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Sarah Lynn Baltzell, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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Sarah’s practice focuses on complex litigation and appellate matters. Since joining Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Tort Section, she has assisted regional, national and multinational clients with products liability, property damage, employment discrimination, insurance coverage disputes, and consumer fraud cases. In this capacity, Sarah has managed all phases of litigation, including discovery, expert witnesses and dispositive motions, as well as trial. She has also represented these clients at the appellate level in state and federal courts, handling amicus briefs, extraordinary writs, appeals, and oral arguments.

Sarah currently represents multiple motor fuel refiners and retailers in multidistrict consumer-fraud class action litigation and recently obtained summary judgment in favor of these clients on a civil conspiracy claim. She also serves as national counsel handling all phases of litigation in products liability matters for a Fortune 50 company under an alternative fee structure.

She has also represented the Kansas City Missouri School District and its former superintendent in a retaliation case brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act at the trial and appellate level. She has also handled discovery, motion practice and settlement negotiations for a major automotive manufacturer in its warranty cases; prepared scientific and medical defense experts for a toxic tort trial involving an animal health company; and drafted amicus and merits briefs to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is Sarah's third year serving as a Workshop faculty member.


Mitch Chaney, Colvin, Chaney, Saenz & Rodriguez LLP, Brownsville, Texas

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Mitchell Chaney has been a partner in his law firm in Brownsville, Texas since 1986. He is licensed in both Kansas and Texas. For his entire legal career, he has tried cases in some of the most challenging jurisdictions in America. Since 2005, his peers have listed him as a Texas Super Lawyer every year, an honor reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in the state.

Mitchell has handled a wide variety of high-stakes trials. He has considerable trial experience in the areas of product liability, railroad defense and professional liability. He has tried cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. In the past four years he has tried six cases to verdict including two legal malpractice cases, a commercial dispute, an oil and gas case, an intellectual property matter and a white-collar criminal case.

Mitchell and his wife, Susan, both love Lawrence and visit often. In 2004, they led the group of investors that purchased the Eldridge Hotel out of bankruptcy then renovated and re-opened the hotel.

This is Mitch's fifth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.


 

Chelsi Hayden, KU Law

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Chelsi Hayden joined the KU Law faculty as an adjunct lawyering professor in 2011 and became a full-time lecturer in law in 2012. Before entering academia, Chelsea served as chambers counsel to Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and as an associate in business litigation for Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Mo. She has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law and has litigated both state and federal cases, including for the Kansas Supreme Court. Chelsea is also active in the community, serving as vice president of the Kansas Land Trust and board member for The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence. She currently teaches Lawyering Skills.

This will be Chelsi's second year serving as a Workshop faculty member.


Chuck Marvine, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Enforcement

Chuck Marvine is a chief trial attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Division of Enforcement in Kansas City, Missouri. He joined the CFTC in 2004. Chuck received his undergraduate degree in accounting and business administration with highest distinction in 1993 from the University of Kansas. The following year he became a certified public accountant in the State of Kansas. In 1996, he received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he served as a Note & Comment Editor for the Kansas Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received the C.C. Stewart Award as the Outstanding Senior Law Student. Upon graduating from law school, Chuck clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. After completing his clerkship and before joining the CFTC, Chuck practiced law with the Kansas City, Missouri law firms of Stinson, Mag & Fizzell and Berkowitz Feldmiller, where his practice focused primarily on commercial litigation, with an emphasis in accounting malpractice, securities litigation, antitrust, and appellate work. At the CFTC, Chuck leads teams of attorneys and investigators in investigating and prosecuting alleged violations of federal laws dealing with commodities, futures, and swaps.

This will be Chuck's sixth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.


Lori McGroder, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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Lori has more than 20 years of experience in complex products liability litigation representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, chemical, and other product manufacturers in litigation throughout the country. She has served as national and regional counsel to Fortune 500 companies and has successfully resolved high-profile personal injury cases, class actions, MDLs, and third-party reimbursement cases.

As a former oncology nurse on a critical care hospital unit, she has particular expertise in cases involving complex medical and scientific issues. This includes developing, defending and taking depositions of expert witnesses in areas such as FDA regulation, biostatistics, biochemistry, cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, epidemiology, gerontology, orthopedics, nephrology, pathology, and toxicology. Lori’s expertise includes putting on and defending scientific expert witnesses at Daubert hearings challenging admissibility of causation theories.

Lori's litigation experience covers a wide range of products including biologics, anti-epileptics, hypnotics, vaccine components, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, anti-depressants, chemotherapy, anti-cholesterol medications, diet drugs, hip and knee implants, balloon angioplasty devices, hospital equipment, bulk chemicals, and tobacco products. She has successfully developed and defended company witnesses in all aspects of products cases, ranging from scientific issues to document management systems and manufacturing processes.

This will be Lori's fourth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.


Shon Qualseth, Thompson Ramsdell & Qualseth, Lawrence, Kan.

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Shon’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, including construction litigation, fair housing, bodily injury, real estate, employment discrimination, and creditors’ rights. Shon has successfully tried several jury and bench trials in northeast Kansas counties. He also advises businesses on employment matters, as well as contractual and other commercial issues.

Shon is a graduate of South Dakota State University (B.S. 1993) and the University of Kansas School of Law (J.D. 1997). He is admitted to the Kansas Bar, and to practice in the U.S. District Court of Kansas and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At KU, Shon was a staff member for the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy in 1995-96 and an editor in 1996-97. Shon is a past Board member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, and he is a member of the Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court and the Defense Research Institute. In 2009-2012, Shon was an adjunct professor for a class on deposition skills at the University of Kansas School of Law. Shon authored Your House Is My Castle – Or Is It? A Guide To Housing Discrimination Law, Kansas Defense Journal (Fall 2007). He was also a presenter of a continuing legal education program for the Douglas County Bar Association, “Facebook Ethics,” (September, 2010); and a presenter for a community education program at the Lawrence Public Library, “My Child Just Got A Driver’s License ... Now What? Legal Concerns For New Drivers and Their Parents,” (June, 2005; and June, 2006). Shon has volunteered for the Douglas County United Way Campaign and serves on the Grant Review Board for the City of Lawrence. Shon also is President and on the Board of Directors of Lawrence Central Rotary.

This will be Shon's sixth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.


Joyce Rosenberg, KU Law

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Joyce Rosenberg graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. While in law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the Kansas Law Review. She enjoyed an extensive practice in labor and employment law with several Kansas City firms. She joined the law faculty in 2005 as an instructor in the Lawyering program. She currently teaches Lawyering Skills and the Externship Clinic.

This will be Joyce's sixth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.
 


Jon Strongman, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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Jon’s practice is focused on complex litigation with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability claims. He has experience managing large-scale litigation, such as federal multidistrict litigation (MDL), as well as individual actions in state and federal courts across the country. Jon has handled all aspects of litigation from pre-suit resolution through trial. He was named a “Rising Star” by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2009 and 2010.

Jon’s trial experience includes serving key roles on multiple trial teams that have achieved defense verdicts and favorable outcomes for his clients. He has also tried an Eighth Amendment pro bono case to verdict. During his career, Jon has likewise had success disposing of cases before trial through discovery and motion practice. His experience has included taking key depositions, including experts from a wide range of disciplines, and successfully briefing and arguing complex legal and scientific issues.

Jon has published articles on a variety of topics, including preemption, the learned intermediary doctrine, pharmaceutical advertising, and developments in U.S. product liability law. In 2010, he received the prestigious Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.

This will be Jon's fifth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.


Suzanne Valdez, KU Law

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Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 1999, Suzanne Valdez was an attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kan. Suzanne graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. She was a member of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, a research and teaching assistant, a participant in the Legal Aid Clinic, and winner of a Foulston & Siefkin Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award and the 1996 Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award. An outstanding teacher, Suzanne was the recipient of the 2000 Immel Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2002 Moreau Award for commitment to advising students.

The Deposition Skills Workshop is Suzanne's brainchild, which she created in order to give KU Law students exposure to more practical legal skills. She serves as the Workshop administrator, classroom component instructor, and as Workshop faculty. While serving on the KU Law faculty full time, Suzanne also maintains a part-time private practice focusing on civil litigation.


Marie Woodbury, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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Marie has developed her expertise in the defense of complex litigation through more than 25 years of practice in this area. Marie has handled cases from coast-to-coast in numerous state and federal jurisdictions. She has served as national counsel for several pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, for whom she has developed and implemented defense strategies in broad ranging litigations involving thousands of cases pending in multiple jurisdictions. Marie has tried cases, argued appeals and resolved cases through mediation and arbitration. Marie teaches and lectures on civil procedure and expert issues and is widely recognized for her expertise in pharmaceutical and medical device law as well as legal and trial strategy.

Marie is the past chair of the SHB Search Committee and past chair of the SHB Professional Development Committee. In addition, she is actively involved in the firm’s diversity efforts and organized and chaired the SHB Women’s Management Council to address specific issues related to retention and development of women attorneys.

Marie is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of The Trial Law Institute. She has been listed as one the Best Lawyers in America and in The International Who’s Who of Life Science Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. Since 2005 she has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Missouri and as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Kansas and Missouri. In 2008, the Kansas City Business Journal recognized Marie as one of 25 "Women Who Mean Business" for her career accomplishments and her contributions to the success of other women in the community.

This is Marie's fifth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.


Daniel R. Zmijewski, DRZ Law

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For more than 10 years, Dan has represented individuals and corporations. He worked at one of the largest law firms in the country, where he managed, tried or settled a full spectrum of cases. Dan discovered his passion for representing individuals and small companies, so he joined a smaller firm to focus on representing plaintiffs.

Now at DRZ Law, Dan uses his experience, training and talents to represent small businesses, entrepreneurs or individuals as plaintiffs when hurt or wronged, or as defendants when meritless claims are filed. He also serves as a mediator with the goal of showing all parties the entire picture and seeking a middle ground.

Dan grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and attended Rockhurst High School, the George Washington University and the University of Kansas School of Law. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and four children.

This is Dan's first year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

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