Settlement Nation

Settlement Nation

Conversations with leading trial lawyers and settlement professionals on topics ranging from advice and strategies from top trial lawyers, settlement planning for plaintiffs, tax planning for attorneys, and future innovations in the legal and insurance industries. Brought to you by Independent Life, the only plaintiff focused structured settlement provider, and hosted by Courtney Barber. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed on the Settlement Nation podcast are those of the guests, and not necessarily those of Independent Life or its affiliates.

Episodes

January 4, 2023 62 min

#53: Welcome back to Settlement Nation in 2023! We start the year with a great interview with Adam Savin, Brian Kim and Maureen Hennessey from Savin Bursk Law. These three trial lawyers make up a dynamic team; from their marketing smarts to their results, with many huge settlements and verdicts between them, including a recent 18.79M jury verdict on a slip and fall case in California. In this episode we chat about the framework the...

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#52: In this episode of Settlement Nation, I chat with Thomas E. Shaw from Dallas, Texas. Thomas has been practising law for over 38 years, has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry and has cultivated a reputation as a fierce advocate for his clients. Today we discuss his recent $206 Million verdict - but not as a 'war' story. Tom takes his time to show other lawyers what he did, how he did it and the e...

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#51: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. This episode features Paul Littrel Jr. and Connor McDuffie from Stratejic Relationships. Stratejic harvests knowledgeable ex-employees that your defendant is praying you won’t find. Pioneers in 'insider witness mining', Stratejic documents the exact nature of systemic wrongs by defendant com...

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#50: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. In this episode I chat with Michelle Jordan and Rory Herington from Iconographics, a visual company founded by trial lawyers that know and understand trials. Iconographics ensure your client’s story is told through powerful and persuasive visuals – whether in a settlement opportunity letter, at medi...

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#49: In this episode of Settlement Nation I sit down with Chad Hennings, a man who really has achieved a legacy of excellence. Chad had a nine year NFL career and three Super Bowl Championships with the Dallas Cowboys, flew forty-five combat missions with the Air Force during the Gulf War, flying the A10 Thunderbolt, and is now a successful real estate entrepreneur and sought after key note speaker. In this episode we discuss how t...

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#48: In this episode of Settlement Nation, Courtney sits down with trial lawyer Kurt Zaner from Zaner Harden Law out of Denver, Colorado. Kurt has dedicated his legal career to representing individuals against modern day Goliaths, and becoming the champion for those that seemingly have the odds overwhelmingly stacked against them. He has many notable verdicts and settlements under his belt, including securing the largest premises l...

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#47: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Jason Van Camp, a decorated Green Beret, Ranger and West Point graduate, turned successful entrepreneur and high performance coach. In Part 1 of this multi-part series, Jason shares his blueprint for getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and how to thrive under pressure. Discussing key takeaways from his bestselling book "Deliberate Discomfort", Jason shares th...

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#46: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with trial lawyer Brian Breiter and actor Joseph Limbaugh from Improv for Trial - the preeminent academy for teaching improvisational theatre techniques to trial lawyers, helping you to become skilled at adapting to unexpected or unplanned situations in the courtroom. Brian was nominated for trial lawyer of the year for 2020 & 2019 by CAALA and has over 100M in verdicts and ...

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#45: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Robert Wood, a managing parter at Wood LLP and tax expert, often listed among the top ten tax lawyers in the USA. Robert is a widely published author (Tax Notes, Forbes) known for explaining and demystifying complex tax concepts and advising plaintiffs, defendants, lawyers, and settlement funds on settlements and judgments. We discuss his latest article "Qualified Settl...

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#44: Welcome back to War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. In this episode we cover advanced attorney fee deferrals through structured settlements, and why this is something all plaintiff attorneys should be considering when they settle a case. Structuring your fees maximizes the amount of money you receive by spreading out your tax obligation, while designing an inco...
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#43: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. In this episode we chat with Amelia Brummel, the CEO of Brummel Legal Consulting; the go-to, trusted resource in providing personal injury case support services for busy attorneys.  Amelia provides services ranging from demonstrative aids for depositions/mediation/trial, to connecting attorneys with...

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#42: Come on in, guys! We are back with our Rising Star Roundtable series of Settlement Nation, featuring Rilee Harrison from the Cain Law Office and Jonathan Davidi from Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi. These up and coming trial lawyers share their experiences one year on from our last episode, now older and wiser with trials under their belt! We discuss what worked, how they prepared and lessons they learned through the process....

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#41 (Part 2): Welcome back to our special edition Trial All-Star Series, where we interview the best trial lawyers in the country and share their secrets to success over the past decade and beyond. In this episode we continue our sit down with Keith Mitnik, and discuss his trial preparation routine, what plaintiffs lawyers will learn from both 'Deeper Cuts' and 'Don't Eat the Bruises' and why all trial lawyers f...

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#40 (Part 1): Welcome back to our special edition Trial All-Star Series, where we interview the best trial lawyers in the country and share their secrets to success over the past decade and beyond. In this episode we sit down with Keith Mitnik, a legendary trial lawyer, famous for his winning opening statements, 'David and Goliath' cases and his ability to reach the hearts of even the toughest juries. Keith is Senior Trial ...

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#39: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Bob Simon, the co-founder of the Justice Team, well-known trial lawyer and brand building expert, who grew his firm with no seed capital to an 8-figure business in just a few months. We discuss 'Branding with a Purpose' and why this is so important for trial lawyers, when cultivating their unique and authentic voice in this industry. Bob shares his strategies to hel...

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#38: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Angela Bruno, the managing partner at BRUNO | NALU out of Orange County, California. Angela is a seasoned trial lawyer and has brought in large multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements and not only takes her own cases to mediation, but will also mediate cases for other lawyers. We discuss the process of deciding whether to take a case to trial vs settlement, ways lawye...

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January 25, 2022 37 min

#37: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Brian Ward and Jakob Norman from Trial By Human, a trial lawyer training program founded by Nick and Courtney Rowley. Brian and Jakob, both seasoned trial lawyers talk with "brutal honesty" about trial practice, getting to know the human story of your clients and the importance of doing "full outs" before trial. Having taught hundreds of attorneys how to inc...

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#36: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. In this episode we chat with Rebekah Reedy Miller & Jennifer Wieroniey from the American Association of Settlement Consultants (AASC), an advocacy group committed to a vibrant, strong, and modern settlement planning industry. In this episode we discuss the importance of structured settlements an...

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#35: In this episode of Settlement Nation we sit down with Joe Camerlengo, the co-founder of The Truck Accident Law Firm. Joe is a passionate advocate for his clients, specializing in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims caused by tractor trailer and commercial motor vehicle crashes. He has multiple 7 & 8 figure verdicts and is currently the Vice President and a Board Member of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorne...

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#34 (Part 4): Your favorites are back! Jason Neville from the Spence Law Firm and Jakob Norman from Trial Lawyers for Justice have returned to Settlement Nation, sharing more wisdom and insights from their years working for the defense. In this episode we cover reserves, what you can do to maximize value from the onset, does your trial history have an effect on the defense, end of the year settlement opportunity letters, bad faith,...

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