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Ethics |  2022 On-Demand |  OnDemand
Katherine M. Corcoran |  Laura E. Udall |  Ted Schmidt |  Peter Akmajian |  Thomas P. Burke |  Katherine Cooper |  Tom Henze |  Joseph E. Mais, Esq. |  Michael O'Connor |  Michael Piccarreta |  Tom Shorall |  K. Thomas Slack |   18 more....
5 Hours 48 Minutes
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Special CLE for litigators presented by
The Fellows of The American
College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)

Proudly Co-Sponsored by
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University,
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
and CLE West
 Trials in a Radically Changing World:
Views from the Pit and the Bench

Friday | May 20, 2022 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix
This seminar may qualify for up to 6.5 hours MCLE, including 2.5 hours of Ethics.
ACTL Fellows represent the top 1% of the lawyers in the US and there are few chances to learn from lawyers of their caliber. You won't want to miss this opportunity.
Trial Lawyers Want to Win at Trial – But at What Cost?
This seminar will explore winning tactics at trial and also expose the audience to ethical and professional issues which will enhance your success with professional and ethical presentations. Listen to some of Arizona’s best trial lawyers and judges discuss what resonates with jurors and the court. Learn what you can and cannot argue and the ethical pitfalls to avoid.



I. Theme Development: Start to Finish

The presentation will show how successful lawyers develop a theme for their case and follow through from discovery/disclosure through trial. It will also address the use of jury consultants and thinking outside the box.

Reid Garrey
Evans Garrey, PLLC
Joseph Mais
Perkins Coie, LLP
Tom Shorall
Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann
II. Jury Selection: the Abolition of Peremptory Challenges

This presentation will address the abolition of peremptory challenges and the effects it is likely to have on the decisions judges will make as well as the strategies lawyers should use in jury selection.


Hon. Jeffrey Bergin
Pima County Superior Court
Hon. Katherine Cooper
Maricopa County Superior Court
William Sandweg
Sandweg & Ager, PC
Thomas Slack
Beale Micheaels Slack Shughart, PC
Georgia Staton
Jones Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
  III. Has ADR Replaced the Jury Trial?

This presentation will discuss current trends in alternative dispute resolution and how a lawyer's ability to try a case impacts their ability to obtain favorable pre-trial resolution.


Michael Murphy
Murphy Schmitt Hathaway
Winn Sammons
Sammons ADR, LLC
Burr Udall
Udall Law Firm, LLP
IV. Expert Witnesses: When and How to Use them

This presentation will focus on the process of identifying issues requiring expert testimony, identifying and selecting an expert, whether to take an expert's deposition, and how to effectively present expert testimony at trial.


Tom Burke
Udall Law Firm, LLP
Randy Papetti
Papetti Samuels Weiss, LLP
Mick Rusing
Rusing, Lopez, & Lizardi Attorneys at Law
  V. Litigating and Trying Civil Cases With Criminal Ramifications

This presentation will focus on issues trial lawyers face in civil cases with parallel criminal proceedings. Issues to be discussed will include how and when the Fifth Amendment can be invoked and the consequences of doing so, use of grand jury transcripts, the effect of a criminal plea on a civil case and what Fourth Amendment protections are available in civil trials.


Hon. Randall Warner
Maricopa County Superior Court
Tom Henze
Henze Cook Murphy, PLLC
Michael Piccarreta
Piccarreta Davis Keenan Fidel, PC
Phillip Stanfield
Jones Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
Laura Udall
Laura E. Udall, PLLC
VI. The Ethics of Professional Conduct: In and Out of the Courtroom

This presentation will discuss ethical professional interaction in litigation and trial.


Hon. Timothy Thomason
Maricopa County Superior Court
Hon. Tom Zlaket
Thomas A. Zlaket, PLLC
Philip Gerard
The Cavanagh Law Firm
Lonnie Williams
Stinson LLP
VII. Ethical Strategy: How Trial Lawyers Can Avoid Bar Inquiries

All cases involve many strategic decisions. This section will address how to ethically implement those decisions from intake through trial.


Hon. James Teilborg
United States District Court, District of Arizona
Peter Akmajian
Schmidt Sethi & Akmajian
Michael O’Connor
Salt River Project
Jeffrey Willis
Snell & Wilmer, LLP










Katherine M. Corcoran's Profile

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Broening Oberg Woods and Wilson PC

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Vice Chair

Laura E. Udall PLLC

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Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian

Thomas P. Burke's Profile

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Udall Law Firm LLP

Thomas P. Burke, II  is a highly respected trial and appellate attorney who has actively practiced law since graduating from the University of Arizona, College of Law in 1984. Mr. Burke has had success for many clients (individuals, companies, and governmental agencies) in a variety of cases in both trial and appellate courts and at the state and federal levels. Tom’s practice is primarily in tort matters which includes serious personal injury, wrongful death, insurance claims, product liability claims, premises liability claims, motor vehicle claims (automobile and trucking), liquor liability claims, and governmental claims. Tom is involved in various attorney associations, having served on the boards of a state organization and two national organizations, and has been a seminar speaker on many trial practice topics. In 2012, Tom was the only nominee in the state of Arizona to the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers where he was inducted as a ‘Fellow” in 2013.

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Maricopa County Superior Court

Hon. Katherine (Kay) M. Cooper was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court in 2011 by Gov. Brewer.  She is currently assigned to Family Court, Downtown.

Before taking the bench, Judge Cooper had a civil litigation practice, primarily tort/personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, and municipal law.  She earned both her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Virginia.  From law school, she joined the law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon PLC where she was a partner and chaired the Recruiting Committee.   After ten years, she transitioned from JS&S to serve as a full-time director of volunteers at a non-profit organization.  She returned to practicing law at Schneider & Onofry PC and, later, as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Scottsdale City Attorneys Office. 

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Piccarreta Davis Keenan Fidel, PC

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Shorall, McGoldrickBrinkmann

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Beale, Micheaels & Slack & Shughart, P.C.

Thom Slack is a partner with the Phoenix firm of Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart where he represents plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases with an emphasis on railroad grade crossing collision, trucking and construction accidents.  He has tried numerous catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, including automobile, motorcycle and trucking accidents, railroad grade crossing collisions, and construction and premises liability injuries.  Mr. Slack has obtained significant seven and eight figure jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.  He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Mr. Slack earned his B.A. degree, with highest honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his J. D. degree, cum laude, from University of California Hastings College of Law.  Mr. Slack is a State Bar of Arizona certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation; a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.  He is the past president of the Phoenix chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court.  Mr. Slack is an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Phoenix School of Law, is a member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Fee Arbitration Committee, the Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Advisory Committee and a former member of the Jury Instruction Committee.

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Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.

An accomplished trial attorney, Phil Stanfield focuses his practice on transportation defense, professional liability, product liability, and defending insured’s covered by general liability policies. Prior to pursuing a law degree, Phil worked as a chemical engineer for four years. 

In 2009, Phil was inducted as a Fellow by the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization that selects is members based on trial skills and ethics and is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the right to jury trial. 

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Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C

Georgia Staton has more than 45 years of experience representing governmental entities, including state, counties and cities, as well as school districts and privately-held corporations. She is committed to defending clients on issues involving governmental liability, employment law, personal injury and civil rights. Georgia has tried more than 75 cases to verdict in state and federal court in matters involving wrongful death and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII discrimination and sexual harassment claims and retaliation, as well as false arrest and excessive force allegations against law enforcement including pursuit cases and SWAT actions.  Georgia is a Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. She currently serves as co-chair of the Governmental Liability Employment Trial Group.

Away from the office, Georgia enjoys traveling the world, reading novels, and learning Russian.


University of Kansas, J.D., 1974
University of Kansas, B.A., English and Russian, 1971

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Honorable Judge

US District Court of Arizona

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Maricopa County Superior Court

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Honorable Judge

Maricopa County Superior Court

Work History:

2007 - Present:  Judge, Superior Court in Maricopa County, Phoenix 
2001 - 2007:  Partner, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, Phoenix 
1997 - 2001:  Attorney, Roshka, Heyman & DeWulf, Phoenix 
1995 - 1997:  Attorney, Sole Practioner, Phoenix 
1995 - 1995:  Attorney, Peskind, Hymson & Goldstein, Scottsdale  
1993 - 1995:  Attorney, Lewis and Roca, Phoenix 
1992 - 1993:  Judicial Clerk, Arizona Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Zlaket, Phoenix 


Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1989, University of Arizona
Juris Doctor, Law, 1992, University of Arizona College of Law

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Sandweg and Ager

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Honorable Judge

Pima County Superior Court

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Murphy, Schmitt, Hathaway, Wilson & Becke, LLP

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Papetti Samuels Weiss, LLP

Randy has been with his firm for more than twenty years and recently served several years as the Practice Group Leader of the firm's Litigation section.  He has been recognized as a top Arizona litigator by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, Chambers International, Martindale-Hubbell, Phoenix Magazine and Southwest Super Lawyers.

Randy’s practice focuses on trial work, commercial litigation and antitrust counseling.

Trial Work

Randy has an active trial and arbitration practice and has successfully tried cases ranging from his defense of a man accused of first-degree murder to a complex lease and regulatory dispute that resulted in an $11.2 million jury verdict for the firm’s client. He also regularly arbitrates cases and has obtained several awards exceeding $1 million in arbitrations and several defense verdicts in the same area arising out of partnership and corporate disputes. He was part of the trial team that in 2016 obtained a nationally publicized jury verdict that the writer, director, and producer of the Broadway play, Jersey Boys, copied from an unpublished manuscript of a deceased lawyer. In 2011, Randy was invited into and inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the preeminent trial lawyer organization in America.

Commercial Litigation

With a background in finance and economics, Randy has experience in handling a wide variety of commercial disputes. He has particular experience in disputes involving partnerships and other joint venture disputes, real estate, restrictive covenants, and intellectual property litigation. He was selected by Best Lawyers and his local peers as the 2013 Lawyer of the Year for “Bet-the-Company Litigation.”

Antitrust Disputes and Counseling

Randy counsels trade associations, industry consortiums, non-profits and corporations on antitrust, restrictive covenant and other unfair competition matters, and has served as counsel in several major antitrust class actions filed in Arizona. He is a past Chair of the Antitrust Section of the State Bar of Arizona.

Pro Bono

On a pro bono basis, Randy has handled three high-profile murder cases in which he believed the defendants had been falsely accused. In one, after a six-week trial, the jury hung 8-4 in favor of acquittal. In another, the State eventually dismissed all charges. In the third case in Qatar, Randy's clients were exonerated by the Qatari courts. Randy has received multiple awards for his pro bono and community service work.

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Thomas A. Zlaket, PLLC