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JAN I. BERLAGE is a partner with Gohn Hankey Stichel & Berlage, LLP. His practice focuses on general business litigation, ranging from commercial disputes to bankruptcy to intellectual property. Mr. Berlage has extensive experience in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings, including arguments before the Maryland Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fourth circuits. He has secured major jury verdicts and large settlements for both businesses and individuals, as well as successfully defended against multimillion dollar claims in both state and federal court. Prior to private practice, Mr. Berlage served as law clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. Mr. Berlage has taught pretrial litigation practice at the University of Maryland School of Law; and served on the Board of Governors for the Maryland State Bar Association and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland State Action Committee. Mr. Berlage is a fellow of both the American and Maryland State bar foundations, presents regularly at CLE courses, and has been the chair of numerous committees at both the national and state level. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from Wesleyan University; and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as executive editor of The Journal of Law & Politics.
THOMAS E. BROWN is a partner with Gimbel Reilly Guerin & Brown LLP. His practice of law includes criminal law, products liability, white collar federal and state defense, and complex civil litigation. Mr. Brown served in the Milwaukee Public Defender's Office from 1974 to 1978, where he worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He has served the legal community as the former chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and was accepted as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Brown is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of Trial Lawyers, and the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He earned his B.A. degree from Marquette University and his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School.
ROBERT J. KASIETA is the founder of Kasieta Legal Group, LLC, in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a certified civil pretrial and trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Kasieta practices in civil litigation, with an emphasis on plaintiff personal injury and employment cases, as well as commercial litigation. He has written and taught extensively in the areas of trial practice, personal injury law and insurance law; and is an instructor of trial practice at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Kasieta is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and all Wisconsin courts. He is a member of the Dane County Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Kasieta earned his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Northern Michigan University and his J.D. degree from Marquette Law School.
DANIEL TORRENS is of counsel with the Phoenix law firm of Righi Fitch Law Group, where he practices in the areas of personal injury litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative law. Mr. Torrens lectures nationally in the areas of insurance, personal injury damages, and trial advocacy. He is a faculty member of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy and a graduate of the State Bar of Arizona's CLE Institute. Mr. Torrens is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Colorado Bar Association. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a judge pro tem with the Maricopa County Superior Court. He earned his B.A. degree from Arizona State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Nebraska.