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2019 TLC2 Grad, Jeremy D’Amico Shares his Challenging Case in Connecticut that Lead to a Family Given Justice

2020-01-03T16:14:46-07:00January 9, 2020|TLC Blog|

Written and shared by Jeremy D'Amico, TLC2 2019 September Graduate. Jeremy is a licensed trial lawyer in Connecticut and Florida practicing exclusively in the areas of plaintiff's Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, and Nursing Home Negligence. Dear Warriors, I hope this finds you well. I want to share with you all some details about the journey of my recent $23,050,000 jury verdict out of Connecticut, one of the largest personal injury verdicts in Connecticut's history. The Bus Crash In June of 2015, Gabe, a child with autism, was riding on the school bus home. It was a sunny summer day, the sky dotted with clouds, and the air, crisp. The bus pulled out from the school and two cars [...]

TLC Grad and Faculty Member, Tommy Davenport on a Recent Story Inside Angola Prison, Louisiana’s State Penitentiary

2019-09-23T13:37:11-06:00September 19, 2019|TLC Blog|

On Friday, September 6, Dateline's Lester Holt shared a story on Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. He actually stayed in a cell there for a number of days. It is the largest maximum-security prison in the world. It is still a working plantation. It is surrounded by a river and swampland, with a number of 'unpaid guards'-alligators. I've been at this prison many times and I cry when I leave and am angered by the time I make it home. As far as the eye can see, there are black men working in the fields with guards on horses. Not much different than a scene from 12 Years a Slave. Angola is a complete failure of the human race and [...]

Jon Hawk, TLC September ’18 Grad Wins Victory for Client in First Jury Trial After Graduating from the Trial Lawyers College

2019-03-15T11:32:44-06:00March 15, 2019|TLC Blog|

“It was the best professional decision I have made in my life and the best three weeks of growth as an attorney that I’ve had in twenty-one years of practice. I discovered I was in my ‘lawyer head’ instead of in my heart, which kept me from being the best lawyer I can be. I can tell you these words, but until you experience it for yourself, you will never understand." Jon Hawk is a personal injury trial attorney in Macon, Georgia who has tried cases before juries for over twenty-one years. He first attended TLC’s 5-day Psychodrama for Lawyers in 2017. This time spent at the ranch, and at this course (now taught as ‘Trial Skills Foundations’) piqued his [...]

TLC2 2017 Grad, Dominic Andriacchi Jr. Brought Justice for Client in Northern Michigan

2020-12-11T07:48:58-07:00January 10, 2019|TLC Blog|

  "This trial was a TLC trial if there ever was one. I did the listening exercise, doubling, all the psychodrama methods I learned, and we were able to reenact the crash during cross-examination. I asked for over a million dollars in a conservative county in Michigan and before trial even started I had people laughing and telling me I had a frivolous case, including some of the people on the jury in the venire." - Dominic Andriacchi Jr. (TLC2 '17) Dominic Andriacchi Jr. graduated from TLC's 3-Week Flagship College in September 2017 and has since taken a new approach to fight for the clients he represents. Dominic graduated from law school in 2012 and moved back to where he [...]

Develop and Deliver a Winning Direct Examination

2018-12-20T06:52:10-07:00December 20, 2018|TLC Blog|

TLC's Direct Examination Regional Seminar in Monterey Bay, California is January 18-20, 2019. Located on the outer edge of San Francisco and San Jose, the Seascape Resort Monterey Bay is the ideal location for a TLC regional seminar. This regional is co-led by two of TLC's long-standing faculty members, Brooks Cutter & Anne Valentine. Gerry Spence, co-founder of the Trial Lawyers College says, "The key to direct examination, as in every element of the trial, is ‘it all begins with you.’ Your job in direct exam is to help the witness effectively tell that part of the story the witness knows." Faculty Co-Leaders Brooks Cutter graduated from TLC's then once-per-year flagship college in 1998 and joined the faculty shortly after. With a [...]

TLC Grad, Chad Newman Discovers the Story of a Sacred Relationship and Wins Fight Against Allstate

2018-11-29T11:29:43-07:00November 29, 2018|TLC Blog|

"Chad is a TLC grad and uses TLC methods in everything he does. To put a point on it, the defense counsel sent Chad a message after voir dire complimenting him on how authentic, or 'real' he was during jury selection." -Blake Erskine (TLC1'10) Chad Newman is a personal injury attorney at Erskine & McMahon Attorneys at Law in Longview, Texas who graduated from TLC's 3-Week College in 2012 and has rooted the TLC methods into many parts of his practice. "I see other attorneys take a 'cookie cutter' approach. They have their stack of files, prepare for trial in a few short days, maybe visit their client once or twice, then think they can represent their client to their [...]

TLC Grad Eric Penn Receives $89.6m Justice for Client in Trucking Negligence

2018-10-19T09:55:22-06:00October 19, 2018|TLC Blog|

"I feel grateful for the opportunity to have worked on this case. I love the underdog role. It really motivates me. This was the ultimate underdog story. We represented a working class mom (Jennifer) and her three minor children who were devastated from a crash with a Werner 18-wheeler. We were going up against one of the largest trucking companies in the country, with a crash report that put zero fault on the truck driver and said that there was nothing that the 18-wheeler driver could have done to avoid the crash. You would be hard pressed to come up with more of an underdog set-up than this case. Our clients were the ultimate survivors. They refused to become 'victims', [...]

1996 TLC Grad & Faculty Member, K.O. Berger, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for her Longstanding Efforts in Juvenile Advocacy

2018-09-14T10:59:07-06:00September 13, 2018|TLC Blog|

1996 TLC Graduate and Faculty Member, K.O. Berger was awarded the Julie H. McFarlane Lifetime Achievement Award for Juvenile Advocacy on April 20, 2018, in Newport, Oregon for her impressive longstanding juvenile advocacy casework. ‘K.O. has represented juveniles since 1990. No case — and no kid — scares K.O. away. She works tirelessly for her juvenile clients, recognizing that they are kids regardless of what they are charged with, and regardless of how much the state or the court or the press try to demonize them. K.O. thoroughly and completely researches every issue and knows the national scene. Without her tenacious advocacy at the trial court level, our compatriots would not have brought home appellate victories. K.O. has also been [...]

Louisiana Immigrant Acquitted on Behalf of TLC Grad & Faculty Member, Tommy Davenport

2018-08-14T14:33:54-06:00August 16, 2018|TLC Blog|

About a month after Natalya's case was dismissed, her body was found as a result of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound. This blog post is dedicated to the life of Natalya Deville and her family. "In December 2017, I was burned out. I planned on taking some time off during the holiday season to rest up, but before my holiday began, a prospective client came in needing a criminal defense lawyer. The client is a Ukrainian immigrant who did the right thing locating the owner of a lost dog. What should have been a 'thank you so much' moment by the dog’s owner, turned into a cop bullying a lady and endangering the safety of some of the most vulnerable [...]

TLC Grad, Jason Savela Received Verdict of Acquittal for Young Client in Colorado

2018-08-09T09:45:58-06:00August 9, 2018|TLC Blog|

"When we believe our client is honest, we’re looking for a reason why the complaining witness would necessarily lie, misrepresent the truth, or just be wrong. Basically, we came up with a variety of possible reasons, but we couldn't nail anything down at the beginning of discovery. Although, we did discover an interesting conversation between my client and the woman receiving the massage. My client had told the woman that he had a $3 million policy protecting him in case he did harm or touch somebody inappropriately. The next massage my client gave this woman was when the accusation of penetration came out, which was very significant." - Jason Savela, 2010 TLC Graduate Jason Savela is a Criminal Defense Lawyer [...]

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