JEFFREY
KROLL

Jeffrey J. Kroll is an award-winning attorney who has represented injured victims of negligence throughout the country for nearly three decades, including in the areas of trucking accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice. His verdicts and settlements have exceeded $1 million on 75 separate occasions. In 2017, Mr. Kroll was part of the trial team that obtained a record-breaking $148 million jury verdict on behalf of a dancer who was paralyzed when a shelter collapsed on her at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Mr. Kroll has lectured throughout the country on personal injury and wrongful death matters with more than 115 legal articles published on topics ranging from strategic jury selection and maximizing an injured client’s recovery, to successfully handling wrongful death cases and preparing and cross-examining expert witnesses. He is well known in Chicago media for countless segments and publications, and has taught Trial Advocacy and Medical Malpractice Law at DePaul University and Northwestern Law School. Mr. Kroll was the only Illinois attorney to be published in the Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, 4th Edition, released by Trial Guides and the American Association for Justice.

148

MILLION

Premises Liability Verdict

15.2

MILLION

Personal Injury Verdict

15.5

MILLION

Trucking Accident
Causing Amputation of Leg

15

MILLION

Electrocution Case
Causing Disfigurement to Client

12.5

MILLION

Paralysis, HS Student
Struck a Pole in Football Practice

10

MILLION

Birth Injury/Medical Malpractice

ACADEMICS

  • J.D., DePaul University
    College of Law. 1990
  • B.A., DePaul University. 1987

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Supreme Court. 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Northern District of Indiana. 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. 1991
  • Illinois Bar. 1990

CONTACT

ILLINOIS LEADING LAWYERS℠

AVVO RATING 10.0 SUPERB
Top Attorney Personal Injury

ILLINOIS SUPER LAWYER®

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

DePaul University, College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor, 1990 (Top 15% of Class)

Judge Olga Jurco Award, Most Outstanding Trial Advocacy Student, 1990

National Mock Trial Team Member, February 1990

Intramural Moot Court Competition, 2nd place

Journals of Health and Hospital Law –
Senior Editor: June 1989 – December 1989
Contributing Editor: August 1988 – June 1989


DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Economics/Finance Bachelor of Science in Commerce,
1987

Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society
Blue Key National Honor Society
Financial Management Association National Honor Society – Treasurer Economics Association
National Dean’s List
Dean’s List

LISTINGS

The Best Lawyers in America “Personal Injury Litigation” (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Leading Attorneys in Illinois (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Illinois Super Lawyers (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Most Valuable Volunteer (2014)

Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Most Valuable Volunteer Given to Top Instructor in IICLE Courses (2008)

40 Under 40: Promising Young Advocates (2002) (National Law Journal)

40 Under 40 years Old to Watch (2000) (Law Bulletin Publishing Company)

Who’s Who in American Law (1996)

Who’s Who in the Midwest (1996)

Who’s Who in America (1995)

Million Dollar Advocates Forum (1995)

Who’s Who in America (1993)

Men of Achievement (1992)

Who’s Who of Rising Young Americans (1991)

Who’s Who of American Law Students (1990)

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

Admitted to Illinois Bar, November 8, 1990

Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1991)

Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, (2000)

Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, November 10, 2008

BAR ASSOCIATIONS

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Chicago Bar Association (CBA)

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)

Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)

BAR COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

American Bar Association

Council Member, Section of Litigation (2008-2016)

Co-Chair, Podcast and Distant Learning Sub Committee, Section of Litigation, 2010

Co-Chair, Expert Witnesses, Section of Litigation (2005-2007)

Co-Chair (2005), ABA Annual Meeting, Section of Litigation, Chicago 2003-2005

Co-Chair, Trial Evidence Committee, Section of Litigation, 2002-2003

Co-Chair, Tips From the Trenches Publication, Section of Litigation, 1999-2002

Vice-Chair, Trial Techniques Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1999-2001

Member, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee, Torts and Insurance Practice, 1996

Co-Program Director, Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, 1995

Member, Task Force on the State of the Justice, System, Section of Litigation, 1993

Member, American Bar Association Long Range Planning, Group in Civil Justice System Improvements, 1993

Member, Public Relations Committee, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, 1993 – 1995

Liaison between the Public Relations Committee and the following Committees: Medicine and the Law; Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law; Admiralty and Maritime Law; Charitable, Religious and Non-Profit Organizations; Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, 1993 – 1995


Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Member, Executive Committee, Product Liability Section, 1994 – 1997


Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Elected Member, Board of Managers, 2000- present

Co-Chair, Seminar Planning, 1999-2001; 2018-2019

Member, Board of Advocates, 1993 – 2000

Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Committee, 1992 – 1994

Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Publication Committee, 1992- 1995

Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1993 – 1995

Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Civil Practice and Rules, 1997-1998


Illinois State Bar Association

Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation, 1998-present

Member, Special Committee on Mentoring, 2003-2004

Member, ISBA, Assembly, 1998- 2001

Member, Tort Law Section Council, 1996-2000

Legislative Liaison, Tort Litigation Committee, Young Lawyers Section, 1996

Chair, Admiralty and Maritime Section, 1995-1996

Member, Admiralty and Maritime Section Council, 1995-1997


Chicago Bar Association

Member, Public Affairs Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 1993 – 1995

Committee Member, Take Me Too Tickets for Kids Program, 1996

Core Group, CBA/YLS Health and Hospital Law Committee, 1995-1996


DuPage County Bar Association

Medical Legal Committee, 1997-1998

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

DePaul University, Board of Trustees (2008 – 2016)

DePaul University College of Law – Dean’s Council (2008 – present)

Chicago Inn of Court (1989 – 2008)

Polish American Association, Board of Directors (2003 -2005)

Board Member, Marist Brothers (1996 – 2000)

Marist High School, Building Task Team (2003)

DePaul Law Development Committee (1990 – 1992)

DePaul Alumni Special Gifts Task Force (1997)

Member, Host Committee for the 1993 American Inns of Court Annual Meeting

Member, Host Committee for the 1995 American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Annual Meeting

Symposium on the Future of the Civil Jury System in the United States (1992)

Illinois Supreme Court Subcommittee on Selection and Administration of Juries, 1993 – 1994

Member, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Associate Board, 1993

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS

Deposition Practicum, John Marshall School of Law
(Spring, 2010 – Spring 2011)

Trial Advocacy Northwestern School of Law
(Fall 2001, 2002, 2004 – 2007)

Trial Advocacy, DePaul University, College of Law
(Spring, 1999; Spring 2000)

Medical Malpractice Law, DePaul University, College of Law
(Fall, 1992; Spring, 1993)

LECTURES

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE

“Anatomy of a Personal Injury – Summation”
(July 11, 2015), Montreal, Canada


AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

See It, Hear It, Feel It, Sense It!
Handling Trial Themes in Difficult Cases
Women in Products Liability 10th Anniversary Conference
Section of Litigation (October 15, 2009), Chicago, Illinois

Keyword Searches: Have We Lost Our Way? Third Annual
National Institute on E-Discovery Practical Solutions for Dealing
with Electronically Stored Information Section of Litigation
(May 22, 2009), Chicago, Illinois

Second Annual National Institute on E-Discovery
Practical Solutions for Dealing with Electronically
Stored Information: Reducing the Cost of Reviewing ESI
(May 2, 2008), Chicago, Illinois

Moderator: Using Experts to Teach & Persuade at Trial,
ABA Annual Meeting, Section of Litigation
(August 4, 2006), Honolulu, Hawaii

Moderator: Voir Dire: Winning Before You Begin,
ABA Annual Conference Section of Litigation
(April 10, 2003), Houston, Texas

Moderator: Impact Direct: Making the Most of
Your Direct Examination,
ABA Annual Conference Section of Litigation
(April 10, 2003), Houston, Texas

Jurors’ Attitudes and Perceptions in a Time of Crisis:
Trying Cases After September 11th and the Enron Collapse,
ABA Annual Meeting, Section of Litigation
(August 10, 2002), Washington D.C.

Moderator: 101 Tips from the Trenches
ABA Annual Meeting, Section of Litigation
(August 9, 2002), Washington D.C.

The Masters on Deposition – Demonstrations from
America’s Leading Trial Attorneys
(February 2, 2002), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Multimedia Medical Trial: New Developments
in Malpractice Litigation – Plaintiffs Perspective
(July 8, 2000), New York, New York

Mealey’s Emerging Coverage Issues: Elder Care
(April 7, 2000), Boston, Massachusetts

New Theories of Liability: Will Your Industry
Be in the Crosshairs Next?
(February 18, 2000), La Quinta, California

Anatomy of Nursing Home Malpractice – Demonstrative
Evidence in Nursing Home Litigation Cases
(March 13, 1999)

Presenting the Complex Civil Case to a Jury-Utilizing Focus
Groups in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
(February 26, 1998)


AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRIAL CONSULTANTS

Batson & J.E.B.: The Challenge Continued: Lecture and
Demonstration of How to Argue and Defend the Challenge in Civil Cases (May 18,1996)


ASSOCIATION OF PLAINTIFF INTERSTATE TRUCKING LAWYERS OF AMERICA

“Deposing the Fatigued Trucker”
(September 13, 2009), Las Vegas, Nevada


ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS OF AMERICA

Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability:
Child Death Cases Stemming from Auto Crashes (July 26,1994)


CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION

Damages at Trial
(March 14, 2019), Chicago, Illinois

Tort Committee Seminar “Trial Skills and Opening/Closing Argument.”
(March 5, 2015), Chicago, Illinois

“Civility in the Profession. . . How to Play Nice.”
(November 17, 2014), Chicago, Illinois

New Lawyer Toolkit: Basic Skills Course for New
Attorneys Civility in the Profession… How to Play Nice
(November 30, 2012), Chicago, Illinois

The Power of Persuasive Storytelling
(January 28, 2010), Chicago, Illinois

90 Days Before Trial – Detailing Your Case for Trial
(October 24, 2007), Chicago, Illinois

90 Days Before Trial: The Final Countdown
Detailing Your Case for Trial
(December 10, 2003), Chicago, Illinois

90 Days Before Trial: The Final Countdown
Detailing Your Case for Trial
(September 9, 2002), Chicago, Illinois

Minimize & Maximizing Damage Awards in
Personal Injury Cases: Open/Close for the Plaintiff
(April 17, 2001), Chicago, Illinois

90 Days Before Trial: The Final Countdown
Detailing Your Case for Trial
(December 18, 2000), Chicago, Illinois

Products Liability Trial Lawyers Workshop:
Recent Trends in Product Liability Law
(February 20,1995), Chicago, Illinois

Tort Immunity Act: Pleadings, Standard of Care and
Burden of Proof
(November 23, 1992), Chicago, Illinois


COLORADO TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Using Themes and Analogies to Persuade and Closing Arguments
(August 4, 2016), Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Trial Advocacy Program: Selling Your Case in Opening Statement
and Closing Argument (August 11, 2000), Steamboat Springs, Colorado


DEPAUL COLLEGE OF LAW’S CENTER FOR LAW & SCIENCE

Current Trends in Product Liability Discovery –
“Discovery Planning”
(March 24, 2006), Chicago, Illinois


FORENSIC CONSULTANTS ASSOCIATION

Demonstrative Evidence & Expert Witnesses
First Annual California Expert Summit
(March 15, 2003), Newport Beach, California

Cross-Examination: Bending But Not Breaking
First Annual California Expert Summit
(March 15,2003), Newport Beach, California


FORENSIC EXPERT WITNESS ASSOCIATION

Expert Witnesses Use of Demonstrative Evidence
(May 19, 2011), Chicago, Illinois


HEALTH & HOSPITAL LAW COMMITTEE

Overview of Health Law as Field of Practice –
Plaintiff’s Perspective (October 27, 1994)


ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

“Presenting Evidentiary Issues with Expert Witnesses”
(January 30, 2015)

“Ethics & Professionalism Seminar – Preparing Witnesses”
(May 2, 2014)

“The Power of Persuasion Themes and Analogies: Real-life
Examples of How a Litigator Uses Life’s Situations to Persuade” (September 9, 2011), Chicago, Illinois

“Top 5 Deposition Do’s and Don’t’s” (Teleseminar – June 29, 2011)

“Effective Use of Persuasion in Your Closing Argument”
(July 20, 2010), Chicago, Illinois

“Personal Injury Practice: Emerging Issues for 2010-Trial Strategy:
Tell the Story” (June 23, 2010), University Center, Chicago, Illinois

“Your Law Practice/Their Law firm,” New Lawyer Experience Course (April 20, 2010), Chicago, Illinois

Starting Points: Working Up Your First Auto Accident Case – Written Discovery and Depositions (September 4, 2008), Chicago, Illinois

Starting Points: Working Up Your First Auto Accident Case – Accident Reconstruction (September 4, 2008), Chicago, Illinois

Managing Media in the High Profile Case – Pretrial Publicity
(July 18, 2008), Chicago, Illinois

Basic Skills/The New Attorneys’ Introduction to the Effective Practice of Law: Your Law Practice/Their Law Firm
(April 14, 2008), Springfield, Illinois

Basic Skill/The New Attorneys’ Introduction to the Effective Practice of Law: Not Enough Time in the Day: Time Management Tips
(April 14, 2008), Springfield, Illinois

Litigating Back and Neck Injury Cases – Structuring your Case: Litigation Success Strategies (February 22, 2008), Chicago, Illinois

Personal Injury Practice Update: 90- Day Trial Preparation Plan
(June 15, 2007), Chicago, Illinois

Litigating Back and Neck Injury Cases – Structuring Your Case: Litigation Success Strategies (February 2, 2007), Chicago, Illinois

Jury Success Strategies: Trial and Error – Post Trial Analysis
(August 16, 2006), Chicago, Illinois

Effective Illinois Jury Selection: Illinois Law Practice Realities
(April 24, 2003), Chicago, Illinois

Moderator: The Art of Maximizing (or Minimizing) Damages in a Personal Injury Action (December 13, 2000), Chicago, Illinois

Basics of Handling an Auto Accident Case: Evidence Concerning Damages in Auto Accident Cases (October 15, 1999), Chicago, Illinois

Basics of Handling an Auto Accident Case: Evidence Concerning Damages in Auto Accident Cases
(October 8, 1999), Bloomington/Normal, Illinois

How to Depose a Treating Physician
(December 9, 1998), Springfield, Illinois

How to Depose a Treating Physician
(December 3, 1998), Chicago, Illinois

How to Deal with Insurance Carriers and Get Great Results
Educating Insurers about the Value of Your Case (April 1, 1998)


ILLINOIS PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

Annual Paralegal Conference: 100 Days to Trial (November 11, 1998)

Annual Paralegal Conference: Basic Evidence (October 8,1997)


ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

Supreme Court Rule 213 and Its Impact in Tort Litigation –
Damage Testimony: What are the Elements? (October 9, 2000)

Litigating Tort Cases without Going Bankrupt:
Cost Effective Exhibits (October 11, 1999), Chicago, Illinois

Nuts and Bolts for the Tort Practitioner – Demonstrative
Evidence; Bringing Your Case to Life
(June 25, 1999), Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Staying on Top of Tort Issues in Your Practice:
Litigating Soft Tissue Cases: Proving Your Damages
(December 11,1998)

Litigating Personal Injury Cases: Recent Decisions Including
Taylor Machine Works et al: The Petrillo and Kunkel Decisions
(February 28,1998), Collinsville, Illinois

“Get Caught Up” An Update of Civil Practice, Insurance,
Mental Health and Tort Law Issues-Damages: Making the
Most of Your Case (December 12,1997)

Trial Techniques – Getting a Case Ready;
Getting a Verdict –“Effective Damage Presentation”
(November 11, 1996)

Trial Tactics and Tips: How to Present Your Case
to a Jury After Tort Reform: Jury Instruction –
When and How to use the I.P.I. Instructions
(June 21, 1996)

Procedural Issues for the 1995 Tort Law Changes (November 6, 1995)


ILLINOIS TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Non-Economic Damages
Damges Seminar
(February 16, 2018), Chicago, Illinois

Closing Argument
Update & Review Seminar
(October 13, 2014) Chicago, Illinois

Ethics and Professionalism Seminar: “Preparing Witnesses.”
(May 2, 2014) Chicago, Illinois

Opening Statement
Update & Review Seminar
(October 9, 2012), Chicago, Illinois

Non-Economic Damages
Update & Review Seminar
(October 10, 2011), Chicago, Illinois

How Social Media is Impacting Jury Selection
(October 1, 2010), Chicago, Illinois

Jury Selection Update & Review Seminar
(October 1, 2010), Chicago, Illinois

Being Creative and Telling a Good Story
(February 9, 2008), Springfield, Illinois

Themes, Stories & Great Thoughts
(October 8, 2007), Chicago, Illinois

Complying with the New Supreme Court Rule on Continuing Legal Education and Arthur v. Cantour How to Address It, Medical Malpractice Seminar (December 3, 2005) Chicago, Illinois

December Update & Review Seminar: Evidence
(October 11, 2004), Chicago, Illinois

Central Illinois Civil Practice Update & Review Seminar:
Demonstrative Evidence
(February 9, 2002), Springfield, Illinois

Moderator: Point/Counter Point Seminar
(January 20, 2001), Chicago, Illinois

Moderator: Evidence Seminar
(May 13, 2000), Chicago, Illinois

Moderator: Update and Review Seminar
(September 18, 1999), Chicago, Illinois

Evidence Seminar: Evidence Depositions
(May 8, 1999)

Moderator: Trial Techniques Seminar
(October 12, 1998)

Point/Counterpoint Damages Seminar
Fractures and Joint Injuries.
Plaintiff’s Perspective (May 9,1998)

Current Topics in Injury Victim Advocacy:
Proving a Products Liability Case – When the
Product has “Disappeared” (April 8, 1995)

Central Illinois Shotgun Seminar: Preparing Plaintiff
for Deposition (February 4, 1995)

1994 Update and Review Seminar: Bad Faith
Litigation (September 17, 1994)


IOWA TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Using Analogies & Themes to Persuade at Trial
(November 8, 2007), Des Moines, Iowa


IOWA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE

“Proof and Argument of Physical Pain and Mental Suffering”
(November 5, 2015), Des Moines, Iowa


KANE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER

“Using Life Experience to Persuade Juries”
(May 11, 2012), St. Charles, Illinois


LAW BULLETIN SEMINAR

“Maximizing Your Discussion with the Jury:
Opening & Closing Statements” Juror Deselection,
Jury Management” (March 18, 2010), Chicago, Illinois


LAW EDUCATION INSTITUTE

One Tale at a Time: Has Technology Changed the
Storyteller’s Art?, National CLE Conference
(January 3, 2008), Vail, Colorado

Luring Them a Tale at Time: The Art of Jury Persuasion
Through Storytelling, National CLE Conference
(January 6, 2007), Snowmass, Colorado

Cross-Examination of the Independent Medical Examiner,
2006, National CLE Conference
(January 4, 2006), Snowmass, Colorado

Using Themes and Analogies to Maximize Damages
in a Catastrophic Injury or Death Case
2005 National CLE Conference
(January 4, 2005), Snowmass at Aspen, Colorado

Maximizing Damages in a Catastrophic Injury or Death Case
2004 National CLE Conference
(January 4, 2004), Snowmass at Aspen, Colorado

Use of Themes & Analogies in a Personal Injury Trial
2003 National CLE Conference
(January 7, 2003), Aspen, Colorado

Maximizing Damages in a Catastrophic Injury or Death Case
2003 National CLE Conference
(January 5, 2003), Aspen, Colorado


LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE

“The Art of Persuasion in a High Stakes Jury Trial”
(December 15, 2017), New Orleans, LA

“Closing Arguments”
(December 11, 2015), New Orleans, LA

“Winning with the Master Delivering
the Knock-Out Punch Making Your Closing
Argument Count.” (December 12, 2013)

Using Themes and Analogies to Persuade
(September 16, 2011)

Effective Use of Persuasion in Your Closing Arguments
(July 20, 2010)- Webinar

Using Themes and Analogies to Persuade in a Personal
Injury Trial – Seminar Wed Live! – LAJ
(February 12, 2008)

Using Themes and Analogies to Persuade in a Personal
Injury Trial (July 31, 2007), La Jolla, California

Winning with the Masters Seminar: Using Themes &
Analogies to Persuade at Trial (January, 2004)

Winning with the Masters Seminar: Using Themes &
Analogies to Persuade at Trial (December, 2003)

1997 Post-Legislative Retreat: Effective Damage
Arguments in Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
(July, 1997)

Winning with the Masters Seminar: Obtaining a
Multi-Million Dollar Verdict in a Knee Injury Case
(December, 1996)

Winning with the Masters Seminar: Maximizing Damages in Wrongful Death Cases (December, 1993)

Winning with the Masters Seminar: Maximizing Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases (December, 1992)


MASS TORTS MADE PERFECT

“Cross Examination of Defense Medical Examiners (Including Defense Physiatrists) to Prove Severity of Pain and the Relationship of “Pain” to “Suffering” and “Anguish,” Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar
(October 13, 2011), Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Knowing, Understanding & Appreciating What the Adjustor & Insurance Claims Department Needs, Wants & Has to Have in Order to Settle the Case (And Why Clueless Plaintiff Lawyers ALWAYS Leave Significant Dollars on the Table),” Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar (April 22, 2010), Las Vegas, Nevada


MELVIN M. BELLI SEMINAR

“Exposing Financial Bias of Defense Experts”
(July 21, 2016), Los Angeles, California.


NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER

Deposing Expert Witnesses: Proven Tactics You Need to Know
(April 14, 2009)

Advanced Trial Skills: Persuasive Opening
Statements & Closing Arguments
(September 24, 2008 – Audio Conference)

Examining Witnesses: Proven Techniques
You Can Use Today (April 29, 2008 – Audio Conference)

Everything You Need to Know About Medical
Evidence But Were Afraid to Ask (October 24, 2007)

If a Trial Is A Battle:
Themes & Analogies Are Your Secret Weapons
(August 7, 2007 – Audio Conference)

Strategic Jury Selection: Win Your Case from the Start
(April 3, 2007 – Audio Conference)

Powerful Opening Statements: Practical Tips from a Proven Winner (February 7, 2007 – Audio Conference)

Preparing & Examining Expert Witnesses:
Proven Techniques You Can Use Today
(December 18, 2006 – Audio Conference)


THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS

“Proof and Argument of Damage for Mental Pain and Anguish”
(January 23, 2019), Miami, Florida

“Proof and Argument of Physical Pain and Mental Suffering”
(January 24, 2012), South Beach, Florida


NORTH AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT CONFERENCE

Is Agricultural Winning the Blame Game? (November 4, 1995)


NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION BRIDGE THE GAP BLE

The Art of Persuasion in High Stakes Trials
(January 25, 2019), New York, New York

The Art of Persuasion in High Stakes Jury Trials
(January 26, 2018), New York, New York


OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTCE

“Delivering the Knock-Out Punch – Making Your Closing
Argument Count.” (May 8, 2014), Columbus, Ohio


PENNSYLVANIA BAR INSTITUTE

Second Annual Elder Law Institute:
Nursing Homes-Tort and Contract Litigation
(July 22,1999), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEMS INSTITUTE

The Absolute Litigators Conference VIII: Proof and Argument
of Mental Pain and Anguish (May 2, 2003), Las Vegas, Nevada

The Absolute Litigators Conference VIII: Using Themes and Analogies,
to Persuade at Trial (May 1, 2003), Las Vegas, Nevada

Nursing Home Negligence – The Trial of a Nursing Home
Negligence Case: Plaintiffs Perspective (June 4, 2002)


RAINBOW PUSH COALITION & CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION FUND

“How to Win Billion Dollar Verdicts,” – Opening Statements
(June 6, 2007), Rosemont, Illinois


RUSH PRESBYTERIAN-ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER

Health Systems Management College of Health Sciences,
Health Law Course (April 10,1996)


SEAK

Demonstrative Evidence and Expert Witnesses
(June, 2010), Rosemont, Illinois

Demonstrative Evidence and Expert Witnesses
(June, 2005), Hyannis, Massachusetts

Medical Witness Summit
(November 16-17, 2002), Chicago, Illinois

Direct Testimony of Experts: Good, Bad & Ugly
Tenth Anniversary National Expert Witness & Litigation
Seminar, (June, 2001) Hyannis, Massachusetts

Demonstrative Evidence & Expert Witnesses
Tenth Anniversary National Expert Witness & Litigation
Seminar (June, 2001), Hyannis, Massachusetts

Medical Witness Summit
(February 20-21, 1999), Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Maximizing Damages Through the Use of Expert Witnesses;
Help Us Help You, 7th Annual National Expert Witness
and Litigation Seminar (June 19,1998), Hyannis, Massachusetts

What Experts and Attorneys Need to Know About Working
With Juries; 7th Annual National Expert Witness and
Litigation Seminar (June 19,1998), Hyannis, Massachusetts


SOUTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE

“Summation in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death”
(December 4, 2015), Atlanta, Georgia


SOUTHWEST BAR ASSOCIATION

Maximizing Damages in Death Cases (March 8, 1995)


STATE BAR OF ARIZONA

The Art of Story Telling: Making Advocacy Interesting
Annual Convention (June 15, 2006), Phoenix, Arizona


WYOMING TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Proof of Damages (June, 1995)


360 ADVOCACY INSTITUTE

Personal Injury Litigator Summit: Re-Direct Examination
(May 8, 2008), Las Vegas, Nevada

Personal Injury Litigator Summit: Cross Examination
of the Defense Medical Examiner
(May 9, 2008) Las Vegas, Nevada

AUTHOR

“Justice should be a lawyer’s sweet spot.”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (March 7, 2019)

“No matter the career, ‘it’s in the try.’”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (August 17, 2018)

“Picking through a beef stew verdict form.”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (March 23, 2018)

“Discovery Considerations in Specific Cases,”
IICLE (2017 edition)

“Catching a witness between the devil and the deep blue sea; it works.”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (March 23, 2017)

“Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases,”
IICLE (2016 Edition)

“Verdict amounts are on the rise, but are they fair?”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (November 17, 2016)

“Glimpses of legends among today’s bar group leadership,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (July 1, 2016)

“Lawyers need to step up to the plate,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (May 20, 2016)

“Pondering law eases fear on mountain hike,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (April 29, 2016)

“A chairlift legal lecture: It’s hardly downhill from here,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (February 26, 2016)

“Wow, Humpty Dumpty was right: Use every word- and use it precisely,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (January 14, 2016)

“Hate losing, but don’t be afraid to lose,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (May 29, 2015)

“Heading home reveals changes, inside and out,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (March 20, 2015)

“Summation in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases,”
Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit (March 2015)

“Cross is more fun, but direct is what wins,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (January 9, 2015)

“Never forget about the mockingbird,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (November 7, 2014)

“Believing in the benefits of mentoring,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (May 23, 2014)

“Trial Skills Flashpoints – Closing Arguments,”
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (June 2014)

“Inside and Outside the Jury Box: Effective Trial Strategies: Selecting Jurors in the 21st Century,”
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014)

“Depositions: Pre-Trial Strategy in Civil Practice,”
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (May 12, 2014)

“Involvement isn’t the same as commitment,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (March 21, 2014)

Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases [General editor and author], “Complaint, Answer, Motions,”
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014)

“Scope of Permissible Closing Arguments in Automobile Crash Accidents,” “Rear-end Collisions,”
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014)

“Pedestrian vs. Motorist: Can’t we all just get along?”
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014)

“The Use and Presentation of Demonstrative Evidence in the Trial of Automobile Negligence Cases,”
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014)

“Breaking bad habits of the legal system,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (January 17, 2014)

“Be good for goodness’ sake,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (December 6, 2013)

“Student-athletes need modernized protections after accidents happen,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. (October 29, 2013)

“Preserving the element of surprise,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (October 25, 2013)

“There’s no ‘I’ in attorney,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (August 23, 2013)

“Know your spouse, know your witness,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (June 14, 2013)

“For the love of the game – and the law,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (May 24, 2013)

Trial Skill Flashpoints – Creating a Powerful Opening,
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (April 2013)

New Attorney Skills Flashpoints March 2013, “Tips for the Auto Collision Case Interview,”
IICLE, on-line articles (March, 2013)

New Attorney Skills Flashpoints February 2013 “What the Heck is a Focus Group? Can I Afford it?”

“Road trip provides jury lesson,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (January 25, 2013)

“Lawyer learns of importance of embracing family, friends,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (December 24, 2012)

“Different rules may get applied,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (November 9, 2012)

New Attorney Skills Flashpoints October 2012, “Social Media,”
IICLE, online articles (October, 2012)

“What you know, won’t hurt you,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (October 12, 2012)

“Lawyers may use judicial notice,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (September 7, 2012)

New Attorney Skills Flashpoints September 2012, “Seven C’s of Settlement,”
IICLE, on-line articles (September, 2012)

“Lawyer exposes financial bias,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (August 10, 2012)

New Attorney Skills Flashpoints August 2012, “Taking A Deposition,”
IICLE, on-line articles (August, 2012)

Chapter 3 – Psychological Injuries: Plaintiffs Perspective, Proving and Disproving Damages In Personal Injury Cases
IICLE® (2012)

“Lawyer adjusts to strike zone,”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (July 13, 2012)

New Attorney Skills Flashpoints July 2012, “Automobile Collision Cases,”
IICLE, on-line articles (July, 2012)

“New Attorney Skills Flashpoints June 2012,”
IICLE, on-line articles (June, 2012)

“Teens, distractions equal disaster,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin,
(June 15, 2012)

“What does ‘I’m sorry’ mean,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin,
(March 16, 2012)

“Public speaking skills prove vital,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (February 24, 2012)

“Don’t bring past mistakes with you into new year,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (January 23, 2012)

“Lawyers should take the reins with future damages,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (December 19, 2011)

“Lawyers remain civil, courteous,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (November 22, 2011)

“Halloween illustrates element of surprise at trial,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (October 18 2011)

“Cross-examination defense experts requires a plan,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (September 20, 2011)

“Direct examination can be as easy as playing catch,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (August 23, 2011)

“Nuances of emotional damages,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. (July 21, 2011)

“Maximizing recovery for even the little losses,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. (June 22, 2011)

“Weighing the value of life, death and work,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. (May 18, 2011)

“The Realities of Pro Bono Work and the Legal aid Funding Crisis,” DCBA Brief, Vol. 23, Issue 8 (May 2011)

“One lawyer reflects on the changing practice of law,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. (April 23, 2011)

“The ‘Pulp Fiction’ approach to trying cases,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. (April 20, 2011)

“Where have all those happy lawyers gone?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. (March 23, 2011)

“A degree of medical uncertainty”, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 157, Issue 34. (February 17, 2011)

“Inside and Outside the Jury Box: Effective Trial Strategies 2006 Edition, Chapter 2-Selecting Jurors in the 21st Century”, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. (Spring, 2011)

“Build a Better Blog”, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 157, Issue 13. (January 19, 2011)

General Editor, Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases 2007 with 2011 Supplement Compendium, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. (January 2011)

“Pedestrian vs. Motorist: Can’t We All Just Get Along?” Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases 2007 with 2011 Supplement Compendium, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. (January 2011)

“The Use and Presentation of Demonstrative Evidence in the Trial of an Automobile Negligence Case,” Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases 2007 with 2011 Supplement Compendium, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. (January, 2011)

Chapter Co-Author, “The Scope of Permissible Closing Arguments in Automobile Crash Accidents,” Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases 2007 with 2011 Supplement Compendium, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. (January, 2011)

“Inside and Outside the Jury Box: Effective Trial Strategies – Selecting Jurors in the 21st Century.” (January, 2011)

“Linguistic Competence and the Law,” MinorityNurse.com (Winter, 2010)

“The Lawyer as Scrooge; the Lawyer as Santa Claus,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 156, Issue 249 (December 22, 2010)

“The Most Successful Person,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 156, Issue 228 (November 22, 2010)

“Lawyers, teachers alike hear a plethora of excuses”, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 156, Issue 184 (September 21, 2010)

“Humanizing Tips for the New Lawyer.. . .and the Old”, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 156, Issue 165 (August 24, 2010)

“Audience Persuasion Plays Into Jury Trials”, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 156, Issue 138 (July 16, 2010)

“Rethinking to a Reasonable Degree,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 156, Issue 120 (June 21, 2010)

“Video Depositions at Trial,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 156, Issue 99 (May 20, 2010)

“Dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol. 156, Issue 76 (April 20, 2010)

“Handling a Railroad Crossing Case,” Trial Journal, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol 12, No. 1 (Winter, 2010)

“Special Considerations in an Automobile Case,” Illinois Civil Discovery Practice (Ill. Inst. for CLE – 2009)

“The Art & Science of Pre-Suit Discovery,” Trial
Pg 28 (February 2009)

“Luring Them A Tale a Time: The Art of Jury Persuasion Through Storytelling,” Trial Journal; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2008)

“Pedestrians: An Endangered Species,”
Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases (Ill. Inst, for CLE – 2007)

“The Use and Presentation of Demonstrative Evidence in the Trial of an Automobile Negligence Case”
Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases (Ill. Inst. CLE – 2007)

General Editor, Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases,
(Ill. Inst, for CLE – 2007)

“The Incredible Expanding/Shrinking Right of Children to Sue ‘Parents,’” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 95 (February 2007)

“The Search for an Effective Expert: Sailing the Seven C’s,”
Expert Alert, (Winter, 2006) Expert Witness Committee – Section of Litigation

“Using Themes and Analogies to Persuade in a Personal Injury Trial,”
Trial Journal; Illinois Trial Lawyers Associations, Volume 8, No. 1, (Winter 2006)

“Using Themes at Trial,” Automobile Law Committee Newsletter, (Spring 2004) Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section – Automobile Law Committee Newsletter
“Revisiting Bulger v. CTA: The Case for Admitting Transportation Company Investigation Results,” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 92 (April 2004)

“The Fear Factor,” Trial February 2004

“Effective Use of Depositions at Trial,” Litigation,
Vol. 30, No. 1 (Fall 2003)

“No Damage? No Expert? No Defense!” Tort Trend Newsletter,
October 2003, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Illinois State Bar Association)

“Adverse Examination of Former Employees in Illinois,” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 91, (June 2003)

“Using Technology to Enhance Medical Demonstrative Evidence,” The
Practical Litigator, Vol. 12, No. 4 (July 2001)

“Using Demonstrative Evidence to Maximize Damages: A Plaintiffs Perspective,” Trial Technique Committee Newsletter, (Spring 2001), Tort and Insurance Practice Section

“The Use and Presentation of Demonstrative Evidence in the Trial of an Automobile Negligence Case,” Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases (Ill. Inst. For CLE, 2001, Supplement- 2004)

“Demonstrative Evidence in Medical Malpractice Actions: Lead, Follow, Or Get Out of the Way,” The Brief, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Spring 2001), Tort and
Insurance Practice Section

“The Case for Making Pre-Impact Fear Compensable in Survival Actions,” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 88, August 2000

“Reheating Old Soup: Taking a Case to Verdict… A Second Time,”
Tips from the Trenches Newsletter, June 2000, American Bar Association- Section of Litigation

“Using Focus Groups to Prepare for Trial,” Tort Trends Newsletter,
March 2000, Vol. 35, No. 2, Illinois State Bar Association.

“Maximizing Damages in Soft-Tissue Injury Cases,” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 87, July 1999

“High-low Deals: In Vogue or In Trouble?” Tort Trends Newsletter, January 1999, Vol. 34, No. 3, Illinois State Bar Association.

“Closing Arguments in Civil Trials: How Far Can Lawyers Go?”
Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 86, December 1998.

“Offering Evidence of Prior Occurrences,” Products Liability Section Newsletter, Vol. DI, No. 1, Spring, 1998, Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

“Itemized Verdicts: When are they to be used and how are the
various elements of damages itemized?” Tort Trends Newsletter,
April 1998, Vol. 33, No. 4, Illinois State Bar Association.

“Lights, Camera, Action-Using Videotapes at Trial in Illinois,”
Vol. 86, January 1998, Illinois Bar Journal

“Litigating the Power Tool Case,” Trial, November 1997

“No Medical Testimony? No Problem… Or is it? Tort Trends
Newsletter, June 1997, Vol. 32, No. 6, Illinois State Bar Association

“Slip and fall verdict for head chef upheld,” Soundings Newsletter,
April 1997, Vol. 32, No. 1, Illinois State Bar Association

“Rescue doctrine saves plaintiff,” Tort Trends Newsletter, January
1997, Vol. 32, No. 4, Illinois State Bar Association

“Wild boar gets one free bite,” Tort Trends Newsletter,
January 1997, Vol. 32, No, 4, Illinois State Bar Association

“Loss of Society and Punitive Damages are Recoverable in Action Under Maritime Law,” Soundings Newsletter,
December 1995, Vol. 31, No. 1, Illinois State Bar Association

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