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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


Nick Rowley Dons A Chicken Costume For Justice

Trial Guides Blog Post from March 15, 2017

As America’s leading litigation publisher, we hear a lot of great trial stories. After all, we publish the best trial lawyers in the country—including more Inner Circle of Advocate members than all of the other legal publishing companies combined. But when we heard about one of Nick Rowley’s recent trials, we had a hard time believing it. Then we received the pictures.

But first, a bit of background about why we think this story helps our customers think outside the box to do a better job for their clients.

“The Golden Rule” prevents most of us from asking jurors to put themselves in our client’s shoes. So how do we get decision-makers to understand our client’s true losses? The problem may not be due to the Golden Rule’s limitations, but instead with the limitations we place on ourselves when trying cases. The better question may be: How can we, as lawyers, understand our client’s losses so well that we can provide a very real presentation of their story that ignites a juror to appropriately compensate our client for their losses?

We wanted to share a remarkable story about the methods used by Trial Guides author Nick Rowley to step into his client’s shoes in a recent trial that made national headlines. The story shows how Nick is willing to try cases in a way that, while unconventional, is key to helping jurors identify with the plaintiff without Nick ever asking it of them. We believe it is Nick’s innovative methods, as discussed in his book and videos, that have resulted in his string of stunning verdicts.

In what is almost certainly a first, Nick gave part of his closing statement in a full-sized chicken costume. (click here to read the rest of the story)

Take Back the Courtroom CLE Event in Miami, FL (May 19-20, 2017)

Trial Guides is proud to announce the fourth Take Back the Courtroom CLE event. This two-day, intensive CLE brings together three of America’s greatest trial lawyers: Rick Friedman, Roger Dodd, and Randi McGinn (plus guest speakers Nicholas Rowley and Keith Mitnik). They will teach you all of the skills necessary to win even the most difficult trials.

This event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The cost varies based on your level of experience:

  • $1,200 per person for those lawyers who have practiced for more than five years.
  • $600 per person for those who have practiced less than five years if they are registered with Trial Guides’ New Lawyers Program.

On Friday, May 19, there will be a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Both evenings will feature a guest speaker from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.. These two sessions are optional, although they are included in the event price.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is open only to civil plaintiff’s OR criminal defense counsel. Lawyers who perform any work on behalf of insurance companies or any form of civil defense work are not allowed to attend. All attendees will be required to sign an affidavit to that effect before being allowed entry. No audio or video recording is allowed.

You will have access to five trial legends at this event - lawyers who try cases every year and who continue to obtain exceptional results.  This is an event you don't want to miss.

Topics will include:

  • Working with difficult judges
  • Dealing with difficult opponents
  • Handling difficult cases
  • Preparing difficult clients for depositions
  • Preparing difficult clients for direct and cross-examination at trial
  • How to make tough decisions at trial
  • How to deal with new venues and new judges
  • Demonstrative evidence
  • Changing trends in voir dire
  • And much more


Rick Friedman
Rick Friedman built his reputation representing people and small businesses injured by large corporations and government agencies. He handles cases including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and business torts. He is past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates and author of several best-selling trial advocacy books including Rules of the Road.

Roger Dodd
Roger Dodd is the co-author of the best-selling text Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques and the author of Cross-Examination at Depositions to be released in Spring of 2017. He is also an internationally recognized lecturer on cross-examination. He practices nationally on high and low-profile civil and criminal cases including as co-counsel.

Randi McGinn
Randi McGinn is one of the leading trial lawyers in the country, known for her creativity in the courtroom and her use of demonstrative evidence to visualize opening, direct, cross-examination, and closing argument. She is the first woman ever elected President of the Inner Circle of Advocates, and she is the author of Changing Laws, Saving Lives.

Nicholas Rowley (guest speaker)
At only 39 years old, Nick has tried over 110 cases, obtaining verdicts over $500 Million. Many consider Nick Rowley to be the leading trial lawyer of his generation. Nick has proven that he is willing to go where others won’t, dedicate his heart and soul, and achieve record results. He will be flying in from California to provide a special lecture Friday night.  Nick is the author of the Trial Guides book Trial by Human. Nick will share with you secrets of how to win big at trial.  

Keith Mitnik (guest speaker)
Florida's own Keith Mitnik, author of the best selling book Don't Eat The Bruises, has just been added to the program on Saturday afternoon! Keith has obtained multiple eight figure jury verdicts, including verdicts for $90 Million, $40 Million, $27 Million and more.  He is the final speaker, covering practical skills that you can apply in all of your trials, completing a once in a lifetime lineup of speakers. People will be talking about this CLE for years to come.  

Click here to for more details and to register for this event