acclaimed litigators.

Over her 30+ years in practice, Charla has tried nearly 200 jury trials for both plaintiffs and defendants. A former insurance and business defense attorney who leverages an intimate familiarity with the “other side,” Charla’s role fighting for the injured and the wronged in their pursuit of justice is one driven by a deep and personal commitment.

Lloyd Bell

With more than 25 years of legal experience, Lloyd Bell has built a sterling courtroom record and recovered millions of dollars for medical malpractice victims. A veteran of the U.S. Army JAG Corps, Bell founded his own law firm in 1999 and is consistently recognized as one of the top attorneys in his field. Over the past five years, Bell won more seven- and eight-figure verdicts for his clients in medical malpractice cases than any other attorney in the state of Georgia, including a $15 million verdict against a large Atlanta hospital group in 2016 and a record-breaking $26 million verdict against a Columbus hospital in 2017. Bell is a member of the Melvin M. Belli Society, a group of distinguished trial lawyers dedicated to the principles of education. Bell is also board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys in the field of medical malpractice

Lisa Blue

As an attorney with two masters degree and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Lisa Blue PhD., J.D., is one of the most nationally recognized and most influential trial lawyers in America. She has earned over $350 million in winning verdicts and millions more in settlements for her clients, including one of the largest mesothelioma verdicts in the state of Texas ($55 million) and was a member of the trial team in a Texas Vioxx case that resulted in a $253 million verdict.

As a partner with her late husband, Fred Baron, she helped build Baron and Budd into one of the largest environmental law firms in the country. In addition to her impressive legal practice, she maintains a private consultancy as a forensic psychologist and is a nationally renowned expert in jury selection. As a licensed psychologist with a creative mind, she brings her own unique style, skills and magic into any courtroom. She has written five books and numerous articles on jury selection and communication, and has served as a commentator on Court TV on high profile trials.

Brian Breiter

Mr. Breiter was nominated for trial lawyer of the year for 2019 by CAALA (Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles) for his numerous verdicts over the past year. He is a Lifetime Fellow of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) and has been named to National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Mr. Breiter has been named 9 consecutive years by Southern California and South Florida SuperLawyers. Brian Breiter is a civil trial lawyer practicing since 1995 in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Brian is also an adjunct professor at the Pepperdine Law School where he teaches “Improvisational Mediation” to fellow lawyers, mediators and judges. He also recently taught at the University of Calgary School of Law. The office concentrates on wrongful death, brain injury, serious orthopedic injuries, automobile accidents, motorcycle crashes, trucking accidents, dog bites, and slip and fall cases in both California and Florida.

John Campbell

John Campbell, JD is trial and appellate lawyer turned law professor turned jury researcher.

John trained as a trial lawyer under John Simon, a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, and then went on to become a successful consumer attorney. John’s verdicts and settlements exceed $350 million. John has also handled appeals in the Eighth, Second, Tenth, and Fourth Circuit, as well as the United States Supreme Court and a variety of state courts.

For the last nine years John has served as a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He founded the Civil Justice Research Initiative, dedicated to better understanding jury behavior through rigorous empirical research. John’s academic work has appeared in top law reviews and in various peer reviewed journals.
John’s knowledge of how to use big data and online studies led to demand for him to do the same on individual cases. He founded Empirical Jury. In only a few years, Empirical Jury has emerged as a cutting-edge firm that uses big data and scientific approaches to equip attorneys to obtain the best result possible for clients. Empirical Jury has been involved in verdicts in excess of $565 million, has worked on high profile criminal cases featured on Court TV, and is routinely called on to analyze some of the most complex and consequential cases in the country.

Sonia Chopra

Sonia has 20 years of experience in high profile trials and has been part of trial teams that achieved some of the highest verdicts in California and in Las Vegas, including for Brian Panish, Mark Robinson, and other prominent trial lawyers whose verdicts with her include: $2 billion against Monsanto, $417 million against Johnson & Johnson, and $160.5 million in Las Vegas for a traumatic brain injury.

Trial Lawyer Sean

Sean Claggett

Sean Claggett is an established Las Vegas personal injury attorney and handles difficult cases across the country. Sean founded Claggett & Sykes Law Firm in 2005 and is the firm’s lead trial lawyer. In 2016, Sean had the fourth most influential verdict in the United States according to Courtroom View Network, stemming from a slip and fall at Lowe’s in which his client suffered a TBI after she slipped, fell, and knocked down a three-foot yellow warning cone. The verdict he won was in the amount of $16,430,000. In 2017, Sean was recognized by his fellow trial lawyers of the Nevada Justice Association as Nevada’s Trial Attorney of the Year. He spent several years as a dean and as a faculty member of one of the most prestigious trial colleges in the country.

David deRubertis

David M. deRubertis is the founder and principal attorney at The deRubertis Law Firm in Studio City, California. During his more than decade long career, David has produced numerous settlements and verdicts in excess of one million dollars. He focuses his practice on employment discrimination and wrongful termination. A seasoned trial lawyer, David has successfully argued two landmark cases before the California Supreme Court. He has been repeatedly recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal as one of the state’s top 10 plaintiff employment law attorneys. David has served on the California Employment Lawyers Association executive board, as well as the State Bar’s labor and employment law board. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing education seminars and has published several professional journal articles.

Chris Dolan

Recognized as one of the top plaintiff’s lawyers in California and founder and Chief Legal Counsel of the Dolan Law Firm, Chris Dolan spearheads significant and challenging lawsuits filed in California state and federal courts against insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, cities and other public agencies, and product manufacturers.

Under Chris’ leadership, the Dolan Law Firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for its clients and become one of California’s premier plaintiffs’ firms serving clients injured due to the fault of another or were discriminated against or treated unfairly in the workplace.

Chris has been recognized by numerous California and national publications as one of the foremost trial lawyers and skilled negotiators in California. The Daily Journal, the leading legal newspaper in California, has repeatedly selected Chris as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California and one of California’s Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers.

Bibi Fell

Bibi primarily practices in the areas of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. Bibi is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership is extended by invitation only to lawyers who have demonstrated extensive trial experience, civility and professionalism. Some of Bibi’s noteworthy results include a $105,000,000 verdict in a medical fraud case wherein she served as lead trial counsel, a $15,000,000 wage and hour class action settlement, and several more. Other lawyers want to learn from the best. Bibi devotes substantial time to teaching young lawyers and law students how to work up and try cases. She has taught at the University of San Diego, the ABOTA Trial College at Harvard Law School, directs the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Deposition Skills, co-chairs the Alliance of Women Trial Lawyers annual conference, and speaks at numerous trial advocacy conventions around the country.

Eric Fong

He shine a flashlight on dishonest behavior at trial and negotiate with the strength of truth. When you need a lawyer, it means our lives intersect at a difficult crossroad. While I happen to be a lawyer, the essence of my inspiration is one of human connection and our search to do better.

Individual crisis requires decisive action. The nature of law necessitates knowing when and if you should compromise. What distinguishes my career is a deep compassion, understanding and attention to you, my client. What separates Fong Law is the combination of human empathy, legal book smarts and the rare ability to artfully express the truth in a court of law.

Joseph Fried

Joe Fried is regarded as one of the top truck crash lawyers in the country today. His passion for what he does is palpable, and his reputation speaks for itself. In addition to being one of the top attorneys in the nation, Joe is a recognized highway safety advocate and educational leader, sharing his knowledge with other lawyers on how to maximize results in trucking litigation. He has litigated cases in more than 30 states with record results and has given over 300 presentations to lawyer, judge, and police audiences on trucking and trial-related topics. To help lawyers represent their client’s better against billion-dollar trucking giants, Joe co-authored with his partner, Michael Goldberg, Understanding Motor Carrier Claims. Now in its sixth edition, the book’s tactics have been used by thousands of lawyers throughout the U.S. To read Joe’s full bio visit

Dale Galipo

One of the most accomplished civil rights attorneys in the nation, Dale K. Galipo is the founder and principal of The Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo, located in Woodland Hills, California. In 2002, Dale Galipo started to devote nearly all his attention to civil rights cases involving police misconduct. Most of his cases were excessive force cases, but he also handled jail cases, false arrest, denial of medical care and sexual misconduct cases. In 2004, Mr. Galipo started obtaining multi-million-dollar jury verdicts for victims of police misconduct and police abuse. In the last eight years, Mr. Galipo has prevailed in 51 Jury trials and obtained more than 90 seven-figure verdicts and settlements. With twelve published opinions in civil rights cases, Dale Galipo has been selected to the Southern California’s SuperLawyers list for the past eight years.

Victor George

Victor L. George won the 2005 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA) and has been nominated for that TLOY honor for 10 of the past 15 years. Mr. George’s clients have received numerous seven and eight figure jury trial verdicts in both catastrophic personal injury and employment discrimination / harassment cases. These include jury trial verdicts against many large corporations such as Wal-Mart, Ford Motor Company, California Youth Authority, Los Angeles County Metrolink, Columbia Medical Hospitals, etc. He did not lose a trial for ten consecutive years. Just this past November 2016, George received a jury verdict of $26 million for the “loss of love” to the mother and father in the wrongful death jury trial of their 16-year-old son. This (noneconomic) loss of love jury award is the largest wrongful death jury verdict of a minor in U.S. history.

Robert Glassman

Robert Glassman is a trial attorney at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP where he litigates large and complex personal injury, wrongful death and product defect cases on behalf of individuals. Mr. Glassman is recognized among the Best Lawyers in America®, named 2018 “Rising Star” in Personal Injury litigation by Law360 and recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers publication since 2013 where he has been consistently selected as one of the “Up-and-Coming 100 Southern California Rising Stars”, the list of lawyers who rank at the top of the Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.

In 2019, Mr. Glassman was selected by the Consumer Attorneys of California as a finalist for the Consumer Attorney of the Year award for his work on Pierce v. Murrieta Valley Unified School District; the top honor is awarded to a CAOC member who significantly advanced the rights or safety of California consumers by achieving a noteworthy result in a case. Mr. Glassman was selected for the same distinction in 2018 for his work in Lee v. Pupil Transportation Cooperative.

Michael Goldberg

Michael L. Goldberg is a partner in the law firm of Fried Goldberg and represents victims suffering catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death throughout the Southeast, primarily in the area of trucking and commercial vehicle accidents. Michael was born in Augusta, Georgia and played for the Division I Basketball Team at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science in 1994. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1997. He has been lead counsel for the plaintiff on 12 cases with verdicts in excess of a million dollars and is admitted to practice law in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

Michael was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in October of 2013. Fellowship into the ACTL is extended by invitation only and is limited to less than 1% of the lawyer population. Michael was named as one of the top lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40 by the Fulton County Daily Report in 2011 and was consecutively named as one of the top 100 lawyers in Georgia in the Super Lawyers edition of Atlanta Magazine since 2013. 

Justin Kahn

Justin S. Kahn is a civil litigator. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury matters and various kinds of complex litigation. Since 1992, Justin has worked hard fighting for those who cannot help themselves. He has successfully resolved cases and claims for several million dollars as well as represented people in small claims court matters. Mr. Kahn is an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law where he teaches civil pre-trial practice and for over 20 years, Mr. Kahn has written the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated as well as the South Carolina Rules of Evidence Annotated published by the South Carolina Bar CLE Division. These are the books lawyers and judges use every day in the courts of South Carolina.

Mark Kosieradzki

Mark R. Kosieradzki is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is recognized in “Best Lawyers in America” in addition to recently receiving his 21st Super Lawyer award. Mark is a past president of the Minnesota Association for Justice (MNAJ, formerly known as the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice (AAJ, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer is a trial lawyer who specializes in representing families and individuals involved in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters, as well as employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuits. Daniel has obtained numerous jury verdicts as lead counsel, all victories on behalf of his clients. Multiple verdicts have been featured in both The Daily Journal, Verdict Search, The Huffington Post, and Fox 11 News. Five verdicts were ranked as the top 50 verdicts in the state of California for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by From 2013-2020, Daniel has been consistently honored as a “Top Attorney” in personal injury and employment law by Pasadena Magazine, which reached out to thousands of lawyers from all over the Los Angeles and Pasadena vote for the “most esteemed and highly regarded attorneys” in their chosen fields. Dan was distinguished for his “exceptional service” in his specialties.

Zoe Littlepage

Zoe Littlepage’s practice focuses on complex cases including mass torts, defective medical product or drug cases as well as human rights issues. She typically spends months each year in trial, across the country. Ms. Littlepage’s jury awards made the list of the Top 10 Largest Verdicts in the country for 2007, 2009 and 2010. Ms. Littlepage led the charge for the state court Rezulin litigation. Littlepage Booth reviewed more than six million pages of Rezulin documents, took more than 100 days of depositions and Ms. Littlepage tried five of the nine Rezulin trials nationwide, achieving jury verdicts of over $40 million. She also lectures extensively at legal conventions on defective drug litigation issues and the use of visual exhibits and demonstrative aides at trial.

Joseph Low

Joseph H. Low IV has become known as the man behind the victories, the master storyteller, the warrior and the trial attorney who wins. As a former US Marine, Joseph Low knows what it takes to train, prepare, fight and lead teams to victory. His ability to craft and deliver a story ranks among the world’s best like the great story structure analyst and author Robert McFee and 40 year undefeated at trial record master, Gerry Spence. The first and quintessential case for the Constitution’s 6th Amendment right to a “lawyer of your choice” was tried and won by Mr. Low with the late Supreme Court Justice, Antonioni Scalia writing the 5-4 majority decision. U.S. v. Gonzalez-Lopez 548 U.S. 140 (2006). Mr. Low’s victory ensures that all citizens can hire the lawyer of their choosing, even if that lawyer is from another state.

Jeremiah Lowe

Jeremiah Lowe is a senior trial attorney and partner at GTA who dedicates his practice to helping victims of personal injury, with a specialty in spinal and orthopedic injury. Having a mom who is a therapist and a dad who is a trial lawyer, Jeremiah grew up seeing firsthand how they helped people through traumatic life circumstances, which helped shape Jeremiah’s passion of helping victims of trauma from an early age. Jeremiah earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in 2005. Since joining Gomez Trial Attorneys in 2009, Jeremiah has managed to resolve hundreds of cases with favorable results. He has also had tremendous success taking cases to trial. Since 2018, Jeremiah obtained several seven figure verdicts totaling over $12 million. His success in the courtroom and in settling cases comes from working closely with his clients to understand not only the facts of the case but who the client is to understand their needs during such challenging circumstances in life. Jeremiah is a member of the Firm’s dedicated Coronavirus litigation group where he focuses on wrongful death and personal injuries caused by the negligent transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

Trial Lawyer Spencer

Spencer Lucas

Spencer Lucas is a trial lawyer at Panish Shea & Boyle and specializes in litigating complex catastrophic personal injury, products liability, wrongful death, sexual abuse and sexual assault cases. Mr. Lucas has extensive experience in cases involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations. He has successfully recovered over $400 million for his clients and prides himself on helping survivors of trauma and their families recover from tragic situations. In 2013, Mr. Lucas was recognized by The Recorder magazine “On The Fast Track”. He is recognized annually as a Best Lawyer in America® and by the Super Lawyers® publication as a Southern California Super Lawyer. Mr. Lucas has obtained numerous eight-figure verdicts and settlements in cases throughout California such as, $48,500,000 settlement at the beginning of trial involving a 26-year-old man who was struck by a corporate vehicle and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and many more.

Jon Marko

Jon Marko is the principal at Marko Law, based out of Detroit, Michigan. Jon specializes in employment litigation, civil rights, and personal injury matters. Jon has been involved in countless high-profile cases that garnered national attention, including the shooting of 3-year-old Aiyana Jones by a Detroit police officer, and is currently co-counsel with Geoffrey Fieger on the case of Cornelius Frederick, a 16-year-old foster child who was strangled to death by staff at a foster facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jon currently holds the title to having the largest intact state employment verdict in State of Michigan history.

After graduating law school in Washington, D.C., Jon clerked for the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. After clerking, Jon worked under renowned trial attorney Geoffrey Fieger. It was here, that Jon was finally able to practice his life-long dream of being an attorney in the trenches of the courtroom. He has been awarded the honor of being named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine for the past ten years in a row, has been named one of the top ten personal injury attorneys in the State of Michigan, and was recently named the 2021 “Go To Lawyer” for employment law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Artemis Malekpour

Artemis Malekpour is a partner in the litigation consulting firm of Malekpour & Ball. With a background in psychology and psychiatric research, she specializes in focus groups, case strategy, damages and jury selection. Artemis did her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from UNC’s School of Public Health. After several years of working in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC Hospitals, Artemis went on to earn a degree with honors from Duke Law. Artemis’ path to litigation consulting began while still in law school, working as an intern with David Ball and interviewing jurors post trial in both civil and death penalty cases. This experience early on focused her attention on identifying what drives decision-making as well as the importance and skill of framing an argument in a more productive, simple and persuasive way. A member of the North Carolina State Bar, Artemis has consulted on a wide variety of cases across the country. Through years of conducting jury research, observing deliberations and moderating discussions, she has a knack for identifying potential landmines, analyzing each case from the decisionmakers’ perspective.

Randi McGinn

Randi is a founder of Athea Trial Lawyers and a partner with the New Mexico firm of McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry, PA., and is widely considered one of the most successful and formidable trial lawyers in the country. As the first female President of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates (best 100 Plaintiff trial lawyers in the country), she is a pioneer and mentor for generations of women trial lawyers. Randi has tried over a 100 trials to verdict in both state and federal court. As a former journalist, Randi learned to tell a riveting story that serves her well in the courtroom. Her cases have led to significant changes in various industries that ensure public safety. Randi is double-listed in criminal and civil litigation in Best Lawyers in America, and is a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is a former governor of the American Association for Justice, a past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association.

Keith Mitnik

Keith R. Mitnik was born in Eustis, Florida in 1959. He graduated from Eustis High School in 1977. He graduated from UCF Magna Cum Laude in 1981 with a degree in Allied Legal Services. He graduated from FSU Law School with honors 1984. Upon graduation he was selected to train under one of the premier Trial Attorneys in Central Florida. Within two years he was named a partner by his mentor. He remained in the firm of Robertson, Williams, Mitnik and McDonald until 1992, when he formed The Law Firm of Peed and Mitnik. In 1997 he joined the Law Firm of Morgan & Morgan and is now one of the owners.

Keith Mitnik is Senior Trial Lawyer for Morgan & Morgan. He is designated to assist other members of the firm on their trials; as a result he tries a large number of cases every year.

Christian Morris

Christian Morris, Esq., is a personal injury trial attorney. She recently received a $29.5 million dollar verdict for a woman who was severely brain damaged due to the negligence of Medic West, an ambulance company that chose to eliminate a lifesaving medication from their medic’s jump bags to save $2.42 per bag. Christian focuses exclusively on personal injury cases and making sure her clients obtain a just verdict or settlement. She is licensed to practice law in Nevada in both state and federal courts. Christian also holds bar licenses in California and New Jersey. In February, 2012, Christian successfully passed the New York State Bar. In 2013, Christian was accepted to the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College, and she continues her work with the College and alumni. Christian was voted Nevada’s Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Nevada Justice Association for 2019. She is the second woman in twenty-two years to receive the honor. Christian also serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Justice. Christian is well respected in the legal community for her candor, hard work and commitment to the civil justice system. She has conducted both jury trials and bench trials and has published decisions by the Nevada Supreme Court. Christian is the proud mother of Jackman Reese Burnette (age 3) and Winter Ryan Burnette (age 1).

Eric Oliver

Eric Oliver is a national trial consultant with over 35 years experience working with and training trial attorneys. He has been integral to the successful resolution of thousands of cases and has helped produce several first-of-their-kind outcomes. You’ll find his clients in the nation’s top firms and the most dynamic solo practices.
Eric’s specialty lies in how persuasion and perception of facts affect legal decision making. When attorneys begin giving equal effort to presenting a well developed case story effectively, decision makers (both in and out of the jury box) usually end up leaning their way. And given the fact that 95% of civil cases never reach a jury trial, Eric is one of the few who makes certain that his attorney clients are still prepared with compelling stories and persuasive skills to successfully influence judges at the bench, mediators, arbitrators, and other attorneys.
An expert in verbal, non-verbal, implied and visual communication, Eric emphasizes building case story presentation plans that integrate well-crafted themes, metaphors and visual presentations with witness and attorney performance.
In addition to being recognized for his unique approach to Voir Dire, aligning with the potential juror instead of challenging their character and fairness—a method for attorney conducted Voir Dire that renowned consultant David Ball says, “no one else has ever thought of”—Eric also offers equally unique approaches to focus groups and the design and use of demonstrative visuals.
Eric is the author of four bookson legal advocacy, including, Persuasive Communication; 25 years of Teaching Lawyers (2009) and Facts Can’t Speak for Themselves: Reveal the Stories that Give Facts their Meaning (2005); Facts Still Can’t Speak for Themselves (2015).
Eric is based in Ann Arbor, MI, traveling frequently traveling nationwide to consult with clients, conduct focus groups and assist at trials.

Brian Panish

One of the country’s leading trial attorneys, Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Brian Panish has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs. His courtroom victories include a $4.9 billion record verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, over 100 verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, six verdicts in excess of $50 million, and more than 500 verdicts and settlements over one million dollars in personal injury, car accident, wrongful death and business litigation cases. Mr. Panish consistently serves in a leading role in the largest personal injury cases in California and the country. Because of his expertise in personal injury, wrongful death, mass tort and product liability cases, Mr. Panish has been appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering and Executive committees in numerous high-profile mass torts and major disaster cases.

Khail Parris

Khail grew up a lawyer. He spent each night discussing the law and legal theory with his family at the dinner table. So, it was only proper that he continue his studies at Pepperdine Law School. While still in school, Khail began his legal career at the Van Nuys City Attorney’s Office working cases of Driving Under the Influence and sex crimes. Throughout his tenure, he not only was the only law clerk to try cases to verdict, but he also never lost a trial. Khail went on to graduate from Pepperdine Law School as a member of the dean’s list and joined his family in the practice of law. He is a member of MENSA, the largest and oldest advanced IQ society in the world. Khail works in the firm’s personal injury department, handling catastrophic injuries and products liability.

R Rex Parris

Rex has achieved outstanding results in the courtroom over the span of his career – he obtained the first million-dollar verdict in California’s Kern County as a young lawyer and, years later, obtained an historic, record-breaking defamation jury verdict in Los Angeles for $370,000,000. In between, Rex has obtained dozens of seven-, eight- and nine-figure verdicts and settlements. His success is hardly happenstance – Rex prepares every case, for trial using the latest science in persuasion skills. Everything from metaphoric choices, word selection and visuals are tested and re-tested before each trial. In addition to managing his trial calendar and the Firm’s diversified practice, Rex also manages one of California’s fastest-growing cities. As the mayor of Lancaster since 2008, Rex has gained nationwide media attention for his efforts to improve the wellbeing of the city’s residents.

Anthony Petru

Since 1980, Anthony has represented men and women of virtually every craft from every railroad in the western United States. Anthony has procured numerous million and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. In addition to railroad work, he has represented consumers in a wide variety of cases including product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful termination, discrimination, bad faith insurance practice, and automobile cases. In those cases, he has also earned million-dollar recoveries. Anthony has been dedicated to advancing the ethical and professional practice of representing consumers, workers, and other individuals. Anthony is honored to have been selected as a Designated Legal Counsel for virtually all unions representing the interests of railroad labor. He is currently serving at the request of the International President of SMART-TD as national coordinator of their DLC program.

Harry Plotkin

HARRY PLOTKIN is a nationally-renowned jury consultant and leading voice in the field of juror decision-making, psychology, and persuasion. When many of the best trial lawyers in California (or nationally) go to trial, they call Harry. He has helped trial lawyers win some of the biggest and most difficult verdicts in over a thousand civil trials by selecting juries in court, focus grouping cases, and shaping the trial themes and opening statements that persuade jurors to deliver justice for the good side.

Mr. Plotkin now works exclusively for plaintiffs in injury and employment cases. In the past 6 six years alone, he has selected the jury in 38 different eight-figure verdicts, which include trials involving claims of product defect, defamation, auto negligence, failure to prevent child abuse, medical malpractice, wrongful death, wrongful termination, trip-and-fall, dangerous condition of public property, wrongful arrest, insurance bad faith, and traumatic brain injury, among many others.

As a loyal partner of trial lawyers, he has worked with 21 recipients of CAALA’s trial lawyer of the year award and has selected over a dozen juries that resulted in his client winning trial lawyer of the year awards in CAALA, OCTLA, and CASD since 2014.

Rahul Ravipudi

Rahul Ravipudi is a partner at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and has spent his legal career handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving commercial vehicles, pedestrians, industrial or construction accidents, utility negligence, dangerous conditions of public and private property as well as cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault. He also represents consumers in class actions against businesses who engage in unfair/illegal business practices and public entities in cases where corporations have endangered the safety, health, property or comfort of the public.

Mr. Ravipudi currently serves as Individual Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in the Southern California Fires Litigation as well as Public Entity Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in the JUUL Labs Product Cases, representing school districts and other public entities in California involved in litigation against the electronic cigarette manufacturer. Committed to serving as an advocate for his clients, Mr. Ravipudi has obtained numerous landmark verdicts and settlements, including but not limited to, a $160,500,000 jury verdict for a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a vicious beating by security personnel for a nightclub, as well as a $23,500,000 settlement for the parents of Paul Lee, a 19-year-old non-verbal autistic student who tragically died aboard a school bus after the driver left him behind to engage in a sexual tryst with a coworker. 

John Romano

A partner at Romano Law Group, John F. Romano is a civil trial advocate. He regularly handles and litigates cases in the following areas: auto and truck accident litigation and trials, fall-down and premises liability cases, product liability, business litigation, pharmaceutical drug cases, pharmaceutical medical device cases, insurance litigation and criminal defense. John has successfully litigated to a verdict nearly every type of civil and criminal case, including those involving failure to diagnose cancer, product defects, drug and vaccine defect litigation, libel and slander, vehicular collisions, personal injury, murder, armed robbery and wrongful denial of health insurance benefits. He lectures across America on trial advocacy and tort and criminal law, has authored three textbooks, and has published more than 100 articles in national publications or papers for national presentation.

David Rudorfer

David Rudorfer is an attorney at Panish Shea & Boyle. He currently focuses his practice on cases involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, motor carrier liability, insurance bad faith, business torts and public entity liability. Since joining the firm, Mr. Rudorfer has recovered well over $100 million for the deserving clients of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. Mr. Rudorfer graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with a double major and then went on to graduate from Loyola Law School. Mr. Rudorfer is a member of the State Bar of California. He is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Bruce Schechter

Bruce brings more than 30 years of defense litigation success to PARRIS, handling cases ranging from wrongful death suits to product liability and personal injury claims. Bruce specializes in catastrophic injuries and has handled over 40 cases involving claims of RSD, prevailing on behalf of his defense industry clients in each of the 9 trial cases. Now, Bruce will use his defense industry experience to advocate for those who have lost a child or family member or who are suffering from catastrophic injury cases. For the last five years Bruce and his wife have been heavily involved in the JDRF charity which is juvenile diabetes research foundation as well as heavily involved with the Charity of Susan G. Komen.

Tom Schultz

Tom Schultz has been an attorney for over 30 years, focusing his practice on representing plaintiffs in a variety of complex civil cases involving claims of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and financial loss, as well as pharmaceutical and medical device related injuries. During his career as a plaintiff’s attorney, Mr. Schultz has represented almost 4,000 clients and has obtained well in excess of $1 billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell — the highest rating possible for an attorney — and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) for his extensive jury trial experience. Mr. Schultz is listed among the Best Lawyers in America and is recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer by the Super Lawyers® publication. In addition to handling individual cases, Mr. Schultz was the primary handling lawyer for several mass tort cases including a $200 million settlement involving claims against the pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly, for injuries arising out of the drug Zyprexa

Adam Slater

Adam Slater is specializing in complex civil litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, class actions, mass torts, wrongful death, products liability, construction accidents, and commercial litigation. Mr. Slater has established a reputation as a hard-nosed, creative courtroom lawyer who welcomes challenges and opportunities to fight for the rights of his clients. Mr. Slater has won numerous substantial verdicts in court, including a $68 Million.

Adam Shea

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP founding partner Adam Shea is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with extensive experience and success representing individuals and families in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and across Southern California.

Mr. Shea has a proven track record of helping those who have been harmed by negligence, wrongful conduct, violations of safety rules, and defective products – including automotive and tire product defects. In this area, Mr. Shea specializes in bus and truck collisions involving other vehicles and pedestrians, accidents resulting from tire failures, rollovers of 15 passenger vans, trucks and utility vehicles, as well as cases involving claims of roof crush, defective fuel systems, defective restraint systems, seat back failures, child safety seat defects, airbag deployment failures, van conversion defects, and vehicle crashworthiness. 

Jay Vaughn

Jay R. Vaughn is an attorney providing legal services covering Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff. Jay Vaughn, who practices law in Louisville, Kentucky, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2013 – 2021. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. Prior to becoming an attorney, he studied at Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He graduated in 2002. After passing the bar exam, he was admitted to legal practice in 2002.

Kurt Zaner

Kurt has secured the largest premises liability verdict in the history of Colorado ($16,000.000.00) and has appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and every local media outlet including the Denver Post and local CBS, ABC, and Fox affiliates. He is a published author of Federal and State case law, including Colorado law establishing the right to punitive damages for victims of drunk drivers; he also authored legal articles on distracted driving as well as articles on ancient Roman trial methods. Locally, he was recently elected to the Board of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) for his fifth consecutive year and serves on several committees. Nationally, after serving as President of the New Lawyers Division for the American Association of Justice. Kurt now serves on the Budget Committee of the entire 20,000-member organization as well as the Board of Governors. He also acts as a certified End Distracted Driving (EndDD Program) presenter.

Alex Wheeler

Alex represents the Firm’s clients in severe personal injury, wrongful death, insurance bad faith, and class action litigation. Alex has been a Southern California Super Lawyer since 2019 and was selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List from 2012 to 2018. As an attorney, Alex has obtained over $500 million in verdicts and settlements for PARRIS clients over the course of his career. He has achieved seven- and eight-figure jury trial verdicts and been appointed Lead Class Counsel in dozens of federal and state class actions. Alex speaks frequently to large groups of lawyers at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the country. He speaks on taking effective and trial-focused depositions, all aspects of trial practice, and applying cognitive science to the creative practice of law. Alex is on the Board of Advisors at Pepperdine University School of Law and was a faculty member at the Law School, where he taught “Advanced Trial Practice.”

Roger Dodd

Trial Skills

Roger Dodd

A Board-Certified Specialist in both criminal and civil litigation for over 20 years, trial attorney and firm co-founder Roger Dodd has represented clients in legal matters since 1976. He has also been a lecturer, expert witness, and a teacher in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Russia, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and various Caribbean locations. The majority of his practice focuses on serious/catastrophic injuries, truck accidents, medical malpractice, aviation accidents, and wrongful death. Roger is a frequent guest and commentator on television programs, including Court TV, Good Morning America, and Geraldo at Large. He has co-authored the three editions of bestseller “Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques” and has created multiple resources for lawyers and students. He is one of a select group of attorneys to be included in the Super Lawyers® listings in multiple states.

Patricia Kuendig

Patricia Kuendig pursued law out of a desire to help people when they needed it most. For the first few years of her practice, Patricia worked on complex divorce and family lawmatters from her office in Miami, FL. She credits that experience with her comfort and confidence in the courtroom, as well as at the negotiating table.Then, her mother passed away in a bus accident. Patricia filed the wrongful death lawsuit herself. She has been helping accident victims with their personal injury suits ever since.Patricia earned a B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a J.D. from George Washington University.While working on her J.D. at George Washington University, Patricia interned for a U.S. District Court Judge and the U.S. Department of Justice. Her time in school may be done, but as a lifelong learner, she is always looking for new ways to help her clients.

Matt Dodd

Matt Dodd comes from a family of lawyers and has been in the courtroom as long as he can remember. As a child, Matt followed his father, Roger Dodd, to court where he would sit in the back with his own legal pad proudly in hand. Matt attended school at the University of Utah where he where he finished fourth in his class. While a highlight of his law school career was the opportunity to argue before U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Matt’s most satisfying achievement was drafting a petition that secured the factual innocence and complete exoneration of a man wrongfully incarcerated for over four years.After clerking for Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish, Matt moved his family to southwest Montana where he opened offices in Bozeman and Big Sky. In addition to managing a growing practice, Matt travels nationwide to lecture and teach trial skills to other lawyers. He has also authored several articles on trial tactics for family, civil, and criminal cases in national and state law journals, and co-authored the book, Cross-Examination for Depositions, with his father, Roger.

Steve Hohman

Steve Hohman is the Creative Director of Haus of Improv, an organization that teaches the techniques of Improvisational acting for professional development and arts education. As a professional improvisational actor, he has been part of The National Comedy Theatre’s MainStage cast since 2011, San Diego’s longest running theatrical show. In addition, he works as a teaching artist and Managing Director for the organization. Steve has also honed his improv skills with the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade (LA). His dedication to this artform has enabled him to travel and perform throughout the country and as far away as the Virgin Islands. As a teaching artist, Steve is currently on Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Arts Teach roster and has taught with many arts education organizations throughout Southern California- The Old Globe; Playwrights Project; Junior Theatre (San Diego) and All the Arts for All the Kids (Fullerton). Steve graduated from San Diego State University where he received Bachelors of Art degrees in Theatre Arts and Communications (Media Management).

Olivia Espinosa

Olivia Espinosa (Education Director, Haus of Improv) is a bilingual actor, playwright and director. In addition to performing professionally, she has spent the last 15 years working with law and medical schools to help prepare students for real-life encounters with clients and patients. Olivia has also traveled around the country, playing numerous witnesses for Roger Dodd’s Trial Skills Clinic. Additional credits include performing for military families stationed in Europe and productions with theatre companies throughout the country. As a playwright she has taught residencies in detention facilities and group homes for foster youth and credits her students for the courage to become a playwright herself. Most recently, Olivia was honored as the recipient of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s most prestigious award- The Phil Killian Directing Fellowship. Olivia combines all her skills as a member of Los Angeles’ Native Voices at the Autry Artist Ensemble, giving voice to Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations playwrights.