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Trial Skills Seminar in Boulder, CO (March 21-24, 2019)


Trial by Human's Trial Skills Seminar is designed for plaintiff and criminal defense attorneys. THIS IS NOT a seminar for attorneys that represent insurance companies or other corporations.

At the Trial Skills Seminar, you can expect to spend equal time on your feet practicing your craft as being taught and working on your actual cases. This is not a seminar where you will be lectured at the entire time. Instead, it is a seminar where you will have the time to practice the methods being taught.

St Julien Hotel & Spa
900 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302

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Trial Skills and Ethics, a Trial By Human Escape (Oct. 5-8 in Santa Barbara, CA)


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Recharge, renew and re-energize your practice and yourself with new ideas, practical skills, live interactive demonstrations, great food and yoga all in the gorgeous setting of historic Santa Barbara. This will be a seminar unlike any you have ever attended. Learn from top trial lawyers and trial judges with decades of experiencing and overseeing thousands of trials. Work your case and attend an exclusive and hands-on session with Nick Rowley.

In addition to the program, there will be time for socializing and relaxing. Bring your family with you. Make it a fun and wonderful weekend in Santa Barbara during a beautiful time of year.  

The seminar starts on Friday, October 5, 2018 (4:00 p.m. registration), and runs through Monday, October 8, 2018 (2:00 p.m.). Registration includes one room Friday and Saturday nights; breakfast, lunch, snacks, and yoga on Saturday and Sunday; and the best CLE seminar of the year.

There are very few spots for this summit. It will sell out quickly. We’ve been warned by the hotel: Due to fire codes, we will be unable to squeeze in people at the end – even good friends. We love you, but we can’t get you in, if you don’t register

Registration Notes:

1. Your ticket INCLUDES a room at the Canary on Friday and Saturday, if you would like to stay the night on Sunday please add that option on check out. 

2. If more than one registrant is sharing a room, please e-mail seminars@trialbyhuman.com for details on how to register for the summit. 

An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending
for approval by the State Bar of California.

 Sponsored by Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley/Trial by Human and Hosted by Ellen Pansky

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What else is new at Trial by Human? Be watching for some upcoming Trial by Human and Trial by Woman training dates that we have been planning. Our events promise to best develop you—both as a human and as a lawyer, your cases, and your network.  Be prepared to get on your feet and put your skills to work with your colleagues.

-The Trial By Human Team

Iowa Association for Justice's 44th Annual Convention in Des Moines, IA (Nov. 9-10, 2017)


Iowa Association for Justice 44th Annual Convention
November 9-10, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa

Courtney and Nick Rowley will be speaking at IAJ's 44th Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.  They will be speaking on Thursday, November 9th from 9:30am to 11:15am. 

Session Title: Connecting to Our Cases, Connecting to Ourselves

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Iowa trial attorneys have come to expect the very best from the Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) Annual Convention, and for very good reason. IAJ has an unmatched record of bringing together the most sought after speakers from across the state and nation to share state-of-the-art trial advocacy theories and techniques, and cutting-edge litigation solutions for your practice. 

Our November Annual Convention has become one of the most anticipated CLE seminars in Iowa -- and a social and professional imperative for trial attorneys of all stripes. 

Nick Rowley at Drake Law AAJ (November 11, 2017)


Nick Rowley at Drake Law AAJ

Saturday, November 11 at 9am
Drake Legal Clinic Courtroom

Sponsored by Galligan Reid, P.C.


Having tried more than 100 cases to juries before the age of 40 and recovered more than half a billion dollars in settlements and jury verdicts, many consider Iowa native Nick Rowley to be the leading trial lawyer of his generation. An Air Force veteran, educator and author, he is renowned for his advocacy skills and dedication to representing injury victims. Nick is deeply committed to pro bono representation of the overcharged and wrongfully accused. He has never lost a criminal trial. He practices at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley in Los Angeles, California.

Meet and learn from Nick as he leads a discussion on trying your first case, ethical issues in trial work, connecting with the jury, and asking for damages. This opportunity is designed for law students, but new and experienced attorneys alike will enjoy learning from this great trial lawyer. 

Admission: Recommended donation of $20 (student) and $40 (attorney). All profits will benefit the food pantry at Bidwell Riverside Center on the south side of Des Moines.

Special guests include Iowa trial attorneys Brian Galligan and Timm Reid.

Seats are not reserved and are available on a strictly first-come, first-serve basis. 

Contact Nate Staudt (nathaniel.staudt@drake.edu) with any questions.

Seminar Schedule

9:00am Welcome and Introductions
Joe Casey, Chapter President Nate Staudt, Chapter Secretary

9:15am Becoming a Trial Lawyer and Your First Trial
Nick Rowley, Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley

10:30am The Ethics of Trial Practice
Brian Galligan, Galligan Reid
Timm Reid, Galligan Reid
Nick Rowley, Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley

1:00am Lunch (on your own)

12:00pm Connecting with the Jury and Developing the Human Story
Nick Rowley, Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley

1:00pm Asking for Damages
Nick Rowley, Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley

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Trial By Human Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Dec. 15-17, 2017)

Trial By Human Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Dec. 15-17, 2017)

This December join Nick Rowley at the Trial By Human Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Minnesota Association for Justice Center for Legal Education (MAJ members only)




Settle In and Orientation—Meet and Greet
Introduction to Faculty, Staff and Project

Introduction and Overview of Voir Dire
Brutal Honesty in Voir Dire—a new but proven approach to jury selection—On Your Feet


Choosing Story and Introduction to Storytelling in the Courtroom—How do you tell a Better Story and Motivate the Jury to be the Hero of Your Story. Q and A

Assign Groups for Trial Teams/Collaboration on Courtroom Trial Prep. Development by teams of

  • Theme/Theory of Plaintiff Case
  • Theme/Theory of Defense Case
  • Jury Ask


Introduction and Development of Opening Statement
Setting the Stage: Making the Courtroom a Visual Reminder of the Case Specific Facts.  Physicality and Visually: Combining all of our resources for full sensory communication


Ethical Considerations in Working with your Client: Coaching the Client as a Witness; Disclosure and Client Coaching when Developing Storytelling; Strategies; Directing the Client and Keeping them Involved; Inoculation

Break—Gather for Dinner

Dinner and Hosted Bar—Discussion of Day’s Work


On Your Feet: Practical Group Presentation of Openings—Group feedback and Collaboration: Further Development of Defense Case, Plaintiff Theme and Theory, Case Structure and Trial Planning and Logistics


Introductions to Direct Examination-Collateral Sources, the power of physicality in the Courtroom, the Expert Direct, Cross Exam in the Plaintiff’s Direct
Introductions to Cross Examination- Expert Cross, Soft Tissue Injury Cross, Intro to Brain Injury in the Courtroom


Break out for practical collaboration on Directs and Crosses;
Practical Group Presentation of Directs and Crosses with witnesses to the group; Critique and feedback;  Courtroom Awareness in the heat of the moment


Introduction to Closing: Pulling it altogether with focus on the facts. Betrayal by the defense/defendant or other villain, actions not people; Group Participation; Q/A


On Your Feet: Practical Group Presentation of Closings—Critique and Feedback—Real Trial Settings and Courtroom Awareness- Rebuttal


Premises Liability Presentation: Case Selection, Preparation and Trial Strategy


Course Fee includes CLE credits (requested), written materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages.

CLE Credit has been requested of the Minnesota (22.25 Standard) and the Wisconsin (26.5 Standard) State Boards of Continuing Legal Education.

19.0 MN CLE Credits requested

CLE 8 hours.

CLE 8 hours. 

CLE 3 hours.

Course Fee includes CLE credits (requested), written materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages.

CLE Credit has been requested of the Minnesota (19.0 Standard) and the Wisconsin (22.5 Standard) State Boards of Continuing Legal Education.

Click here to find out more and to register
or contact Derek Lamparty dlamparty@mnaj.org (612) 375-1707

Henry Peacor hits for $353,000 on soft tissue case in Van Nuys!

We wanted to share this report and congratulations from David M. deRubertis of The deRubertis Law Firm for Henry Peacor of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley for his verdict last Friday on a soft-tissue bus v. bicycle case against Michael Nebenzahl.


The 3-day trial took place in Van Nuys in front of Judge Paul Bacigalupo. I’ll leave most of the details to Henry, but short story is that this was a true soft-tissue case with $17,824 in meds, no treatment for about a year pre-trial, yet Henry secured $250,000 in future non-economics in the absence of any future meds on truly a soft-tissue case.  If that wasn’t enough, the case also had tons of credibility attacks on the plaintiff - Attorney referrals, chiro liens, subjective/inconsistent complaints of pain, Facebook photos used to impeach the plaintiff, and to top it all off there was a year and a half gap in treatment that only ended because of a few visits with their retained expert Jacob Tauber, MD just before trial.

Part of the magic I think Henry created in the courtroom was in true Henry (mentored of course by Nick Rowley) fashion, he got to the bottom of the story of his client’s life and human losses to make them transcend so far beyond the medical bills or the soft-tissue injury.  I’ll spare details for Henry, but in working with the client he developed a compelling theme that his client growing up never had a stable, solid home.  As an adult, achieving that home stability was so key to his life but for reasons I’ll leave to Henry to explain, this mere soft-tissue injury disrupted that life goal in a very bad way.  I’m sure this explains the $250,000 in future generals without any future meds!

Jury returned a verdict of $353,174.
Past meds were $17,824.
Past noneconomic damages were $85,000.
Future noneconomic damages were $250,000.
Top pre-trial offer was $50,000. 

David M. deRubertis | Shareholder
The deRubertis Law Firm, APC