Commentators

Justice Theodore R. Boehm Justice Theodore R. Boehm
Indiana Supreme Court

Justice Boehm served as a law clerk at the 1963 Term of the United States Supreme Court, then joined the Indianapolis law firm of Baker & Daniels where he became a partner in 1970 and managing partner in 1980. In 1988, Justice Boehm joined General Electric as General Counsel of GE Appliances and in 1989 became Vice President and General Counsel of GE Aircraft Engines. In 1991 he joined Eli Lilly Company and then returned to Baker & Daniels in 1995. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Evan Bayh in 1996. Read More »
George Christie George Christie
James B. Duke Professor of Law, Duke University
Professor Christie has been at Duke University for over forty years and has taught at various universities throughout the world. His chief academic interests are in the areas of torts and jurisprudence, in both of which he has published widely, including a casebook on torts first published in 1983, now in its fourth edition. Read More »
Don Cowan Don Cowan
Partner, Ellis & Winters, Greensboro, NC
Don Cowan practices in the area of litigation with a special emphasis on commercial cases, intellectual property, products liability and medical products. The North Carolina Bar Association’s Litigation Section honored Mr. Cowan as the second recipient of the prestigious Advocate’s Award, which was created to recognize "superstars" of the Litigation Section and legal profession. Read More »
Dan Dobbs Dan Dobbs
Regents & Rosentiel Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Professor Dobbs if the co-author Cases and Materials on Advanced Torts: Economic and Dignitary Torts – Business, Commercial and Intangible Harms as well as numerous other publications. Before joining the faculty at the University of Arizona, Professor Dobbs was a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Read More »
Steve Gold Steve Gold
Professor, Rutgers Law School
Professor Gold is the Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Rutgers and has extensive experience in legal teaching and training as well as litigation. He previously worked for the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, most recently holding the position of senior attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section. Professor Cowan has also been a guest lecturer at Pace Law School and at a community seminar at Brooklyn Law School. Read More »
Oscar Gray Oscar Gray
Jacob A. France Professor Emeritus of Torts, University of Maryland

In addition to teaching and private and corporate practice, Professor Gray has been an attorney-adviser in the Legal Adviser's Office of the U.S. Department of State, special counsel to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy, and acting director of the Office of Environmental Impact, U.S. Department of Transportation. He is the co-author of Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts and of The Law of Torts. Professor Gray is completing his work on the third edition of Harper, James and Gray on Torts, the first four volumes of which have recently appeared. Read More »
Andrew Hurwitz Andrew Hurwitz
Arizona Supreme Court

Justice Hurwitz served as a law clerk at the 1973 Term of the United States Supreme Court, then joined the firm of Meyer Hendricks Victor Osborn & Maledon, where he worked both before and after his term as Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt. He has also served Governors Rose Mofford and Janet Napolitano, and taught at various times at Arizona State University. Justice Hurwitz has sat on the Arizona Supreme Court since 2003. Read More »
Ralph A. Jacobs Ralph A. Jacobs
Jacobs & Singer LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Jacobs is a litigator who concentrates his practice on complex commercial and white collar criminal matters. A former federal prosecutor, he was Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey. He has served as Special Disciplinary Counsel for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a frequent trial practice instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Wallace Jefferson Wallace Jefferson
Texas Supreme Court

Chief Justice Jefferson has twice made history as the first African American Justice and Chief Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. In 1989, he joined the appellate section of Groce, Locke and Hebdon in San Antonio, and founded his own appellate law firm with Tom Crofts and Sharon Callaway in 1991 that soon became one of the preeminent appellate practices in Texas. He was recently unanimously elected by his peers across the country to become President of the Conference of Chief Justices in 2010-2011, where he will guide national judicial policy. Read More »
Allen Linden Allen Linden
Canada Federal Court Appeals

The Honourable Allen Martin Linden was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario in February 1978 and Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Appeal Division and ex officio member of the Trial Division in July 1990. He was appointed Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on January 24, 1991 and has served as Supernumerary Judge since January 7, 2000. Since July 2, 2003, the date of the coming into force of the Courts Administration Service Act, he has served as Supernumerary Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal. Read More »
Ken Oliphant Ken Oliphant
Director, Institute for European Tort Law, Vienna
Professor of Tort Law, University of Bristol, UK

Professor Ken Oliphant is the Managing Director of the Institute for European Tort Law of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Professor of Tort Law at University of Bristol. He has also lectured at King’s College London and Cardiff Law School. His main fields of research are tort law and compensation. Read More »
Jerry Palmer Jerry Palmer
Palmer, Leatherman, White & Dalton, Topeka, KS

Mr. Palmer founded the predecessor to the current law firm of Palmer, Leatherman, White, & Dalton, L.L.P., in the historic Columbian Building in 1980. Since founding the firm, Mr. Palmer has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals in tort litigation across the State of Kansas in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, automobile negligence, wrongful death, electrical injuries, federal tort claims, third-party claims against insurance companies, and all other areas of personal injury litigation. Mr. Palmer has also been designated in the book Best Lawyers in America in the field of personal injury. Read More »
Judge Linda Stephens Judge Linda Stephens
North Carolina Court of Appeals
Judge Linda Stephens sits on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, a court at which she clerked after law school. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Michael Easley in 2006, and before that was a Partner at Teague, Campbell, Dennis & Gorham, LLP and Deputy Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Read More »
Larry S. Stewart Larry S. Stewart
Partner, Stewart, Tilghman, Fox & Bianchi, P.A.

Mr. Stewart has over 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer, with a focus on catastrophic injuries, particularly victims of defective products and medical malpractice. Mr. Stewart has been selected for membership in all five of the leading national professional trial lawyer organizations: The American College of Trial Lawyers, The American Board of Trial Advocates, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers and The Inner Circle of Advocates. Read More »
Malcolm E. Wheeler Malcolm E. Wheeler
Partner, Wheeler, Trigg, Kennedy, LLP

Mr. Wheeler’s practice focuses on large and complex business litigation and product liability litigation, especially nationwide "pattern" litigation, class actions, and major appeals. He has briefed and argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, in United States Courts of Appeals, and in state appellate courts throughout the country. Read More »
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