Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 5:30 – 9:00

The Guardian Building

500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

In Person Tickets: $135

Program Description

The Sixth Annual State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section Symposium, “Experts and Trial Practice” will explore various aspects of the use of experts in litigation, trial practice and judicial perspectives. The format will consist of panel discussions and individual presentation, with audience participation being strongly encouraged.

The first panel will address the issues facing young lawyers going to trial early in their career. The panel will be moderated by Daniel Ravitz of The Miller Law Firm. On the panel will be Mahde Abdallah of BSP Law; Jacob Campbell of The Miller Law Firm; Isra Khuja of Rossman P.C.; and Paige Szymanski of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

The Expert Panel will consist of Daniel Agauas of B | Riley Advisory Services; Van Conway of Van Conway & Partners; Thomas Frazee of FVF Consulting; James Harrington of MDD Forensic Accountants; and Jesse Ultz of Stout. Mark Rossman of Rossman, P.C. will moderate this panel.

The Judicial Panel will consist of retired Federal Judge Victoria Roberts and U.S. District Court Magistrate Judges Kimberly Altman and Anthony Patti. Sara MacWilliams of Doerr MacWilliams Howard will moderate this panel, which will cover various issues, including civility and decorum, negotiation, experts in court, and other issues.

The final segment of the program will feature E. Powell Miller of The Miller Law Firm presenting on opening statements at trial.

Doors open and check-in begins at 4:45 p.m. Program starts promptly at 5:30. Food and beverage provided throughout the evening.

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Program Agenda

Time Topic Speakers
5:15 – 5:25 Opening Statement Mark Rossman (Rossman, P.C.)
5:30 – 6:20 Panel Discussion: Young Lawyer Perspectives on Litigation and Trial Practice and Q&A Session

Mahde Abdallah (BSP Law)

Jacob Campbell (The Miller Law Firm)

Isra Khuja (Rossman P.C.)

Paige Szymanski (Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP)

Moderator: Daniel Ravitz (The Miller Law Firm)

6:25 – 7:15 Panel Discussion: Expert Perspectives on Litigation and Trial Practice and Q&A Session

Daniel Agaus (B| Riley Advisory Services)

Van Conway (Van Conway & Partners)

Tom Frazee (FVF Consulting)

James Harrington (MDD Forensic Accountants)

Jesse Ultz (Stout)

Moderator: Mark Rossman

7:20 – 8:10 Panel Discussion: Judicial Perspectives on Litigation and Trial Practice and Q&A Session

Hon. Victoria Roberts (Ret, E.D. Mich.)

Hon. Kimberly Altman (E.D. Mich.)

Hon. Anthony Patti (E.D. Mich.)

Moderator: Sara MacWilliams (Doerr MacWilliams Howard)

8:15 – 9:00 Presentation: The Art of The Opening Statement E. Powell Miller (Miller Firm)


Sponsorship Levels

Director’s Level $3,000

Fortz Legal

Shareholder’s Level $1,000

Officer’s Level $2,000

Registered Agents’ Level $500

Symposia Archives

First Annual SBM Symposium – 2018

Second Annual SBM Symposium – 2019

Third Annual SBM Symposium – 2020

Fourth Annual SBM Symposium – 2022

Fifth Annual SBM Symposium – 2023