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    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
    • Webinar presented by Frank Ramos

    Our next TDLA FREE webinar will be presented by Florida Defense Lawyers Association member and attorney, Frank Ramos, with Clarke Silverglate in Miami, FL. 

    As we move beyond the COVID-era, how we lead our firms, train our people, handle our cases and develop business are forever changed in this new paradigm.  This presentation will discuss how best to handle the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the post-COVID era.

    This webinar will take place Tuesday, December 14th at 11:45amEST/ 10:45amCST and last one hour. TDLA will apply for one hour of general TN CLE. This will be a zoom  with a link sent to registrants prior to the meeting.

    Join us for this informative webinar by a seasoned national presenter.

    About Frank Ramos -

    Frank is a Partner of Clarke Silverglate, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, drug and medical device, products liability and catastrophic personal injury.  He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his defense work in product liability matters.  Frank has been with Clarke Silverglate for virtually his entire career.  He has tried to verdict personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and inverse condemnation cases.  As a certified mediator, Frank has resolved numerous matters through alternative dispute resolution.  

    Frank is an ambassador for the Firm’s mission of leadership and service.  He has been President of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and the 11th Judicial Historical Society and has served on the boards of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Florida International University’s Alumni Association, Florida International University’s Honors College, Parent to Parent of Miami, Miami-Dade Defense Bar Association, Legal Services of Greater Miami, and Florida Christian School.  He serves as a mentor to countless young lawyers and law students through his publications, social media posts, presentations, webinars, and his “coffee chats.”  Frank has written 20 books for lawyers, edited five books for lawyers,  and has written over 400 articles for lawyers and business professionals.

    His books include:

    Confessions of a Latino LawyerGetting PublishedSocial Media Musings IILinkedIn for LawyersLeadership for LawyersOwning the RoomBe Your Own Life Coach

    Social Media Musings: My Reflections on the Practice and LifeThe Future of LawA Guide to Strategic Planning for State and Local Defense Organizations

    Go Motivate Yourself – Stop Chasing Gurus and Do the Hard WorkAttorney Marketing 101Training Your Law Firm AssociatesThe Associate’s HandbookFrom Law School to Litigator

    Frank's dedication to young lawyers is exemplified through his development of a Deposition Boot Camp and Art of Marketing Program for the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, an invitation-only defense organization that handpicked Frank for membership just eight years into his practice.  Frank’s daily practice pointers and business tips on LinkedIn has over 55,000 followers and 5,000 friends on Facebook.

    In his spare time, Frank enjoys writing, reading science fiction, and listening to his two sons, David and Michael, perform classical and jazz music. 

    • 21 Jan 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Nashville, TN

    Calling TDLA Young Lawyers! Register and join us at the TDLA Annual Trial School that will take place January 21-22, 2022 in Nashville, TN.

    Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to refine your litigation skills! Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association Trial School will give young lawyers the opportunity to learn from an outstanding faculty consisting of seasoned TDLA members with significant trial experience.

    The TDLA Trial School will include classroom instruction as well as an opportunity for participants to conduct a trial from a NITA problem, including voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses, introducing exhibits (including use of technology in the courtroom), and closing arguments.

    Prior to the Trial School, participants will be assigned a mentor and attend a "pre-trial conference" approximately two weeks prior to the school.

    The Trial School will take place at the Doubletree downtown and the Davidson County Courthouse.

    Participants will receive feedback regarding their trial presentations from judges and coaches and will get actual jury verdicts at the end of their trials.

    **TDLA Trial School will be limited to 12 registrants. Any registrations over this number will be placed on a waiting list for the 2023 Trial School.**

    Registration Fee will be $495/ pp.

    Tentative Agenda

    Friday January 21 - Class
    Doubletree Downtown Nashville

    9:00am-10am Registration
    10:00am-11am educational session
    11:00-noon educational session
    12:00-1pm Lunch
    1:00-2:00pm educational session
    Afternoon- meet with your assigned group

    6pm - Off-site Reception with participants, mentors and Judges will be invited.

    Saturday January 22 - Trials
    Davidson County Courthouse

    7:30am-8:00am Continental Breakfast at courthouse
    8:00-8:30am Courtroom set up/ Pre-trial Conference
    8:30am-9:00am Jury Reports/ Voir Dire
    9:00am-9:30am Opening Statements
    9:30am-noon Plaintiff first, second and third witnesses
    12:00-1:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm-3:15 Defense first, second and third witnesses
    3:15pm-3:45pm Closing arguments
    3:45-4:15pm Jury deliberations, participant discussions, out of jury presence, etc.
    4:30pm Verdict/ Adjourn

    Hotel Information:
    Room rate is $209/ night
    Group code: TDL

    Click Here for hotel online booking link.

    All reservations MUST be made, no later than January 7, 2022. Any reservations needed after this date must be made on your own and they will be at a different rate.

    Doubletree Downtown Nashville
    315 4th Avenue North
    Nashville, Tennessee 37219-1693

    • 24 Mar 2022
    • Atlanta, GA

    The inaugural SE Women Litigators Conference is now set for Thursday, March 24, 2022, at the Atlanta Zoo. Click here to see the Save the Date flyer.

    We will have an opening reception and dine-arounds at The Ellis hotel the evening before; we’re working on another room block there.

    We will open registration for those who did not register in 2020 in Fall 2021. Stay tuned and thank you!


    Women litigators in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are teaming up to support, educate and advance women civil defense litigators in the first Southeastern Women Litigators Conference to be held at a future date. 

    This one-day seminar will combine speakers and panelists who will discuss developing leadership and career building skills. The presentations will also explore challenges, risks and rewards on the path to having a fulfilling and productive career for women lawyers. 

    Keynote speaker is Cindy McGovern, CEO of Orange Leaf Consulting, a Wall Street bestselling author and international speaker. She helps companies and individuals grow their businesses. Her best selling book "Every Job is a Sales Job - How to Use the Art of Selling to Win at Work" may be bought at a reduced price to registrants.

    SEWL Agenda: Click Here (Due to the pandemic this event was rescheduled to 2022. Agenda notes 2020 dates, but agenda will be similar to exact for 2022 event.)

    Registration Fee:  $395

    Conference Refunds/Cancellations Policy:  Substitutions may be made in the event of an individual cancellation.

    Hotel Room Block Information: Ellis Hotel, 176 Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, Georgia 30303.   More on 2022 hotel block is forthcoming.

    Law firm sponsorships are appreciated to help offset the cost of the event.  If your firm is interested in sponsoring the inaugural women’s conference, please contact Mary Gadd at office@tdla.net for more information or view our sponsorship package by clicking here.

    Thank you to our 2022 SEWL Sponsors:


    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 19 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 AM
    • The Lodge at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL

    Save the Date! TDLA/ ADLA Joint Summer Meeting is set for June 16-19, 2022 (Father's Day Weekend) at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel, located in Gulf Shores, AL. Visit the hotel’s website here.

    Check back often for updates.

    TDLA usually applies for 6 hours of TN CLE (which includes one hour of Ethics) for this meeting.

    • 31 Aug 2022
    • 02 Sep 2022
    • Nashville

    Save the Date and join us in Nashville for an amazing networking, educational and fun event at our TDLA Annual Meeting on August 31 - September 2, 2022

    The general format of the meeting will be to arrive Wednesday August 31 with an offsite past presidents reception and networking activity Wednesday night. Thursday will be a half day of classes ending at noon, young lawyers boot camp Thursday afternoon and awards dinner Thursday night. Friday we will have a half day of classes with the meeting ending at noon on Friday.

    Meeting Registration Rates:
    TDLA member: $450
    Young Lawyer Boot Camp: $75 
    Young Lawyer Boot Camp & Annual Meeting: $175 

    More information coming soon!

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