Winning employment discrimination jury trials takes a certain approach and thematic development. In addition, careful consideration in the connection with the discovery process is essential to the presentation of the case. This program explores the dynamic of winning employment jury trials, including the foundational aspects of the discovery process leading to the trial presentation. This is a program you will not want to miss as it will feature key building blocks to success.
Who Should Attend
This program is broadly based for practicing lawyers, whether representing corporations or individuals, and for those who have operations in which they manage a number of people. Insights discussed here will provide remarkable value for presenting cases at trial, as well as handling discovery and relevant ethical considerations effectively in the discovery process leading to trial.
Speakers: William C. Martucci, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Kansas City; Eric W. Smith, Siro, Smith & Dickson, Kansas City; Athena Dickson, Siro Smith & Dickson, Kansas City
Athena Dickson joined the firm as an associate in 2003 and currently practices in the areas of Personal Injury and Employment Discrimination. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas state courts as well as federal courts in the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. “Taking the time to listen to a person’s needs” is the foundation of Ms. Dickson’s personal philosophy in practicing law. Ms. Dickson recognizes that litigation can be intimidating for her clients, and she makes every effort to help make it easier and less stressful.
Ms. Dickson is also active in the community by serving on the board of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) as the Immediate Past President. She also represents District 12 (Kansas City) on the Missouri Bar Board of Governors and serves as the Chair of “Lawyers Living Well” and Co-Chair of the “Appointments Committee”. Ms. Dickson is the Immediate Past President on the Jackson County Law Library Board and is a board member on the Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP) board. Ms. Dickson has served as a mentor as part of AWLF’s Denise Hennings Connections Program since 2014 and is currently the board liaison to the program. She has also served as a past president of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL) in 2014 and KCMBA’s YLS Section in 2013.
Bill Martucci, who holds an LL.M. in employment law from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., practices globally in complex class action (employment discrimination and wage & hour) and EEOC litigation. Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers For Business Notes “Bill Martucci is worth having on any dream team for employment litigation and policy issues.” His jury work has been featured in The National Law Journal. He is listed in the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers and the Best Lawyers in America for Business and Employment Litigation. He teaches Multinational Business Policy and the Global Workplace at Georgetown. Bill offices in Washington, D.C.
Eric was born and raised on a farm and ranch in western Kansas where he learned the values of hard work, honesty and fair treatment for all. He has a strong desire to help people who have been mistreated in the workplace, and providing justice for his clients is the driving force in his work.
Eric has tried cases to juries for over 25 years. A combination of hard work, a deep understanding of the law, and his sincere belief in his clients has consistently produced outstanding results at trial. Eric’s focus is representing employees in age, sex, race, and disability discrimination claims, whistle-blowing claims, harassment, retaliation and civil rights claims, wrongful termination claims, wage and hour class actions, executive contract disputes, and victims of serious personal injuries.
Eric enjoys working with front line employees, managers, executives and large groups of employees. His prior experience representing large employers provides valuable perspective in obtaining the best possible results for individual employees.
Prior to joining Siro Smith Dickson, Eric was a partner in the employment and business litigation groups of a large national law firm based in Kansas City. Eric has been repeatedly recognized as a Kansas/Missouri Super Lawyer in the area of employment litigation and one of Kansas City’s Best of the Bar in the labor and employment field. He has been awarded and maintains an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of ability and ethical practice.
Wed, Jun 22, 2022 - 12:00pm to 02:00pm CDT
Tue, Aug 02, 2022 - 12:00pm to 02:00pm CDT
Thu, Sep 22, 2022 - 12:00pm to 02:00pm CDT
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