Trial Consultant:

Katherine James is a trial consultant who specializes in live communication skills based in the discipline of theatre, Katherine James has been working to make attorneys and witnesses better courtroom communicators since 1977. Over 40,000 attorneys have taken ACT of Communication™ workshops that she developed with co-founder Alan Blumenfeld. She has helped take over 2,500 matters to trial and helped prepare literally thousands of witnesses, including experts of every stripe. She coaches witnesses and their lawyers to reach, persuade and activate jurors. She has taught for AAJ (formerly ATLA) ABTL, ABA, NITA, DRI, CICA as well as many private law firms and bar associations.

Over 40,000 lawyers have taken her workshops. Over the past 15 years more have purchased her Online/DVD series “What Can Lawyers Learn From Actors?™”. She has just released another Online CLE – “How To Make Your Witness A STAR” encapsulating her unique witness preparation system. She has also developed “GoodLawyer/BadLawyer™ Hats” for attorneys to use in witness preparation. She has been widely published and her articles can be read in the Knowledge Tank on the ACT of Communication™ website.

She and her co-founder and husband, Alan Blumenfeld, are proud members of The American Society of Trial Consultants. She is an active theatre artist who performs and directs regularly and is writing a new musical based on a plaintiff’s case she worked on: “Headcase”. She holds a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MFA from The American Conservatory Theater.

Her older son, Jordan Blumenfeld-James, is a plaintiff’s lawyer with Simon Greenstone, Panatier. Her younger son, Nathan Blumenfeld-James is the Founder and Executive Director of BLKMKTMUSIC, composing original music and supplying music to the film and television industry.

For a list of clients, testimonials and organizations with whom Katherine has worked please click here.

Author:

AAJ Press has published their first book on Witness Preparation. They chose ACT of Communicationtm’s Katherine James to write this book.

After over 40 years of working with lawyers and their witnesses, Katherine has codified her approach in a ground-breaking system in her book, HARVESTING WINTESSES’ STORIES: How to get your client the Second Best Life in the World by Maximizing Human Damages. Divided into two sections, TALES and TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES, Katherine offers stories of actual clients and their cases. Each story presents the unique challenges of particular people and how Katherine, working with the attorney, finds ways to help, adjust and fix “the problem”. Tools and techniques based in the craft of the actor, writer and director—as well as rooted in the study of how people learn and process information—are employed to maximum effect.

The second section, identifies and goes into more depth about the tools and techniques Katherine has adapted for the particular needs of the lawyers and their witnesses. One of the lessons for lawyers is that while a particular case might not be in your “area” of practice, the application of the tools and techniques can be used in all kinds of cases for all kinds of witnesses.

Actor:

Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld will be performing The Gin Game in the fall of 2018 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, which Katherine is excited to return to after completing her run as the iconic Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, directed by Christian Labano, and her performance as Dorothea in Eleemosynary, written by Lee Blessing in 2016.

Katherine and Alan, with Christian Lebano directing, mounting a new production of The Gin Game in 2019 at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. It was selected as a LA Times Critic’s Pick and their work was highly praised.

In 2014 and 2015, Katherine played Capulet and “Sister” Laurence in Mine is Yours Theatre Company’s R&J, a gender-reversed production of Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet.

In 2013, Katherine shared the stage with Alan Blumenfeld in renowned author Joyce Carol Oates’ play, Tone Clusters, as Emily Gulick.

During the summer of 2012, at the Theatricum Botanicum, Katherine played Nurse Guinness in Heartbreak House to much critical acclaim.

Katherine has also acted in several play readings as part of her longtime collaboration with the Seedlings Group at the Theatricum Botanicum, including Tiffany Antone’s Twigs and Bone in 2009 and Hoyt Hilsman’s Family Values in 2007. Katherine’s involvement in the Seedlings Group has sharpened her awareness of her surroundings and talents as an actor.

Playwright:

Katherine is currently working on two scripts that are ready to be workshopped: Willing Suspension of Disbelief and Teatro Boscobel – a political romance that echoes the comedies of Shakespeare as it explores the fine line of commerce and art. She is also working on first drafts of Head Case – A Dark Musical About Justice and Just Visiting.

Amongst Katherine’s many full-length and 10-minute plays that are ready for production is Olympus, an exploration of the mythology of motherhood using Greek myth and music. Olympus has enjoyed its first workshop production and is ready for its first production, along with Love Through The Cracks Of Time, Common Ground, Little Pink Lies, and Play for Jimmy; a semi-autobiographical comedy about coming-of-age in the theater as a 17-year-old during the summer of 1969.

Katherine’s plays have been selected and featured in many festivals across the US in recent years, including Zero-Six-Two-Eight, which was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Little Black Dress Ink Female Playwrights Onstage Festival, The Plan which was presented at the Hall Pass Festival and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Little Black Dress Ink Female Playwrights Onstage Festival and in May of 2018, will be a part of The NYU Youth Theatre Ensemble production of Hall Pass. Other festivals have included her plays Love Through The Cracks of Time, which kicked-off the seventh annual Summer Playwrights Festival in 2016 at The Road Theatre Company, The Old Salt, which was a finalist in the 2014 and 2015 Little Black Dress Ink Female Playwrights Onstage Festival, and She Says, She Says, which was produced at the 2012 Little Black Dress Ink Female Playwrights Onstage Festival.

Director:

In the fall of 2017, Katherine directed Ashes to Ashes, written by Debbie Bolsky. Presented by The Athena Cats, a collective of Southern California female playwrights and directors, the madcap romantic comedy opened as a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre and enjoyed a highly celebrated holiday run.

Katherine directed a series of 10 minute plays for The Athena Cats New Works Festival in the spring of 2017 as well as several entries for Little Black Dress Ink in the past several years.

Katherine has also directed several play readings at Theatricum Botanicum, Jonathan Goldberg’s How to Shoot a Bullmoose in 2009, Henry Murray’s Monkey Adored in 2008, and Tira Palmquist’s Lost Nation in 2007.

And directed plays for Free Association Theatre including, Sholem Aleichem: Laughter and Tears and Ellen Terry.

Artistic Director:

Katherine James is the artistic director of Free Association Theatre. Founded in 1977, Free Association Theatre unites powerful, compelling stories with the richness of live performance to uncover dramatic insights and truths, and the intrinsic comedy of it all for both audiences and actors to enjoy.

LAFPI

Katherine is a proud member of Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. The movement is dedicated to the concept “50/50 by 2020” – 50% of new plays produced, written by women by 2020. As a national organization, there are FPI’s springing up all over America.

Katherinejamesplays.com

Katherine’s website will give you a fuller understanding of her work as a theatre artist. Click here to visit her website.

Sergio grew up in an Italian town on the Canadian side of Detroit. Just another small town boy, born and raised in South Detroit. So, naturally, he started his legal career in Guam. After one year, the FBI was questioning him about what was going on with his boss, so he found a new job at an insurance defense firm. One of his first assignments there was to attend depositions in the Korean Air crash which happened on Guam but was being litigated all over the mainland. The Plaintiff lawyers (including Connectionology speaker Stuart Frankel) were very accomplished and successful. Sergio was lucky to learn from these individuals, even if he was on the other side.

After some years in the insurance defense world in Guam, and after a brief stop in Jamaica, he finally settled in Hawai`i. After a few more years of insurance defense work, Sergio escaped to start his own Plaintiff’s firm. After doing a variety of cases, he now focuses only on a small number wrongful death and medical malpractice cases. Like all of our other speakers, he is a SuperLawyer and has been recognized for his work in medical malpractice cases. A few years ago, he was tried three significant jury trials in a 12-month span (which never happens in Hawai`i) but has not been in trial in 3 years; and, like many of you, can’t wait to get back in front of a jury.

In the early 1990’s Ben served in United States Army Intelligence. Following two years of Arabic studies at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, he was an Arabic Linguist in Fort Gordon, near Augusta, Georgia. Upon completion of military service, he attended Augusta State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999 with a degree in Political Science.

After receiving his undergraduate degree, Ben worked as a disability advocate representing Social Security applicants in hearings before federal judges. His six years of concentrating on medical issues enables him to give clients a better understanding of the issues surrounding their injuries and how the injuries will affect their ability to work.

Ben graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State in 2005. While in law school Ben was active in Jessup International Moot Court Competition and was the president of the International Law Society. Ben has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since passing the bar examination in 2005.

After graduating from law school, Ben worked for a law firm where he represented insurers and employers in workers’ compensation and liability cases. In 2008 he began representing injured clients while working for a private law firm in Sandy springs before opening his personal practice.

Dr. Alan Maloon is a Board Certified Neurologist. Dr. Maloon completed his residency in both internal medicine and neurology at the Johannesburg General Hospital South Africa. He then completed a three-year neurology fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA. Dr. Maloon has been in practice as a neurologist since 1989.

His areas of interest include chronic headache, multiple sclerosis, seizures. He also treats conditions such as chronic neck and back pain, and chronic fibromyalgia. He also sees patients who have chronic Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and memory impairment. Dr. Maloon is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association, and American Headache Foundation.

Kelsey C. Burke is an Attorney at Felice, Ehrlich & Naparstek. She is fluent in Spanish and represents clients in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, auto negligence, premises liability, and work-related accidents.

Ms. Burke was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and moved to Florida at the age of 10 years old. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications and a minor in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University as a Bright Futures Scholarship Recipient while working full-time.

In 2012, Ms. Burke started law school at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College of Law in Orlando, Florida. As a law student, she served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Fay L. Allen and Research Associate in Constitutional Law. She was also a member of the International Environmental Moot Court Team. During law school, Ms. Burke worked as a legal research intern for LatinoJustice PRLDEF, which protects opportunities for all Latinos.

In 2017, Ms. Burke was one of thirty attorneys in Florida selected as a fellow in the Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, Class V.

Ms. Burke has been recognized by LatinoJustice PRLDEF with their inaugural Rising Star Award, which honors individuals who champion and embody diversity and Latino advancement. She is also a recipient of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County Giraffe Award, for her time and efforts to make a difference for women in the workplace and in the community.

Ms. Burke served as the 2020 President of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. To get in touch with Ms. Burke, contact us at (561) 444-8822.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Florida, 2015

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2016

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2016

EDUCATION

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 2010 | Bachelors of Arts

Florida A&M College of Law, Orlando, Florida, 2015 | Juris Doctorate

Research Associate in Constitutional Law

LANGUAGES

Spanish

HONORS & AWARDS

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Rising Star, 2016

El Sol Legal Volunteer of the Year, 2017

Young Professional Giraffe Awards Recipient, 2017

The Public Service Leadership Award, 2019

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

The Florida Bar

American Association for Justice

Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association – President, 2020

Palm Beach County Justice Association – Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Board Appointee, 2016

Florida Association for Women Lawyers – Palm Beach County Chapter

Palm Beach County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Board Member; Law Week Committee Chair, 2017 – Present

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / VOLUNTEER

El Sol Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center

Lake Worth High School Dollars for Scholars Alumni Association

Quantum House

Women’s Chamber of Palm Beach County

Tim co-founded Vista Consulting in 2009, along with his partner Chad Dudley. Vista’s aim was to help plaintiff law firms reach their full potential. In December 2017, Tim acquired Chad’s interest in Vista. Tim and Chad remain very close friends to this day! Tim has decades of CPA experience with local, regional, and national CPA firms. However, it is through Tim’s prior consulting practice that he found his passion. He has worked with many business owners, assisting them with defining and attaining success in their business and personal lives. Developing a management philosophy with business owners along with the associated systems and processes that assist in delivering outstanding management to Vista’s client teams is Tim’s forté.

Tim’s experience and interest allow him to assist Vista clients with developing a realistic vision of their firm into the future, creating a strategic plan to achieve that vision while working with firm owners in designing their desired lifestyle. From a technical standpoint, Tim assists Vista clients in reviewing firm tax entity structure, accounting systems analysis, and financial reporting.

Additionally, Tim is the managing partner of The McKey Business Group (MBG) CPAs. MBG is a small consulting CPA firm located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The firm only works for select businesses, providing consulting services (building the roadmap for the future), as well as traditional CPA products and services. When working with Tim, there usually are “light bulb” moments…he calls them BFOs (a Blinding Flash of the Obvious). Sometimes, he says, business is just not that complicated. Tim’s ability to mentor successful businesspersons, gently push them to new levels of thinking, while providing creative perspectives, contributes to Vista clients’ success, as well as Vista’s success.

Tim’s strategic vision for Vista has made a great contribution toward developing a team of consultants who take a comprehensive approach to working with their clients. Identifying and solving operational issues is not the only goal…enhanced profitability and having fun doing it is real success.

Ingrid has been a nurse for 30 years. She has practiced in critical care for 10 years and then went on to get her master’s degree in gerontological nursing to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Since then she has practiced in home care, case management, education in various schools of nursing as well as in clinical settings and wound care. She went on to become Director of Education and Research and
then Chief Nursing Officer at a PACE site owned by the University of Penn School of Nursing.

She has reviewed cases related to nursing home issues as well as pain and suffering for Mindy Cohen at ONPOINT since 2000. She came on as full time Program Director for Long Term Care at ONPOINT in December of 2016.

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Dr. Keihner is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and a Certified Life Care Planner who has been in active full-time clinical practice for over 8 years. She is double board certified in Brain Injury Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As a current staff physician at a busy tertiary care medical facility for U.S. Veterans, Dr. Keihner serves patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr. Keihner also has daily teaching and supervisory responsibilities as part of her faculty appointment at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Keihner has extensive clinical experience in the areas of rehabilitation, disability, brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal medicine, and amputee care.

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Jonathan H. Lomurro is an expert certified civil trial attorney. He is a specialist in medical malpractice and personal injury cases.

After completing law school, he continued his focus on the craft of litigation by earning his LL.M. as a Master of Law in Trial Advocacy.

Jonathan has authored three books on Legal Practice: New Jersey Medical Malpractice Law, Litigation Technology for the Modern Practitioner and Try It. He frequently publishes in peer reviewed journals and magazines.

Additionally, Mr. Lomurro is an extensive lecturer in the field of Medical Malpractice, Trial Techniques and Technology in the Courtroom. He has lectured across the United States of America on Medical Malpractice, Patient Rights to Access, Audit Trails, and Electronic Medical Records.

Mr. Lomurro additionally acts as an expert witness in cases involving audit trails, audit logs, access logs, and electronic medical records.

He has been involved in numerous cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Jonathan currently is appointed as the Chair of the Medical Malpractice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Association for Justice. And he is the vice-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Civil Trial Section.

Mr. Lomurro has served as Trustee to the New Jersey State Bar Association and as New Jersey’s representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He is a past Chair to the New Jersey State Bar Association YLD. He is currently the president of the Haydn Proctor Inns of Court.

Mr. Lomurro is a founding member and trustee of Lomurro Law Charitable Fund.