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ABOTA Foundation Masters in Trial®: A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation 2017

Published by American Board of Trial Advocates and Maryland Association for Justice


Educating lawyers in the art of trial advocacy is a primary goal of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Masters in Trial shows how some of the most successful trial lawyers in the country conduct a trial – without war stories. All of the trial team counsel are ABOTA members and are well-known and highly respected in their fields.

Whether you are a novice or seasoned trial lawyer, plaintiff or defense counsel, this program will assist you in your next trial and trials thereafter. This seminar is designed to teach by example. The skills you see demonstrated are applicable to virtually every other civil case.

This is one seminar trial lawyers will be talking about. You don’t want to miss it. Come see how the Masters do it.

This is a full day seminar which will be streamed live over the internet so a reliable, high-speed internet connection is required to participate. Before registering, please check your internet connection at, to make sure the download speed on the computer you will be using is at least 5 mbps.
If you are unable to attend the live presentation, you will receive a link to review the recorded program.

Cheryl A. Bush
Cheryl A. Bush has extensive firstchair trial experience and with favorable outcomes in major product liability and commercial litigation cases drawing media attention. She has won trial verdicts for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including...More
Dan Shuck
Dan grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Roosevelt High School. He majored in history and philosophy at Creighton University where he earned his B.A. in 1982. He then returned to his home town and attended Drake University Law School achieving a...More
Dave Dutton
Dave Dutton is a Trial Lawyer. His career began in 1960, handling tort and commercial cases. He served as prosecuting attorney for Black Hawk County from 1969 to 1975 and continued handling murder cases on a state-wide basis until 1981. His trial...More
Frederick W. James
Fred is a senior shareholder in The James Law Firm. His practice includes the representation of individuals who have been injured due to medical malpractice, personal injury, automobilecollisions, slip and falls, product liability and workers'...More
Guy R. Cook
Trial Law:
• Personal Injury
• White Collar Criminal
• Medical Malpractice & Health Care
• SemiTractor & Serious Vehicle Collisions

Drake University Law School? Des Moines, Iowa

John Kim
John H. Kim is a seasoned, respected civil trial lawyer who handles high-stakes litigation for international corporations and the most important case of their lives for individuals who have been injured by others. He practices in Texas, nationwide...More
Hon. David Porter
Governor Branstad today appointed David M. Porter as judge to the District Court in the 5C Judicial District. Porter was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Richard G. Blane.

Porter, 38, of Johnston,...More

Kathleen Flynn Peterson
Partner - Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
Kathleen Flynn Peterson has devoted her life to providing advocacy for people dealing withpain, suffering and loss. She began her career as a registered nurse, speaking for her patients’needs and speaking up against institutional problems in the...More
Kimberly K. Hardeman
Practice Areas:
Civil Litigation
Insurance Defense
Personal Injury
Products Liability
Professional Negligence

Education and Admissions:
St. Cloud State University, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1992

Andrea La'Verne Edney
La'Verne Edney has significant trial experience in state and federal courts in Mississippi and other states, and has tried to verdict numerous cases, including medical negligence, premises liability, products liability, bad faith insurance,...More
Neven J. Mulholland
Areas of Practice
Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice
Workers' Compensation

Bar Admissions
Iowa, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1979
U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa,...More

Robert V.P. Waterman, Jr.
Bob Waterman joined Lane & Waterman in 1981 and for 35 years has focused his civil litigation practice for the defense primarily in the areas of professional malpractice, product liability, and insurance coverage litigation.

Bob is...More

Sharon Soorholtz Greer
Sharon Soorholtz Greer is an AV rated attorney. She has been at Cartwright, Druker & Ryden since 1986. She has been a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers since 1998. Ms. Greer maintains a general practice, including but not limited to,...More

Originally Published

May 19, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Morning Session Part 1 - Video
  • Morning Session Part 2 - Video
  • Afternoon Session Part 1 - Video
  • Afternoon Session Part 2 - Video
  • Exhibit List
  • Depositions and Exhibits

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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