Lance D. Lourie graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982, and received his J.D. degree in 1985 from the University of South Carolina.

While in law school, Mr. Lourie served on the South Carolina Law Review and the National Moot Court Team. He is admitted to the Georgia and Tennessee Bars.

Mr. Lourie was a partner with a defense firm, where he practiced from 1985 to 1997. During that time, his primary area of practice was the defense of medical malpractice, general liability, and civil rights cases.

In 1997, Mr. Lourie left his defense practice, and became a partner with the firm of Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC. Mr. Lourie’s practice focuses on the handling of plaintiff’s medical malpractice, nursing home, and general liability cases. Mr. Lourie served a number of years as a Vice President at Large, as well as on the Executive Committee, of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Lourie has been designated as a top-rated lawyer by Super Lawyers. He is also rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent, which is the highest rating for ethics and ability. Mr. Lourie spends his professional time litigating and trying personal injury cases.

He is a frequent writer and lecturer at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars relating to trial tactics, medical malpractice cases, nursing home cases, general liability cases, civil rights cases, and other litigation matters.

Camille Godwin has more than twenty years of experience litigating a variety of issues throughout the country, including cases involving professional negligence, nursing home abuse, multi-state civil rights, inadequate security, products liability, toxic torts, and commercial disputes.

Through these experiences on both the trial and appellate levels, Camille developed a deep understanding of the complicated corporate structures, financial arrangements and organizational agreements that typify much of the health care industry and related business sectors. She brings all this experience to bear in her role as managing attorney for Eric J. Hertz, P.C., a firm proud to focus our work on helping the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout the southeast.

Camille is licensed to practice in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Kentucky, Washington, and South Carolina.
Presentations & Publications:

• Discovery to Win in Nursing Home Cases, AAJ Nursing Home Litigation College, Washington, D.C., April 25-27, 2019.
• Nursing Home Damages, State Bar of Georgia ICLE on Proving Damages, Atlanta, GA, March 15, 2019.
• Punitive Damages in Nursing Home Cases, State Bar of Georgia ICLE on Punitive Damages, Atlanta, GA, September 13, 2018.
• Discovery in Nursing Home Cases – Plaintiff Perspective, State Bar of Georgia ICLE on Nursing Home Litigation, Atlanta, GA, September 6, 2018.
• Cost Reports: Developments & Updates from the Trenches, American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Denver, CO, July 7, 2018.
• Nursing Home Litigation, Georgia Association of Paralegals, Atlanta, GA, June 12, 2018.
• Cost Reports & Authentication (with Jonathon Steele), AAJ Nursing Home Webinar Series, June 5, 2018.
• Staffing Evidence: Demonstrating Relevance & Maximizing Impact, Advanced Cost Reports Seminar, Grapevine, TX, April 20, 2018.
• Nursing Home Damages, State Bar of Georgia ICLE on Proving Damages, Atlanta, GA, March 20, 2018.
• Less is Much More: Use of Summaries and Summary Fact Witnesses, AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group Cost Report Seminar, Dallas, TX, October 20, 2017.
• Defining Damages, VERDICT – The Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers’ Association, Fall 2017.
• Little Things That Go a Long Way in Nursing Home Litigation, American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Boston, MA, July 22, 2017.

Since 2009, Michael has devoted the majority of his practice to representing vulnerable people and their families who have been harmed by abuse or neglect in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and hospitals.

Michael is one of a select few lawyers in New Jersey who truly concentrate their practice to this area. Michael shares his knowledge on this important topic by regularly lecturing around the country and teaching other lawyers to prosecute these claims the right way. He has been published many times, including in the New Jersey Law Journal and in “Trial”, the attorney magazine published & disseminated nationally by the American Association for Justice.

He currently serves on the Executive Board of the national Nursing Home Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice.
Michael brings a unique perspective to his work. He himself has lost family members in institutions and he knows, first-hand, what it’s like to see someone you care about struggle and die. He uses that passion and understanding to bring about justice for his clients.
Michael is a highly skilled and dedicated advocate. Prior to entering private practice, Michael served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force, where he tried many cases all over the world, including Japan, Qatar and Kuwait.

Michael was lead counsel for the plaintiff in the case of Dwyer v. Harborview, which generated the largest nursing home verdict to date in the state of New Jersey: $13.2 Million. While the verdict was later the subject of post-trial motions and an appeal, and ultimately settled for a different amount on appeal, the results demonstrate Michael’s considerable skill in the courtroom. Please note, every case is unique and no specific case or outcome can predict future results.

Ms. Valentine has dedicated her career in the practice of law to advocating for the vulnerable elderly, injured and the infirm. Her clients ages span from newborn children to elderly as old as 104. She practices predominately in the areas of elder abuse and medical malpractice.

Ms. Valentine is an Associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates. She has twice been the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association’s Top Gun award recipient as the top Elder Abuse litigator. She was also recognized in 2008 as a California Trial Lawyers Associations “Street Fighter” Award finalist. She was also named a Super Lawyer each year from 2014 through present. Super Lawyers Southern California Magazine also named her as one of the top 50 Orange County lawyers and Top 50 Women lawyers in Southern California in 2017 and 2018.

She serves on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. Valentine served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association from 2007 through 2011. She is also a member of CAALA, OCTLA, OCBA, the American Association for Justice and the American Jurist Association.

Licensed to practice law in Texas and North Carolina but can accept and prosecutes cases in every state.

Ernest was born at Hill Field, Air Force Base in Utah. At the age of two his family moved to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. When he was five his father retired from the Air Force and the family moved to Lubbock, Texas.

Ernest attended Texas Tech University and received a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1987. He then attended Texas Tech University School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate in 1990. Upon graduating from law school, Ernest moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to work for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. Ernest worked there until 1993, at which time he entered private practice.

Now leading the Tosh Law Firm, Ernest limits his practice to nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Ernest regularly consults with attorneys throughout the United States on cases involving nursing home neglect and abuse. He is licensed to practice in Texas and is available to practice in any state on a case by case basis. Ernest has extensive trial experience; having tried over 150 jury trials to verdict and has recovered millions of dollars from nursing homes that take advantage of our elderly.

Ernest is a member of the American Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group. Ernest is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Ernest is a frequent lecturer on forensic accounting in nursing home litigation and has testified numerous times as an expert in this area.
When not working on legal matters, Ernest enjoys activities with his family; his wife of 29 years Tommye and their three children. Ernest is an avid long distance swimmer and swims open water courses whenever possible.

Mark Kosieradzki is a nationally recognized trial lawyer from Minneapolis MN. His 40-year career has spanned a vast array of cases throughout the United States.

Mark’s landmark civil right case on behalf of an incarcerated woman resulted in the application of section 1983 protections to detainees.

His work on sexual abuse was featured in a CNN series on Rape in Nursing Homes. Click Here.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has described him as “one of the nation’s most feared elder abuse litigators.” Click Here.

The Trial Lawyer Nation podcast featuring Mark’s philosophy as a trial lawyer and as a person has inspired lawyers throughout the country. Click Here.

Mark is recognized in “Best lawyers in America”. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as Civil Trial Specialist. He is the past president of the Minnesota Association for Justice, Diplomate in the National College of Advocacy and past president of Minnesota ABOTA.

Mark is well known as one of the country’s leading authorities on deposition technique, strategy and law. He is the author of 30(B)(6): Deposing Corporations, Organizations & the Government, published by Trial Guides. His AAJ Press book Deposition Obstruction: Breaking Through has been described as the horn book for dealing with deposition obstruction.

Mark has joined trial teams throughout the United States in a wide variety of wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, including malpractice, bad faith, construction injuries, nursing home abuse, interstate trucking accidents, and products liability.

When Mark turned 50, he had a midlife crisis and started playing the blues harmonica. At 63 he took up salsa dancing in Havana.

Combine an entrepreneurial spirit with a love for the everyday person and you have an attorney who looks to provide fairness through justice. Alexander Shunnarah, founder and president of Alexander Shunnarah Injury Lawyers, P.C. (ASILPC), realizes that the legal industry is not one size fits all as he looks to provide clients with the resources to level the playing field and achieve fair compensation from their Goliath opponents.

Prior to pursuing his career in the legal industry, Alexander and his father experimented with several different business ventures, learning valuable lessons in marketing, leadership and the overall struggles of business operations along the way. Alexander used this knowledge to create a firm brand that resonates with potential clients and motivates his attorneys to believe in the overall mission of ASILPC.

When starting his firm in 2001, Alexander went against the grain to develop a marketing strategy that has grown his company to reach and practice across Alabama and recently expanding to Florida, Mississippi and Georgia.

A passion for people, Alexander has an unwavering belief in the fairness and justice that our country offers. While he was born and raised in Birmingham, his parents risked everything they had bringing his family to the United States to take advantage of the American Dream. Being an attorney allows him to safeguard these freedoms, from economic and political freedoms to cultural and religious liberties. By offering his clients with the legal knowledge to achieve maximum recovery of their injuries, Alexander is providing them the rights and privileges that should be afforded to all Americans.

By providing financial resources, a fully supportive infrastructure and commitment to ethics, Alexander has built a dedicated team of to legal professionals and staff that work in a congenial and cooperative environment to achieve these goals. Each attorney has an unshakeable belief in the mission of ASILPC and providing their clients with unsurpassed legal council.

As ASILPC continues to work to provide maximum compensation for each of their clients, they look to grow beyond the four-state practice. Alexander envisions his firm becoming a regional personal injury law firm that can plant their brand anywhere and provide successful results for individuals in that community.

Currently, Alexander resides in Vestavia Hills, Alabama with his wife and three daughters. He is actively involved with Church of the Highlands.

Joe Fried limits his practice to handling truck and bus crash cases nationally. Based out of Atlanta Georgia, Joe has handled cases in more than 30 States with total recoveries over $600 million. Joe is the founder of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, immediate past chair of the American Association of Justice Trucking Litigation Group, and President of the National Trial Lawyers Association Trucking Trial Attorneys.

Joe has authored books, DVDs and peer reviewed articles on handling commercial motor vehicle cases and has given more than 300 presentations to lawyer, judge, and law enforcement audiences on commercial vehicle cases as well as all aspects of preparing and trying civil cases. Joe is on the faculty of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and is known for his unique approaches to developing and presenting both the technical and compelling human aspects of his cases.

Lloyd Bell is an experienced medical malpractice and catastrophic injury trial attorney, who has been lead counsel in over 75 civil jury trials over his 25-year career. Mr. Bell is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group limited to 100 of the leading plaintiffs lawyers in the United States.

After graduating with honors from the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Bell attended Mercer University Law School where he graduated in 1992. Upon graduation, Mr. Bell began his legal career in U.S. Army JAG Corps, serving four years on active duty, first as a prosecutor and later as defense counsel, where he represented soldiers accused of felony crimes. Mr. Bell received an Honorable Discharge, and then entered private practice working for several large insurance defense law firms. He founded his own firm – Bell Law Firm – in 1999, and since that time, has dedicated his practice exclusively to representing people who have suffered serious injury or wrongful death due to medical malpractice and other catastrophic events. Mr. Bell has developed a particular expertise in representing people who have suffered catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury.

Over the past 5 years, Mr. Bell has obtained several of the largest verdicts in Georgia, including recently, a record $26 Million medical malpractice verdict in Muscogee County Georgia, for a client who suffered brain damage following neck surgery; a $15 Million medical malpractice verdict for client who suffered a spinal cord injury following a blood draw; $5.4 Million medical malpractice verdict for a woman who had her leg amputated after a botched procedure, $4.4 Million medical malpractice verdict for a client who suffered Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (“CRPS) following a blood draw, $3.8 Million against a restaurant chain for a client who suffered a crush injury to her foot and developed CRPS; a $3.9 Million verdict in a truck wreck case tried in federal court in Virginia; a $2 Million verdict against a grocery store after a customer slipped and fell leading to neck surgery and permanent nerve damage, a $2 Million verdict for slip and fall in a grocery store; and $1.2 Million verdict wrongful death trucking case tried in federal court in Georgia. Mr. Bell has recovered over $100 Million in settlements for his clients in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Bell has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as Legal Elite every year since 2011, most recently in the December 2018 edition. He has been recognized by Atlanta Magazine as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” every year since 2005, and was listed by Atlanta Magazine as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in Georgia in every year since 2012.

Memberships:

The Inner Circle of Advocates
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (Chair of Membership, Georgia Chapter) Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA)
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Board Member, and former Chair of Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse

Admissions:

Supreme Court of The United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Northern District of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Superior and State Courts

Adam Malone is based in Atlanta, Georgia and dedicates his entire practice to helping families with issues involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, amputation, and wrongful death throughout the state of Georgia. His efforts over the last two decades have produced over $500 million in compensation for injured victims and their families and have helped change careless corporate practices to keep us all safer.

Adam has obtained record jury verdicts, including a $24.5 million verdict in a case involving an above-knee amputation for a young athlete which is reported to be the largest personal injury verdict ever returned in Albany, Georgia. In addition to his trial skills, Adam has also earned a reputation for excellence in the appellate courts. Due to Adam’s work, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down the state’s cap of $350,000 on non-economic damages in medical negligence cases as violating the constitutionally guaranteed right to trial by jury. This ruling not only permitted his client to recover the amount of damages determined by the jury in that case – it was much more important than that. This decision ensured that all patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to trial by jury and the right to be completely compensated in an amount determined by jurors driven by the actual evidence, not by politicians driven by campaign contributions.

To have your work recognized by your peers is among the highest of honors. In 2018, Adam was voted by his peers through Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the state of Georgia. The prestigious Melvin M. Belli Society recently honored Adam with their coveted Mel Award for his creative advocacy, innovation and paradigm-shifting trial techniques. Best Lawyers honored Adam by naming him the 2016 Lawyer of the Year in medical negligence. The Southern Trial Lawyers Association has honored Adam for his teaching and publications in the field of trial and appellate advocacy by presenting him with the Professor W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Lighthouse Award.

Adam is also recognized and included annually in the peer-reviewed editions of Best Lawyers in America. Adam is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent, the highest rating available for ethics and legal ability. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA) and the National Board of Trial Advocates (NBTA), and he is frequently invited to write, publish, and teach continuing legal education to lawyers and professional groups all over the country.

Adam is currently serving as Officer of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice. He is a Past President of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Past President of the Melvin M. Belli Society, Past Chairperson for the Professional Negligence Section of the American Association for Justice, and Past Chairperson of the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Adam served for many years on the Board of Governors and its Executive Committee for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) – the nation’s largest and most effective organization for lawyers representing injured people and their families. He has served as an officer and on the board of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, the AAJ Professional Negligence Section, and the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. He also serves on the Board of Directors for his alma mater, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and the Savannah Law School. He is also an Honorary Board Member of the Special Olympics of Georgia and an ardent supporter of the Shepherd Brain and Spinal Center.