Advisory Board

myLawCLE is focused on assembling the very best continuing legal education classes in the country and making them available online in easy accessible formats for practicing attorneys. New CLE classes are constantly being developed and partnerships with many of the local and State Bar associations continue to grow. The following attorneys have partnered with myLawCLE to advise on content and course selections. These attorneys have been recognized as top lawyers in their fields.

[fourcol_one]MaryAkkerman[/fourcol_one]Mary Akkerman | Lindquist & Vennum PLLP | Sioux Falls, SD
[fourcol_three_last]As a partner in Lindquist & Vennum’s Trusts and Estates practice group, her practice includes all aspects of fiduciary representation, estate planning, and related administrations. She understands the big picture while guiding clients through the details of fiduciary representation, dynasty trusts, domestic asset protection trusts (DAPTs), estate and trust administration, including trust reformations, modifications, decanting, and conversions to total return unitrusts, guardianships and conservatorships, business and tax planning, estate and gift tax planning, tax appeals and related litigation. Mary is also skilled at establishing public and private trust companies in South Dakota.

As one of the state’s most experienced lawyers on South Dakota situs and trust laws, Mary serves as local counsel, providing document review, trust modification, and general advice on selecting South Dakota trust law to lawyers, professional advisors, family offices and charities nationwide. She also has significant experience working with international advisors, attorneys, and clients with respect to cross-border planning, non-resident alien trust formation, and international tax issues.

Mary has experience advising and defending fiduciaries, including trustees, personal representatives, executors, guardians and conservators in routine and complex matters, including tax issues, compliance with state and federal law, litigation, responding to subpoenas and representation for depositions.

Along with corporate and individual fiduciaries and family offices, Mary represents business owners, professionals, retirees, and individuals interested in establishing a South Dakota trust. She is experienced in trust and estate litigation, probate, guardianships and conservatorships, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and special needs trusts.

Mary attended law school on the Everett Bogue Scholarship. While earning her J.D., she served on the Board of Editors of the South Dakota Law Review.[/fourcol_three_last]

Christopher Johnson | U.S. Trust | Pasadena, CA
[fourcol_three_last]Christopher B. Johnson focuses his practice on the areas of trusts, wills, estate planning, probate and trust litigation and elder law. He is based in Pasadena and is of counsel to the Skapik Law Group in Chino Hills.

He is a 1994 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. He was a Dean’s Scholar, and an extern at the legal department of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and for the Honorable Barry Russell, Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Wheaton College in 1991.

He is admitted to practice in all California state courts and the United States District Court, Central District. Prior to establishing his own practice and acting in an association of counsel role to prestigious law firms in Southern California, he was a Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer with U.S. Trust, serving Southern California high net worth and ultra high net worth families in their wealth transfer planning and with trust services. Before U.S. Trust, he was a founding member of the Arroyo Law Group, Russakow | Ryan | Johnson, and his own estate planning and probate practice in Pasadena, as well as a civil litigation lawyer for the Law Office of Errol Berk in Ventura. He has appeared on NBC-TV news and radio programs to discuss estate planning and probate issues and is a frequent speaker to attorneys and community groups.[/fourcol_three_last]

Kyla Groff Kelim | Aging in Alabama | Fairhope, AL
[fourcol_three_last]Kyla Groff Kelim is an elder law attorney and principal of Aging in Alabama, an elder law firm, in Fairhope, Alabama, and prolific regional and national speaker, dedicating her practice to topics of interest to seniors, their families, caretakers and professionals assisting them, to protect their life’s work. Mrs. Kelim provides consultation and advocacy for older Americans, their families, caregivers and professionals. The firm and aims to protect their clients’ life’s work by proactive planning and assisting those in need due to catastrophic illness or injury as they navigate the often treacherous administrative schemes of nursing home Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Ms. Kelim provides consultations throughout the Southeast United States. She is a prolific speaker and has practiced in Alabama and Florida for more than 20 years. Ms. Kelim earned her B.S. degree from the University of New Orleans and her J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She lives in Fairhope with her husband, Patrick and their two boys, Payton and Pierce.[/fourcol_three_last]

[fourcol_one]skipkohlmyer[/fourcol_one]Ernest H. Kohlmyer | Urban Thier Federer & Chinnery, P.A. | Orlando, FL
[fourcol_three_last]Ernest H. “Skip” Kohlmyer, III, LL.M, is a litigation attorney and shareholder with Urban Thier Federer & Chinnery, P.A. based in the Orlando office. His practice focuses primarily on insurance defense litigation relating to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”), Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), and/or the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Mr. Kohlmyer represents collection agencies, debt buyers, Florida public entities in areas in land use, civil rights, constitutional law, consumer protection litigation, corporate and business law, insurance defense, and international business transactions.

Mr. Kohlmyer is a member of the Florida Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the courts within the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA International), serving in leadership positions and speaking regularly at conferences.[/fourcol_three_last]

[fourcol_one]pam_board[/fourcol_one]Pamela S. Levine | Levine Law, LLC | Montclair, NJ
[fourcol_three_last]Pamela S. Levine has spent her career helping others. In her former position with the nation’s largest social security disability advocacy firm, Pamela used her legal skills and advocacy talents for more than 15 years to represent thousands of disabled individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits. Pamela founded Levine Law, LLC to create a firm that would combine skilled, professional representation with compassionate, respectful and personalized care.

Levine Law, LLC continues a commitment to helping individuals in need that Pamela Levine has demonstrated throughout her educational and professional career. In both undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!!) and law school at Boston University, Pamela gave her time to volunteer efforts and public interest projects. Pamela’s academic honors include selection to the prestigious International Law Journal, receipt of the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law and representation of her university at the Craven National Moot Court competition in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.[/fourcol_three_last]

Eric Bolves | The Legal Center | Orlando, FL
[fourcol_three_last]Eric has practiced law since 1983 and specialized in the areas of Business, Foreclosure, Bankruptcy and Social Security Disability. He has been appointed as Attorney Ad Litem by Judges in over 1,500 foreclosure cases over the last 15 years and has filed over 4,500 bankruptcies for business and individuals since 1988. Eric speaks Spanish fluently.

Areas of practice include Social Security Disability, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Real Estate. Practice before the Administrative Law Court of the Social Security Administration since 1998. Admitted to practice by the Florida Supreme Court May 27, 1983. * Admitted to practice by the United States District Court July 26, 1983.

Books Published Books Written: Grandma’s Recipe For Debt Free Living (2009), The Halt Foreclosure Manual (2008)[/fourcol_three_last]

Steve Meister | Meister Law Offices | Los Angeles, CA
[fourcol_three_last]Steve Meister is principal of the Meister Law Offices, a criminal defense firm located in downtown Los Angeles, and is the author of Law Review CLE’s Social Media and Internet Discovery course. He is a veteran criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, in practice for 20 years.

Steve has handled virtually every kind of criminal case in state and federal court, including the death penalty. He is also an expert media commentator on TV and radio news and has been quoted and interviewed for his expertise by numerous national publications and news networks.

Steve also teaches DUI, ethics and trial tactics to attorneys nationally. In his defense practice, Steve turns extensively to social networking and media sites in defending his clients, and has used the Internet to undermine witness credibility in sexual assault prosecutions, locate and subpoena reluctant defense witnesses in a capital murder case, and protect high profile clients from defamatory email campaigns.

Sara Hutchins Jodka | McDonald Hopkins LLC | Columbus, OH
[fourcol_three_last]Sara Hutchins Jodka is Senior Counsel at McDonald Hopkins LLC, specializing in Data Privacy and Labor and Employment. She is a management-side labor and employment attorney who has been practicing exclusively in this area for over ten years. Her work in this area has includes working for some of the biggest companies in the United States providing litigation defense work, providing daily hands-on advice, and drafting policies. Ms. Jodka’s knack is providing real, down-to-earth, practical guidance designed to help employers spot critical issues quickly so they can be resolved or avoided expeditiously. Ms. Jodka avoids legal theory and legalese at all costs, and has developed her reputation as a one-to-watch speaker because she provides her audience with practical, real advice. She tells her audience what they need to know, why they need to know it, and what they do with that information now! In addition, Mr. Jodka is the creative mind and editor of the Employer Law Forecast, a first-of-its-kind micro-blog that focuses on seasonal workplace content for employers in a way that allows them to see all their seasonal issues at once and even be able to calendar certain events. It is available at[/fourcol_three_last]

Stephen Stern | Hyatt & Weber, P.A. | Annapolis, MD
[fourcol_three_last]Stephen Stern is a partner with Hyatt & Weber, P.A., where he advises businesses and represents them in litigation. Mr. Stern helps employers minimize risk and exposure to liability by developing effective employment policies and practices. In this regard, he advises employers on strategic matters, such as trade secret protection programs, non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, privacy issues, wage/hour matters, independent contractor relationships, document retention practices, and employee handbooks, among other things. Mr. Stern also helps companies address issues that arise on a day-to-day basis, such as leave requests, employee discipline, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and terminations. In addition, Mr. Stern has been retained to conduct highly sensitive and complicated investigations. When litigation has been unavoidable, Mr. Stern has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies across the country. His cases have involved various contract, tort, and statutory claims concerning employment disputes, consumer protection claims, bank loans, unfair competition, commercial contracts, real estate disputes, fraud, ownership interests in privately-held companies, constitutional claims, mass torts, professional discipline, false imprisonment, and civil rights violations.[/fourcol_three_last]

Frances Crockett Carpenter | Law Office of Frances Crockett | Albuquerque, NM
[fourcol_three_last]In 2006, after working with Brad D. Hall and focusing on civil rights and criminal defense and working with MCML, P.A. and focusing on personal injury, Frances Crockett Carpenter decided to open her own practice. Frances Crockett Carpenter focuses her practice on Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Defense.

1998, B.A., Political Science and English Literature, University of Memphis

2000, M.A.L.A., Western Classics, St. John’s College

2004, Juris Doctorate, University of New Mexico

Employment History:
2004 – 2005, Law Office of Brad D. Hall
2005-2006, McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya, & Love, P.A.
2006-Present, Law Office of Frances Crockett, LLC

Practice areas:
Plaintiff’s Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Medical Malpractice; Premises Liability; Civil Rights; Constitutional Law, Criminal Defense

New Mexico State and Federal Court, Colorado Federal Court, United States Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; National Police Accountability Project


Steven D. Goldberg | Steven D. Goldberg, PA | Wilmington, DE
[fourcol_three_last]Steven D. Goldberg is in private practice in his own Wilmington, Delaware, law firm of Steven D. Goldberg, PA, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, alternate entities, property law and commercial transactions. Mr. Goldberg has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and South America to lecture on Delaware limited liability companies on behalf of the Delaware secretary of state. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Delaware and his J.D. degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law School, where he was a senior associate on the George Washington Law Review. Mr. Goldberg is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association (member – sections on General Corporations; Real and Personal Property; Commercial Law; and the Alternate Entity Committee, which is responsible for recommending updates to Delaware’s Limited Liability Company Act, the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act and the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act) and the American Bar Association, where he participates in its Opinion Law Committee (Business Laws Section), LLC and Unincorporated Entity Committee (Business Laws Section), and LLC Committee (Real Property and Trust Section).[/fourcol_three_last]

Mark J. Tarallo | Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC | Waltham, MA
[fourcol_three_last]Mark J. Tarallo is a partner in the corporate department at Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC, in Waltham, MA. Mark has extensive experience in the mergers and acquisitions area, representing both buyers and sellers, and has represented companies ranging in size from startups to multinational corporations across a wide range of industries. He also provides advice to clients with respect to corporate formation, venture capital and other financings, corporate governance and other general business matters. In addition, Mark works with a number of registered investment advisors on corporate and regulatory matters.

He is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, and is a past co-chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the Boston Bar Association. Mark graduated from Boston College in 1988 and earned his J.D. magna cum laude from the New England School of Law in 1991.[/fourcol_three_last]

Bryan L. Ciyou | Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. | Indianapolis, IN
[fourcol_three_last]Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD, cum laude, at Indiana University. One of his key practice areas is firearms law where he represents a wide array of clients, including licensed manufacturers and dealers with criminal or regulatory/compliance matters, gun show promoters and businesses with firearms legal issues, and individuals involved in deadly force encounters.

Mr. Ciyou has authored three books on Indiana and federal firearms law — the Indiana Firearms Law Reference Manual and two editions of a new annual reference manual, Gun Laws By State. The latter compiles the tens of thousands of gun laws and driving concepts and simplifies this complex interaction of local, state, and federal gun laws that bind citizens and law enforcement officers who carry firearms off duty in other states. He also recently completed a chapter in the book, Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending Firearms Offense Charges, published by Thomson Reuters, one of America’s largest legal publishers, structured to assist America’s practicing criminal defense and other attorneys working in this area of law.

The local, state, and national media have featured Mr. Ciyou’s apolitical works and opinions numerous times. In addition, everyone from attorneys, judges, police officers, news reporters, legislators, and everyday people wanting to know more information regularly reference his books. He is a frequent lecturer on gun laws and has been active on the legislative front in different ways, such as advising lawmakers in drafting proposed legislation, considering current laws, and testifying about the impact of firearms legislation and regulation. In addition, he frequently teaches groups, ranging from ordinary citizens, law enforcement officers, and lawyers, covering a wide variety of topics, such as current trends and the components of defending or analyzing a deadly force encounter.

Mr. Ciyou is actively involved in shooting sports and has trained at some of the country’s best facilities, such as Gunsite, under the tutelage of renowned instructors. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, and Safari Club International.[/fourcol_three_last]