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Mark Modlin | American Society of Trial Consultants Foundation
Mark Modlin, M.S., N.C.C.
Mark A. Modlin, M.S., is a member and former Board Member of the American Society of Trial Consultants. He is also a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Counseling Association, the Kentucky Counseling Association, and holds Diplomat Status in the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling, and Psychotherapy, Inc. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law since 1996, and he is a former adjunct faculty member of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, and the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. For 25 years, Mark has assisted defense and plaintiff attorneys in over 6,000 criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts across the country including over 2,000 cases that have gone through the process of mediation or arbitration. Mark has consulted on cases that have been featured in national publications such as U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on network and cable news programs including Dateline, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, the Today show, and on the Discovery Channel, CNN, MSNBC, and on local broadcast and cable television programs. Mark has also authored articles that have been published in Ohio Trial (the journal of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers), The Advocate (the journal of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys), and the Kentucky Bar Association's journal, Bench and Bar. He has been published on the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government's Governor Innovators Network for his work with using summary jury trials as a form of alternative dispute resolution. Mark has made presentations on trial and mediation issues at over 200 conferences and workshops in his multiple roles as professor, lecturer, faculty member, and trainer. In addition to consulting with a number of Fortune 500 companies, he also is regularly featured in Lawyers Weekly USA discussing alternative dispute resolution and trial issues. In June, 2001, Mark received the Northern Kentucky BarAssociation's "Friend of the Legal Profession Award" for his service and outstanding contributions to the justice system throughout his career. The Northern Kentucky legal community again honored him in December, 2003 by naming the first-ever recipient of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association's Justice Award. This honor, presented annually to a non-lawyer, recognized Mark's lifetime achievements on behalf of citizens to ensure their access to and fair treatment within the judicial system. One of the greatest personal tributes to Mark came in 2004 from the Kentucky House of Representatives when the Commonwealth's legislators recognized and commended Mark for his lifetime achievements. House members from both sides of the aisle paid an ardent tribute to Mark for his tireless integrity and perseverance that has earned him the respect and regard of his fellow citizens, not only in his professional career but as a private citizen, as well. Mark Modlin, M.S., N.C.C.
The SCI Zone .com - News
CRESTVIEW HILLS - Mark Modlin recently walked into a court hearing on the nation's first class-action lawsuit against abusive priests with an awkward gait that threatened to topple his 5-foot-10 frame.His body swayed dangerously as he grappled to sit down in a chair near Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley.The plaintiffs hired Modlin to consult them in the emotionally charged case.A golf-cart wreck that nearly decapitated Modlin in 1987 is the reason for Modlin's lack of balance, but it has not kept the 49-year-old Ludlow native from becoming one of the area's top trial consultants.Honored in December by the Northern Kentucky Bar Association for helping improve the local justice system, he has been involved in more than $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements and worked on 3,700 cases the past 20 years.The cases include getting clear titles for homeowners caught in the middle of the collapse of one of the area's largest homebuilders, helping negotiate a $100 million settlement with one of four defendants in a class action by a Cincinnati physicians' group alleging health maintenance organization price-fixing, and one of the largest jury verdicts ever handed down in Bowling Green, Ky., for a girl who crashed into a garbage truck."If you mention the name Mark Modlin to a trial attorney in Greater Cincinnati, they will know him," said attorney Paul Schachter of Fort Mitchell.Lawyers like Schachter, who uses Modlin's services in jury selection or mediation, will go to his Crestview Hills wheelchair-accessible town home in the morning, help dress Modlin and drive him to the courthouse.The golf-cart wreck, and a subsequent car crash in 1999, has left Modlin with a serious spine injury that makes it difficult for him to do daily tasks.Before a series of seven surgeries stabilized Modlin's spine, about 100 people, mostly lawyers, took care of him.They had a formal schedule where someone stayed with Modlin every night for about three years.Many slept on the living room floor near a couch where Modlin prefers to sleep.Senior Judge Stan Billingsley of Carrollton recalled spending such a night in a letter nominating Modlin to be an Olympic torch bearer in 2002.Modlin carried the Olympic torch that year on Fountain Square.A publisher used a picture of Modlin running with the torch for the back cover of a book written on the flame's journey across the United States.Attorney Bob Sanders of Covington said Modlin is good at consulting and mediating personal injury and medical malpractice suits because he can identify with the injured.He knows what resources they need to live as productively as possible, Sanders said, and he can explain it to lawyers."Mark is a walking encyclopedia of what people need to put their lives back together after an accident," Sanders said.Modlin said he placed a small, holographic bust of his 17-year-old son next to his couch to motivate him to get up when he awakes and can't feel his legs.The bust was a gift from his son.During a recent interview, Modlin, dressed in sweatpants and a blue UK turtleneck, grimaced as he reached down and pulled off one of his tennis shoes.Although Modlin isn't an attorney, he has been an adjunct professor of law at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law since 1996.Modlin, a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and Xavier University, became the youngest faculty member at Northern in 1981 when he was appointed as an instructor of social sciences.He was also the first NKU graduate to be appointed to the faculty.Modlin credits his work ethic to his upbringing in Ludlow."It was a good place to grow up," said Modlin, who, despite his financial successes, fashions himself as the working class's man. "It wasn't rich in terms of financial things but it was rich in terms of love, friends and relationships.My mom and dad were both born and raised there.The values that I learned as a kid help me be successful as an adult."Modlin said he doesn't like to talk about the $1.2 million he collected after the golf-cart wreck because he believes some people are jealous.He said those people think he got all his money from suing the golf course when, in reality, it came from working hard.Modlin said much of his focus now is deciding whether to have another spinal cord surgery.He has gone across the county for consultations with the nation's best surgeons."My condition is deteriorating again," he said.
Ted Donner | American Society of Trial Consultants Foundation
Mark Modlin, M.S., N.C.C.
Mark Modlin, M.S., N.C.C. Mark Modlin, M.S., N.C.C. - Modlin & Jones Trial Consulting, Edgewood, KYPhillip Miller, J.D. - Phillip Miller & Associates, Nashville, TNTort reform, arbitration, mandated ADR, shrinking numbers of jury trials ... Yikes!
Kentucky Injury Law Blog :: Published by Louisville Accident Lawyer Steven M. Frederick
In preparing for an upcoming bad faith trial, I came across this fantastic article on voir dire by my good friends and worlds best trial consultants Mark Modlin and Becky Jones.
By Mark Modlin and Becky Jones