Calendar of Events

MDTC Winter Meeting


7:30-8:30 am


Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30-8:45 am


Joshua K. Richardson, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC MDTC President

8:45-9:30 am

Using Technology at Trial

In the last decade, every aspect of our lives has been dramatically changed through the advent and use of technology... so why is trial practice any different? Despite its limitless opportunity for improving our ability to communicate, many lawyers remain hesitant to incorporate it into their practice. Pat Muscat, a renowned expert on litigation technology will be share his wealth of knowledge regarding matters ranging from the basics of setting up equipment to the theory behind crafting a presentation that will persuade the trier of fact.


Patrick Muscat, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and Adjunct Professor at UDM

9:30-10:15 am

Getting Your Expert Witness Qualified/Challenging or Deposing the Plaintiff's Expert

Expert witness testimony can make or break a case. Ensuring that your witness is qualified as an expert should never be your only concern – knowing how to effectively challenge your opponent's expert may help you win your case before trial. Dr. Ernest Chiodo, a medical doctor and attorney, with experience on both sides of the fence, will provide you with the nuts, bolts and everything in between of how to handle expert witnesses.


Ernest P. Chiodo, Ernest Chiodo PC

10:15-10:30 am


10:30-11:15 am

Opening Statements – Telling Your Story

Your opening statement is one of the most critical components of any trial is not news – but in these days of 140- character tweets, sound bites, short attention spans and reliance on the visual not the aural – how can you make sure that your opening is really heard? Stacy Moon of The F& B Law Firm in Hunstville, Alabama will bring opening statements into the 21st century, showing you how to bring the jury along with you at every step.


Stacy L. Moon, F&B Law Firm, PC

11:15-12:00 pm

Preparing Your Client to be an Effective Witness

Effective witnesses are not born – they are prepared, nurtured, taught. Learn how to turn your timid, inarticulate witness into the star of your trial.


James E. Tamm, O'Conner De Grazia Tamm & O'Conner PC Mike Severyn, Claims ProAssurance

12:00-1:00 pm

Luncheon Presentation - MDTC/MAJ Respected Advocate Award

Every year, MDTC and MAJ each present a "Respected Advocate Award." The MDTC annually gives the award to a member of the plaintiff's bar for the purpose of recognizing and honoring the individual's history of successful representation of clients and adherence to the highest standards of ethics. The MAJ does the same annually for a defense practitioner. In so doing, we promote mutual respect and civility.


MDTC Recipient: Liisa R. Speaker, Speaker Law Firm, PLLC

MAJ Recipient: William D. Chaklos, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook

1:00-1:45 pm

What Happens When Something Goes Wrong During Trial (And How to Fix it)

We've all faced disaster mid-trial – the witness whose testimony bears no resemblance to what he told you during prep; the court whose rulings bear no resemblance to the law; the opposing counsel who bears no resemblance to a professional, ethical trial attorney. This panel will share their near-disasters, and let you know what they did to save the day.


A. Tony Taweel, Ottenwess Taweel & Schenk PLC


Michael J. Watt, Kopka Pinkus Dolin PLC

Jody L. Aaron, Johnson Law PLC

Jenna Wright Greenman, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook

1:45-2:30 pm

Error Preservation at Trial – Perhaps a Trial Attorney and Appellate Counsel

The trial attorney has to keep many balls – witnesses, exhibits, opening and closings – in the air. At the same time, she needs to make sure that all critical issues are preserved in case of an unfavorable verdict. Learn how best to accomplish this, from attorneys who have been there, and done that.


John Monnich, Ottenwess Taweel & Schenk PLC Robert G. Kamenec, Plunkett Cooney

2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45-3:30 pm

What Does the Jury Like and Not Like – the Judge's View

Trial judges hear from jurors what attorneys do not always hear: what the attorney did that worked, and what did not. A panel of respected and experienced trial judges will clue us in as to how to stay on the jury's good side.


Deborah L. Brouwer

Speakers: (Panel Discussion)

Hon. Edward Ewell, Circuit Court Judge, 3rd Circuit Court Hon. David J. Allen, 3rd Circuit Court Wayne County




November 9, 2018 7:30am - 3:30pm
Price: Free
Location: Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel
Registration Type: URL Registration
Address: 21111 Haggerty Road
Novi, MI 48375
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