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Personal Injury 2010: Jury Connections Day 1
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Published by New Jersey Association for Justice

This seminar was originally presented at the 29th Annual NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar in Atlantic City, N.J. The renowned program features nationally recognized presenters from throughout the United States lecturing on a wide variety of subjects important to trial lawyers. Subjects covered include Auto Insurance, Criminal Law, Medical Malpractice and many more.

C. Gibson Vance
C. Gibson Vance practices in the firm's personal injury and Consumer Fraud sections, concentrating in actions against those who negligently or intentionally harm others. His clients include individuals and small businesses. Before joining Beasley Allen, Gibson was a partner in the Montgomery based firm of Hawthorne, Hawthorne and Vance.Gibson has been active in the Montgomery County Bar Association. He served as President of its Young Lawyer's section, and was a member of the Board of Directors for several years, and served as President of the organization in 2005. He also has served as President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association and as President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation.Gibson also served as President of the Alabama Association for Justice. The Alabama Association for Justice recently presented him with the ALAJ Spirit Sword / President's Award, which was established in 2009. Each outgoing president of ALAJ will recognize a member who during his or her years as an officer and particularly as president provided special spirit to him/her. However, Gibson was selected by the organization as the first recipient, because he "embodies the spirit of a trial lawyer and our association."Gibson also is heavily involved in the American Association for Justice, and is currently serving as President of the organization. He is one of six national officers representing AAJ's 60,000 members, and has served on several key committees in AAJ including the National Finance Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Budget Committee and Membership Oversight Committee.
Amy Singer, Ph.D.
Amy Singer, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized authority in the field of litigation psychology, a discipline she helped to pioneer. She is an expert regarding the psychology of jurors and juries, as well as the dynamics of a jury's deliberations and decision-making processes. Dr. Singer is widely regarded as a visionary leader in employing the tools of behavioral science, applied research, and psychological analysis to develop winning courtroom and settlement strategies and tactics for her clients.
Ira H. Leesfield
Ira Leesfield is founder and managing partner of Leesfield & Partners, P.A., with offices in Miami, Key West, South Beach and Central Florida. Recently, Mr. Leesfield received the prestigious "Judge Learned Hand Award" presented by American Jewish Committee in recognition of his values and standards of excellence associated with Judge Learned Hand and the principles he represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society. In April 2010, Big Brothers/Big Sisters honored Ira Leesfield with the "Miracle Maker" award for his tireless support and contribution to the organization
David R. Bossart
The primary focus of Mr. Bossart’s practice over the last 43 years has been plaintiffs' serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Bossart has handled a large number of brain injury cases. The majority of his cases are the result of automobile and truck accidents. He also works in the area of medical malpractice, and with people who are injured as a result of defective products. Most of his cases involve very serious injuries. Mr. Bossart also focuses on wrongful death cases, one in particular, wrongful deaths of children.
Ed Lazarus
Ed Lazarus is a partner in the trial strategy firm Winning Works as well as the president of Lazarus Strategic Services. As a principal in Winning Works, Lazarus supports attorneys in complex litigation by consulting on jury selection, conducting focus groups and community attitude surveys, developing case themes and openings, and designing and analyzing supplemental jury questionnaires. In addition to trial consulting, Lazarus’ consulting clients include political campaigns, state courts, and bar associations. He has done work for the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America); many state Trial Lawyer Associations; the State Bar Associations of Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Hawaii; the state courts in Arizona, Hawaii, Maryland, and Idaho; specialty bar associations nationally and in nearly each of the 50 states; and individual law firms. Lazarus has also worked with the ABA, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Lazarus also lectures at CLE programs on jury bias, jury selection, and jury persuasion. In 1994, Lazarus worked at the DNC and the White House, coordinating message and message strategy among the White House, the DNC, and the House and Senate Democratic Leadership. Prior to that, Lazarus was a principal in Mellman & Lazarus, a leading Democratic political polling firm. Lazarus has compiled what is likely the largest body of knowledge on public opinion toward the US legal system.
Hassan Fancy
Hassan Fancy was Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, is the author of Demonstrative Advocacy: Understanding and Constraining Partiality published in 2008 and is co-lead counsel on the 3.5 billion dollar class action against the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation.The class action was preceded by the 2007 decision of the Superior Court of Justice in Treyes v. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., where Mr. Fancy, through the use of Demonstrative Advocacy, successfully sued the OLGC, on the same grounds asserted in the class action.Hassan is the Managing Barrister of the firm Fancy Barristers P.C., where he practices civil litigation with an emphasis on catastrophic torts, pathological gambling litigation and medical malpractice. He has over 17 years of litigation experience.Hassan was first invited to lecture on Demonstrative Advocacy by the Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development Centre in 2007. Based on the resounding success of that lecture he was re-invited the following year to make a major address on his book at Osgoode’s 5th Conference on Evidence in October 2008.Numerous lectures were delivered on Demonstrative Advocacy in many jurisdictions in 2008 and 2009 and in March 2009 the Law Society of Upper Canada approved the Demonstrative Advocacy introductory lecture for 1.5 intermediate hours towards the professional development requirements for certification in civil litigation. Subsequently, a complete 15 hour course was approved for lawyers by the Law Society of Upper Canada.Hassan is also a past Director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and a past President’s Club member of the American Association of Justice.
Michael G. Donahue
Michael G. Donahue, Esq. is a Shareholder of the law firm Stark & Stark, P.C. Mr. Donahue is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He specializes in complex personal injury litigation. Mr. Donahue publishes and lectures frequently regarding tort liability issues as well as Trial and settlement techniques. He is admitted to the bar in New Jersey and the United States District Court, New Jersey. He is the Assistant Secretary of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice and serves on its Executive Committee. He is also a Trustee and the Treasurer of the NJAJ Political Action Committee. Mr. Donahue also serves on the Executive Committee of the Civil Trial Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is the President of the Board of Directors of Boheme Opera New Jersey. Mr. Donahue is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Trenton YMCA, Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra and Theatre Exile in Philadelphia.
Eric G. Kahn
As a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Eric Kahn handles a broad spectrum of significant and complex claims including automobile negligence, construction site accidents, product liability claims, medical malpractice cases, and claims against public entities. Notably, Mr. Kahn represented the Estate of Faheem Williams, the seven-year-old who was found dead in his relative caretaker's basement in 2003, obtaining a $7.5 million settlement from the Division of Youth and Family Services. In 2007, Kahn was named to Lawdragon's 3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America list, which includes less than one percent of all the lawyers in America. In 2006, he was certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country. Membership is limited to attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience, and excellence in trial advocacy and have obtained recoveries on behalf of their clients in excess of one million dollars. Also, in April 2007, Kahn was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the personal injury category. In September 2004, he was selected as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's 40 Under 40, which features 40 of New Jersey's top lawyers under the age of 40. A member of the Javerbaum firm since 1993, Kahn is also the firm's Managing Partner.
Scott G. Leonard
Scott G. Leonard has an extensive personal injury practice, including automobile negligence, product liability, fall downs, roadway defects, claims against public entities, wrongful death, work-related injuries. He graduated from the University of South Florida and Widener University School of Law. He was the first Vice President of NJAJ and currently sits on the Board of Governors.
Francisco J. Rodriguez
Francisco J. Rodriguez, J.D. is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He is a graduate of Rutgers College (B.A. - Cum Laude, 1992) and New York University School of Law (J.D. 1995) where he was the Executive Editor of the Review of Law & Social Change. He is a longtime member of the New Jersey Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, and the Bergen County Bar Association. He is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Daniel E. Rosner
Daniel Rosner, Esq. was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University in 1980 with a BS in Actuarial Science with a class ranking of first in his major. He then earned his law degree from Temple University in 1983. He became a member of both the NJ and PA Bar Associations in 1983. He is a member of numerous bar association groups, committees, and organizations representing injured people and their families.Dan founded the law firm of Rosner and Associates in Philadelphia PA in 1984. That same year the Law Offices of Daniel Rosner opened in Cherry Hill, NJ. He began his Vineland practice in 1993 and moved to larger offices in April 1994. The practice eventually outgrew its space again and the firm relocated to a more spacious facility in November 1998.
Garry R. Salomon
Garry Salomon, although originally from Ridgefield Park, grew up in Bergenfield, N.J. where he met his future partners, Sam Davis and Marc Saperstein. After graduating Bergenfield High School he attended Fairleigh Dickenson University where in 1974 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. Three years later he received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Akron. In 1977 he was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and began to practice law.
Carrie R. Frank
Carrie R. Frank has been practicing for over 20 years, primarily in the area of products liability. She is currently a partner with Klein Frank, P.C. in Boulder where her practice focuses on cases involving defective products including medical devices, drugs and toys and serious auto crashes and other personal injury matters and bad faith cases. She was rated one on the top 3000 lawyers by LawDragon in 2006 and 2010 and was a finalist for the top 500 lawyers in the country in 2009 and has also been recognized as a SuperLawyer in 2009 and 2010. Carrie is a past chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Products Liability section and is the President-Elect of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. Carrie also has a Master’s degree in social work which is valuable for her work as a trial consultant and in running focus groups. Carrie also teaches and speaks throughout the country at both national and state programs and was a member of the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees, the education arm of AAJ. You can reach Carrie at 303-448-8884
Tommie Ann Gibney
Tommie Ann Gibney, of the law firm of Andres & Berger, P.C., in Haddonfield, New Jersey, has been recognized in SJ Magazine as a Top Attorney in nursing home litigation and was elected President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America--New Jersey in 2008. She received her education at Seton Hall University and Seton Hall University of Law. She was certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney in 1977.
Jonathan Koles
Jonathan Koles is a member at the firm Koles, Burke & Bustillo, L.L.P. His areas of practice include personal Injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, head and spinal injuries, trucking accidents and automobile accidents. He was admitted to the Bar in New Jersey in 1981, and in New York in 1982. Jonathan received his education at Rutgers University and Rutgers University Law School. He is a member of the Hudson County Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of New Jersey (Officer) the American Association for Justice and the Hudson and Essex County Inns of Court (Past Master). Jonathan was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on October 28th, 1956.
Joseph C. Grassi
Joseph Grassi is a partner at Barry, Corrado, Grassi & Gibson. His firm is one of the largest law firm in Cape May County, New Jersey. They provide skilled and experienced representation in the areas of personal injury, real estate, criminal defense, employment law and civil rights law. He is a member of the Cape May County Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of New Jersey, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, and the American Association for Justice.
Kenneth G. Andres
Kenneth G. Andres, of the law firm of Andres & Berger, P.C., in Haddonfield, New Jersey, was named a "Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyer" by his peers in both New Jersey Monthly in and South Jersey Magazine in 2005, and was also named as "the Top Civil Trial Lawyer" by South Jersey Magazine that year and "Top Certified Civil Trial Attorney" by SJ Magazine.
Michael A. Galpern
Michael A. Galpern has tried many bench and jury trials. In addition to drafting numerous briefs before the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the New Jersey Appellate Division, Mr. Galpern briefed and argued Kiss vs. Jacob, 138 NJ 278 (1994), a landmark ruling of the New Jersey Supreme Court establishing allocation of damages in multi-defendant cases. On behalf of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, Mr. Galpern wrote the Amicus brief in Laidlow v Harington Machinery Company, 170 N.J. 602 (2002), another landmark ruling which allows workers who are injured as a result of their employers' deliberate acts to seek legal action against those employers. Prior to becoming a member of the Locks Law Firm, Mr. Galpern served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, U.S. District Court, Camden, New Jersey, from 1988 to 1989; he also presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Rutgers School of Law, where he has taught since 1998.Mr. Galpern has been an invited lecturer on numerous occasions, speaking on subjects related to civil litigation and complex torts. He has lectured on a variety of topics, including how to handle medical malpractice cases, how to sue HMOs for medical malpractice, and how to conduct direct and cross-examination of witnesses.
Originally Published
April 22, 2010

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