Total Credits: 8 CLE, 1 Ethics, 8.00 Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation Specialization
Co-sponsored by AZ Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers
The faculty will present on the subjects of Case Preparation, Jury Selection, Opening Statement, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Expert Witness Examination, Closing Argument and Ethics. They will demonstrate the “do’s and don’t’s” of trial practice using video clips of the Amber Heard vs. Johnny Depp case.
Summary of case:
Ted Schmidt, Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian
Honorable Timothy J Thomason, Maricopa County Superior Court
Honorable Danielle Viola, Maricopa County Superior Court
John Ager, Sandweg & Ager PC
Peter Akmajian, Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian
Dan Cavett, Cavett & Fulton PC
Katherine Corcoran, Broening Oberg Woods & Wilson PC
Richard Davis, Mesch Clark & Rothschild PC
Dimitra Hotis Sampson, United States Attorneys Office
Patrick McGroder, Beus Gilbert McGroder PLLC
Ronald Mercaldo, Mercaldo Law Firm LTD
Richard Plattner, Plattner Verderame, PC
Georgia Staton, Jones Skelton & Hochuli PLC
Laura Udall, Laura E. Udall PLLC
HON. DANIELLE VIOLA was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court in 2011. Danielle
currently enjoys a Family Court assignment and is co-chair of the Family Court Initiatives Committee which
is dedicated to improving communication between judicial officers, lawyers, behavioral health providers,
staff, and court administration. Prior to joining the bench, Danielle was a partner at Snell & Wilmer where
she concentrated her practice in the area of commercial litigation. Danielle serves as a board member for
Arizona Town Hall and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Alumni Association. She attended
Arizona State University where she graduated manga cum laude in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Political Science and cum laude in 1999 with her Juris Doctor degree.
GEORGIA A. STATON is a partner in the Phoenix firm of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, where she practices mainly in the areas of personal injury, employment, and municipal liability litigation. Ms. Staton represents many governmental entities and in that capacity has defended counties, cities and school districts in both state and federal court. She is certified by the Arizona State Bar as a Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. Ms. Staton previously was an organized crime and racketeering prosecutor with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, chief counsel to the Market Integrity Section, Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Chicago, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Economic Crime Prosecutor with the District Attorney's Office in Wichita, Kansas. She has taught extensively in the area of trial advocacy, and has been a faculty member of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy since 1991.
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