Brett Turnbull is a trial lawyer from Alabama with a national practice wherein he has been lead trial counsel in cases from coast to coast. He is the managing partner of Turnbull Law Firm, PC in Birmingham, AL and of Turnbull, Cain & Holcomb, LLC in Atlanta, GA. Brett has more than a decade of successful courtroom experience in almost all areas of complex, personal injury litigation including trucking, product liability, car crashes, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice and nursing home malpractice.

In the last three years alone, Brett has received jury verdicts of 21.5 million, 9 million, and 5 million in product liability and medical malpractice cases in multiple states.

In addition to his successful law practice, Brett is also a founding member and instructor of Trial Structure, co-founder of the National Brain Injury Lawyer organization, and has served in leadership positions with the Alabama Association for Justice, Alabama State Bar, American Association for Justice, and The Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has been named a Super Lawyer for almost a decade running, Top 40 Under 40, and is regarded as one of the top up and coming trial lawyers in the United States.

Alejandro D. Blanco is a trial lawyer with over 100 civil trials, specializing in brain and catastrophic injury cases. He has been authored and developed a unique and effective approach to trial structuring, adjusting trial strategies and obtaining consistent results.

Alejandro is intimately familiar with cutting edge trial strategy and practice. Specializing in brain damage cases, he travels the country learning and teaching attorneys. He has lectured around the country in civil forums, including the Boardwalk Seminar in New Jersey, CAALA, Jacksonville AJ, Minnesota AJ and Alaska AJ.

He was selected as Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer College Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2002 for the western region of the United States. He was also finalist for CAOC Trial Lawyer of the Year 2014. Best known for his ability to structure trials and work with trial teams to reach impossible goals, he has contributed to two of the largest brain and spinal chord injury verdicts for single plaintiffs in Kern and Orange Counties, California, and Nueces County, Texas, totalling over 110 million for four plaintiffs.

Dr. Fred L. Cohen, M.D., J.D., is a member of Gary Roberts & Associates and concurrently is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon. Dr. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residencies at Boston University Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, and became the Chief Resident of Upstate Veterans’ Administration Hospital in 1975. He had an active staff appointment at St. Mary’s Hospital and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

While also practicing neurosurgery, Dr. Cohen attended Nova Southeastern University School of Law and graduated in June of 1999, and has been an attorney with Gary Roberts and Associates since his graduation. Dr. Cohen was the Chairman of the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar between 2004 and 2008. He was a member of a number of professional societies, including the Florida Society of Healthcare Risk Managers; The American Hospital Association for Healthcare Risk Management; The American College of Legal Medicine; and The Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Dr. Cohen has litigated cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of victims. These cases include severe vehicular collisions, product liability and medical negligence.

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Dr. Nancy E. Epstein went to Barnard College, Columbia University NY as an undergraduate and attended Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1972-1976) graduating AOA.

After an internship in general surgery (1976-1977), she pursued a residency in Neurosurgery (1977-1981) at New York University Hospital-Bellevue Medical Center. She was the first female neurosurgeon to be trained at NYU by Joseph A. Ransohoff MD.

She then joined her father, Dr. Joseph A. Epstein MD, in neurosurgical practice and became a partner of Long Island Neurosurgical Associates P.C. (1982-2014). She later joined the full time staff of neurosurgery at Winthrop University Hospital (2014-2018)/ NYU Winthrop Hospital (2018-2019).

She has been a department Chief (1991-2001) and Chief of Neurosurgical Spine/Education at Winthrop University Hospital (2005-2018)/NYU Winthrop Hospital (2018-2019), President of the Cervical Spine Research Society 2001-2002, has published over 400 peer reviewed papers, has been on the editorial boards of multiple major spine journals, some since 1990, (see below) and is now Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Neurology International. She is a Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine, at the State University of New York at Stony brook, having been a prior Clinical Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

She has actively participated in the education of medial students, residents, physician assistants, and nurses and from 2003-2019 ran a course twice a year entitled “Update in Neurosurgery”.

She continues to see neurosurgical consultations, teach/lecture, write, and edit for Surgical Neurology International (SNI). As SNI is a free download journal, you can go to the web site and download without charge multiple articles on different neurosurgical topics. Additionally, www.sni.global can be readily accessed and going to the Menu, Under Videos, you can choose to listen to multiple lectures again on different neurosurgical topics.

Present Academic Position: Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Editor-in -Chief: Surgical Neurology International
Editorial. Boards: Spine (since 1990), J Spinal Disorders Techniques/now Clinical Spine Surgery (since 1990), The Spine Journal (since 2003) Surgical Neurology (until 2009), Spinal Surgery (Japan), Spinal Cord (England: Emeritus) and others
Publication: Over 400 peer-reviewed publications.
Positions: President of the Cervical Spine Research Society (2001-2002), and positions leading up to that Presidency.
Chief of Neurosurgery: North Shore University Hospital 1991-2001
Chief of Neurosurgical Spine/Education: Winthrop University Hospital 2005-2019
Awards: 1985 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), 1984 Fellow of the International College of Surgeons; 1975 Alpha Omega Alpha Society
Member of Multiple Professional Societies: Cervical Spine Research Society, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Board Certification: 1984 Neurosurgery

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Betsy Jo Baggs currently works as a litigation paralegal for the O’Donnell Law Offices in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Betsy has been a paralegal for 23 years focusing on personal injury litigation. Her case load includes, motor vehicle collisions, trucking cases, nursing home litigation, wrongful death actions and sexual abuse including the priest abuse scandal.

Betsy graduated from Central Penn in Harrisburg Pennsylvania in 1996 with her degree in Paralegal Studies. While at Central Penn she was chosen as the top attorney for her class during the Mock Trial Competition and went on to compete in the national competition.

Professional experience includes 14 years working as a paralegal for in-house counsel at Nationwide Insurance Company. Working for in-house counsel, Betsy was able to learn the policies and procedures of insurance law and claim adjusting while managing insurance defense cases in litigation. Betsy has also worked as a Paralegal Manager where she managed the day to day workloads of 10 paralegals.

Betsy is a 2020 graduate of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre Core Program. Her class project assisted the Keystone Mission start a program that will assist grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The program has purchased a mobile trailer that will deliver clothing, shoes, and other hygiene products to grandparents that cannot make it to the Mission. Betsy is also a supporter of the Ukulele Kids Club project that provides music therapy to children in hospitals throughout the United States. Betsy is also the Vice Chairperson for the Pennsylvania Association of Justice’s (PAJ) paralegal committee.

In her spare time, Betsy is a cake decorator, an avid walker, and a super fan of the Gin Blossoms.

Lisa Cox is a civil litigation paralegal and notary public. For the past 30 years, she has specialized in personal injury, employment law, class actions, medical malpractice, commercial litigation and complex business litigation. She has worked at the law firms of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann; Chapin Fitzgerald & Sullivan; Latham & Watkins; Gordon & Rees; U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California; Grace, Brandon, Hollis & Ramirez; Monaghan & Strauss; and Ault, Deuprey, Jones and Gorman.

In 1990, Lisa obtained an AA Degree in Paralegal Studies from Kelsey-Jenney Business College, where she was selected as the outstanding graduate, graduating number one in her class.

Lisa is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Lawyers Club of San Diego, and San Diego Paralegal Association. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego President’s Award. Lisa currently serves on the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Membership Committee and is co-chair of the Events’ Committee. Lisa organized the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s first educational programming specifically designed for paralegals and legal support staff, and spearheaded the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Annual Toy Drive, providing toys for children who would not otherwise have a Christmas. She previously served on the San Diego Met High School Mentor Advisory Board and San Diego County Bar Association Children At Risk Committee.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking bootcamp and spin classes, and playing softball.

Danielle Martens is an Advanced Certified Paralegal and a Florida Registered Paralegal. She works at Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, Florida as a Senior Litigation & Managing Paralegal.

Danielle’s current caseload includes traumatic personal injury and wrongful death matters. She is regularly involved in settlement strategy meetings; preparation of all documents for demands; detailed preparation for and attendance at mediations; comprehensive trial preparation; she is responsible for the training and mentoring of all new legal assistants/paralegals; and she assists the Chief Operating Officer with standard operating procedures for legal assistants/paralegals.

Danielle started her legal career at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. Since then, she has gained over 13 years of experience in the areas of family law, criminal law, construction litigation, bankruptcy, foreclosures and personal injury.

Danielle earned her Bachelor’s degree in General Management from Palm Beach State College and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Miami – Paralegal Program. She is currently a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida – Palm Beach Chapter.

When Danielle is not working, regularly enjoys all outdoor activities with her favorites being tennis, bike riding and paddleboarding. She commits to maintaining a healthy, vegan lifestyle and exercising 6 – 7 days a week.

Janet Varnell, Varnell & Warwick, PA, is a consumer class action expert leading over 50 cases and serving on plaintiff steering committees in MDL litigation, but also handles a variety of other high-impact public interest litigation. Her firm has won a multitude of appellate victories in state and federal courts including a 2019 United Supreme Court win in a consumer class action. Varnell was awarded “Consumer Lawyer of the Year” in 2019 by the Florida Bar, 2009 “Consumer Advocate of the Year” by NACA and 2018 “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Public Justice.

Alonso Palencia is the Senior Paralegal at the Dordick Law Corporation, a Plaintiff Civil Litigation Firm, that handles catastrophic Personal Injury cases. Alonso enjoys working everyday with the staff and the attorneys at the firm to better assist their injured clients. In 1991, after graduating high school, Alonso joined Gary A. Dordick as a file clerk in the area of Personal Injury. Alonso has been employed now with Gary A. Dordick for 29 years.

Alonso has experience in all aspects of the litigation and prelitigation process, from the inception of the case to its finalization, including case intakes, drafting of all pleadings, preparing appellate briefs for filing, preparing and responding to discovery, trial preparation, dealing with insurance companies, and communicating with clients. Alonso is currently part of the TBI MedLegal Staff Committee and in the past has been a Legal Staff Support speaker at the annual CAALA Convention Seminar in Las Vegas.

Over the years, Alonso has assisted Mr. Dordick who has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries or have lost a loved one as a result of an automobile, pedestrian, product liability, and/or premises accident. In his spare time, Alonso enjoys watching, playing and coaching sports. In the past he has coached for the National Junior Basketball League and the YMCA. Alonso also enjoys volunteering for the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities and spending time with his family and friends.

Georgia Kent is Senior Litigation Paralegal at Douglas R. Beam, P.A., where she works on an active caseload in a wide range of personal injury case types: traumatic brain injuries, wrongful deaths, trucking, premises liability, civil rights, negligent security, and more.

After graduating high school and spending some time at Mississippi State University in the field of computer engineering, Ms. Kent moved to sunny southern Florida and found her passion in the legal field. She received her Associate Degree in Business Administration from Palm Beach State University and went on to become an Honors graduate of the Florida Atlantic University Paralegal Studies Program and as a Microsoft Office Master Instructor.

During her 25 plus years in the legal field, Ms. Kent has gained experience as both a plaintiff paralegal and defense paralegal though her work at such prominent firms as Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley and Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig. This dual background offers Ms. Kent well-rounded perspective and creative thinking when it comes to management of her files and working with clients.

Ms. Kent has spent decades serving the legal community and helping people who have suffered injuries from serious automobile accidents, catastrophic pedestrian incidents, defective products, and medical negligence. In her off time, Ms. Kent devotes her time to her family and mentoring to those affected by alcohol, drug and food addiction.

If you would like to contact Ms. Kent, she is available at georgia@dougbeam.com or by phone at (321) 723-6591.