ATLA’s 2018 Annual Convention is April 26 – 28, a month away. For the ATLA family, Convention is a wonderful time to cultivate friendships and grow as attorneys. As the anticipation around Convention builds, so does the excitement about our featured speakers! Join us at ATLA’s Annual Convention to hear innovative, trailblazing speakers including: Mark Lanier discussing “New Ways to Win at Trial,” Ken Connor with “Winning Your Case In Jury Selection,” Andy Payne “A Profitable PI Practice: Ideas on Case Acquisition, Evaluation and Profitability” and a Legislative Update from Chad Gallagher, Isaac Wright and Bob Edwards.
Mark Lanier is an attorney, author, teacher, pastor and expert story teller. Since he founded The Lanier Law Firm in 1990, Mark has earned international recognition as one of the top trial attorneys in the United States, with firm offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles supporting his work for clients across the country. Chairmen, company presidents and senior executives from major corporations and universities often call on him for his respected business views on national and international issues. An accomplished author, Mark recently published the books, Christianity on Trial and Psalms for Living: Daily Prayers, Wisdom, and Guidance. Mark and ,his wife, Becky, have five children.
Kenneth L. Connor, a founding member of Connor & Connor, LLC, has been an active trial lawyer since 1972. Ken received his B.A. and his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University. Licensed to practice law in fourteen states and the District of Columbia, Ken has tried cases from Florida to California. Ken resides in Aiken, SC.
Andy Payne is the founding partner of Payne Mitchell Law Group. He is double Board Certified-Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He graduated at the top of his class from Baylor Law School, where he served as Editor of the Baylor Law Review. He is active member of Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the TX Bar Foundation and Dallas Bar Foundation, TX Trial Lawyers Association and AAJ Leaders Forum. He has served on the TX Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors.
Chad Gallagher, an Ouachita Baptist University graduate, became the youngest mayor in the nation in 1998. He served as a policy adviser Gov. Huckabee for city, county and local affairs, oversaw the legislative war room, appointments to boards and commissions and intergovernmental affairs. His experience in the political world has made him well versed and nimble in public relations, strategic development, messaging and crisis control. In 2007, Chad launched Legacy Consulting. Through this venue he’s worked with leaders in the private and public sector both at every level.
Isaac Wright is a communications operative and strategist in campaigns and public affairs. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel and countless other television and radio stations as a political commentator. As Communications Director in the Office of Governor Mike Beebe, he was the youngest in the country at that time. He has been described by columnists as “closed captioning for the candidate” and “overseer of the message. ”Specifically, his rapid response work was described in one news account as “stealing another candidate’s sunshine.”
Bob Edwards received his B.A. in Biology from Hendrix College . He earned his JD from the Bowen School of Law in 1998. He was an integral part of the successful team that worked to elect Attorney General Mark Pryor. He served as the Chief of Staff for Pryor. Before opening his own firm in 2013, Bob was with Wilkes & McHugh. His practice is focused primarily on nursing home and tractor-trailer litigation. He’s a member of ATLA, AR Bar Association, American Bar Association, and AAJ.
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