J. Thaddeus Eckenrode | Eckenrode-Maupin, Attorneys-at-Law
J. Thaddeus Eckenrode is the founder, managing officer, and chief trial attorney of Eckenrode-Maupin, Attorneys-at-Law, a boutique St. Louis-based insurance defense firm practicing in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. He focuses on the defense of high-stakes and complex tort litigation in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis in the areas of medical malpractice, civil rights (correctional medicine), wrongful death, nursing home and product liability litigation. Mr. Eckenrode has completed over 90 jury trials to verdict in various courts throughout the states of Missouri and Illinois. He carries the AV “Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in both Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers in the areas of Medical Malpractice Defense and Personal Injury Defense, and was the 2018 St. Louis “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Medical Malpractice Defense.
Mr. Eckenrode is a graduate of Siena College in Albany, New York, and received his JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He has authored a number of articles published in various national legal and professional publications, as well as a book chapter on issues related to correctional medicine and civil rights claims. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars across the country., and is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, and was the national lead chair of the Medical-Legal Committee of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.
Dr. Bill Kanasky, Jr. | Courtroom Sciences, Inc.
Dr. Bill Kanasky, Jr. is Senior Vice President of Litigation Psychology for Courtroom Sciences, Inc. and a nationally recognized expert, author, and speaker in the areas of advanced witness training and jury psychology in civil litigation. He consults on more than 200 cases annually in the areas of defendant witness training, jury decision-making research, and jury selection strategy. His empirically based consulting methods are specially designed to defeat plaintiff “Reptile” strategies, which have resulted in billions of dollars of damage awards across the nation. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida.