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Includes tips to succeed in Family Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Employment Law, Criminal Defense, Litigation, Estate Planning and more!

When: 10/27/2015
8:30 AM to 4:35 PM
Where: State Bar of Georgia
104 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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Seminar Details

7 CLE hours, including 1 Professionalism hour

Program Chair: Darren Tobin (Butler Tobin LLC)

Written materials: The seminar written materials will be emailed to all registrants before the seminar. In addition to receiving the electronic materials, you may also purchase the materials on a 1GB USB drive for $10 or a printed copy for $20. Please indicate your choice or decline this option when you register.

Savings: Receive a $20 discount when you register before October 20, 2015.


Registration Fees:

Atlanta Bar Members: $219 ($199 Early)
Non-Members: $269 ($249 Early)
Law Students:  $25 (Members); $50 (Non-Members)

Attendees are invited to attend a complimentary Happy Hour at Glenn’s Kitchen, across the street from the State Bar of Georgia, immediately following the program. The Happy Hour is sponsored by the Law Offices of Benjamin Gerber, LLC

Non-Members Must Register via the Registration Form

Agenda and Speakers

8:00 am - Registration and Breakfast


8:30 am - Estate Planning: drafting wills and estate planning using ‘your goodwill’ to draft ‘a good will’ 
       -  Abbey Flaum (Cohen Pollock Merlin Small PC)  
       -  Adon Solomon (Cohen Pollock Merlin Small PC) 


9:00 am - Workers Compensation: injured on the job and using your employment benefits without losing employment 
       -  Benjamin Gerber (Law Offices of Benjamin Gerber LLC) 


9:30 am - Personal Injury: handling motor vehicle crashes and serious injury cases 
       -  Mike Rafi (Butler Tobin LLC) 


10:00 am - Break


10:15 am - Family Law Panel: Round table covering divorce, child custody & support, and alimony 
       -  Rachel Shockley (Kessler & Solomiany LLC)     
       -  Jed Silver (The Silver Law Firm)
       -  Randy Kessler (Kessler & Solomiany LLC) 
       -  David Sarif (Naggiar & Sarif LLC)


11:00 am - Judges Panel: A View from the Bench on voire dire, courtroom tips, and do’s v. don’ts 
       -  The Honorable Diane Bessen (Fulton State Court)
       -  The Honorable Mike Jacobs (DeKalb State Court)
       -  The Honorable Shawn LaGrua (Fulton Superior Court) 
       -  The Honorable Dax Lopez (DeKalb State Court) 


12:00 pm - Lunch (provided)


12:30 pm - Trial Techniques: winning strategies for powerful depositions and cross-examinations
       -  Jeb Butler (Butler Tobin LLC) 


1:00 pm - Specializing Within a Large Law Firm
       -  John Jett (Kilpatrick Townsend) 

       -  Brian Smith (Arnall Golden Gregory LLP)
       -  Eugene Bryant (Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP) 
       -  Brian Watt (Troutman Sanders LLP)


1:45 pm - Break


2:00 pm - Case Intake: when the phone rings!    
       -  Ronnie Mabra (The Mabra Firm) 


2:30 pm - Striking Out On Your Own: what you need to do to start and launch your practice  
       -  Chris Simon (The Simon Law Firm) 


3:00 pm - Criminal Defense Panel: handling DUIs, speeding offenses, & those late night frantic phone calls  
       -  Eric Bernstein (George Creal PC)
       -  Ryan Schwartz (Schwartz Law) 
       -  Andrew R. Fiddes (The Fiddes Law Firm LLC) 


3:30 pm - Break


3:35 pm - Focus groups:maximizing the strengths and recognizing the weaknesses of your case
       -  Chris Breault (Focus Jury Research, LLC) 


4:05 pm - Employment: reading contracts & recognizing cases of discrimination
       -  Jeff Sand (The Weiner Law Firm LLC) 


4:35 pm - Adjourn


4:45 pm to 6:30 pm - Complimentary Happy Hour at The Glenn Hotel

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