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 31, 2024 18 mins

#65: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. Today I am joined Bob Dryzgula, the Co-Founder of Function4, powering the largest industry event databases in financial services, and now, law. Bob shares a brand new,  industry breaking launch - The Trial Lawyers Events Hub, where trial lawyers and legal professionals can advance, connect and excel...

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#64: Welcome back to the show in 2024! In this episode of Settlement Nation, I chat with Jakob Norman and Brian Ward from Trial Lawyers For Justice. Jakob and Brian break down their $63M verdict against Chevron for covering up a toxic chemical pit, using Trial by Human techniques that they teach nationwide on their roadshow. Practising what they preach, both trial lawyers demonstrate how they used the Trial by Human method in voir ...

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#63 (Part 2): In this episode of Settlement Nation, I continue my conversation with Sean Claggett; founder, partner and lead trial lawyer of Claggett & Sykes Law Firm.  We discuss three of Sean's most successful verdicts, including an in depth look at his recent $485 Million verdict against healthcare giant Acadia Healthcare in New Mexico. We also discuss the importance of big data, executing a game plan based on facts and...

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#62: Welcome back to our series War Chest Wednesday, where we showcase tips, tools and resources to help power your fight for justice. Today I am joined by by Michelle Jordan, the founder of Iconographics and her team Shawn Kinsey, Director of Forensic Visualization and Emily Beikirch, Director of Medical Visualization. Iconographics is the premiere visual company for trial lawyers. We talk about some recent cases where their power...

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#61 (Part 1): In this episode of Settlement Nation, I chat with Sean Claggett; founder, partner and lead trial lawyer of Claggett & Sykes Law Firm. Sean is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, as well as a long time entrepreneur and teacher, giving a lot of his time back  to helping others become better trial lawyers. Sean has achieved numerous record breaking results, securing one of ...

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#60: Welcome back to the show, and to a brand new series - 'Things We Love & Need'. This series showcases simple and effective items that support the busy trial lawyer on the go! From office upgrades to travel hacks, cool tech gadgets and products you never knew you needed, each episode will feature items recommended by myself and fellow trial lawyers, so you can stay your most productive and focused self. In this epi...

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#59 (Part 5): We are back with your favorite series and a brand new guest! In this episode I chat with James (Jim) Murphy from Claggett & Sykes Law Firm. Jim, now a plaintiff trial lawyer, has spent 20 years working as an insurance defense attorney and brings his unique perspective to Settlement Nation, shedding light on defense strategies. With a deep understanding of the tactics used by insurance companies, we cover defense a...

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#58: In this episode of Settlement Nation I sit down with Jason Van Camp, a decorated Green Beret, Ranger and West Point graduate, turned successful entrepreneur and high performance coach. In Part 2 of this multi-part series, Jason shares more battlefield lessons from his book "Deliberate Discomfort", demonstrating how anyone can develop the warrior mindset and do more with their life. We discuss why you need to be takin...

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#57: In this episode of Settlement Nation I speak with Arkady Frekhtman from Frekhtman and Associates, a New York City trial lawyer passionate about helping serious injury victims and their families. Arkady and his firm have been able to recover over $900M for their clients, and have received some of the top verdicts and settlements in New York state history. Rated in the Top 10 personal injury firms in NYC, Arkady and I discuss cl...

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#56: In this episode of Settlement Nation, I chat with Ryan McKeen, the CEO and Co-Founder of Connecticut Trial Firm. Ryan is a trial lawyer, receiving the highest bodily injury verdict in the state - 100M, as well as a published author and Inc 5000 honoree. We discuss how to run your law practice like a successful business; everything from vision to scalability, systems, cash flow, identifying important tasks and how to get more c...

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#55: 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 Kristin Neerhof from Sage Settlement Consulting. Kristin assists plaintiffs and attorneys by developing comprehensive financial plans, that include strategies for tax deferral, wealth management, annuities, retirement and business growth. Whether you are a solo, small firm or l...

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#54: In this episode of Settlement Nation I sit down with Lauren Wood, a trial lawyer with Omega Law Group and the founder of the Women in Trial Travel Summit (WITTS). Lauren has obtained hundreds of six and seven-figure verdicts and settlements for her clients, and has tried numerous cases to verdict, either as a solo attorney or lead chair. She has been named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2016 a...

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#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...

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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 c...

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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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September 29, 2022 42 mins

#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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September 13, 2022 52 mins

#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 ...

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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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