Michael G. Kaplan
CPA/ABV/CFF CVA MAFF
Mr. Kaplan has more than 45 years of experience in the areas of forensic accounting, business valuation, and litigation consulting. He is a cofounder the Courtroom Boot Camp and Senior Advisor to Neumeister & Associates, LLP. Mr. Kaplan has rendered services in numerous litigation matters and has qualified to testify in court as an expert witness in approximately 250 matters.
Mr. Kaplan is actively involved in the educational field. He has served on the faculty of the Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California. He has also served on the faculty of the National Judicial College. He is regularly called upon to present workshops on courtroom skills to both trial attorneys and expert witnesses. Mr Kaplan is a frequent and award winning speaker at professional educational conferences. He has developed and presented continuing education programs in expert testimony, financial forensics, economic damages, forensic accounting, business valuation, and strategic and communications skills for experts and trial attorneys.
Jeffrey D. Diamond
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Mr. Diamond is a seasoned attorney and educator. He has been a lead instructor in workshops in expert forensics and courtroom skills for attorneys and for expert witnesses. Mr. Diamond brings the Courtroom Boot Camp program his 41 plus years of experience as a practicing litigation attorney, specializing in Insurance Law and related matters, with extensive experience as both a trial and appellate lawyer. He has been recognized by the prestigious legal publication Martindale-Hubbell as an “AV” rated attorney, the highest rating that this publisher awards to those lawyers who exhibit preeminent ability and ethics and has been honored annually as a Georgia Super Lawyer since 2013. He has earned a reputation amongst colleagues and clients for his knowledge, experience, professionalism and integrity. Having relocated from Los Angeles, California to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007, Mr. Diamond is an active member of both the State Bars of California and Georgia.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at Georgia State University College of Law and Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Mr. Diamond is known for his enthusiastic, entertaining and dynamic teaching style as he shares his knowledge and professional experience with Courtroom Boot Camp participants.
Carlton R. Marcyan
JD CPA CFP CDFA
A certified public accountant and financial planner, as well as an attorney, Mr. Marcyan has in-depth experience in financial discovery, analysis, and litigation. Prior to joining Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, he worked for one of the largest international accounting firms and the Internal Revenue Service as a researcher. He is a senior partner at the Chicago based firm of Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, LLP and its immediate past Chairman.
He is an experienced trial lawyer primarily focused on complex financial litigation. Mr. Marcyan is a guest lecturer on law, accounting, and valuation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the American Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Illinois Society of CPA’s. He is a past president of the Advocates Society and he has authored numerous articles.
Mr. Marcyan has been listed in Best Lawyers of America for the past 10 years, named a Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, selected an Illinois Super Lawyer. and honored as the 2012 Chicago Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2014 and 2011 Chicago Collaborative Law “Lawyer of the Year” by US News & Best Lawyers.
JURY TRIAL CONSULTANT & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Jesse Wilson is a Juilliard Theater Graduate with over 20 years of working on the stage, TV, and film. In 2015, Jesse created “Tell The Winning Story,” a communication breakthrough company to empower trial lawyers to deliver high-impact presentations, as well as rapidly transform their communication and collaboration skills to effectively prepare clients and witnesses to testify.
Jesse was inspired to create “Tell The Winning Story” after co-developing a Theater-Behind-Bars program for inmates.
The program helped inmates make powerful changes in their lives. From this experience, The 8 Fundamentals of Breakthrough Communication – the foundational element of “Tell The Winning Story” was born.
The true power of a story always comes from inside us, the storyteller…And the path to developing a winning story begins with the trial lawyer owning their own story. “Tell The Winning Story” provides attorneys the difference between telling a “hidden, safe, ‘surface’ story,” and powerfully connecting to a story that goes right to the heart of their audience… whomever that audience happens to be.
Jesse’s hands on Communication & Presentation training for trial lawyers is featured in his seminars, law firm retreats, intensives, and small and large group workshops.
Mr. Marcyan’s attitude toward teaching fellow peers is unrivaled. His instruction, feedback and subsequent critiques were refreshing, warranted and insightful. He has a knack of distilling complicated dialogue into its most simplest form, allowing attorneys to turn complex techniques into everyday practice by the end of the program.
I have found that Mr. Kaplan's insights along with his teaching style to be something that can only be described as superlative. His knack for demonstrating how to simplify the complicated has served as an invaluable resource for my professional development.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a course taught by Mr. Kaplan. In a word... Excellent! He was very informative and professional. I consider myself fortunate to have him as a resource.
I'd like to say thank you to Jeff Diamond for making those a reality. Thank you for grilling us and not letting us give up. Thank you for letting us make mistakes and not embarrassing us. Thank you also for your continued support and advice through the years.
The program was an invaluable opportunity to learn from experts with more than 100 years of combined experience and hone my trial skills. Having the opportunity to learn from Carl, Jeff, and Michael is invaluable.
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