Please join us for a special semianr on June 20th when the creators of the Trojan Horse Method come to Indianapolis to share their ground breaking program.
What's This Seminar About?
Trojan Horse is a revolutionary trial skills program that trains you to win in the courtroom. You will learn how to develop the emotional core of your case, so the jury can experience your clients’ stories. We don’t just talk about how to present your case, we show you. The exceptional trial lawyer will have three things: presentation skills, emotional congruence and a trial structure. Trojan Horse teaches trial presentation skills combined with theory that works. Presentation skills cannot be learned in a book. Only skills that can be used in the courtroom are taught. It all begins with the Method.
The Method is the only program that requires participants to stand up and present 3-4 times every session, that means 6-8 times a day, with immediate feedback. The Method pushes you hard, but you will develop the highest order of skills.
We give examples of voir dire, opening, direct examination, cross examination and closing argument. Trojan Horse has systematized the learning process. It works for new lawyers and seasoned lawyers alike.
We only accept plaintiff’s and criminal defense lawyers. Prior trial experience is helpful, but not required.
Attendees will earn 7.5 hours of CLE
Program Chair: David Farnbauch, Sweeney Law Firm, Fort Wayne, IN
8:00 am-8:30 am Registration/Coffee
8:30 am-9:30 am Introduction to The Structure of Voir Dire - Dan Ambrose
9:30 am- 10:45 am Introduction to Persuasion Theory/Opening Structure – Dan Schaar and Brett Turnbull
10:45 am- 11:00 am Break
11:00 am- 12:30 pm Continuation of Persuasion Theory/Opening Structure – Dan Schaar and Brett Turnbull
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm-2:30 pm Rapport Voir Dire – Dan Ambrose
2:30 pm- 3:30 pm Opening/Closing Truck Cases – Brett Turnbull
3:30 pm- 3:45 pm Break
3:45 pm- 4:30 pm Witness Prep/Direct Examination - Dan Ambrose
4:30 pm- 5:30 pm Opening/ Closing Auto v.s. Bicycle, Road Defect – Dan Schaar
Daniel Ambrose has tried over 150 jury trials and spent the last decade working on advancing and teaching advanced trial skills.
Dan is known for his skills in both advocating for his clients and teaching others to be better advocates for theirs. Through 24 years of practice, he has found a unique method to help trial lawyers efficiently master their skills. The Trojan Horse Method, was developed over years of meeting with lawyers and analyzing what works and what doesn’t through trial skills practice. The Trojan Horse Method continues to evolve, it is taught 15-20 times a year and is considered a “complete system,” from voir dire to rebuttal.
Dan has attended programs such as the National Criminal Defense College, Western Trial Advocacy Institute and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College. He has presented for the Minnesota Association of Justice, the Hawaii Association of Justice, the Michigan Association of Justice, the Nebraska Association of Justice, the Utah Association of Justice, the Arizona Association of Justice, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, the Western Trial Lawyers Association, the Alaska Association of Justice, the Maricopa County Public Defenders, the Clark County Public Defenders, the Oklahoma City Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Association of Justice.
Dan currently lives in Manhattan Beach, California and now focuses on civil and criminal trial work, consulting, trial coaching and teaching.
Brett Turnbull has distinguished himself as a leading trial lawyer recognized for his jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients killed or injured by the negligent and wrongful actions of others. When he goes before a jury, he realizes he has one job, to get justice for his client by proving the claims and guiding the jury to award a fair and reasonable verdict. Respect for individuals and for the justice system led Brett, a University of Alabama graduate to pursue law studies at Cumberland School of Law, where he discovered early on that his true passion was trial law. A class leader, Brett won national recognition for his trial advocacy skills.
That leadership track has continued throughout Brett’s legal career, and he gives back to his profession, serving in leadership positions with the Alabama Association for Justice, Alabama State Bar, and Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Brett has more than a decade of successful courtroom experience in complex litigation including trucking cases, products liability, automobile defects, and nursing home malpractice. Brett tries cases across Alabama and throughout the country.
Dan C. Schaar has nearly a decade of Courtroom experience, as both an insurance defense lawyer early in his career, and now as a Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer. He is a founding partner and the senior trial attorney at Schaar & Silva LLP, located in Campbell, California, where his practice focuses exclusively on representing Plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury matters.
He is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and has been an instructor at The Trojan Horse Method since August of 2016. Known for his attention to detail in all aspects of trial preparation, and his unique abilities in re-framing the defense arguments, he is often asked to consult and co-counsel on injury cases around the country that many consider “un-winnable.”
ISTA Conference Center
150 W. Market St., 2nd Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Click on the map below for detailed driving instructions.
Parking is available in the Hilton garage and there is limited street parking along Market and Capital streets. Additional parking can also be found in the Circle Center Mall parking garage.
We are not able to validate parking.
Written cancellation postmarked two weeks prior to the seminar will be refunded, less a $50 administrative fee, as a credit toward another ITLA seminar, good for one year. If notice of cancellation is received after that date, the administrative fee increases to $100. Cancellations received the week of the seminar will not be refunded at all. Full refunds will not be given, but upon request, we will send you the materials distributed at the seminar.
CLE & Special Events Director