Philadelphia trial lawyers John M. Dodig and Mark W. Tanner of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, recently presented “Trial Strategy: Building Blocks of Persuasion” to students of the Temple University Beasley School of Law LL.M. Trial Advocacy program. The course, presented in April, addressed techniques for building a persuasive case, beginning prior to trial and continuing through closing arguments.
“My colleagues and I are always pleased to help our fellow trial attorneys hone their craft,” said Dodig, who holds an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple. “Fine-tuning one’s litigation tactics and techniques is an ongoing process for all trial lawyers, regardless of experience.”
“Continuing education is a key component of the sound practice of law,” said Tanner, a graduate of Temple Law. “I am always honored to serve as a faculty member for Temple programs.”
Dodig is an experienced trial attorney representing plaintiffs in complex litigation matters, including medical negligence, product liability, construction accidents, consumer class actions, motor vehicle accidents and civil rights claims. He has successfully obtained multiple seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients including a $31 mil. jury verdict for an individual injured as a result of a dangerous highway. Dodig has served as president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He is a frequent lecturer in courses designed to teach practicing lawyers trial advocacy skills. Dodig has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, for eight consecutive years, and selected as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers® in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Among other honors, Dodig was also named to SJ Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 Top Attorneys lists.
Tanner is an accomplished trial attorney with a wide ranging practice in complex litigation. In addition to securing one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in the courts of Pennsylvania, he has also secured what is believed to be the largest jury verdict in the state in a bad faith case against an insurance company. His practice includes medical negligence, disability insurance claims, insurance bad faith, product liability and class action litigation. A sought-after lecturer, he often serves as a faculty member in programs devoted to the development of trial advocacy skills, and teaches at Temple University’s Academy of Advocacy. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys and was selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Tanner has been recognized for five consecutive years by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphiamagazine, as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers® in Pennsylvania. He was also named among the Top 10 Super Lawyers® in Pennsylvania in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, when the magazine featured an article about him.
About Feldman Shepherd — Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP has handled cases producing some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania. The firm represents plaintiffs in significant personal injury, class action, and other complex civil litigation. Clients include victims of medical malpractice, defective products, unsafe workplaces, motor vehicle accidents, legal malpractice and insurer misconduct.