ABOTA Foundation Masters in Trial®: A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation - Part 1

Published by American Board of Trial Advocates and New Hampshire Association for Justice


The Masters in Trial shows how some of the most successful trial lawyers in the country conduct a trial – without war stories. The mock trial demonstration of a rollover/roof crush case will be presented before a real judge and jury, complete with witnesses, experts and electronic courtroom visuals. The jury will render a verdict with jury deliberations shown to attendees via video feed.

Program Schedule:
Welcome and Introductions
Robert E. Aldrich, Jr., President, Fort Worth Chapter of ABOTA, Fort Worth, TX
Grace Weatherly, President, Dallas Chapter of ABOTA, Denton, TX

Ethics Lessons: Leading a Professional Life
Lewis R. Sifford, 2007 National President of ABOTA, Dallas, TX

Overview of Trial and Review of Stipulated Facts
Hon. Eric V. Moyé, 14th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas

Opening Statement
Plaintiff: Rod Phelan, Dallas, TX
Defense: Susan E. Hutchison, Forth Worth, TX

Examination of Plaintiff's Accident Reconstruction Expert
Plaintiff: Thomas M. Melsheimer, Dallas, TX
Defense: Hugh G. Connor, II, Fort Worth, TX
Witness: Marquette W. Wolf, Mesquite, TX as Dr. Steve Coons

Examination of Plaintiff's Design/Biomedical Expert
Plaintiff: Rod Phelan, Dallas, TX
Defense: Rickey J. Brantley, Fort Worth, TX
Witness: Mark D. Strachan, Dallas, TX as Dr. Tony Freidman

Robert E. Aldrich, Jr.
Aldrich PLLC
Fort Worth, TX
Rickey J. Brantley
Rickey J. Brantley Law
Fort Worth, TX
Hugh G. Connor, II
Kelly Hart & Hallman, LLP
Fort Worth, TX
Susan E. Hutchison
Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC
Fort Worth, TX
Thomas M. Melsheimer
Fish & Richardson
Dallas, TX
Rod Phelan
Baker Botts L.L.P
Dallas, TX
Lewis R. Sifford
Lewis R. Sifford was the 2007 National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is the President and Shareholder of Sifford, Anderson & Co., P.C. in Dallas. He has tried more than 150 civil jury trials to verdict. He is a Fellow of the...More
Grace Weatherly
Caring, committed and qualified representation of those who are seriously injured. Grace Weatherly represents clients in state and federal courts across Texas and the surrounding states. Grace has tried over 50 trials to jury verdict, handled...More
Hon. Eric V. Moyé
14th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas

Originally Published

August 21, 2015

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation - Video 1.1
  • A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation - Video 1.2
  • A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation - Video 1.3
  • A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation - Fact Pattern

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