Atlanta, GA

Celebrated trial lawyer Kate Whitlock will be presenting on the reptile theory from the defense perspective in an encore presentation on October 12, 2022. This cutting-edge presentation aptly entitled “The Reverse Reptile: Rethinking Traditional Defense Strategies and Antidotes” delves into the heart of issues which the plaintiff bar has been utilizing in an effort to secure runaway or nuclear verdicts.

“I thoroughly enjoyed presenting the first time around and I’m thrilled to be asked to participate in a live question and answer session along with my esteemed co-panelist on this topic, as it truly is top of mind for our clients given some questionable awards we are seeing nationally,” said Whitlock. Whitlock, based in the Atlanta office of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, is widely regarded for her litigation prowess in trial and success at excluding evidence and arguments which dovetail into the reptilian theory which has been a huge area of focus for the plaintiff bar.

Well over a decade has passed since the introduction of the Reptile Theory, which has been widely credited for its impact on litigation throughout the United States. This theory, first introduced in Reptile: the 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution by David Ball and Don Keenan, is the lynchpin for the plaintiff bar which has been presented at seminars, retreats and law review articles with the focus at understanding, exploiting and counteracting our “Reptile” brains

Whitlock’s encore presentation of her well-received program, "The Reverse Reptile: Rethinking Traditional Defense Strategies and Antidotes" is hosted by Strafford Publications on October 12, 2022 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

“We will be providing suggestions for the effective use of pre-trial and trial strategies, motions in limine, trial briefs and new trial/ jnov motions to exclude Golden Rule arguments, profits-over-safety themes, community savior verdicts and more,” said Whitlock. “The plaintiff bar has invested heavily in its educational efforts, and on the defense side of the coin we must redouble our efforts to do the same.

Kate Whitlock has spent her entire career defending people accused of not doing their jobs right. Whatever the accusation, defendants trust she has their back. Kate works tirelessly to untangle complicated issues to protect her clients' reputations and livelihood. She aims to resolve litigation or disputes promptly so that her clients can get back to focusing on what they do best – their work. A tactful negotiator and persuasive communicator, Kate is a force to be reckoned with in a courtroom or alternative dispute forum. She has tried more than 60 cases to verdict in state and federal courts. Her advocacy in the appellate courts is equally notable, often being hired by other lawyers after an unfavorable trial outcome. Most recently, she won a landmark case in the Georgia Supreme Court that changed how attorneys structure contracts for legal services. Outside of the courts, she represents clients in arbitration, mediation, and before licensing agencies. Her track record has earned her notable honors and widespread recognition by her peers.

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