The Litigation Counsel of America's 2016 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows was held in Amelia Island, Florida, on October 19-21, 2016. Both tenured Fellows and new inductees were treated to a cocktail reception under the stars, overlooking the ocean on Wednesday evening, a general session on Thursday, followed by the Celebration of Fellows Gala and induction ceremony, then a half-day session on Friday, with presentations by the Trial Law Institute (TLI).


The Amelia Island setting was at its loveliest during the entire event and into the weekend, giving attendees the opportunity to explore the area, its history and renowned outdoor sports, as well as nearby Cumberland Island, Georgia, Ponte Vedra Resort near Jacksonville and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Massachusetts Superior Court Associate Justice Karen F. Green, 2016 LCA President, formerly of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, presided over the event.

Presentations during the Thursday general session included Benny Agosto, Jr., Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Houston, Texas, But Your Honor, He’s an Illegal!; Michael A. Petruccelli, Petruccelli & Osher, Attorneys at Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Business We've Chosen: What Trial Lawyers Do Really Matters; James A. Batson, Bentham IMF, New York, New York, Litigation Funding: What It Is and How Lawyers and Clients Use It to Mitigate Risk and Increase Firm Profits; Ross Fishman, J.D., Fishman Marketing, Highland Park, Illinois, Legal Marketing and Ethics, Part 2: 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes; and Michael D. Ehrenstein, Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin, Miami, Florida, D. Michael Costello and Sharon P. Hamrick, both of Elliott Davis Decosimo, Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Art and Science of Convincing Expert Testimony.

For Friday’s half-day session, the faculty of the Trial Law Institute presented the third of its four-part series leading to the Trial Master Certification. The agenda included J. Ric Gass, Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Trial Facts; Amy T. Forbis, Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S., Seattle, Washington, Witness Preparation; Barbara A. Zurek, Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Ethics of Witness Preparation; David J. Turek, Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Direct Examination; and John P. Buckley, Nixon Peabody LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Cross-Examination.

Also on Friday, G. Steven Henry, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Litigation Counsel of America, New York, New York, and Seaside, Florida, presented Peter Perlman Service Awards to Victor R. Anderson, III, Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, LLP, Los Angeles, California; Ceci C. Berman, Brannock & Humphries, Tampa, Florida; Sarah Jane Shanahan, Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Boston, Massachusetts; and Alonzo D. Washington, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC, Morgantown, West Virginia, for outstanding community service.

A record number of raves were received following the conference, which was widely described as informative, interesting, engaging, close, productive and personal.

Corporate Diversity Partners and sponsors of the conference included Bentham IMF; DecisionQuest; Millnet, an Advanced Discovery company; Elliott Davis Decosimo; Fishman Marketing; Girardi | Keese; Frank P. Scruggs; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; the Expert440; the Trial Law Institute; and the Diversity Law Institute.