Thursday Convention Speaker Spotlight!


ATLA’s Annual Convention is April 27 – April 29!

We are extremely proud of our convention speakers, and with good reason. ATLA’s 2017 Annual Convention boasts the best of the best speakers like Maren Chaloupka, a master at trying unusual cases with challenging facts; Kristen Miller, who tackles a wide range of cases from medical malpractice to vaccine litigation; and Katie Hubbard, who specializes in representing women injured by the use of talcum powder products. Their trial skills and wisdom are second to none – come listen and learn! To register and to view the entire agenda click here or visit

Learn more about these speakers below!

Maren Chaloupka, Scottsbluff, NE – ATLA CONVENTION TOPIC – “Innocent” Is Not Enough: Overcoming Barriers to Justice for the Wrongfully Convicted

Maren Chaloupka represents people seriously damaged, and who have lost loved ones, as the result of civil rights violations and governmental negligence, defective products, sexual assault, dangerous premises, intentional acts and professional negligence.  Maren also defends persons charged with serious felonies.  She handles civil and criminal appeals.

She began working for her beloved father, trial lawyer Robert Chaloupka, when she was 11 years old, and joined her father’s practice full-time in 1998. Maren was blessed by his mentoring, inspiration and friendship until his death in 2009. Bob’s practice and his life set the standard for courage, for not giving up, and for providing dignity and hope to persons broken by grief and despair.

Maren grew up in Scottsbluff and has lived there for most of her life, although her law practice now covers the State of Nebraska and beyond. After earning her law degree in 1995, she served as a judicial clerk to Chief Justice C. Thomas White of the Nebraska Supreme Court. She began practicing law after her clerkship ended in 1996. Since that time, Maren has tried sixty-three civil rights, criminal and personal injury cases to verdict since 1997 and has briefed and argued seventy-five appeals in the state and federal appellate courts.  She holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a SuperLawyer for the Midwest region of the United States.

Maren’s stock in trade has become unusual cases with challenging facts, to include novel and untested legal theories.  She enjoys civil rights cases, representing “the least of our brothers” –  persons wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes they did not commit, persons abused in custody, and families of mentally ill persons who die in jails, prisons and psychiatric facilities. Her criminal practice primarily focuses on the representation of persons falsely accused of sexual assault. In her civil practice, she represents people harmed by the thoughtless or intentional acts of others. This includes persons harmed by governmental torts who face sovereign immunity defenses. She has testified many times before the Nebraska legislature on issues of interest to her clients. 

In 1999, Maren attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, a 31-day intensive trial school near Dubois, Wyoming. She was invited to join the faculty of Trial Lawyers College in 2000 and has taught at Trial Lawyers College and its related seminars since then.  In 2014, she joined the Board of Directors of Trial Lawyers College. She presents an advanced trial skills training program for Trial Lawyers College every August near Dubois, Wyoming, and serves as the editor-in-chief of Trial Lawyers College’s quarterly journal, The Warrior.

With the support of her firm, she presents The Bob Chaloupka Kick Ass Trial Skills Seminar every November in Scottsbluff, in her father’s honor. Maren is also a volunteer pianist for Theatre West Summer Repertory, and she plays the piano for the Chuckwagon Mission Church. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Riverside Discovery Center.  In her “spare” time, Maren administers amateur behavioral therapy for her oversize rescue dog and her murderous assassin of a cat.  

Kristen B. Miller, Glen Rock, NJ – ATLA CONVENTION TOPIC – Half the Sky: Why Women Matter

Kristen B. Miller is a trial attorney at Britcher Leone, LLC.  Ms. Miller focuses her legal practice in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, nursing home, personal injury, wrongful death, and vaccine litigation. She is a member of the American Association for Justice, the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) where she serves on the Board of Governors and is a co-chair of the Women’s Lawyer Trial Caucus, the Women Lawyers in Bergen where she co-chairs the Diversity Committee, and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Miller has been named to the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 under 40 and presently serves on its Executive Committee. Since 2013, Ms. Miller has been consistently selected as a New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Katie Hubbard, Edwardsville, IL – ATLA CONVENTION TOPIC – Half the Sky: Why Women Matter

Katie Hubbard is a trial attorney pursuing justice for her clients and all people. She specializes in personal injury litigation, including car or trucking accidents, pharmaceutical drugs and medical device litigation, and workers’ compensation. Ms. Hubbard is currently representing women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the use of talcum powder products. She also represents individuals in other mass torts including Transvaginal Mesh, Stryker and Wright Hip Replacements, Proton Pump Inhibitors, and IVC Filters. Katie is an Attorney at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., with offices in Madison County, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri.

Katie was recently re-elected to the American Association for Justice Board of Governors for the 2015-2017 term. In 2013, she was selected to the inaugural class of the American Association for Justice Leadership Academy. She is also a former representative to the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association Board of Managers.

She is currently on the Board for the United Way of Greater St. Louis and is the past Chair of the Tri-Cities Area Auxiliary Council. Katie travels to St. Marc, Haiti once a year (or more) as part of a mission to partner with Haitians in providing access to healthcare, economic development, and education through grass roots efforts in that community. She is also the President of Mission 1:11, a non-profit that organizes these efforts.


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