Institute of Trial Practice


8:00 Introductory Remarks by President of ABOTA
Claude J. Covelli, ABOTA president
8:05 Motions in Limine
8:15 Seat Jury/Remarks from Judge
Hon. Richard J. Sankovitz
8:20 Opening Statements
Plaintiff: Merrick R. Domnitz
Defense: J. Drew Ryberg
9:00 Examinations of Plaintiff Lisa Lopes
Direct Exam: Kenan J. Kersten
Cross Exam: Michael P. Malone
9:40 Panel Discussion
Plaintiff Panelist: Ralph J. Tease, Jr.
Defense Panelist: Robert J. Lauer
9:55 Break
10:10 Examinations of Car’s Driver, Jamie Sumi
Direct Exam: James A. Pitts
Cross Exam: Donald H. Carlson
10:50 Examinations of Accident Reconstruction Expert, Jeff Peterson
Direct Exam: James R. Jansen
Cross Exam: Barrett J. Corneille
11:30 Plaintiff Rests Their Case, Panel Discussion
Ralph J. Tease, Jr.
Robert J. Lauer
11:45 Lunch (on your own)
12:45 Examinations of Defendant Brett Schultz
Direct Exam: Mary Lee Ratzel
Cross Exam: Merrick R. Domnitz
1:25 Examinations of Passenger Pat Gifford
Direct Exam: J. Drew Ryberg
Cross Exam: James M. Fergal
2:05 Panel Discussion
Emile H. Banks, Jr.
2:20 Break
2:35 Examinations of Defense Accident Reconstruction Expert Robert J. Krenz, P.E.
Direct Exam: Ross A. Anderson
Cross Exam: J. Michael End
4:10 Panel Discussion
Emile H. Banks, Jr.
4:20 Jury Deliberations
5:30 Verdict/Panel Discussion/Questions to Jury
5:45 Program Concludes


Program Directors

Mark E. Larson
Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson S.C., Milwaukee


Marie A. Stanton
Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C., Madison

Presiding Judge

Hon. Richard J. Sankovitz
Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Milwaukee

Team Captains

J. Michael End
End, Hierseman & Crain LLC, Milwaukee

Mary Lee Ratzel
ProHealth Care Inc., Waukesha

Program Panelists

Emile H. Banks, Jr.
Emile Banks & Associates LLC, Milwaukee

Robert J. Lauer
Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik S.C., Milwaukee

Ralph J. Tease, Jr.
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Green Bay

For the Plaintiff

Merrick R. Domnitz
Domnitz & Skemp S.C., Milwaukee

J. Michael End
End, Hierseman & Crain LLC, Milwaukee  

James M. Fergal
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Waukesha

Robert L. Habush
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Milwaukee

James R. Jansen
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Madison

Kenan J. Kersten
Kersten & McKinnon S.C., Thiensville

James A. Pitts
Schoone, Leuck, Kelley, Pitts & Pitts S.C., Racine

For the Defendant

Ross A. Anderson
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee

Donald H. Carlson

Barrett J. Corneille
Corneille Law Group LLC, Madison

Michael P. Malone
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Milwaukee

ProHealth Care Inc., Waukesha 

J. Drew Ryberg
Ryberg Law Firm S.C., Eau Claire

Todd M. Weir
Otjen, Gendelman, Zitzer, Johnson & Weir S.C., Waukesha

Expert Witnesses

Robert J. Krenz, P.E.
Krenz Engineering, LLC, Oregon

Jeff Peterson
Skogen Engineering, Madison ​

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