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2024 Southern Regional Meeting - May 30-31, 2024 - Registration


Who: Primerus firms from the following states/regions have been invited to this meeting: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Members outside the region are also welcome to attend.

Why: To bring multiple Primerus attorneys from firms in the region together for networking and business development purposes.

Primerus will be applying for CLE for this event.


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A special thank you to our host firms:
Degan, Blanchard & Nash, PLC
Gordon Arata
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The Helis Foundation John Scott Center
938 Lafayette St
New Orleans, LA 70113

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$229 Registration Fee

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Reception at Gordon Arata's Office 201 St. Charles Avenue, 40th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70170                                                       
7:30 p.m.Dinner Reservations (on your own)

Friday, May 31, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Registration
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Voir Dire Strategies
Dr. Elizabeth L. Foreman, Ph.D. – Magna Legal Services
Peyton M. Bowman, Esq. – Magna Legal Services
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.An Overview on Bankruptcy
Armistead M. Long – Gordon Arata
Gerald “Jess” Waltman III – Gordon Arata
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Lunch – Catered In
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Affordable, Secure, and Easy Real World Technology Solutions for Lawyers
Adriana Linares, Legal Technology Consultant – LawTech Partners
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Primerus Personal Injury Institute: An Overview
Gary Shockey - Gary L. Shockey, PC
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Round Table Discussions

  • Corporate Transparency Act
  • Best practices for drafting and litigating non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements
  • Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act
  • Mediating Hurricane Ida and other insurance claims related to natural disasters
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Closing Remarks

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Elizabeth L Foreman

Dr. Elizabeth L. Foreman, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth L. Foreman, Ph.D., of Magna Legal Services, obtained a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she studied psychology and criminal justice. She then earned master’s and doctorate degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Mississippi, where her research focused on personality and social memory. Her education involved extensive training in procedural design, research methodology, survey construction, and statistical analysis. Dr. Foreman has also extensively studied the psychology of persuasion and group processing; allowing her to provide empirical insight into trial research, perception issues and juror bias.

Peyton Bowman

Peyton M. Bowman, Esq.

Prior to joining Magna Legal Services, Peyton M. Bowman, Esq. had an extensive law practice specializing in complex federal civil rights such as § 1983, Title VII, and constitutional law focusing on the 1st, 4th, 14th, and 8th Amendments on behalf of plaintiffs. No stranger to high exposure cases, her cases routinely garnered significant media attention and have been featured in outlets such as Forbes, CNN, Fox, NBC, and the Washington Post. In 2020, she was awarded Top 40 Under 40 by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers for outstanding courtroom abilities. Peyton brings this hands-on litigation experience to her consulting methodologies.

Armistead Long

Armistead M. Long

Armistead "Army" M. Long, of Gordon Arata, joined the Firm in March 2011, bringing the knowledge and experience he earned over the course of his successful entrepreneurial career. His practice focuses on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial transactional work for corporate, oil, gas and energy clients in Louisiana and Texas. Army is a skilled and diplomatic contract negotiator, facilitating his clients’ national and international service and supply agreements, leases, licensed manufacturing, distribution and labor agreements. His experience includes successfully leading his clients through corporate mergers, acquisitions and sales. It also includes successful “bet the farm” crisis management.

Gerald Waltman

Gerald “Jess” Waltman III

Gerald “Jess” Waltman III joined Gordon Arata in 2023 and represents clients in banking, construction, energy, and other litigation matters.

Prior to Gordon Arata, Jess worked at Davis & Crump, P.C., in Gulfport, Mississippi, and his practice focused on litigating complex pharmaceutical and medical device cases.

He graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law and was awarded the Robert C. Khayat Award for Outstanding Service to the Mississippi Law Journal by his peers and the 2016 Outstanding Law Student Award by the faculty. While in law school, Jess served as president of the Student Bar Association, as the executive online editor and alumni coordinator of the Mississippi Law Journal, and as editor-in-chief of the UM Business Law Newsletter. He was also active with the School of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative, which allows practicing attorneys and law students to provide legal services to low-income individuals.

Adriana Linares

Adriana Linares

Adriana Linares, of LawTech Partners, is a legal technology consultant and trainer. She is a frequent speaker at national technology conferences and a regular contributor to legal blogs, publications, and podcasts. In 2013 she was selected as a Fastcase 50 honoree, recognizing “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.” She is a member of the 2015  class of the ABA’s LTRC Women in Legal Technology. She served as Chair of the American Bar Association TECHSHOW 2017 and was profiled as a Legal Rebel Trailblazer by the ABA Journal in 2018. She has hosted the New Solo podcast on the Legal Talk Network since 2014.

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Gary Shockey

Gary Shockey, of Gary L. Shockey, PC, was born in Casper, Wyoming in 1950. He attended public schools there, graduating from Kelly Walsh High School in 1969. He was active in many school activities and received the Principal’s award as the outstanding graduating senior. Gary attended Yale University, graduating in 1973 with honors, earning dual degrees in Political Science and Sociology. He was honored with the Mead Cup, for outstanding service to his college. He enjoyed his four years on the East Coast, but knew he wanted to return to Wyoming.

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