Anne McDermott has worked as a senior trial consultant with Harvey Moore for more than a decade. Based in Los Angeles, her specialty is bringing the human side of legal cases to life on video, as scriptwriter, producer and voice-over narrator.

After graduating from Syracuse University, Anne began a career as a journalist, anchoring and reporting for NBC and CBS affiliates before becoming a correspondent for CNN. Anne’s 20+ years with the network were distinguished by her flair for story-telling, her communication and research expertise, but especially her empathy for injured people and skill in connecting with them. Anne reported news and feature stories throughout the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Her more notable broadcast work includes the O.J. Simpson trial, the Columbine school shooting, plane crashes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, plus the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Anne was a member of the team that shared an Emmy for CNN’s 9/11 coverage.

More recently, Anne also served as content editor for a travel site, providing readers with a front row seat to new experiences and new ways of thinking, much as is done in the courtroom. The application of all of Anne’s skills to legal cases helps clients resolve their disputes short of trial, which dovetails perfectly with Anne’s passion: creating powerful, persuasive videos for people who’ve been wronged; people who deserve a little justice.

Bernard (Biff) Pettingill, former professor of economics at the Florida Institute of Technology and Palm Beach Atlantic University, has also taught for many years at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and as an associate professor at Louisiana State University Medical School. Dr. Pettingill has been a forensic economist since 1985; he has testified by deposition or trial in over 1500 cases in 29 states plus the US Virgin Islands.

Graduate Manchester University, Manchester, England, January 1977
Ph.D. – Economics, Department of Economics and Social Administration.
Dissertation: “Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Treatment of Arthritis – A Comparison of Five Hospitals.”
Graduate Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1973
MPH-Master Public Health, Department of Health Economics and Medical Care Administration.
Graduate Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1971 and June 1969; MBA – Economics, BBA — Business Administration

Gary R. Gober is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and an AV-rated trial attorney who has practiced in Nashville, Tennessee for over 50 years. In that time he has presented hundreds of lectures on trial advocacy in over 46 States, Canada and the Bahamas. He is nationally recognized as one of the premier teachers of trial advocacy in America by his peers.

He has been a recipient of the W. McKinley Smiley Award of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association for his teaching skills. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (2013) based on his inspirational teaching of trial lawyers nationally. In 2016 he produced and moderated the Music City Seminar on Traumatic Brain Injury for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, which was attended by trial attorneys and medical experts from around the nation. He has taught on the educational program of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group on which Board he serves. He moderated and presented on traumatic brain injury at the Summit of the National Trial Lawyers Association in South Beach, Fla. in February 2018. He lectured at the Workhorse Seminar of the Florida Justice Association in March 2018 on the subject of advocacy in traumatic brain injury cases.

In 2001, while President of the Melvin M. Belli Society Gary R. Gober produced, presented and moderated the annual Belli Seminar in Chicago, IL. He has lectured at that Seminar frequently over the past 25 years and is a recipient of the Mel Award of the Belli Society (2006) in recognition of his excellence in advocacy and teaching.

Gary R. Gober is a published author on trial advocacy, having contributed articles to Trial Magazine (American Association for Justice) and the magazine of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. He is a contributor to “Litigating Tort Cases”, published by Thompson Reuters Co. on behalf of the American Association for Justice.

Kelly L. Centofanti is the managing partner of Centofanti Law, S.C. Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation on the plaintiff’s side. She handles cases involving medical, legal and other professional negligence, nursing home neglect and abuse, insurance bad faith, motor vehicle and boating accidents and premises liability.

She has lectured at numerous seminars and CLE programs on a variety of substantive and procedural topics throughout Wisconsin. Kelly has spoken at Marquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School, including several different Trial Skills courses. She has also served on the faculty of five National College of Advocacy Trial Skills Colleges (Essentials, Houston; Medical Malpractice, Safety Harbor; Depositions, Atlanta; Direct and Cross Examination, Phoenix and Knoxville), has spoken at two AAJ National Conventions, and was a speaker at the 2002 AAJ “Weekend of the Stars” in New York City.

Kelly addressed a national audience of trial lawyers on the topic of medical malpractice at a special AAJ symposium in Washington D.C. in June 2004 and national audiences at two-day seminars on successfully handling nursing home cases, one in Las Vegas in September of 2004 and the other in Albuquerque in September of 2005. Kelly also addressed a national audience on the importance of focus groups at a NJ-AAJ seminar in Atlantic City in April of 2007, and on deposing difficult witnesses in Scottsdale in January of 2016.

Ms. Centofanti edits a chapter in the State Bar book, The Law of Damages in Wisconsin.

Kelly has served as Chair of numerous State Bar Committees and has been involved in many other committees and boards. She has served as President of the Milwaukee Bar Association, President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA), Secretary of the State Bar of Wisconsin, President of the Association for Women Lawyers, and chair of the MBA Litigation, Civil Bench/Bar, and Judicial Selection committees. She was named one of the Top Twenty Women in the Law for 2005 by the Wisconsin Law Journal. She was a long-time member of the Marquette University Law Alumni Board, including a term as President.

She received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and was graduated in 1990 from the Marquette University Law School, Magna cum Laude.

Romano Law Group attorney Todd Romano, a 2012 Super Lawyers Rising Star, practices in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, mesothelioma/asbestos, claims against the government (Federal Tort Claims Act) and commercial litigation. He is also a member of the Taos Group, an association of prominent trial attorneys from around the country who work together to better serve the needs of their clients.
Todd is a 1995 graduate of University of Iowa, where he enrolled in post-graduate studies in psychology while completing his final season as a scholarship student-athlete (place-kicker and punter). In 1999, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. After earning a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps before his final year of law school, Todd began his active duty tour in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after graduating from Stetson.

While in the U.S. Marine Corp, Todd gained a wealth of knowledge in military law. As a Judge Advocate, he oversaw and conducted criminal and civil investigations; drafted policy and opinion letters on government ethics and standards of conduct; and conducted legal review of requests for information under the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Later, as head of the Claims and Investigations Section of the Civil Law Office, Todd handled criminal and civil investigations, as well as claims brought by and against the United States and the U.S. Marine Corps under various Federal Claims Acts, including the Federal Tort Claims Act. During his final year of active duty he served as a Trial Counsel, where he prosecuted over 120 criminal cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice before his honorable discharge in July 2003.

Today, Todd focuses his practice in the areas of trucking, personal injury/wrongful death, mesothelioma and product liability litigation.

Dr. Romano is the founder and director of Scope Medical PLLC based in Davidson, NC, a medical-legal consulting firm which specializes in litigation support and providing medical education services relevant to the practice of law.

He is a former United States Naval Undersea Medical Officer, Naval Diving Medical Officer and certified U.S. Navy Diver. His active duty service included internship training in internal medicine and primary care medical practice in support of joint service Department of Defense undersea and diving operations and training. He delivered over 300 hours of didactic and hands-on instruction to enlisted medical personnel and military physicians, directed and oversaw numerous emergency treatments of diving-related injuries, and served as the medical officer supporting an undersea saturation diving research mission at Aquarius Reef Base off of the Florida Keys.

Following an honorable discharge from active duty, he completed his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency as well as fellowship training in Dermatopathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During his fellowship, he simultaneously served as a moonlighting primary care provider within the Mayo Clinic Health System. He is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Dermatopathology. He is currently in active practice in the Charlotte, NC metropolitan region, practicing Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with a subspecialty focus in Dermatopathology. He has served as the primary author on numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and was awarded top honors for his presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Society of Dermatopathology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and serves as a guest reviewer for the American Journal of Dermatopathology.

Thomas Bojko, MD, MS, JD, FCLM is President and Managing Partner of Aviva Healthcare Solutions (AHCS) and Founding Partner of Thomas & Krail, LLC. AHCS is a consulting firm assisting healthcare organizations, entrepreneurs, attorneys and medical groups. AHCS provides a variety consulting services for the US and global healthcare market, including: litigation support, assisting foreign healthcare companies to access the US market, accreditation guidance and fostering international facility cooperation. Hospital Experts – a business unit of AHCS, is the leading authority on hospital corporate negligence. Thomas & Krail, LLC is a law firm focusing on general practice in Freehold, NJ. Dr. Bojko has spent over two decades in healthcare where he has held both clinical and executive leadership positions in hospital and medical administration. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, NJ.

Prior to that, he was the Director of Medical Services and Clinical Operations at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital / Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, as well as an Associate Professor and Senior Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Before assuming his positions at Robert Wood Johnson, Dr. Bojko was the Director of Critical Care Medicine at the Infants and Children’s Hospital at Maimonides Medical Center. He is also the former Director of the pediatric intensive care unit at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and at Bellevue Hospital, both in New York City.

In addition to his Medical Degree, received from the University of Rome, Dr. Bojko received a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration, Management and Policy from New York University’s Robert. F. Wagner School of Public Service, and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law. Dr. Bojko has made many contributions to the administrative, clinical and educational aspects of healthcare and received numerous awards in recognition of his efforts.

During his more than ten-year tenure at Robert-Wood Johnson, Dr. Bojko was charged with the overall operations of the Children’s Hospital. He gained national prominence serving as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care Executive Committee and as a member of the NACHRI (National Association of Children’s Hospitals) Board of Trustees. Dr. Bojko is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition, he has authored numerous articles, policy statements and editorials in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Bojko has held statewide offices in New Jersey as the chair of the State AGMEC (Advisory Graduate Medical Education Council.)

With a passion for justice, Anne McGinness Kearse seeks to hold accountable numerous corporations that put profits before safety. Through litigation, Anne pursues the implementation of better safety practices and corporate governance measures for those corporations, as well as just compensation for victims of toxic exposure, extreme and life-altering injuries, workplace injuries and diseases, severe burns, brain damage, loss of limb and paralysis, and wrongful death resulting from negligence and defective products. Devoted to occupational safety, Anne recently secured a jury verdict against SAR Automation, L.P. for $8.8 million* for the wrongful death of a worker who fell at a Boeing facility leaving behind a widow and two small children.

Anne works closely with victims and their families, often meeting with them in their homes for consultations. She strives to provide each client with personalized attention and individual justice, whether the case is part of a class action or stands alone. Anne believes in building relationships with co-counsel and often collaborates with other attorneys, including estate and probate counsel, in order to approach each case from a team perspective.

Anne represents workers diagnosed with the devastating disease mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in the chemical, electric power generation, steel or construction industries. She also represents victims of household exposure— children and spouses who developed mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases after being exposed to asbestos fibers that a family member unwittingly brought home from work on clothes or belongings. Anne has tried several noteworthy asbestos cases, including Cox vs. A&I Company, West Virginia’s first household asbestos exposure case, and the 2002 West Virginia Consolidated Asbestos Trial against Union Carbide in which unsafe working conditions were found at its plants throughout the state. 

In addition to maintaining an active trial schedule, Anne represents Canadian Workers’ Compensation Boards in U.S. courts to recoup benefits they paid Canadian asbestos victims. In addition to asbestos, Anne represents and has secured settlements for flavoring workers who suffered respiratory ailments and other diseases caused by toxic chemical exposure.

While in law school, Anne supported the team representing the State Attorneys General in the historic lawsuit against Big Tobacco, which resulted in the largest civil settlement in U.S. history. After graduation, she was a member of the trial team that litigated Falise v. American Tobacco Company.*

Well-versed in navigating complex litigation, Anne holds several leadership positions within the firm, managing legal teams associated with occupational disease, toxic exposure and severe personal injury. Anne has written several articles of interest to the plaintiffs’ bar and frequently speaks on asbestos litigation, general product liability, legal ethics and tort reform at seminars across the country. She has been published on major legal issues, including forum non conveniens and defective products abroad, corporate misconduct, medicolegal aspects of asbestos litigation and mass tort litigation. Anne co-authored the 12th chapter of the book, “Pathology of Asbestos-Associated Diseases” (Medicolegal Aspects of Asbestos-Related Diseases: A Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Perspective, 3rd ed., 2014). Edited by Victor L. Roggli, MD; Tim D. Oury, MD, PhD; and Thomas A. Sporn, MD, this publication is a comprehensive asbestos reference book used by both physicians and attorneys.

Anne served as the 2016-2017 President of the Public Justice Foundation, a charitable organization focused on protecting people and the environment and increasing access to justice. She is currently the Immediate Past President for Public Justice and has been on the Board of Directors since 2010. In 2011, Anne served on the Executive Board for a local chapter of Safe Kids USA, advocating for childhood injury prevention. Anne is recognized as a BV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:

The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 Charleston, S.C. “Lawyer of the Year”: Mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs

2011–2019 Mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs

University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association 2018 Complete Lawyer Award 1998 Bronze Complete Award

The National Trial Lawyers 2010

Top 100 Trial Lawyers™: South Carolina

The Legal 500 United States 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 Mass tort and class action: plaintiff representation – toxic tort

South Carolina Super Lawyers® list 2013–2018 Class action/mass torts; Personal injury – products: plaintiff; Personal injury – general: plaintiff

Benchmark Plaintiff 2013 National “Litigation Star”: mass tort/product liability – plaintiffs 2012–2014 South Carolina “Litigation Star”: mass tort/product liability – plaintiffs

2014 Top 150 Women in Litigation list: South Carolina: mass tort/product liability – plaintiffs.

Michaela founded Video Law Services, Inc. in 1985, after ten years as an award-winning television journalist. Her experience at television stations in Houston, Boston, Providence and Jacksonville includes personal and team responsibilities as a reporter, anchor and producer.

In the legal arena, Michaela has produced hundreds of Settlement Documentaries and Day in the Life Documentaries and several have netted precedent-setting results. She won an Emmy for Crime and Consequences, a documentary about teenagers committing crime and an inside look at their lives behind bars. She and her team have won more than 50 Awards for Settlement Documentaries produced for attorneys and their clients around the US.

She is a contributing author in Witness Preparation, by V. Hale Starr (Aspen Law & Business, 1998); The Deposition Field Manual, by John Romano (PESI, 2003); A Fuller View: Buckminster Fuller’s Vision of Hope and Abundance for All, by L. Steven Sieden (2012).

In 2011, Michaela was a finalist as Pioneer of the Year by the Women in Business Awards. Michaela won Sustainable Florida’s Best Practice Award in Green Building and was named a Florida Sustainability Ambassador.

Michaela became a leader in the Green Building movement after losing her riverfront home during Tropical Storm Fay in August 2008. She deconstructed the original house and rebuilt. The home earned the 1st Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) award in NE Florida and is one the MOST energy efficient houses in the world.

Michaela loves organic gardening and traveling. Her greatest passion is helping others by telling their stories in compelling documentaries.

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Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Beginning the practice of law with the loosely-defined goal of representing people, Cammie began as a “street lawyer.” She represented people charged with crimes, and began to see a pattern. Clients who were injured during their arrests were often charged with assaulting the arresting officer or resisting detention. If the investigation revealed that the client had not actually assaulted anyone but was a victim of police abuse of power, she would file a civil rights claim after defeating the criminal charges. When Mayor Martin Chavez implemented his “no settlement” policy, this meant that she took several cases through trial, fighting for damages and for her fees and costs. Over the following years, her civil rights practice began to evolve, and today she finds herself representing several children who were subjected to abuse of power by those with control over them, and who were failed by the adults charged with keeping them safe. She also represents the families of a number of individuals killed or grievously injured by law enforcement. While criminal defense is no longer a focus of her practice, it is still at the heart of her experience and informs her sense of how the system works.

Cammie graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1990, and earned her law degree at the Yale Law School in 1993. She came straight back to New Mexico, and has been here since. In 2003, she was recognized as “Warrior of the Year” by Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College, was honored to be asked to teach Evidence and Trial Practice in 2008 at the UNM School of Law, was named the ACLU of New Mexico’s “Cooperating Attorney of the Year” in 2010, and has been recognized by the Southwest Super Lawyers. Most importantly, she loves raising her family here, in Albuquerque, where they have forged strong friendships and navigated their way through a wide variety of experiences and challenges.