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Greg S. Cusimano
153 South Ninth Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
(256) 543-0400
(256) 543-0488 (Fax)
David A. Wenner
2200 East Camelback Suite 213
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
(602) 224-0005
(602) 381-8997 (Fax)

 


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Greg A. Cusimano, J.D. | David A. Wenner, J.D.

 

Greg S. Cusimano, J.D.

Greg Cusimano of Cusimano, Keener, Roberts, Kimberley & Miles, P.C. is experienced in personal injury and civil trial law. His successes include wrongful death cases and cases involving catastrophic injuries resulting from automobile/truck crashes; explosions/fires; construction; drugs; medical and professional malpractice; defective products;premises injuries; consumer cases; commercial litigation; nursing home negligence and general negligence. In recent years he has served as a Trial Consultant in many of the largest verdicts and settlements in the United States. He is listed among the "Best Lawyers in America.®

Education:
- The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1968 J.D. -

Honors:
- Member, Bench and Bar University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1965 B.S.

Published Works:
- Coeditor: ATLA's Litigating Tort Cases, ATLA Press & West; 2003, Six Volumes
- Contributing Editor: Roberts-Cusimano Alabama Tort Law Handbook, Michie Company, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990
- Recognizing and Proving Damages of Psychic Injuries, 39 The Alabama Lawyer, 1978
- A Tribute to Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Advocate, Vol. 16, No. 9, December, 1990
- A Tribute To Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Brief, Vol. 7, No. 1, April, 1991
- A Tribute to Trial Lawyers, The Cumberland Lawyer, Vol. 26, No. 1, Fall, 1991
- Summation: The Last Hurdle, Trial, Vol. 28, No. 9, September, 1992
- Proposed Alabama Rules of Evidence: What's the Same? What's Different?, 45 Alabama Law Review 109, 1993
- Alabama Tort Law, Third Edition, Michie, 1996

Representative Cases:
- Super Valu Stores, Inc. v. Peterson, 506 So.2d 317 (AL 1987)
- Phillips v. Smalley Maintenance Services, Inc., 435 So.2d 705 (AL 1983)

Classes/Seminars Taught:
- Lecturer, Trial Advocacy, University of Alabama School of Law, 1984-1986
- Lecturer, Trial Advocacy, University of Alabama School of Law, 1992
- University of Alabama Law School, 1992 Practitioner in Residence
- Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education, Alabama Bar Institute, 1984-Present
- Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education, Cumberland School of Law, 1986
- Numerous Presentations, Continuing Legal Education, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1988-Present
- Numerous Presentations, Continuing Legal Education, Trial Tactics Workshop
- Numerous Presentations, Continuing Legal Education, Association of Trial Lawyers of American
- Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
- Lecturer, North Carolina Bar Association
- Lecturer, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Lecturer, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Maryland
- Lecturer, New York Trial Lawyers Association
- Lecturer, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
- Lecturer, Nebraska Trial Lawyers Association
- Lecturer, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys
- Lecturer, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Various Conventions and Seminars
- Trial Techniques and Presentation of 45th Annual Belli Seminar, Kansas City, 1988
- Presenter, 46th Belli Seminar, 1989
- Instructional Tapes, Future Damages, Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987
- Basic Course, Atlanta, Georgia
- Ultimate Advanced Course, Harvard Law School, 1990
- Ultimate Advanced Course, Hastings Law School, 1991
- Ultimate Advanced Course, Georgetown Law School, 1992 - Ultimate Advanced Course, Harvard Law School, 1993 and 1996
- Designer, First Post-Ultimate College, Charleston, South Carolina then Houston, Texas, Georgia
- Designer, First Overcoming Jury Bias College, Atlanta, 2001, then San Diego, Phoenix, New Mexico
- Alabama Judicial College, 1995 - Presenter, Overcoming Juror Bias Seminars and Tapes
- Commanding the Courtroom (series of five video tapes)
- Argument published in "Million Dollar Arguments"

Speaking Engagements:
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association 1/29/04-1/31/04
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter Convention 2/13/04-2/18/04
- Harvard Ultimate 3/26/04-4/3/04 - ATLA Overcoming Juror Bias College
- Las Vegas, NV 4/16/04-4/18/04 - Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 5/26-5/29/04
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention 7/1-7/8/04
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta
- Oregon Trial Lawyers Association 8/13-8/15/04 - ATLA Overcoming Juror Bias College, Santa Fe, NM 10/27-10/31/04

Honors and Awards:
- Fellow, Roscoe Pound Foundation
- Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Etowah County, 1971
- Fellow, National College of Advocates (Advocate and Diplomat)
- Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 1993-present
- Included in Professional Techniques Library Million Dollar Argument Series, 1995
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Fellow, Alabama Bar Foundation
- Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships:
- American Bar Association Member
- Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Member Farrah Law Society, 1988-1990 President
- University of Alabama Law School, 1968 President
- Etowah County Bar Association, 1968-1969 Secretary-Treasurer
- Etowah County Bar Association, 1980-1981 President
- Etowah County Bar Association Member
- Alabama State Bar, State Young Lawyers Section, 1970-1971 Member, Executive Board
- Alabama State Bar, 1973-1974 Member, Executive Committee
- Etowah County Young Lawyers Association, 1973-1974 President
- Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1982-1983 Treasurer
- Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1975-Present Member, State Executive Board
- Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1983-1984 First Vice President
- Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1984-1985 President Elect
- Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1985-1986 President
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Sustaining Member, 1990-1992 Co-Chair
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1986-1988 Member, Board of Governors
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1995-Present Member, Board of Governors
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1998-2000 Executive Committee
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1985-1986 Presidents Council
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1988-1989 National Chair, Litigation Group, Oversight and Liaison Committee
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America Sustaining Member
- National College of Trial Advocacy, 1992-Present Member, Board of Trustees
- National College of Trial Advocacy, 1993-1994 Vice Chair
- National College of Trial Advocacy, 1994-1996 Co-Chair - National College of Trial Advocacy, 1996-1998 Vice-Chair
- University of Alabama Law School Foundation Member, Executive Committee
- The Alabama Lawyer, 1979-1981 Member, Editorial Advisory Board
- ATLA National College of Trial Advocacy, 1990-Present Faculty
- Alabama Bar Institute C.L.E., 1983-Present Faculty
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1984-Present Faculty
- Alabama Judicial College, 1995 Faculty
- Alabama Supreme Court Member, Pattern Jury Instructions Committee
- Alabama Supreme Court Member, Civil Procedure Committee
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2000 Member-Present, President Club
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America Leaders Forum
- National College of Advocacy
- Designated Advocate & Diplomat

 

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David A. Wenner, J.D.

David Wenner, M.S.W., J.D. is recognized throughout the country as an authority on juror bias and decision-making. A partner in the Phoenix law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C., Mr. Wenner has spent the past 20 years litigating catastrophic injury and death cases, lecturing across the country on juror bias and decision-making, and developing a successful juror bias model. He is listed among the "Best Lawyers in America.®

 

Professional Employment:
- Snyder and Wenner, P.C., Partner - Trial and Jury Consultant - Practice is devoted to litigating catastrophic injury and death cases.

Admission to Bars:
- 1984 - United States District Court of Arizona
- 1984 - United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
- 1985 - United States Supreme Court - 1990

Special Distinctions:
- Best Lawyers in America, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003
- Diplomat of Trial of Advocacy - National College of Advocacy, 1997
- Co-Developer of ATLA’s Overcoming Juror Bias Program, 1995 - present
- Co-Developer of Descriptive and Narrative Juror Bias Model©

Commitees:
- Member of the Board of Trustees - National College of Advocacy, 1995-2001, 2003-2004
- Co-Chair Blue Ribbon Committee Appointed by ATLA President to Study Juror Bias
- Board of Arizona Trial Lawyer Member Seminar Committee, 1998-2001

Honors:
- Honor Society - University of Washington

Research:
- Juror Bias ATLA Blue Ribbon Committee - Tort Reform Rhetoric and Juror Attitudes, 2000 - 2001, Stanford University, Roscoe Pound Foundation - Juror Attitudes Post 9/11, ATLA

Seminars & Colleges: Presentations and Faculty:
- 02/26/94 - ATLA NCA Post-Ultimate College - Charleston, SC - ATLA’s first focus group
- 03/03/94 - college; Faculty Member - Lecture - Social Psychology of the Jury Trial
- 04/28/95 - ATLA NCA Post-Ultimate College: Focusing on Your Case - Houston, TX
- 05/01/95 - Faculty - Lecture - Social Psychology
- 11/24/95 - NCA Holiday Golf Classic Seminar: Professional Liability Issues - Pebble Beach
- 11/27/95 - CA - Lecture - Jury Decision-Making
- 02/23/96 - ATLA NCA Premises Liability: Inadequate Security and Violent Crimes
- 02/24/96 - Scottsdale, AZ - Lecture - Negligent Hiring and Jury Decisions in Inadequate Security Cases
- 03/01/96 - ATLA NCA Post-Ultimate College: Focusing on Your Case - Arlington, VA
- 03/04/96 - Co-Chair and Faculty
- 07/27/96 - ATLA 1996 Annual Convention: Fighting for Justice By and For the People
- 07/31/96 - Boston, MA - Lecture - Focus Groups for Trial Lawyers
- 10/11/96 - AzTLA Program - The Medical Malpractice Case - Lecture
- 11/08/96 - AzTLA Program - A Day In Court With The Masters - Lecture
- 12/13/96 - AzTLA Program - Arizona’s Top Ten - How They Did It - Lecture 02/07/97- NCA Case Workshop Program - Tucson, AZ - Co-Chair and Faculty
- 02/10/97 02/24/97 - NCA Resort Mega Seminar: Collision Cases, Premises Liability & Persuading
- 02/25/97 - Jurors - Las Vegas, NV - Lecture - Juror Bias
- 05/16/97 - ATLA Overcoming Juror Bias - Houston, TX - Co-Created and Co-Chaired
- 05/17/97 - Lecture - Jury Bias
- 07/18/97 - ATLA 1997 Annual Convention - San Diego, CA - Lecture - Persuasion
- 07/23/97 - 07/97 - State Bar of Arizona - CLE By The Sea - Faculty - Sneak Preview Into a Jury Room - Lecture and Demonstration of Jury Deliberation
- 09/18/97 - ATLA Case Workshop Program - Atlanta, GA - Faculty Member
- 09/21/97 09/26/97 - ATLA Overcoming Juror Bias - Chicago, IL - Chair and Faculty - Lecture
- 09/27/97 - Jury Bias, Conducted Focus Group
- 10/31/97 - NCA Mega Seminar: TBI, Medicine, Employment; Plenary: Overcoming Jury Bias
- 11/01/97 - Bias - Reno, NV - Lecture - Jury Bias
- 01/16/98 - Medical Trial Skills College - Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe
- 01/19/98 - AZ - Faculty Member, Conducted Live Focus Group
- 02/21/98
- 02/25/98 - ATLA 1998 Winter Convention -Maui, Hawaii - Lecture - Juror Judgment and Decision-Making
- 03/13/98 - ATLA Overcoming Juror Bias - Salt Lake City, UT - Chair and Faculty -
- 03/14/98 - Lecture - Jury Bias, Conducted Live Focus Group
- 04/23/98 - ATLA Case Workshop Program - Santa Fe, NM - Faculty
- 04/26/98 - 10/98 - AzTLA Program - Overcoming Juror Bias in Voir Dire - Chair and Faculty - Lecture - Juror Decision-Making
- 12/12/98 - ATLA 1998 Weekend with the Stars - New York, NY - Lecture - Jury
- 12/13/98 - Decision-Making
- 02/26/99 - ATLA Doubleheader: Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases; Premises
- 02/27/99 - Liability: Inadequate Security – Phoenix, AZ – Faculty Voir Dire
- 04/09/99 - ATLA New Frontiers in Overcoming Juror Bias - Jupiter, FL - Chair and Faculty
- 04/10/99 - Lecture - Jury Bias, Conducted Live Focus Group
- 04/21/99 - ATLA Case Workshop Program - Minneapolis, MN - Faculty
- 04/25/99 07/17/99 - ATLA Annual Convention - San Francisco, CA - Focus Group Demonstration
- 07/21/99 - 10/09/99- NCA Trial Advocacy College: Voir Dire - Phoenix, AZ - Co-Chair and Faculty
- 10/11/99 - 02/04/00 - ATLA Overcoming Juror Bias - Phoenix, AZ - Co-Chair and Faculty - Lecture
- 02/05/00 - Jury Bias
- 02/25/00 - ATLA Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases From a Trial Lawyer’s
- 02/26/00 Perspective - Atlanta, GA - Lecture - Jury Bias in Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases
- 03/17/00 - ATLA Litigating Employment Cases From a Trial Lawyer’s Perspective
- 03/18/00 - Las Vegas, NV -Lecture - Juror Judgment and Decision-Making in Employment Cases
- 07/27/00 - ATLA Annual Convention - Chicago, IL - Lecture - New Frontiers in Juror Bias
- 08/02/00 - 10/22/00 - Nevada Trial Lawyers Annual Convention - Lecture - Jury Bias
- 11/10/00 - ABOTA Seminar - Lecture - Focus Groups
- 12/10/00 - ATLA Weekend With The Stars - New York, NY - Co-Chair and Faculty
- 12/11/00 - Lecture - Jury Decision-Making and Bias
- 1/10/01 - Faculty ATLA’s Medical Trial Skills College - Miami, FL
- 3/01 - Faculty ATLA’s Overcoming Juror Bias College - Atlanta, GA
- 4/09/01 - Lectured on Juror Bias, Michigan State Bar - Troy, MI
- 5/18-19/01 - Faculty in house Continue Legal Education for the Law Firm Jones, Day - Tucson, Arizona
- 7/01 - State Bar of Arizona CLE by the Sea Half Day Program, Jury Psychology, with Howard Nations - San Diego, CA
- 7/01 - ATLA’s Annual Convention Lecture with Stanford Psychology Professor Lee Ross on Psychology for Lawyers - Montreal, Canada
- 9/01 - Faculty ATLA Overcoming Juror Bias Seminar, Multiple Lectures on the Juror Bias Model - Las Vegas, NV
- 10/01 - North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting, New Frontiers in Juror Bias - Birmingham, AL
- 2/02 - Full day presentation State Bar of Arizona, Jury Psychology with Howard Nations - Phoenix, AZ
- 2/02 - Faculty, Overcoming Jury Bias College, ATLA - Coronado, CA
- 5/02 - Presentation, Jury Bias, Kentucky Trial Lawyers Association, Louisville, KY
- 5/02 - Faculty, Overcoming Jury Bias Seminar, ATLA-Las Vegas, NV
- 6/02 - Lecture - NELA, Juror Bias, Orlando, FL
- 9/02 - Faculty - Overcoming Juror Bias Seminar -Philadelphia, PA
- 10/02 - Faculty, ATLA Trial Advocacy College, Direct and Cross-Examination - Phoenix, AZ
- 11/02- Lecture, Jury Bias, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Des Moines, IA
- 2/03 - Faculty, ATLA Overcoming Juror Bias College, Phoenix, AZ
- 4/03 - Lecture, Jury Bias, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Des Moines, IA
- 7/03 - Jury Psychology, ATLA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
- 8/03 - Persuasion, Colorado Trail Lawyers, Vail, CO
- 9/03 - Speaker, Jury Bias, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Farmington, MI
- 12/03 - Speaker, Psyching Yourself Up For Trail, ATLA's Weekend With The Stars, New York, NY
- 3/04 - Faculty, Ultimate Trail College, Harvard Law School, ATLA, Cambridge, Mass.
- 4/04 - Co-Chair, Overcoming Jury Bias Seminar, ATLA, Las Vegas, Nevada
- 4/04 - Faculty, Jury Bias, Washington State Trial Lawyers, Tacoma, Washington
- 5/04 - Co-chair, Jury Bias, Arizona Trial Lawyer Annual Conference
- 5/04 - Faculty, Seminar on Jury Decision-making for the Ontario Trial Lawyers, Toronto, Canada

Publications:
- Personal Reflection regarding Juror Bias, Trial Magazine, July 2004, in press.
- Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal, Companies on trial play blame-the-plaintiff card, January 20, 2004
- Wenner, D.; Conlin, R.B., Cusimano, G. (editors), "Jury Bias", ATLA's Litigating Tort Cases, Chapter 35, (West & ATLA, 2003)
- Wenner, D. and Cusimano, G., “Combating Juror Bias”, Trial, June 2000, p. 30
- Wenner, D., “Preparing for Trial: An Uncommon Approach”, Trial, January 1998, p. 62
- Gilbert, J., Ollanik, S. and Wenner, D., “Overcoming Juror Bias in Voir Dire”, Trial, July 1997, p. 42
- Wenner, D. “Communication Skills in the Courtroom Summation”, Arizona Trial Lawyers, Fall 1985, p. 4
- Wenner, D. and Swanson, S., “Sensory Language in the Courtroom”, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Winter 1981, p. 13

 

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