29th Annual Institute of Trial Practice


8:00 Introductory Remarks by President of ABOTA
Claude J. Covelli, ABOTA president
8:05 Seat Jury/Remarks from Judge
Hon. Richard J. Sankovitz
8:10 Opening Statements
Plaintiff Panelist: Merrick R. Domnitz
Defense Panelist: J. Drew Ryberg
8:50 Examinations of Plaintiff Lisa Lopes
Direct Exam: Kenan J. Kersten
Cross Exam: Michael P. Malone
9:30 Panel Discussion
Plaintiff Panelist: Ralph J. Tease, Jr.
Defense Panelist: Robert J. Lauer 
9:45 Break   
10:00 Examinations of Car’s Driver, Jamie Sumi
Direct Exam: James A. Pitts
Cross Exam: Michael P. Crooks
10:40 Examinations of Vocational Expert
Direct Exam: Jerome Hierseman
Cross Exam: J. Drew Ryberg   
11:10 Examinations of Accident Reconstruction Expert, Jeff Peterson
Direct Exam: James R. Jansen
Cross Exam: Gregory J. Cook   
11:50 Plaintiff Rests Their Case, Panel Discussion
Ralph J. Tease, Jr.
Robert J. Lauer
12:05 Lunch (on your own)
1:05 Examinations of Defendant Brett Schultz
Direct Exam: Mary Lee Ratzel
Cross Exam: Merrick R. Domnitz
1:45 Examinations of Defense Accident Reconstruction Expert Robert J. Krenz, P.E.
Direct Exam: Ross A. Anderson
Cross Exam: J. Michael End
2:25 Panel Discussion
Emile H. Banks, Jr.
Don C. Prachthauser

2:40 Break
2:35 Defense Rests their Case, Jury Instructions
3:10 Plaintiff Closing Argument
Robert L. Habush
3:30 Defense Closing Argument
Todd M. Weir
3:50 Panel Discussion
Emile H. Banks, Jr.
Don C. Prachthauser

4:05 Jury Deliberations
5:35 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

Don C. Prachthauser
Murphy & Prachthauser 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  

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

Jerome R. Hierseman
End, Hierseman & Crain LLC, 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

Gregory J. Cook
Greg Cook Law Offices S.C., Milwaukee 

Michael P. Crooks
Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C., Madison

Michael P. Malone
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Milwaukee

Mary Lee Ratzel
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 Systems LLC, Oregon

Jeff Peterson
Skogen Engineering, Madison

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