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In 22 years Rebecca Blair has developed an immensely diverse practice. Ms. Blair has substantial experience in many aspects of civil litigation, including tort law, insurance coverage litigation, business litigation, and probate litigation. In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Blair is also listed as a Rule 31 General Civil mediator

Selected to a list Top 50 Women Lawyers in the Mid-South in 2012 by Mid-South Super Lawyers/ Memphis Magazine, Rebecca Blair enjoys an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating in Martindale Hubbell. Rebecca Blair was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the fields of Business Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs. Ms. Blair has been listed with Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2009.

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Terrence M. Connors has been recognized by his peers as one of the pre-eminent trial attorneys in the state. For the past seven years, he has been ranked as the number one lawyer in all upstate New York by Super Lawyers magazine. This year, the Erie County Bar Association named him Lawyer of the Year and, in 2006, the New York State Bar Association awarded him the prestigious Attorney Professionalism Award.

He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in that organization is by invitation only and limited to one percent of the lawyers in each state. Mr. Connors is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Membership in that organization is also by invitation and limited to a total of 500 trial lawyers in the United States. He is listed in The Best Lawyers In America® in seven separate categories: Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Bet the Company Litigation, Criminal Law, and White Collar and Non-White Collar.

Terry has always been an aggressive and proactive advocate. He started his career at one of Buffalo’s largest law firms, quickly demonstrating his abilities as he was elected managing partner at the young age of 35. But Terry came to see that the big firm structure was hindering his ability to respond quickly and decisively to his clients’ needs. He had a vision of building a leaner, more efficient firm to improve the work he could do for his clients. His vision was to form a litigation boutique – a compact firm composed of the best and brightest litigators, freed from large firm constraints, and devoted entirely to providing litigation services. CONNORS LLP represents the realization of that vision – one that Terry continues to shape and direct.

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Jeff Kimmel has positioned himself as a fierce business leader in the legal industry.  In his role as Partner and CEO, he has navigated the firm’s rapid growth and elevated its status to one of the leading and most progressive personal injury law firms in New York.  His recognition as a “Trailblazer” by the New York Law Journal in its inaugural list of attorneys identified Jeff as a business leader and true agent of change in the legal field.

As a graduate of Wharton Business School and Brooklyn Law School, Jeff has meticulously combined his entrepreneurial business background with his keen analytical legal sense to cultivate not just a dynamic law firm, but an effective, client-oriented business that supports and promotes lawyer development, firm efficiency processes, case value maximization protocols, staffing diversity and community outreach programs.

Jeff prides himself in developing a trusted firm, widely respected by the industry and clients.  To Jeff, the firm’s reputation is paramount to the success of the ever-growing list of satisfied clients.  This has led to consistent referrals, not just from those in need of legal representation, but also by referring attorneys who appreciate the wealth of experience and extraordinary efforts put forth to ensure that the value of each case be maximized.

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For over 50 years Larry Stewart represented clients in trials throughout Florida and many other states, such as California, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas. Until he retired from active practice in 2016, his cases focused on catastrophic injuries, particularly ones involving victims of defective products and medical malpractice. He also tried many other types of cases including libel, construction claims, commercial disputes and other non-personal injury cases. Highlights of his career include over sixty verdicts or settlements of a million-dollars or more and many precedent-setting appellate opinions.

Larry Stewart was born and raised in Florida, attending the University of Florida for both and undergraduate and law degrees. In undergraduate school he was active in student government and Florida Blue Key. He graduated from law school with honors and as the number one graduate in his class. Law school honors included Order of the Coif, Law Review and Moot Court. In 1984 he formed Stewart Tilghman Fox & Bianchi, P.A., where he practiced until his retirement in 2016.

Larry Stewart is a “hall of Fame” trial lawyer having been selected in Lawdragon’s inaugural class. During his career he was one of the leading trial lawyers in the U.S. and was inducted into all five of the leading national professional trial lawyer organizations: The American College of Trial Lawyers, The American Board of Trial Advocates, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers and The Inner Circle of Advocates. He was also listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and the “Who’s Who” series of publications and was certified by The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate.

Larry Stewart is also widely known as a legal expert. He was named to academic conferences on topics such as automobile insurance, products liability and medical malpractice. He testified before Congress and state legislatures and frequently appeared on radio and television shows. He was selected for membership in the American Law Institute where he served as a special consultant to its tort law projects. He also served on the Boards of RAND Corporation’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation and the RAND Institute for Civil Justice. For 10 years Larry Stewart served on the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. Additionally, during his career he testified as an expert witness in legal malpractice and bad faith insurance cases, was a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs throughout the United States and authored numerous professional articles.

In 2001, Larry Stewart founded and served as the first President and CEO of Trial Lawyers Care, Inc, the national pro bono program for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In that capacity he oversaw the creation of and directed the largest pro bono program in history, delivering free legal services to thousands of victims and victim’s families. The work of Trial Lawyers Care was recognized with numerous awards and Larry Stewart individually was awarded The Florida Bar’s G. Kirk Hass Humanitarian Award, the ATLA-NJ Gold Medal for Distinguished Service and a Special President’s Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Florida Federation of Chapters (FLABOTA).

Larry Stewart has also been active in a number of professional organizations. He served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as the American Association for Justice) in 1994-95, was on its Executive Committee for six years and a member of its Board of Governors for 11 years. Within ATLA, Stewart served in a number of capacities including chairing many committees. And in 1999-2001, Larry Stewart served as President of the Roscoe Pound Institute, where he led the reorganization of the Institute into an academic think tank for civil justice issues. He is also a Lifetime Fellow of the Institute.

Larry Stewart has also been an active member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (now known as the Florida Justice Association) and served as its President in 1978-79 and on the Board of Directors for 21 years. Additionally, he was been active in The Florida Bar and is a former chair of its Trial Lawyers Section and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

On numerous occasions Larry Stewart has been recognized for his professional activities and accomplishments. He received the highest award given by the Association of Trial Lawyers of American, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and FLABOTA: in 2002 he received the ATLA Champion of Justice award; in 1995 he received the AFTL Perry Nichols Award and in 1993 he received the FLABOTA Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year award. In addition he received the AFTL President’s Award in 1980 and the AFTL A. J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. In 1994 he received the ATLA New Lawyers Section Joe Tonahill award. And in 1983 and 1989, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice selected him for honorable mention as Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Even though retired from the active practice of law, Larry Stewart continues to serve as an “of counsel” consultant to the firm and is actively involved in law reform, helping to shape the law for the coming years, through his activities with the American law Institute. He currently serves on the ALI Council and is a member of its Executive Committee.

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David Michael “Mike” Conner is the founder and managing partner of The Conner Law Group, P.C. He is a celebrated litigation attorney, specializing in commercial, business and construction litigation and related business organization and planning as well as the prosecution of catastrophic personal injury cases. Mr. Conner has earned recognition as one of Georgia’s most respected attorneys, and he has been peer selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer (since 2006), Best Lawyer (since 2007), Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and invited to be a member of the National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He is also a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (www.trialcounsel.org) and an invited member of the Council on Litigation Management (www.theclm.org). Related to his work in the personal injury field, Mr. Conner is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi Million Advocates Forum. The Conner Law Group has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Law Firm.”  Mr. Conner also serves as the City Attorney for his hometown of Jesup, Ga.

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Bradley A. Levin, a shareholder in the Denver law firm Levin Sitcoff PC, focuses his practice on tort and commercial litigation, especially insurance bad faith and insurance coverage disputes. He has significant litigation and trial experience.  His accomplishments include:

Mr. Levin received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, with distinction, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.  He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and served as editor-in-chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

In addition to teaching legal writing and research at Hastings College of Law, Mr. Levin has lectured frequently in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith law.  He is licensed to practice in California and Colorado.  He is a member of the Denver, Colorado and American Bar Associations.  Mr. Levin belongs to the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association as well as the American Association of Justice.  He serves on the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions.  Mr. Levin also serves on the Board for National Jewish Health and the Colorado Lawyers Committee.  He has also served as the Chair of the Mountain States Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

In 2015, Mr. Levin was awarded the Kenneth N. Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.  He has been selected by his peers as the 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Insurance Litigation in the The Best Lawyers In America®.  He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers In America® 2005- 2019. He was recognized as a Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyer in 2018, and a Top 50 (now Top 100) Colorado Super Lawyer in 2011-2012, and 2014-2018.  He has Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV rating as voted by his peers.

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Ken Nachbar’s practice focuses on cases involving mergers and acquisitions, control contests, shareholder class and derivative actions, and contractual disputes.  He advises corporate clients and boards of directors with respect to litigation and transactional matters including structuring of corporate transactions, defensive mechanisms and representation of special negotiating committees and special litigation committees.

As both lead and co-counsel, Ken has litigated many of the seminal cases involving Delaware corporate law for clients such as The Dow Chemical Company, Facebook, Inc., Barclay’s Bank Delaware, FedEx Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Allergan, Inc., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and KFC Corporation, as well as many private companies.  Ken has also advised special committees of the boards of companies such as Ralph Lauren Corporation, TripAdvisor, Inc., Massey Corporation and MoneyGram International, Inc.

Ken is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Chambers USA has listed Ken in its top band for Delaware Court of Chancery since its inception (2002-2019).  Clients and peers describe him as “a terrific Chancery Court lawyer” who has a “tremendous effect on the courts in Delaware.”  He “has the rare combination of a substantive command of the law and the ability to get up there and effectively argue cases.”  “You know you must bring your ‘A’ game when you are against him.”

Honors

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Daniel Callahan has distinguished himself as one of the top trial attorneys in California, and has repeatedly been recognized by his peers for his incredible accomplishments.  Mr. Callahan was the winner of the prestigious OCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year Award three times, in 2000, 2004, and 2012.  He has been named one of the Top 10 Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal.  He was voted California Business Trial Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine.  In addition, Mr. Callahan has been named one of the Top 100 trial lawyers by the American Trial Association, featured in the Best Lawyers in America for thirteen years straight, 2005 through 2019 and listed by Super Lawyers as one of The Top 10 Lawyers in Southern California for 2013.

The reason for the accolades is simple: preparation and results. Since founding Callahan & Blaine, Mr. Callahan has won many jury trials and obtained scores of seven and eight figure settlements on behalf of his clients.

Notable verdicts include a $934,000,000 jury verdict obtained in 2003, after a three month jury trial in a complex business dispute entitled Beckman Coulter vs. Flextronics. This unanimous verdict was the largest in California in 2003 and remains the largest in Orange County history. Mr. Callahan went on to obtain a $50,000,000 settlement in a road design case against the City of Dana Point. Exclusive of large class actions, this is one of the largest personal injury settlement in United States history. Most recently, after a two month jury trial, Mr. Callahan obtained a $38 Million settlement on behalf of a class of newspaper delivery drivers against The Orange County Register. This is the highest employment settlement in Orange County’s history. Mr. Callahan is equally skilled in representing defendants.  He has secured many total defense verdicts against some of the most respected plaintiff attorneys in the county.

Mr. Callahan grew up in Chicago, Illinois where he went on to receive his BA, magna cum laude, from Western Illinois University in 1976, and graduated with honors from the University of California School of Law at Davis in 1979, while serving as Editor of the Law Review. He began his career in Hawaii before relocating to Southern California and starting his own firm by opening the doors on St. Patrick’s Day, 1984.

Mr. Callahan has given nationwide seminars on litigation and published multiple articles on litigation strategy and practice. He has been a speaker at multiple continuing education seminars and regularly speaks at the State Bar of California’s annual convention on topics ranging from advanced trial skills to the use of technology in the courtroom. For the past several years, he also has given seminars on jury selection and opening statement at local, state and national conferences.

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Lawyer Michael D. Alper, graduated from University of California at Berkeley, A.B., with high honors, 1995 Stanford Law School, J.D., 1998. He was employed by Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP at 370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500 Denver, CO 80202.

While being a member of American and Colorado Bar Associations; Colorado Defense Lawyers Association., Michael D. Alper is one of the more than one million lawyers in United States. Before choosing Michael D. Alper as your lawyer, you should consider whether Michael D. Alper is a member of American Bar Association (ABA), how much he or she charges for the services, if there is any hidden attorney fee, what’s the fee schedule, whether he or she has good community reputation and is able to provide a list of good references. You can also contact the Board of Professional Responsibility of the state bar, to find out if Michael D. Alper has ever been placed under any disciplinary actions. If there is any such disciplinary action, avoid using his or her services. Please be aware that, though Michael D. Alper’s office is located at Denver, CO, he or she might belong to the bar association of other states.

Focus of Lawyer’s Practice and Years Practice are also very important factors in your evaluation process. The more focused the lawyer’s practice areas, the better service he or she could provide. Length of practice, however, can be both positive and negative for an attorney. So do not make decisions solely on one or two factors. Michael D. Alper has been admitted in 1998, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1999, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2002, Colorado and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. His or her practice areas include Commercial Litigation; Class Actions; Appellate Practice; Personal Injury Defense.

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Rodney Moore provides advice and representation for businesses in the healthcare, banking, technology and insurance industries. Additionally, he represents clients in commercial litigation; multi-party and class action litigation; and appellate matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Moore was partner at Wright, Berry, Moore & White, P.A. in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

In 1995, Moore served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Robert R. Fussell of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Arkansas.  He served two appointed terms to the Supreme Court of Arkansas Committee on Civil Practice. In 2011, Moore was elected to the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates.

Moore is an active member of the American Bar, Arkansas Bar and Pulaski Bar Associations. Moore is a regular speaker and author on appellate law issues, trial practice, and legal writing.  He is a chapter author of the Handling Appeals in Arkansas Manual published by the Arkansas Bar Association.

Moore’s recent experience includes:  1) Represented an Arkansas bank in recovering against a fidelity bond insurance policy on a claim involving fraud of the chief lending officer;  2) Defended a national manufacturer in a nationwide class action involving allegations of deceptive trade practices, conspiracy, fraud and defective products;  3) Defended a computer software company in a nationwide class action involving allegations of deceptive trade practices, fraud and conspiracy;  4) Defended an international financial institution in a nationwide class action involving allegations of fraud; and, 5) Represented an Arkansas insurance company in a multi-party insurance coverage dispute involving the duty to defend and indemnify its insureds against allegations of sexual abuse.

Recognition

In 2016, Moore was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in recognition of the advocacy, ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality he displays in his trial practice. Moore was inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America in 2012 and a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation in 2011.  The Arkansas Bar Association awarded Moore the Presidential Award of Excellence in 2009 for his contributions to the legal profession and support of the Association’s mission.  He has been selected as a Faculty Member for the Supreme Court of Arkansas Professional Practicum Seminar since 2008. Moore has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2013 and by Best Lawyers in America since 2009 in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Defendants. In addition, Best Lawyers in America recognized him as Lawyer of the Year in 2015. Moore has received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, www.martindale.com/ratings.

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