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#53: Welcome back to Settlement Nation in 2023! We start the year with a great interview with Adam Savin, Brian Kim and Maureen Hennessey from Savin Bursk Law. These three trial lawyers make up a dynamic team; from their marketing smarts to their results, with many huge settlements and verdicts between them, including a recent 18.79M jury verdict on a slip and fall case in California. In this episode we chat about the framework they used for calculating noneconomic damages for pain and suffering in this case, advice they have for other younger lawyers facing seasoned opponents in the courtroom and why nothing beats just doing the work. ***savinbursklaw.com
#52: In this episode of Settlement Nation, I chat with Thomas E. Shaw from Dallas, Texas. Thomas has been practising law for over 38 years, has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry and has cultivated a reputation as a fierce advocate for his clients. Today we discuss his recent $206 Million verdict - but not as a 'war' story. Tom takes his time to show other lawyers what he did, how he did it and the experts he brought that made a difference in this case. We talk about his process, the power of mentors and the importance of timing. If you are a trial lawyer, then this episode is for you!***www.lawofficesofthomaseshaw.com
#51: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. This episode features Paul Littrel Jr. and Connor McDuffie from Stratejic Relationships. Stratejic harvests knowledgeable ex-employees that your defendant is praying you won’t find. Pioneers in 'insider witness mining', Stratejic documents the exact nature of systemic wrongs by defendant companies. They identify & obtain compelling testimony from former employees that help plaintiff lawyers win.***https://www.stratejic.com
#50: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. In this episode I chat with Michelle Jordan and Rory Herington from Iconographics, a visual company founded by trial lawyers that know and understand trials. Iconographics ensure your client’s story is told through powerful and persuasive visuals – whether in a settlement opportunity letter, at mediation, or in trial.  From crash reconstruction animation to medical animations and color enhanced diagnostic images, Iconographics has a solution for your cases. ***iconographicsdesign.com
#49: In this episode of Settlement Nation I sit down with Chad Hennings, a man who really has achieved a legacy of excellence. Chad had a nine year NFL career and three Super Bowl Championships with the Dallas Cowboys, flew forty-five combat missions with the Air Force during the Gulf War, flying the A10 Thunderbolt, and is now a successful real estate entrepreneur and sought after key note speaker. In this episode we discuss how to thrive through massive pressure and responsibility, the keys to living a life of excellence and advice for those who perform on any arena of life, whether it's the field or the courtroom. Motivational and inspiring, this episode is not to be missed!***It Takes Commitment: https://amzn.to/3Snv7EQRules of Engagement: https://amzn.to/3M8HsdPForces of Character: https://amzn.to/3dTlL4B
#48: In this episode of Settlement Nation, Courtney sits down with trial lawyer Kurt Zaner from Zaner Harden Law out of Denver, Colorado. Kurt has dedicated his legal career to representing individuals against modern day Goliaths, and becoming the champion for those that seemingly have the odds overwhelmingly stacked against them. He has many notable verdicts and settlements under his belt, including securing the largest premises liability verdict in the history of Colorado ($16M). Kurt is a published author of Federal and State case law, including a Colorado law establishing the right to punitive damages for victims of drunk drivers. In this episode we discuss the art of story telling, trial techniques and what is key when delivering big numbers to the jury. We also cover important lessons from Ancient Rome and how they can be applied today!
#47: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Jason Van Camp, a decorated Green Beret, Ranger and West Point graduate, turned successful entrepreneur and high performance coach. In Part 1 of this multi-part series, Jason shares his blueprint for getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and how to thrive under pressure. Discussing key takeaways from his bestselling book "Deliberate Discomfort", Jason shares the lessons he learnt from real life examples on the battlefield, translating them into digestible and relatable action items for trial lawyers and business owners. With special guest Jakob Norman, Jason provides the tools that we can all use to unlock our potential. ***Deliberate Discomfort: https://amzn.to/3dvIbIEMission Six Zero: https://www.missionsixzero.comWarrior Rising: https://www.warriorrising.org/
#46: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with trial lawyer Brian Breiter and actor Joseph Limbaugh from Improv for Trial - the preeminent academy for teaching improvisational theatre techniques to trial lawyers, helping you to become skilled at adapting to unexpected or unplanned situations in the courtroom. Brian was nominated for trial lawyer of the year for 2020 & 2019 by CAALA and has over 100M in verdicts and settlements, as well as performing in over 1000 improv shows. Joseph has over 30 years of professional improv, theatre and TV experience and currently teaches professionally at The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. In this episode you will learn why improv techniques can greatly improve every aspect of your trial. They discuss how to develop a greater awareness of non-verbal communication, body language and tone to facilitate a deeper connection and understanding of people, overcoming stage fright, presenting the facts and your client's story in a compelling way and how to effectively think on your feet in the courtroom. A not to be missed episode!
#45: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Robert Wood, a managing parter at Wood LLP and tax expert, often listed among the top ten tax lawyers in the USA. Robert is a widely published author (Tax Notes, Forbes) known for explaining and demystifying complex tax concepts and advising plaintiffs, defendants, lawyers, and settlement funds on settlements and judgments. We discuss his latest article "Qualified Settlement Fund Tax Myths" (link below) and why Qualified Settlement Funds (468B) are such a beneficial tool for plaintiff attorneys and their clients, helping to assist in the settlement process, as well as providing flexibility and tax efficiency. A not to be missed episode!Article: http://woodllp.com/Publications/Articles/pdf/Qualified_Settlement_Fund_Tax_Myths.pdf* Independent Life and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This presentation and any accompanying materials have been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide and should not be relied on for tax, legal, or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisers before engaging in any transaction.
#44: Welcome back to War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. In this episode we cover advanced attorney fee deferrals through structured settlements, and why this is something all plaintiff attorneys should be considering when they settle a case. Structuring your fees maximizes the amount of money you receive by spreading out your tax obligation, while designing an income flow that works for you & your firm. Find out why all the trial pro's are doing this, and why you should be too!
#43: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. In this episode we chat with Amelia Brummel, the CEO of Brummel Legal Consulting; the go-to, trusted resource in providing personal injury case support services for busy attorneys.  Amelia provides services ranging from demonstrative aids for depositions/mediation/trial, to connecting attorneys with the best experts in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brummel Legal Consulting delivers lawyers and their clients the results they deserve!
#42: Come on in, guys! We are back with our Rising Star Roundtable series of Settlement Nation, featuring Rilee Harrison from the Cain Law Office and Jonathan Davidi from Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi. These up and coming trial lawyers share their experiences one year on from our last episode, now older and wiser with trials under their belt! We discuss what worked, how they prepared and lessons they learned through the process. We also cover ways that younger or new attorneys can sharpen their skills before trial and ideas, from a millennial perspective, that could help improve their mindset. 
#41 (Part 2): Welcome back to our special edition Trial All-Star Series, where we interview the best trial lawyers in the country and share their secrets to success over the past decade and beyond. In this episode we continue our sit down with Keith Mitnik, and discuss his trial preparation routine, what plaintiffs lawyers will learn from both 'Deeper Cuts' and 'Don't Eat the Bruises' and why all trial lawyers feel fear, but how to use it your advantage.
#40 (Part 1): Welcome back to our special edition Trial All-Star Series, where we interview the best trial lawyers in the country and share their secrets to success over the past decade and beyond. In this episode we sit down with Keith Mitnik, a legendary trial lawyer, famous for his winning opening statements, 'David and Goliath' cases and his ability to reach the hearts of even the toughest juries. Keith is Senior Trial Lawyer for Morgan & Morgan and has 100+ trials under his belt. He is the author of Don't Eat the Bruises and Deeper Cuts, as well as a renowned speaker and mentor in the industry, sharing his unique courtroom philosophy and strategies with plaintiff lawyers across the country. An absolutely not to be missed two part series, where we dive deep into his blueprints for success in the courtroom.
#39: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Bob Simon, the co-founder of the Justice Team, well-known trial lawyer and brand building expert, who grew his firm with no seed capital to an 8-figure business in just a few months. We discuss 'Branding with a Purpose' and why this is so important for trial lawyers, when cultivating their unique and authentic voice in this industry. Bob shares his strategies to help you make it rain in your firm, through social media, personal branding and targeted networking. We also cover why you don't need to be spending thousands of dollars every month on paid advertising and how he pulls in cases using free platforms. To learn from Bob and many other great trial lawyers in person, the Bourbon of Proof Tour is coming up March 10-13 in Louisville, Kentucky. Proceeds will go to fighting fee caps in California and the Fairness for Injured Patients Act. Settlement Nation listeners, use code TLJ415 for 15% off your tickets at https://robertsimonattorney.com/tour/
#38: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Angela Bruno, the managing partner at BRUNO | NALU out of Orange County, California. Angela is a seasoned trial lawyer and has brought in large multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements and not only takes her own cases to mediation, but will also mediate cases for other lawyers. We discuss the process of deciding whether to take a case to trial vs settlement, ways lawyers who want to be better at negotiating can immediately improve their skills and why it's so important to have a bottom line. We also cover advice for other female attorneys, looking to establish their own brand and identity in this industry.  If you want to get better at negotiating, then this is the episode for you!
#37: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Brian Ward and Jakob Norman from Trial By Human, a trial lawyer training program founded by Nick and Courtney Rowley. Brian and Jakob, both seasoned trial lawyers talk with "brutal honesty" about trial practice, getting to know the human story of your clients and the importance of doing "full outs" before trial. Having taught hundreds of attorneys how to increase their effectiveness in the courtroom, both Brian and Jakob share what, when and how you should be prepping yourself before trial. Trial By Human are running a pop-up clinic on February 8th and 9th open to Settlement Nation listeners. Book in here: https://bit.ly/3AuyGko
#36: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. In this episode we chat with Rebekah Reedy Miller & Jennifer Wieroniey from the American Association of Settlement Consultants (AASC), an advocacy group committed to a vibrant, strong, and modern settlement planning industry. In this episode we discuss the importance of structured settlements and why this matters to both attorneys and their clients. The AASC is holding their first inaugural conference at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, NV from February 8-10, 2022. 
#35: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Joe Camerlengo, the co-founder of The Truck Accident Law Firm. Joe is a passionate advocate for his clients, specializing in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims caused by tractor trailer and commercial motor vehicle crashes. He has multiple 7 & 8 figure verdicts and is currently the Vice President and a Board Member of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys. We cover his thoughts on how trucking accidents could be better prevented, why he shifted his practise to focus on this niche and what he does to ensure his clients and their recoveries are protected post settlement. We also touch on Joe's background as a former NFL sports agent and what that business taught him. 
#34 (Part 4): Your favorites are back! Jason Neville from the Spence Law Firm and Jakob Norman from Trial Lawyers for Justice have returned to Settlement Nation, sharing more wisdom and insights from their years working for the defense. In this episode we cover reserves, what you can do to maximize value from the onset, does your trial history have an effect on the defense, end of the year settlement opportunity letters, bad faith, non-economic damage consideration and much more. Remember to listen back to Part 1, 2 & 3 for more great content!
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