UAJ Annual Conference



Featured Speakers:

Robert P. MacKenzie, III, Esq. (Birmingham, AL)-How Defense Counsel Wins the Case
He has tried in excess of 100 jury trials to a verdict, involving the defense of physicians, hospitals, lawyers, insurers, commercial institutions, and product manufacturers. Bob also represents lawyers and health care professionals in disciplinary matters before Alabama Regulatory Boards. He has published multiple articles on the defense of legal malpractice suits.

Judge Robert K. Hilder, Ret. (Salt Lake City, UT)- How to Maximize Professionalism in the Courts
Judge Hilder’s service in the judiciary includes: the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee (1998-2001); the Utah Judicial Council and the Council’s Management Committee (2001-2007); Associate Presiding Judge, Third District (2005-2007), and Presiding Judge (2007- present); District Court representative, Executive Committee, Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar (2005-2007); and member of the Grand Jury Panel of Judges (1998-2007).

Jonah Orlofsky, Esq. Chicago, IL- Don’t Wait for Your Oral Argument to Win Your Appeal
State of Utah Appellate Court Opinions (instrumental in multiple case reversals)

Roger Dodd, Esq.- Constructive Cross Examination
Discussing excerpt from the Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques by Roger Dodd and Larry Pozner- the ultimate tutorial for investigating facts, developing theories, establishing themes, and persuading juries in court. It teaches attorneys to enhance their cross-examination skills, bolster their confidence, and streamline trial preparations.

James R. Bartimus, Esq. Kansas City, MO- Landmine Analysis: How to Evaluate Your Case
Mr. Bartimus is a past president of the Civil Justice Foundation, Missouri Association of Trial Attorney, Missouri Institute for Justice and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Mr. Bartimus is the Second Vice-President of the International Society of Barristers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American College of Legal Medicine and the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Bartimus was Chair of the Professional Negligence Section, Birth Trauma Litigation Group as well as Medical Negligence Information Exchange on behalf of the AAJ.

Lance Sears, Esq Colorado Springs, CO-Ethics: Dealing with Rambo Lawyers
Lance has lectured in over forty states and at national forums, and all over Colorado, on subjects involving trial skills and tactics, personal injury law, commercial torts and legal ethics. He is certified as a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the National College of Advocacy, a prestigious achievement reached only after a lawyer has accumulated over 600 hours of teaching and lecturing to other lawyers, and is on the faculty and Board of Trustees of the National College of Advocacy.

Richard D. Burbidge, Esq, Salt Lake City, UT-Confessions of a Trial Lawyer: Lessons I’ve Learned Over and Over Richard is known for his thorough review of cases to determine merit, his meticulously careful preparation and his forceful, effective advocacy of the client’s cause. As a testament to his skill and effectiveness, his five most recent jury verdicts resulted in recovery of more than $60 million in damages suffered by his clients.



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