1:00 - 1:20 PM | A Refresher on MAI for Both Beginners and Experienced Trial Attorneys
Speaker: Joan M. Lockwood, Gray, Ritter & Graham, PC, St. Louis
• Basics of MAI
• When to Deviate from MAI
• New Instructions
1:20 - 1:50 PM | An Overview of Federal Court Jury Instructions When Missouri Law Applies
Speakers: Doug Weems, Spencer Fane LLP, Kansas City; Hon. Stephen R. Bough, U.S. District Judge, Kansas City
1:50 - 2:20 PM | Appellate Issues with Respect to Instructions
Speakers: Katrina Smeltzer, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC, Kansas City; Hon. Laura Denvir Stith, (ret) Supreme Court of Missouri
• Preservation of error
• Standards of Review
• Alternative Bases for Jury Verdicts
2:20 - 2:40 PM | Panel Discussion: Review of Frequently Asked Questions
Speakers: Joan M. Lockwood, Doug Weems, Hon. Stephen R. Bough, Katrina Smeltzer, Hon. Laura Denvir Stith
2:40 PM | Adjourn
Joan Lockwood, director with Gray, Ritter & Graham handles a broad range of litigation, including automobile and trucking accidents, products liability, medical negligence, and wrongful death. She was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions in 2003 serving as reporter from 2009-2019 and chair from 2020-present.
Katrina Smeltzer is a Shareholder at Sandberg Phoenix and is part of the Business Litigation practice group. Katrina focuses her practice on appellate work, in addition to representing professionals and representing and assisting insurance carriers. She is licensed to practice in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
Doug Weems has been involved in a wide variety of business litigation matters. Doug has represented a national health insurance company in a wide variety of employee benefits, contract, antitrust, and general litigation. Doug also has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation, especially covenants not to compete and trade secrets litigation. He has been involved in over thirty preliminary injunction hearings. For example, Doug recently obtained a preliminary injunction enforcing covenants not to compete signed by several managerial and sales level employees who left their former employer and set up a competing company. Doug has extensive experience in handling class actions, including recent representation of a client in four separate class actions in Missouri and Kansas. Doug is a frequent author and speaker on covenants not to compete and trade secrets.
Doug has also been involved in a wide variety of other business litigation matters, including contract, construction, real estate, and bankruptcy disputes and litigation. Doug has handled a number of mechanics’ lien matters, including two reported appellate decisions.
Wed, Apr 27, 2022 - 01:00pm to 02:40pm CDT
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