Winter Meeting planned by MDTC for November 9

The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) will host its Winter Meeting, “Showtime: Preparing to Tell Your Story at Trial,” on Friday, Nov. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Rd. in Novi.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Topics to be covered include: “Using Technology at Trial,” Patrick Muscat, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; “Getting Your Expert Witness Qualified/Challenging or Deposing the Plaintiff’s Expert,” Ernest P. Chiodo, Ernest Chiodo PC; “Opening Statements – Telling Your Story,” Stacy L. Moon, F&B Law Firm, PC; “Preparing Your Client to be an Effective Witness,” James E. Tamm, O’Conner De Grazia, Tamm, & O’Conner PC and Mike Severyn, Claims ProAssurance; “What Happens When Something Goes Wrong During Trial (And How to Fix it),” A. Tony Taweel, Ottenwess, Taweel, & Schenk PLC, Michael J. Watt, Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin PLC, Jody L. Aaron, Johnson Law PLC, and Jenna Wright Greenman, Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook; “Error Preservation at Trial – Perhaps a Trial Attorney and Appellate Counsel,” John Monnich, Ottenwess, Taweel, & Schenk PLC, and Robert G. Kamenec, Plunkett Cooney; “What Does the Jury Like and Not Like – the Judge’s View,” Deborah L. Brouwer, and Wayne County Circuit Court Judges Edward Ewell and David J. Allen.

Every year, MDTC and the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) each present a “Respected Advocate Award.” The MDTC annually gives the award to a member of the plaintiff’s bar for the purpose of recognizing and honoring the individual’s history of successful representation of clients and adherence to the highest standards of ethics. The MAJ does the same annually for a defense practitioner. The aim is promote mutual respect and civility. During the Luncheon Presentation, hear from Liisa R. Speaker, of Speaker Law Firm PLLC, MDTC recipient, and MAJ recipient William D. Chaklos, of Kitch Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti, & Sherbrook.

The cost to attend is $235 for MDTC members, $335 for non-members, and $285 for new members. A group special is available. Register at


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