Speaker Spotlight: Guerra, Zachary, Gillispie, and Curry


ATLA’s two day CLE is THIS WEEK. We still have tickets available so hurry to register – click here!  Featuring phenomenal speakers including Frank Guerra, Lee Curry, Josh Gillispie, Justin Zachary and more – this will be a phenomenal learning experience for any attorney interested in keeping up with 21st Century Litigation trends.

Read more about our speakers below:

Frank Guerra
CLE Topic: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments – How Far Can You Go?

Frank Guerra, IV. is a capital partner in Watts Guerra, LLP and has served as the managing partner of the San Antonio office since 2001. Frank received his B.A. from Texas A&M University in 1992 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996. While at the University of Texas, he served as Intern to the Honorable Justice John Cornyn, Supreme Court of Texas, in 1995, and Intern/Research Assistant to the late Charles Alan Wright. He was also an officer on the Board of Advocates and was a member of the ATLA Mock Trial Regional Champion, State Finalist, and National Quarter Finalist Teams in 1995 and 1996. He was subsequently inducted as a National Member of The Order of Barristers.

After graduating from law school, he joined the law firm of Allen, Stein, Powers, Durbin & Hunnicutt, where he practiced insurance defense and civil litigation law. He managed the Rio Grande Valley Office of Allen, Stein & Durbin from 1999 to 2001. Frank joined the San Antonio office of the predecessor firm of Watts Guerra in 2001. He also served on the Malpractice, Premises & Products Pattern Jury Charge Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He was co-counsel with Mikal Watts in Garza vs. Holiday Inn, Castro vs. Ford, Garcia vs. Ford, English vs. Bay, Ltd, Rincon vs. Shell, and Strange vs. Penhall, and Longview vs. Huff in which the jury rendered significant verdicts.

Frank is fluent in written and spoken Spanish.

Justin Zachary
CLE Topic: Investigating and Avoiding Potholes in Construction Cases

Justin C. Zachary is a partner at Denton & Zachary, PLLC, based out of Central Arkansas. Justin graduated from his hometown at the University of Memphis before attending law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he met his wife Heather and received the Bowen public service award for accumulating over 300 hours of public service during law school.

Justin’s passion for public service has led him to represent individuals and families across the state of Arkansas. For almost 10 years, Justin has represented people in a variety of cases, including tractor trailer and truck collisions, dangerous roadway construction collisions, as well as complex tort and large class action matters against some of the biggest companies in the world. Justin’s talents as a lawyer have helped him to quickly develop a reputation as a very aggressive and effective advocate for his clients. He takes pride in applying an “attention to details” approach and being extensively involved in every aspect of his clients’ cases from beginning to end. Today, Justin is continually looking to develop and hone his skills as a lawyer and has spoken at seminars and schools on safety issues. He is fortunate enough to be married to the love his life, Little Rock lawyer, Heather Zachary. Justin and Heather have three children, Grace, Shepard and Cecelia and are active member at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock.

Josh Gillispie
CLE Topic: Bad Apples – Litigating Against Residential Treatment Facilities and Youth Homes on Behalf of Sexually Abused Children

Josh graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in 2010. Since then, the majority of his practice has been devoted to representing Arkansans who have been injured by no fault of their own as a result of the negligence and misdeeds of others. Josh handles all types of personal injury cases, including car wrecks, truck wrecks, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and premises liability.
In 2011, Josh was awarded the Capitol Citation by the Arkansas Secretary of State for his service to the preservation of the Arkansas State Capitol Zoning District. This prestigious award was the result of Josh’s success in litigating against an attempt by developers to illegally construct buildings taller than three stories in the area immediately surrounding our state Capitol. In 2012, Josh was named to the list of “Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Little Rock” by Soiree Magazine.
Josh is a proud member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. In 2015, Josh was named to the Legislative Committee of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Josh is also a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and Pulaski County Bar Association. Josh serves on the Capitol Area Advisory Committee to the Capitol Zoning District Commission, a state agency.
Prior to law school, Josh taught college English and Literature. He holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Central Arkansas and a Bachelor Degree in English from Hendrix College, where he graduated in 2003. In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with family and friends and with his beloved dog, Annie. He also volunteers at the Pulaski County Humane Society.


Lee Curry
CLE Topic: Social Media Discovery & Admissibility

Lee D. Curry is an associate attorney with Gibson & Keith, PLLC, in Monticello, Arkansas. He joined the bar in 2014, and practices across various areas of the law, including personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, domestic relations, probate and estate administration disputes, and criminal defense. Lee is a member of AAJ, the Arkansas Bar Association’s House of Delegates, and President of the Southeast Arkansas Legal Institute, as well as an active member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Lee co-authored Behind the Screen: Truth, Lies and the Internet, an article on internet defamation which was published in the Fall 2015 issue of the Arkansas Lawyer.

Lee is an alumnus of the both the Walton College of Business and the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, and remains a proud Razorback fan. He is married to Lyndsey Erin Curry. Both natives of Sheridan, Lee and Lyndsey have laid down their roots in Monticello and anxiously await their daughter’s arrival this fall.

More information about Litigating in the 21st Century 

Thursday June 22, and Friday June 23, 2017
8:00am start – 4:15 adjournment each day

Holiday Inn Presidential, 600 I-30 Little Rock, AR
12 CLE Hours, including 1 Ethics hour
*Be sure join us for our Thursday night party at 7:00pm at Prost in downtown Little Rock.

Members register for $395, and ATLA Season Ticket Holders register for only $199!


On-site registration the day of the seminar will add $50 to your registration.
We have a small room block for $99 a night. Call 501.375.2100 to make your hotel room reservation.


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