Every day, the family law practice becomes more involved in technology from e-discovery to cyber spying, and effective lawyers have to keep up. The Practice & Technology Committee was formed as an alliance to study the impact of technology on our clients and our law offices. In this webinar, five tech aficionados will discuss cutting-edge solutions for the family lawyer.
Join us for a WEBINAR (via Zoom Meetings) followed by a Q & A Session
Friday, May 8th, 2020
1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10am PT
CLE CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR THIS WEBINAR
Special Fellow cost during this unprecedented time - $75.00
Non-Member cost - $100.00
Brian C. Vertz, Esq., MBA, is a partner in Pollock Begg, a family law firm based in Pittsburgh. In Pennsylvania, Brian is viewed as an authority on complex child support issues, matrimonial taxation, business valuation, professional practices, hidden assets, executive compensation, prenuptial agreements, and estate and succession planning. For more than 25 years, clients from all walks of life have trusted Brian to resolve difficult family law cases with skill, tenacity and care. He has represented entrepreneurs, licensed professionals, business owners, pro athletes, executives, and their spouses. He has built his reputation as a problem solver outside the courtroom and powerful advocate in the trial and appeals courts.
Brian is an author of Frumkes & Vertz on Divorce Taxation, the leading treatise on family law tax issues. He was named as the “2019 Best Lawyer of the Year” for family law in Pennsylvania (Best Lawyers in America) and one of the Top 50 Lawyers - Pittsburgh (Super Lawyers). Brian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA). He is the Treasurer and Past President of the AAML Pennsylvania Chapter, Secretary of the AAML Foundation, and co-chair of two national committees. He has contributed to amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on matters involving children's rights and same-sex marriage. Brian C. Vertz has a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned his law degree, and a BA from the University of Michigan. He has made Pittsburgh his home since 1988. He travels throughout Western Pennsylvania to appear in courts at Butler, Beaver, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
Bobbie Batley is a New Mexico Board Recognized Specialist in Divorce and Family Law, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Diplomate with the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and a trained Collaborative family law attorney. She is dedicated to helping her clients get through one of the most trying times of their life with the goal of reaching a better place emotionally and financially post-divorce. Bobbie embraces her cases with a thoughtful passion for each client’s individual needs and concerns. She then works diligently to create the best options for resolving the last chapter of their marriage.
A skilled trial lawyer who brings equal tenacity to the settlement table, Bobbie believes the best way to settle a case is to be prepared for trial. She also values Collaborative Divorce as a powerful option for her clients and offers advanced Collaborative techniques and interest-based negotiation skills.
Bobbie’s commitment to families is evident not only in her case work, but also in the time she spends working with organizations and within the Court system to decrease the animosity in family law and find solutions for families in transition.
The New Mexico native was born and raised in Farmington, and grew up in a family business. This experience gives her an intimate understanding of the dynamics in cases that involve family businesses. She represents business owners, their spouses and other high asset parties. Bobbie works with her clients and forensic experts and accountants to find creative solutions in cases involving a business. She also recognizes that privacy and discretion are a must in cases with high net worth individuals and business owners.
Bobbie is a former Chair of the American Bar Association Family Law Section and continues to serve the Section as the Chair of Strategic Planning. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Honoring Families Initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
Susan Saper Galamba practices exclusively in family law and mediation in both Kansas and Missouri, and is the Co-Chair of McDowell Rice’s Family Law & Divorce practice group, providing representation in high net-worth dissolutions of marriage and other complex matters related to divorce and family law.
Ms. Galamba is recognized by her clients and peers as a person of integrity, determination, trustworthiness and compassion. Her expertise, in-depth knowledge and dedication extend to all areas of family law, including complex property division and child custody cases, valuation of businesses, premarital and postnuptial agreements, alimony and maintenance, paternity, and mediation. Additionally, Ms. Galamba works with accountants, forensic and valuation experts, financial planners, real estate agents, and mental health professionals to ensure that her clients have a top-notch team prepared to work for them.
Ms. Galamba is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and International Academy of Family Lawyers. She is a published author of the book, “Don’t Burn the Underwear”, and hosted the radio show, “Til Divorce Do us Part”. She has been a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, and is a frequent lecturer on family law issues.
Ms. Galamba completed the NITA/ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Program, and is also a trained mediator and arbitrator. She received her B.A. from Tulane University and her J.D. from Georgia State University. Ms. Galamba is a member of The Kansas Bar Association; The Johnson County, Kansas Bar Association – Family Law Bench Bar Committee; The Missouri Bar; The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – Family Law Committee; and the American Bar Association – Family Law Section. She has been practicing law in Kansas and Missouri for over 26 years.
A. Craig Haston is a skilled family law attorney who represents clients throughout North Houston and surrounding communities — including The Woodlands — in family law matters. Not only is he an accomplished litigator, Mr. Haston mediates family law cases for others in and around the Houston area, and maintains a high success rate with settlements.
Craig Haston frequently writes and speaks on family law topics such as premarital agreements, alimony and trial techniques. He has chaired Houston's State Bar Association Board and is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a past president of the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, a group of board-certified family law attorneys who meet monthly to discuss recent family law issues.
Craig Haston receives high recognition: Mr. Haston was named a Rising Star in Family Law in 2006 by Thomson Reuters service. Shortly after, he was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2009 – 2016, by Thomson Reuters service, as published in the Texas Monthly Magazine. Additionally, Mr. Haston was mentioned in H Texas Magazine as a Top Family Lawyer for 2006 and 2007. He is also one of 25 attorneys appointed to serve on the State Bar of Texas Family Law Council. This invitation-only group maintains the integrity of Family Law in the state by presenting, reviewing and creating legislation and providing legal education for the state bar. This is one of the premier achievements for a family law attorney in Texas.
Ken Raggio is a shareholder of the Dallas firm Raggio Family Law and has been a certified Family Law specialist since 1979. He first presented to the ABA Family Law Section in 1982, and beginning in 1985 to the Texas Bar and to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) on use of technology in family law. He has continually been in the forefront of applying technology to law practices and trials, including making presentations about technology-assisted opening statements. He initiated the Tools of the Trade column in the Family Advocate magazine. He was the first lawyer in Texas to use an iPad to present evidence in a family law trial. He has recently presented on the challenges of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and other technology topics in a family law case to the AAML's spring and annual meetings, and moderated and presented at the four Technology Symposiums held at the AAML’s annual meetings in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. In Texas, he most recently presented to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019 Advanced Family Law Courses in Texas. He gave the first presentation ever at the AFLC on technology at the 1990 Advanced Family Law Course. He twice presented to the AAML/AICPA National Conference on Divorce and to several LEI National CLE Conference. He received the prestigious Joseph P. McKnight Best Family Law CLE Article (with E. Miskel) in 2016 from the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section for the article, “Electronically Stored Information A-Z: Acquire, Evaluate, Admit.”
A Certified Specialist in Family Law, a Fellow in the AAML, and President of the Texas Chapter of the AAML, Ken combines his traditional matrimonial practice with resolutions by collaborative law divorce and by mediation when appropriate. He is known to have tremendous command of facts and figures, both in negotiations and in trials.
Ken is as vital in activities outside the courtroom and his law practice as within, winning gold (and other) medals in track events at the National Senior Olympics as well as age group wins in major stair climb races such as the Willis (Sears) Tower and the Empire State Building. He was the first ever Athletic Director of the Dallas Bar Association, writing a monthly column in the Dallas Bar Headnotes. The State Bar of Texas awarded the columns the Best General Interest Series Award in 2017.
Ken practices at the firm with brother Tom. They strive to carry on the tradition of excellence, compassion, and professionalism exemplified by the founding members of the firm, the late Louise Raggio and Grier Raggio, Sr., and their brother Grier, Jr. now of senior status.
Ken is a Past Chair of the American Bar Family Law Section and has chaired or vice chaired several committees with the AAML. He was the creator and producer of the first Ultimate Trial Notebook for Family Law seminar while Chair of the ABA Family Law Section. He is Vice President of the Texas Chapter of the AAML. He has been named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and has been perennially listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a Texas SuperLawyer.
Kristal Thomson practices in the area of family law at the law firm of Langley & Banack, Inc. She is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2009), and her practice focuses on divorces with complex or high net worth estates and complicated custody matters. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1999) and juris doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law (2002).
Ms. Thomson is an AV rated attorney (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings). She is one of only 10 lawyers in San Antonio elected as a fellow to the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Thomson has received many professional awards and recognistions, including Standing Ovation Award (awarded by TexasBarCLE), “40 Under 40” (published by the San Antonio Business Journal), “Best Lawyers in America” (published by Woodward White), “Super Lawyer, Family Law” (published by Thomson Reuters), 10 plus years listed as a “Rising Star” (published by Thomson Reuters), “50 Up-and-Coming Women Lawyers, 2017” (published by Thomson Reuters), 2006 San Antonio “Outstanding Young Lawyer” (awarded by the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association), and 2007 Belva Lockwood Outstanding Young Lawyer (awarded by the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association).
Ms. Thomson enjoys many leadership positions in various bar and professional associations, but takes particular pride in her work with the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. She is the current Chair-Elect of the Family Law Council and has also served on the Council’s Legislative Committee since 2009. As a member of Council, Ms. Thomson was chosen as Course Director for the New Frontiers in Marital Property CLE (2018), Advanced Trial Skills for Family Lawyers CLE (2018), Marriage Dissolution CLE (2012), and Advanced Family Law (2015) – a CLE course which is known as one of the largest in the United States. In addition, Ms. Thomson is also a member of the following: Texas Pattern Jury Charges, Family and Probate Committee, District 10 Grievance Committee, Panel 1 Chair, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association (former Board Member), Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Texas, College of the State Bar, Junior League of San Antonio (Sustainer), Rotary Club of San Antonio, San Antonio Bar Foundation (Fellow), Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow), San Antonio Family Lawyers Association (Past President), Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (Board Member), and the Texas Family Law Foundation (Sustaining Life Member). Ms. Thomson is also a proud graduate of Leadership San Antonio, Class #43.
Ms. Thomson lives in San Antonio with her husband, Derick, and their three children (ages 8, 7 and 3).