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Trial Skills Section

Trial Skills Section

The Trial Skills Section is devoted to the art, science and practice of trial advocacy. The Section promotes the continuing advancement of trial skills of members of the legal community by the open exchange of ideas, continuing legal education, communication between the bar and bench, and the mutual respect and collegiality between members of the bar.

Section Meetings:

The Trial Skills Section generally meets at the Belo on the second Friday of each month for CLE presentations, which are free to our members. 


DBA Trial Academy

The Trial Academy is a hands-on civil trial skills training program intended to improve advocacy skills for solo and small firm lawyers licensed five years or less through a combination of lectures and demonstrations by seasoned attorneys and live exercises by participants. It is jointly sponsored by the Trial Skills Section and the Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee. Enrollment for 2015 is closed.
 
Videos of the lectures and demonstrations from the Trial Academy will be accessible by non-Trial Academy participants as they become available for viewing. The lectures and demonstrations cover voir dire, opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments. To watch the available Trial Academy Videos, click here.


Section News:

 

The DBA Trial Skills Section Invites You to

a special CLE event on Friday, August 14, 2015, Noon at Belo

Winning Over the Jury: Perspectives from a Judge, Trial Lawyer, and Jury Consultant

featuring

Judge Martin Hoffman, Michael Hurst and Jason Bloom

MCLE 1.00

  Please mark your calendar to attend this great CLE!


2015 Section Officers:

Name: Robert Tobey
Officer Position: Chair and Board Advisor
Firm: Johnston + Tobey, P.C.
Firm Address: 3308 Oak Grove Avenue
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: 214.741-6260
Email: rltobey@johnstontobey.com

Name: Britta Stanton
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Lynn Tillotson Pinker and Cox, LLP
Firm Address: 2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 2700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.981.3828
Email: bstanton@lynnllp.com

Name: John Cox
Officer Position: Secretary
Company: John M. Cox & Associates, P.C.
Company Address: 325 N. St. Paul Street, Ste. 1200
Company City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-939-9000
Email: jmc@coxtriallaw.com

Name: David Kent
Officer Position: Treasurer
Company: Sedgwick, LLP
Company Address: 1717 Main Street, Ste. 5400
Company City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 469-227-8200
Email: david.kent@sedgwicklaw.com

Name: Michael K. Hurst
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank, LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214.855.6802
Email: mhurst@ghjhlaw.com

Name: Natalie Arbaugh
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Firm Address: 1717 Main Street, Suite 5000
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.747.5070
Email: arbaugh@fr.com

Name: Quentin Brogdon
Officer Position: Director
Firm:The  Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C.
Firm Address: 4514 Cole Avenue, Suite 1800
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75205
Business Phone: 214.522.0200
Email: qdbrogdon@flbranson.com

Name: Shonn Brown
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank, LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214.855.6802
Email: sbrown@ghjhlaw.com

Name: Aimee Fagan
Officer Position: Director
Firm: McKool Smith P.C.
Firm Address: 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.978.4000
Email: afagan@mckoolsmith.com

Name: Edwin Krieger
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Edwin P. Krieger, P.C.
Firm Address: 4123 Prescott Avenue
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214.478.2012
Email: edwin.krieger@gmail.com

Name: Bill Mateja
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Firm Address: 717 Main Street, Suite 5000
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.747.5070
Email: mateja@fr.com

Name: Judge Irma Ramirez
Officer Position: Director
Firm: U.S. Magistrate Judge
Firm Address: 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1567
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75242
Business Phone: 214.753.2393
Email: judge_ramirez@txnd.uscourts.gov

Name: Mary Scott
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Farrow-Gillespie & Heath, LLP
Firm Address: 1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 3700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.361.5600
Email: mary.scott@fghlaw.net

Name: Amy Stewart
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Amy Stewart PC
Firm Address: 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 475
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75206
Business Phone: 214.233.7076
Email: amy@amystewartlaw.com

Name: Victor Vital
Officer Position: Director
Firm:Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Firm Address: 2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 5200
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.665.3600
Email: vitalv@gtlaw.com


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Section Membership

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Trial Skills Section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $25.00 membership fee to:
DBA
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

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