2018 ABOTA Masters in Trial®: A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation

Published by American Board of Trial Advocates and Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association


Educating lawyers in the art of trial advocacy is a primary goal of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Masters in Trial shows how some of the most successful trial lawyers in the country conduct a trial – without war stories. All of the trial team counsel are ABOTA members and are well-known and highly respected in their fields.

Whether you are a novice or seasoned trial lawyer, plaintiff or defense counsel, this program will assist you in your next trial and trials thereafter. This seminar is designed to teach by example. The skills you see demonstrated are applicable to virtually every other civil case.

This is one seminar trial lawyers will be talking about. You don’t want to miss it. Come see how the Masters do it.

This is a full day seminar which will be streamed live over the internet so a reliable, high-speed internet connection is required to participate. Before registering, please check your internet connection at fast.com, to make sure the download speed on the computer you will be using is at least 5 mbps.
If you are unable to attend the live presentation, you will receive a link to review the recorded program. Please note, there will not be certificates provided at that link.

Quentin Brogdon
Quentin Brogdon is a partner in Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP in Dallas, where he specializes in plaintiff's personal injury trial law. He is a Fellow in the invitation-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow in the invitation-only...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
Gwen Elisabeth Richard
Gwen E. Richard is a dynamic trial attorney with over 27 years of experience successfully representing companies and individuals in state and federal courts. She has tried dozens of cases to verdict and earned Board Certification from the Texas Board...More
Spencer P. Browne
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Spencer Browne has tried nearly 50 cases to verdict throughout Texas. He has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts, judgments, and settlements. His personal injury practice focuses on...More
Richard A. Capshaw
Richard Capshaw was born in Columbus, Georgia, August 12, 1958; admitted to the bar, 1981, Texas, the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and...More
Hon. Glenn W.A. Holley
Stephen C. Pipkin
Upon graduating from the University of Houston Law Center in 1992, Stephen Pipkin had a prestigious job offer with Jenkins & Gilchrist, L.L.P., a high powered civil defense firm. Knowing he was committed to being a trial lawyer and knowing young...More
Linda Turley
Linda Turley started practicing law in Texas in 1983. In 1988, she became Board-Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Turley handles a multitude of injury and wrongful death claims brought by...More

Mark S. Werbner
Sayles Werbner co-founder Mark S. Werbner is considered by his peers one of the nation’s most accomplished trial lawyers. His practice covers a broad range of law with an emphasis on complex business litigation, white-collar criminal defense and...More
Deborah J. Bullion
Deborah J. Bullion is a member of the law firm of Gascoyne & Bullion, P.C. and is actively involved in the Civil Jury Trial practice and the Civil Appellate practice in all Texas State Courts and in the United States District Courts of the Eastern,...More
Suzan Cardwell
Ms. Cardwell is an attorney with Cardwell & Chang, PLLC. In her 20 years of practice, Ms. Cardwell has successfully defended medical malpractice claims against virtually all of Houston's most prominent and most litigious plaintiffs' malpractice...More
Sandra F. Clark
Sandra Clark, a shareholder of MEHAFFYWEBER since 1985, is a trial lawyer whose primary concentration is in premises liability, commercial and products liability litigation. She has extensive trial experience and has successfully tried many complex...More
Edward F. Fernandes
Ed F. Fernandes is nationally recognized for his representation of domestic and international clients. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, legal and accounting malpractice, patent litigation and trade secrets, energy, securities, and...More
Bradford W. Irelan
Bradford W. Irelan is a Shareholder, Co-Founder and Partner of Irelan McDaniel, P.L.L.C. For more than twenty years, and with more than 75 jury trials and 20 appeals in both state and federal courts, he has enjoyed a reputation as one of Houston’s...More
Scott Link
Judge Link, a native Houstonian, has been a litigator for 37 years. During this time, he spent 11 years as a State of Texas Civil District Judge and was perennially one of the highest rated judge in Harris County by the attorneys in the Houston Bar...More
Dwaine M. Massey
Dwaine M. Massey, founder of Massey Law Firm PLLC, represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases including serious personal injury, consumer, commercial, construction and corporate-governance cases.

Having tried more than...More

Originally Published

April 27, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Morning Session - Video
  • Afternoon Witnesses and Closing Statements - Video
  • Jury Deliberation - Video
  • Panel Discussion - Video
  • Case Overview - Paper
  • Depositions - Paper

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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