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JOHN JANTSCH

John Jantsch has been called the world’s most practical speaker for delivering real-world, actionable marketing presentations, workshops and seminars. His presentations are both inspirational and informative and packed with takeaway value.

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine The Referral Engine, and SEO for Growth. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world. ​

John Jantsch has worked with small and mid-sized business owners helping them grow by installing predictable, repeatable marketing systems. His Duct Tape Marketing methodology is used today by marketing consultants worldwide. Duct Tape Marketing is a turn-key systematic approach to building and implementing a marketing plan that includes a proven set of steps for creating the marketing strategy that is perfect for your business.

www.johnjantsch.com

John's published books include:

          


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STEVEN R. ADAMS

After graduating from Salmon P. Chase School of Law, Steve began his career clerking for a judge before working as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten years later Steve began building his private practice, focusing on criminal and DUI defense, and recently added family law.

Steve’s endless accolades and achievements in the legal community match the enthusiasm he exudes daily in both his professional and personal life. He’s been recognized by both his peers and his clients as being one of the best attorneys in Ohio. Alongside his study and practice of law, he has competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship four times and was the #1 Lawyer on three years in a row. Additionally, Steve has swam marathons to fundraise for the American Diabetes Association and Phi Alpha Delta raising almost $1,700 for swimming 26.1 miles and again raised $3,000 for swimming 27.3 miles.

As Steve’s law practice’s success continued to increase, so did his passion for business development. Steve has authored/co-authored five books, Ohio OVI Defense: The Law and PracticeKentucky DUI Defense: The Law and PracticeThe Woman’s Guide to Separation, Dissolution, and Divorce in OhioThe Man’s Guide to Separation, Dissolution, and Divorce in Ohio; and Practice Law Like An Ironman: Unbeatable Checklists For Any Lawyer Creating and Building a Solo or Small Practice. Steve also has been teaching certified legal education seminars since 2004 in the Ohio and Kentucky area. His proficient and innovative thinking has led him to build his brand and gain a reputation of professionalism,optimism, persistence, discipline and determination.

*Kentucky DUI Defense is in final editing for release in fall of 2017.

www.notguiltyadams.com
www.adamsfamilylaw.com

Steve's published books include:

Practice Law Like An Ironman                                


Robert J. Ambrogi, Esq.ROBERT J. AMBROGI, ESQ.

Robert Ambrogi is a lawyer and journalist who has been writing and speaking about legal technology and the Internet for two decades. He writes the award-winning blog LawSites and is a technology columnist for Above the Law, ABA Journal and Law Practice magazine. He cohosts the longest-running legal podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer, as well as the podcast Law Technology Now, both available through the Legal Talk Network.

Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division. Before joining ALM, he was with Boston-based Lawyers Weekly Publications, where he was founding editor of the national newspaper Lawyers USA and editor-in-chief of the company’s flagship newspaper, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

A 1980 graduate of Boston College Law School, he is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and immediate past-president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. In 2011, Bob was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.”

www.lawsitesblog.com


BILL CUNNINGHAM

Bill Cunningham is an attorney, former Ohio Assistant Attorney General, a radio talk show host on 700 WLW since 1983, a daytime syndicated television host, The Bill Cunningham Show seen Monday-Friday in every American city, and a business owner. As an attorney, he received the Ohio Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (1983), served as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division, practiced in the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office and as a criminal defense lawyer representing hundreds of criminal defendants.

Bill received his Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University (1970) and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Toledo (1974); he served as a Federal Law Clerk to the Honorable Don J. Young (N.D. Ohio). He is married to the Honorable Penelope R. Cunningham, First District State of Ohio.

As a radio talk show host, he received two Marconi Awards as America’s Outstanding Radio Talk Show Host (2001 and 2009). Bill is annually recognized by Talkers Magazine as one of America’s Best Talk Show Host and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks on 310 radio stations in all 50 states.

www.notguiltyadams.com
www.700wlw.com
www.thebillcunninghamshow.com


EDUARDO CURRY

Born the eldest son of eight children to Bishop and Mrs. Eddie Curry, in Monticello, Florida. Mr. Curry attended Tomilson College, where he received an Associates of Business Degree. He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; and a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee, with Honors. He heard his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary.

Presently, Eduardo K. Curry is the owner of The Curry Law Firm, LLC. Additionally, he is the Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at South Carolina State University; Legal Counsel for the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Legal Counsel for Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina.

He proclaims salvation, sanctification, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He has pastured the following charges: St. Peters, Cainbay; Greater Bethel, James Island; Grace Metropolitan at Adams AME Church, North Charleston; Tibwin, McClellanville; St. Peter, Cameron; and is a faithful member of Chavis African Methodist Episcopal Church, Hemingway, South Carolina.

Mr. Curry is married to one of his former law partners, Judge Tamara Cunningham Curry. They presently have three wonderful children: Eduardo, II, Morgan Elizabeth, and Xavier Emanuel. They also have an adorable granddaughter, Olivia. Mr. Curry practices law in all Federal and State courts.

He is past chairman of the Board and President of the Charleston Housing Association, Inc. Additionally, he served as Vice-President of the Charleston Chapter of NAACP. He is also a member and chapter counsel for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mu Alpha Chapter. He serves as a Board member of the 100 Black Men of Charleston and a Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Charleston County Commissioner of Parks and Recreation.

www.thecurrylawfirmllc.com


DAWN ESTES

Dawn Estes is a founding partner of Estes Thorne & Carr – the largest women-owned law firm in Texas. Clients turn to Dawn when they need to resolve sophisticated business disputes or just want to catch up over a glass of wine.

They know Dawn is as comfortable in state and federal courts and arbitrations as she is being lead singer of her own band. An AV Preeminent rated lawyer, Dawn is widely regarded as an attorney of great stature- not only for her impressive track record in state and federal court but also because, well, she’s very tall—even before she slips on her signature stiletto heels. Those who’ve seen her in court say she towers above her competition, literally and figuratively.

Dawn can play tough, but she also plays well with others. She serves as a court-appointed mediator as well as on the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Commercial and Employment Arbitrators.

Her peers have named her to virtually every lawyer list out there including Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas. She’s the class favorite of sorts, especially to the students of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, where Dawn served as an adjunct professor. She received her graduate degree at SMU and her law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. Always interesting and always interested, Dawn is the person you want to sit next to at a party.

Titles like business owner, attorney, arbitrator and instructor make for an impressive resume. Yet Dawn’s proudest accomplishment is being the mother of two teenagers. She would never refer to herself as a ‘super woman’ but those who know her best often do.

www.estesthornecarr.com


RANDOLPH FREKING

Randy Freking lives in Cincinnati with his wife, and they have four children. He is the founding partner of the Midwest’s largest law firm, Freking, Myers, and Reual. His practice is devoted primarily to the rights of employees, whether they are minimum wage workers or high level executives.

Mr. Freking is a frequent lecturer on employment law and has successfully represented many employees in trials in state and federal courts in Ohio and Kentucky since December, 1990, securing several million dollar plus jury verdicts.

Randy is Chair of the Cincinnati Employment Lawyers Association, has been recognized in every edition of “Best Lawyers in America” since 1994, has received “Super Lawyer” designations since its inception, has been one of the top 10 vote recipients in Ohio for the designation of “Super Lawyer” in 2006 through 2014 surveys of Ohio lawyers by Law and Politics Magazine, was recognized by Cincinnati Magazine as one of the most influential lawyers in Cincinnati in October, 2008, and has been recognized annually by Cincy Business Magazine as one of Cincinnati’s “Leading Lawyers”.

Mr. Freking also serves as a private mediator to resolve civil disputes whether they are employment, commercial, or other types of disputes. Randy has participated as an advocate in hundreds of mediations and received his formal mediation training at the University of Pepperdine College of Law’s Strauss Institute in 2009.

Freking Myers & Reul is based in Cincinnati and also has offices in Dayton, Ohio and Denver, Colorado. Randy is licensed to practice in Ohio, Kentucky, and Colorado.

www.fmr.law


HONORABLE JOSEPH D. JOHNSON

Judge Joseph D. Johnson was appointed to the bench in 2005 in the Third Judicial District, Shawnee County, Kansas. The Honorable Johnson is the first black judge on the Shawnee County Bench. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University (NC) and KU Law School. For 30 years he practiced law both as a public defender and privately.

The judge teaches at the National Criminal Defense College, the Trial Advocacy Institute and the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. Memberships include the National and State Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is married and has two adult children and two grandsons.

www.shawneecourt.org


JENNIFER KOBAYASHI

Jennifer Kobayashi is a partner at Wang Kobayashi Austin, LLC in Chicago, Illinois and practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

Jennifer has experience in a broad range of benefits and compensation matters, including qualified retirement plans, executive compensation, and welfare benefit plans. Jennifer frequently advises employers on correcting qualified plan errors, and has prepared numerous submissions under the IRS plan correction program. She also advises employers on plan mergers and plan terminations, including the preparation of related plan amendments, resolutions, IRS filings, and employee communications.

Prior to forming Wang Kobayashi Austin, Jennifer was an attorney in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department of Winston & Strawn LLP.

Jennifer is on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Foundation for Education and the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, and on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women. She has received an AV Preeminent Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 from Martindale-Hubbell. She has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Listing from 2014 to 2017, was named to the Super Lawyers list of Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois in 2016 and 2017, and was named to the Super Lawyers list of Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois in 2017.

www.wkalegal.com


JOLEENA LOUIS

Joleena Louis is the founder of Joleena Louis Law in New York City, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law. Joleena’s law practice focuses on divorce, child custody, child support, and marital agreements.

Joleena also writes a weekly column at the Law Firm Suites Blog called "Things I Wish I Knew," which chronicles my solo journey. She is a fierce advocate of lawyer entrepreneurship and I teach other lawyers how to start and grow their law firms through my  Modern Solo blog.

Prior to hanging her own shingle and starting her law practice, Joleena was an Associate at Monaco and Monaco, LLP in Brooklyn, New York. As Joleena moved forward in her career, she realized that doing much of the firm’s work at Monaco without being compensated accordingly was interfering with her ability to effectively serve the needs of her clients. Joleena says the best piece of advice she received when she was considering going solo was a simple question: “Why are you working so hard to build someone else’s dream when you could be building your own?”

www.JoleenaLouislaw.com


NEIL PEDERSEN

Neil Pedersen is the principal of Pedersen Law, an Irvine litigation firm. The firm presently employs four attorneys dedicated to representing individuals and entities in employment, insurance and business litigation matters.

Neil graduated magna cum laude from Western State College of Law in Fullerton, California in 1988 as co-Valedictorian and Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was inducted into that school’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010. Neil’s primary area of practice is the representation of employees against their employers. He has been involved in the procurement of several significant six and seven-figure verdicts and settlements for his clients over the years.

He has served as executive committee member and Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Insurance Law and Solo and Small Firm Practitioner sections. Neil is also a fee arbitrator and mediator with the OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee. He is presently a Special Advisor to the Executive Committee of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section after having served for three years as a member of its Executive Committee.

Neil is an adjunct faculty member at Western State College of Law teaching Employment Law and where he co-created and has, for the last five years, been teaching the school’s first Law Practice Management and Technology course.

In July 2016, the California State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section named Neil as its Attorney of the Year.

Neil is a prolific author and regular lecturer on subjects of employment law, insurance law, law practice management, and general litigation. He has been repeatedly named one of the Top Employment Law Attorneys in Orange County, and is identified as a Southern California Super Lawyer.

www.pedersenlaw.com


BRIAN TANNEBAUM

A newspaper reporter once wrote that Brian Tannebaum is “the lawyer that lawyers go to when they find themselves in hot water.” A native Miamian now in his 22nd year of practice, Brian’s clients are either lawyers trying to remain lawyers, law students trying to become lawyers, law firms seeking ethics opinions and compliance with various rules, regulations and statutes, or individuals and corporations facing state or federal criminal charges. At Bast Amron, LLP, he serves as Special Counsel, Chairing the firm’s Ethics, Professional Responsibility and White Collar Defense Group.

He has been counsel in over 50 Florida Bar matters at The Florida Supreme Court level and represented law firms of 1 to over 300 lawyers. Brian is also the author of The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering.

Brian’s criminal practice finds him defending misdemeanor and felony charges in state and federal courts, representing individuals and corporations in investigations and grand jury subpoenas. A former columnist for Above The Law, his professional ethics blog, mylawlicense.com was honored as one of the top 100 legal blogs by the ABA. Brian is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2016, 2017, and his 2014 book, The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering, is a top 10 best-seller published by the American Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of ethics and defending lawyers, having spoken to Bar Associations and national organizations throughout the United States.

Brian has served the Bar as President of the Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers, a Member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review and Attorney Grievance for the United States District Court, President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, the Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, and as a Member and Vice-Chair of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

Brian is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law, and The University of South Florida, a native of Miami, and a Certified Sommelier.

www.bastamron.com


JULIE TOLEK

After graduating from Suffolk University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminology and Law, Julie made use of her intuitive troubleshooting skills and creative mind by working for Apple, Inc. as a Lead Creative Trainer in South Florida. A geek by nature, Julie started her own technology consulting and education company, Mac Girl Consulting, in 2008 after she left Apple to pursue her dreams of becoming a lawyer. In law school, Julie earned the privilege of becoming an Academic Excellence Honors Fellow where she worked with struggling first year law students as a mentor and coach, teaching them the art of being a law student, including life and time management skills, and legal analysis and writing skills.

Julie earned her law degree from New England Law | Boston in 2013.

She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and in the US Federal Court for the District of Massachusetts. A member of the Boston Bar Association, she attends continuing legal education programs often. She is the founder and solo attorney of Think Pink Law where she practices Firearms Compliance, Estate Planning, and Family Law Mediation.

Julie speaks on branding and entrepreneurship at various local and national conferences, and is on the Boston Bar Association and MCLE New England faculties. Ever present in social media, Julie has her own personal blog as well as a firm blog, and makes regular appearances on other legal and business blogs, including the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center. Julie also produces short videos for her YouTube Chanel, and is a marketing consultant for other entrepreneurial attorneys. When not writing or lawyering, you can find Julie at the gym or the sportman’s club, or stuffing her face somewhere, and definitely “Facebooking” about all of it. Find her firm online at www.thinkpinklaw.com and her personal blog at www.legallyblondbos.com about her previous life as a law student in Boston. Julie has perfected the art of creating a remarkable law practice, one that stands out as unique among the rest.

www.thinkpinklaw.com


TRAVIS TOWNSEND, JR.

Travis is a founding Partner at Townsend Lockett in Atlanta, Georgia and the Leader of its business and transactional law practices. Mr. Townsend received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Michigan School of Law. Mr. Townsend’s practice includes servicing businesses and supporting their growth through the facilitation of financing, asset acquisition and relationship management. Travis’ clientele consists of publicly traded companies, privately-held corporations, government authorities and municipalities, joint ventures as well as sole proprietors. During his many years of providing business legal services Travis has mastered the art of contract negotiation and drafting, and has an intimate knowledge of the nuances of building excellent agreements that are in the best interests of his clients.

Travis focuses his work on assisting privately-held businesses raise capital through the offer and sale of securities in compliance with the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and applicable state laws. Travis also centers his practice around helping mid-sized and small companies, and entrepreneurial individuals buy and sell businesses.

www.townsendlockett.com


CORRIE YACKULIC

Top rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and ability, Corrie Yackulic brings her knowledge of the law and extensive litigation experience to every case. Corrie runs her law practice in Seattle, Washington. She is noted for taking complex cases to trial, her hard work ethic, and her belief in her clients and their right to the best possible legal representation. Her abilities have yielded results for her clients totaling in the tens of millions of dollars.

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Corrie is a magna cum laude graduate of Williams College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.  She represents clients throughout the region.

Corrie was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2016.

www.CJYlaw.com