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Linda Miller Atkinson


Linda Miller Atkinson

Linda Miller Atkinson

CURRICULUM VITAE

PARTNER:

ATKINSON, PETRUSKA, KOZMA & HART
Phone: 1.877.732.2491

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Offices also in Gaylord

FAMILY:

Married 1963, Stephen Atkinson
2 sons: Benjamin
Dan

EDUCATION:

BA Oberlin College – 1963

Kent State University -1963-1968 – Education & Psychology

JD – Wayne State University – 1973

MEMBER:

State Bar of Michigan (P 23345) admitted 1974

  • Judicial Qualifications Committee 1996-1999
  • Upper Michigan Lawyers Committee 1990-present
  • State Bar People-to-People Delegate to Soviet Union and China, 1988

State Bar of Wisconsin (1012432) admitted 1986

State Bar of Indiana (21936-41) admitted 2000

State Bar of Georgia (742653) admitted 2005

United States District Court for the Eastern District, Michigan 1974
United States District Court for the Western District, Michigan 1986

  • Certified Facilitative Mediator, 1998-2006

Dickinson-Iron County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
National Center for State Courts

  • Advisory Committee on Discovery, 1990

Michigan Association for Justice (MTLA)

  • President 2005-2006
  • President-Elect 2004-2005
  • Vice-President 2003-2004
  • Secretary 2002-2003
  • Treasurer 2001-2002
  • Executive Board, 1978 – Present
  • Newsletter Editor, 1978 – 2001

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

  • Secretary, 1974-75
  • Executive Board, 1979-80
  • Judicial Qualifications Committee, 1976-83

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Agency

  • Board Member, 1986 – 1988

Editorial Board of Federal Litigation Reporter

  • 1986 – Present

Detroit Bar Association

  • Board of Directors, 1988

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

  • Chair, Professional Negligence Section 2001-2002
  • Vice-Chair, Professional Negligence Section 1999-2000
  • Secretary, Professional Negligence Section 1998-1999
  • Budget Committee Chair 1997-1998
  • Chair, Motor Vehicle, Premises &Highway Section 1997-1998
  • Legal Affairs Committee Co-Chair 1990-1996
  • Home Office and Budget Committee, 1988 – Present
  • Executive Committee, 1988
  • Board of Governors – 1988 – Present
  • Federal Courts Committee, 1988 – Present
  • Torts Section, Chair 1982, Vice-Chair 1981
  • Product Liability Section Officer, 1989 – 1994

AWARDS

“Champion of Justice” Award – ATLA, 2007

“Mel” Award for Advocacy – Melvin M. Belli International Law Society, 2007

“Harry Philo Trial Lawyer of the Year” Award – ATLA, 1995

Marie Lambert Award for Courage and Contribution as a Woman Trial Lawyer – ATLA Women’s Caucus, 2000

Gold Merit Star for Outstanding Service – North Central Region, National Ski Patrol, 2000

FACULTY

Law Education Institute, Civil Practice Seminar, “Traumatic Brain Injury” Vail, CO, January 2008

Law Education Institute, Civil Practice Seminar, “Cross-Examination in the 21 st Century” Aspen, CO January 4,2004

Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Seminar in the Snow – “Ethics and Electronic Communications”, Shanty Creek, MI 2004

ATLA Annual Convention Trial Advocacy Section – “Internet CrossExamination Tools” San Francisco, CA – July 23, 2003

Oregon Trial Lawyers Annual Convention 50 Year Celebration – Lawyering Tools in the 21 st Century”, Sun River, OR – August 2003

Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, “Using the Internet Investigation and Evidence”, Annual Meeting November 2001

Wisconsin Bar Association, “Power Tools for Mediation, Arbitration and Facilitation”ADR Seminar, Milwaukee and Madison, June 13-14, 2001

Law Education Institute, Civil Practice Seminar, “Putting Power in ADR Presentations” Vail, CO, January 6, 2001

ATLA Litigation at Sunrise, Mid-Winter Convention,- “Special Needs Trusts” New Orleans, 2001

ATLA Annual Convention Professional Negligence Section – “Bacteremia”, Chicago, 2000

ATLA Annual Convention Professional Negligence Section – “Placental Pathology”, San Francisco, 1999

University of North Dakota Centennial Celebration – “Lawyering in the New Age”, Grand Forks, ND, October 1999

Upper Michigan Legal Institute – Liens and Taxes Update, June 1999

ATLA International Seminar – “Product Liability and the Common Market”, London, UK, 1989

National Women and the Law Conference – “Women’s Health Issues in the ’90’s”, Detroit, MI, 1990

National College of Advocacy, Advanced Ultimate Trial Advocacy College, Stanford, CA 1996

National Judicial College, Reno, NV, 1978-83

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, 1982-83

Georgetown Law School, Washington, DC, 1985

Advocacy Seminar, Valparaiso Law School Valparaiso, IN, 1987

Melvin Belli Symposium in International Law – “Expert Witnesses and Evidence”, Berlin, DDR, 1982

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

National Ski Patrol, mountain rescue, 1993 – present

  • Ski Brule, Iron River, MI & Norway Mountain, Norway, MI

Sagola Township Trustee, 1996 – 2004

Vice-Chair, Michigan Transportation Commission, appointed by Governor 2004 to present

Hunter Safety and Firearms Handling Instructor, DNRE, 2005-present

Pastoral Lay Minister, Diocese of Marquette, 1998-present

SPEAKER:

Society of Automotive Engineers

Human Factors Society

American Hospital Association

American Bar Association

Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Trial Lawyers Associations from Alaska to Florida

BOOKS:

Lawyers Desk Reference, a Sourcebook

  • Thomson-West Publishing,
  • Co-Editor & Co-Author, 9 Edition 2001-present

Michigan Torts: Law and Practice

  • ICLE, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Editor &Author, 1994 – present, 4rd Edition 2005

ATLA’S Litigating Tort Cases, a 6 volume set

  • Author, chapter 18 Depositions
  • 1st edition, June 2003

Women Trial Lawyers, Chapter 1

  • J. Warsaw, Editor, Matthew Bender, 1985

PUBLICATIONS:
Trial Diplomacy Journal

  • “Using Jury Questionnaires” 2000
  • “When the Plaintiff Cannot Testify in Words”. 1998

OTLA Journal- “Proof of Causation”, 1996

International Law Journal
, “Expert Testimony”

  • Belli Society, 1982 (Contributor)

Federal Litigation Guide Reporter

  • “Strategies for the Defense Medical Exam, 1993
  • “The Designated Deponent Deposition”, 1991
  • “Pretrial Strategies”, 1989
  • “Proof of Defect”, 1988
  • “Requests to Admit”, 1986

Product Liability Reporter-

  • “Exposing the Open and Obvious Danger Fallacy”, 2000;
  • “Using the 30(b)(6) Deposition”, 1992

Trial Magazine

  • “Liability of Mid-Level Providers” November 2006
  • “When the Plaintiff Cannot Testify in Words” 2005
  • “Requests to Admit: Time Saving Devices”,
  • April 1987 (Co-Author)
  • “Medical Misadventure: Not Always “Operator Error”,
  • November 1984
  • “Preparing and Presenting Evidence Shows:
  • An Evolutionary View, February 1984
  • “The Expert Witness”, November 1978
  • “All Persons Are Created Equal”, June 1974

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