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Trial Practice Committee


We promote fairness and justice in the American legal system by enhancing the lives and careers of trial lawyers. Our members aspire to the highest professional levels, and join us for access to the innovative, entertaining, and thought-provoking programming we provide across the country, as well as for our award-winning newsletter and website. We are a sociable group, hosting committee breakfasts, lunches, and dinners throughout the year. In addition to fostering collegiality and ethics within the trial bar, the Trial Practice Committee is devoted to bringing more diversity into the community of trial lawyers and to solving the work/life balance issues that litigators face.


Join this Committee


Volunteer to Write for the Website or Newsletter

We are looking for articles on trial practice and trial skills to publish on the website and in the quarterly committee journal. If you are interested in contributing, please email Jeremy Brown.

Book Publishing

Interested in writing a book, or contributing a chapter?  Please contact Todd Spurgeon and he can help you get started. 

Join Trial Practice on LinkedIn

The Trial Practice Committee is now on LinkedIn! Take advantage of the networking and information-sharing capabilities of LinkedIn, a leading social media site for professionals, by joining the Trial Practice group.

Message from the Chairs

This promises to be an active year for the Trial Practice Committee. Several of our members have taken on the responsibility of producing a number of CLE programs across the country. Others have pitched in to continue to produce the high-quality publications that our members have come to expect. Here are some of the ways that you too can get involved.

Committee Book Projects: Committee members published Trying Your First Case in early 2014, and have a second book (tentatively titled Hard Calls and Tough Issues During Trial) in the works. Additional ideas are in the hopper, but if you have a book idea, or a favorite Section book that you think would benefit from being refreshed and updated, please contact cochair Doug McCoy.

Regional CLE Programs: Plans are under way for Regional CLE programs in Akron, Ohio, and Miami, Florida. If you are interested in hosting a Regional CLE program sponsored by the committee and the Section of Litigation, please contact Alana Bassin.

Committee Roundtables: Committee Roundtables are telephonic, non-CLE, free programs produced and directed by the committee. Because they can be put together on very short notice, they offer a good forum to address topical issues. If you are interested in this type of program and have an idea to discuss, please contact cochair Joe Beckman.

Webpage and Journal: Our Editorial Board is always interested in content to publish on the webpage and in the quarterly journal. Pieces for the website typically run in the 100–750 word range and tend to be more current, topical, and informational. Pieces for the quarterly newsletter typically run 750–2,500 words and tend to give a deeper treatment. 

Both styles of pieces are welcome. Writers who may not be sure if their idea is “journal ready” are encouraged to begin with a shorter web piece and explore with the editors if they see value in expanding it to a longer piece later.  If you would like to contribute a piece, please contact Vice Chair for Content and Communications Jim Shelson or Web Editor John Austin.

Douglas McCoy

Joseph Beckman

Jeffrey Gardner

Chairs, Trial Practice Commmittee



Our active divisions include:

  • Content & Communications: Content, Book Publishing, and Email and Social Media

  • Membership: Diversity and Young Lawyers, Growth and Benefits, Organization and Resources, and Social Events

  • Programming & Planning: National CLE, Regional CLE, and Distance CLE

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

Navigant Partners

Mike Kennelly

Chicago, IL

Gregg Curry

Phoenix, AZ


Trial Practice Leadership

Cochairs Vice Chairs Journal Editors Website Editor

Douglas McCoy

Mobile, AL

Daniel D. Quick

Troy, MI

Jeffrey Gardner

Phoenix, AZ

Zascha Blanco

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Alana Bassin

Minneapolis, MN

Jim Shelson

Jackson, MS

Jeremy Brown

Dallas, TX

Theresa Parrish

Albuquerque, NM

Sanket Bulsara

New York, NY

Robert Sumner

Charleston, SC

John Austin

Raleigh, NC