Personal Injury and Trial Attorneys gathered for the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board February Meeting to discuss courtroom skills and conduct with Florida judges. The event was moderated by Personal Injury Attorney Bernard Walsh, founder of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board and Partner at Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh.
The judges, all from the 12th Judicial Circuit, attending the event included, The Honorable Diana Moreland of Bradenton, The Honorable Charles E. Williams of Sarasota, The Honorable Peter A. Dubensky of Manatee County and the honorable Frederick P. Mercurio also of Manatee county.
The event, sponsored by local businesses in Bradenton and Sarasota, took place, February 20th at the Polo Grill at Lakewood Ranch. During the event, each judge gave their thoughts on three particular topics, conduct of trial lawyers, suggestions on improving court room presentations and a better understanding of each judges requirements for jury selection for trial.
After the Judges lectured on the subjects, the large group of attendees of 70 attorneys and guests participated in an open forum panel discussion, with the panel of judges answering questions from attorneys. Additionally, members of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board who attended the event received 2 C.L.E. (Continuing Legal Education) credits. C.L.E. Credits are required by the Florida BAR Association.
Manasota Trial Lawyers Board founder Bernie Walsh had this to say about the event, œOne of the goals of Manasota Trial Lawyers Board, is to provide real, hands-on knowledge to our members that can help them be more effective in representing their clients. Thanks to the Justices who volunteered their time tonight we have given our members new incite from the judges perspective. Mr Walsh continued, œI can't thank the justices enough for sharing their views and advice with us tonight. The attorneys here will benefit, but more importantly so will the people we represent.About The Manasota Trial Lawyers Board
Founded by prominent Injury Lawyer Bernard F. Walsh of Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh, Manasota Trial Lawyers Board is a local organization composed of some of the foremost trial lawyers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff trial lawyers.
It is the mission of The Manasota Trial Lawyers Board to promote excellence in the legal profession through practical educational programs, networking opportunities, and legal publications that deal with current issues facing local Manatee and Sarasota County lawyers.
Manasota Trial Lawyers Board strives to promote justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims' rights”particularly the right to trial by jury”and strengthen the civil justice system. As we build our network of local affiliates involved in diverse areas of trial advocacy, MTLB will provide lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.
More information can be found online at:
http://manasotatriallawyersboard.com/About The Judges About Judge Diana Moreland
Judge Diana Moreland, serves at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton Florida. She began service on the Circuit Court Bench in January of 2005.
Judge Moreland received her, J.D. From Stetson University in 1987, and B.S. From the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1984.About Judge Charles E. Williams
Justice Charles E. Williams Serves at the Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center, in Sarasota Florida.
Justice Williams began service on the Circuit Court Bench in January of 1998, he received his J.D. From the University of Florida in 1982 and his B.S. From Howard University in 1979.About Judge Peter A. Dubensky
Judge Peter A. Dubensky serves at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton.
Judge Dubensky Began his service on the 12th Judicial Circuit Court Bench in January of 1990.
Judge Dubensky received his J.D. From University of Denver in 1978.About Judge Frederick P. Mercurio
Judge A Frederick P. Mercurio serves at the Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center, in Sarasota Florida. Recently elected to Circuit Court in January 08, 2013.
Judge Mercurio received his Juris Doctor Degree in December of 1983 from Stetson University College of Law and his Bachelor of Science Degree of Finance in1981 from Florida State University.
Judge Mercurio was admitted to the Florida Bar in May 30, 1984 and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer from 1994 until Present.About Injury Lawyer Bernard F. Walsh
Mr. Walsh, an AV PreeminentÂ® rated attorney has been listed in Avvo, an attorney rating site, as Superb; Mr. Walsh is listed in Top Lawyers of America, National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and inducted into The Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has also won the largest playground recovery, one of the top three motorcycle recoveries, and the second largest daycare center recovery in the State of Florida. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts. Mr. Walsh is currently a partner at the Florida law firm of Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh where he represents injured clients all over Florida from his office in Bradenton. Mr Walsh stays active in the Florida legal community in many ways including founding of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board and as a Florida Justice Association board member.