Date(s) - 03/20/2020 - 03/21/2020
Wynn Las Vegas
Doin’ Well by Doin’ Good
Fighting and Winning for the Right Cause in the Wrong Place
featuring: Kevin Thompson & Mark Underwood
9 IL MCLE hours (includes 1 ethics hour)
We didn’t go to law school so that we could push paper back and forth to other lawyers. We went to law school to create change that make lives better and to hopefully provide for our families. This program offers practical steps Kevin Thompson and Mark Underwood have employed to win cases in difficult circumstances or venues against opponents who are monstrously better funded and who have better resources. It’s what they’ve done most of their professional lives. They share your concerns and aim to give you practical strategies to advance your causes.
Kevin and Mark are trial lawyers with small West Virginia firms. Sometimes together and sometimes separately, they take on some of the biggest cases in the country. They have handled cases resulting in safer drinking water, more accurate MSDSs, medical monitoring programs, graveyard restorations, pollution controls, preventing mountaintop removal, protection of trout streams and the release from prison of victims of judicial corruption. They take on powerful interests in unfriendly venues and they do it successfully. What they do, and what they teach, will arm you with tactics for representing your clients with renewed vigor.
The cut-off date to register for ITLA’s block of rooms at Wynn Las Vegas is February 18, 2020. See bottom of this email for hotel registration information.
Friday – March 20 (8:30 – 4:15)
7:45 Registration Opens. (Continental breakfast provided)
Choosing Your Fights Wisely
- Types of Cases and Tribunals That Have Paid Off for Other Lawyers
- Ways to Get Paid for Winning
- Importance of Injunctive Relief
- Finding Villains (Or Insurance Policies) with Deep (Enough) Pockets
- Public Interest Litigation as Rainmaking for Your Firm
Ethically Getting the Community Behind You
- Using Social Media to Get Clients and Find Witnesses
- Conducting Successful Community Meetings
- What You Can and Can’t Say to the Press
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Working with local NGOs
- Know Your Enemy’s Allies: Spies and Politicians Among Us
Building and Feeding Your Army
- Finding the Right Co-Counsel
- The Lawyer’s Pre-Nup: Joint Prosecution Agreements
- Finding Funds for Your War: Lit Finance Companies, Grants and Bootstraps
- Herding Cats: Tips for Managing Multi-Firm Litigation From Sharing Data to Budgeting to ESI
Costs & Benefits of Participating in MDLs
- Roles for Local Lawyers in MDL
- Responsibilities of the Local Lawyers in National MDLs
- What’s the Ante? How much investment is needed to get started in MDLs
Fighting Insurance Companies for the Public Interest
- Insurance Company’s Worsening Practices and Attitudes
- Economics of Fighting the Small Case
- Ethically Advising the Client About Standing Up to the Insurance Company
Saturday – March 21 (8:30 – 11:45)
8:00 Registration Opens. (Continental breakfast provided)
Dealing with the Devils – Getting to Yes with Insurers, CEOs and Trustees
- Understanding the Insurance Tower and Your Case
- Overcoming Difficulties in Achieving Injunctive Relief in a World Run by Adjusters and MBAs
- Weighing the Guaranteed versus Contingent Settlement Funds
- Developing Evidence that Meets the Insurer’s Needs
- Using Bankruptcy to Fund Change
Changing Worlds – Getting Your Clients to Yes
- Setting Forth Community Settlement Provisions in the Retainer Contract
- Community Meetings After Settlement – A Whole Different Ballgame
- Five Steps to Securing Individual Releases Needed For a Community Settlement
- Dealing with the Size of the Attorney Fee
- Post-Settlement Responsibilities of the Public Interest Attorney
Kevin Thompson is a founding partner of the Thompson Barney Law Firm In Charleston, West Virginia. He is an environmental lawyer, entrepreneur and inventor who has been involved in high-stakes litigation across the country for over twenty years. As a litigation consultant he’s managed evidence in tobacco cases, patent cases and environmental cases worth billions of dollars and has continually developed innovative technologies designed to organize and present evidence. As lead counsel he’s recovered millions of dollars for clients ranging from banks to land companies to impoverished coalfield residents. Thompson was named a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Public Justice Foundation in 2012 and 2013. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He and his cases are profiled in the book Moving Mountains and the documentary films Coal Rush and Toxic Soup.
Mark Underwood is the owner of Underwood Law Offices, Inc. in McKinney, Texas and Huntington, West Virginia. He currently represents 185 victims of the West, TX fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 and injured 300. He also represents six of 14 class representatives in the class action arising from the Freedom Industries MCHM chemical spill that poisoned the water for 300,000 West Virginians. Past cases have ranged from the catastrophic Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion, to customers set fire at gas stations by static electricity, and a $40.00 ERISA case that made international news. He has been featured on talk shows, including Fox & Friends and one of his medical malpractice cases was discussed on Oprah. Mark was named in Virginia Super Lawyers (2007), and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and the American Association of Justice’s Ultimate Advocacy College. He was elected a member of the West Virginia State Legislature in 1996 at age 32.
Wynn Las Vegas has reserved a block of rooms for Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22 at the rate of $209 (Thurs.) and $249 (Fri. & Sat.).
You must make your hotel reservations at Wynn by February 18, 2020.
Use this link to make hotel reservations on-line: https://book.passkey.com/go/ITLA2020
OR call Wynn at 877-321-9966 – give the reservationist ITLA’s room block code – 8LAT0320.
Recording of this seminar is not permitted. To inquire about professionally produced trial advocacy recordings, please contact The Professional Education Group, 129400 Harriet Ave S, Suite 260B, Burnsville MN 55337-4485
800-229-CLE1(2531) – www.proedgroup.com