GBB Partners will join Emory Law faculty for annual trial techniques advocacy program

Reuben Guttman, Traci Buschner and Justin Brooks of Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC will join the 2016 faculty of Emory University School of Law’s Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program to be held April 30 through May 6.

GBB partners join an elite group of more than 120 jurists, practitioners, and legal scholars from across the United States and foreign jurisdictions, including Mexico, to teach in the prominent program which, over the course of three decades, has launched some of the nation’s leading trial lawyers and judges.

“We are very selective in choosing faculty,” said Emory Law professor, and Emory Law Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution director, Paul Zwier. “The group of faculty that will convene in Atlanta this year includes people who are at the top of their game – and who also have the teaching skills to train the next generation of trial advocates.”

When founded in 1982, the program was modeled after the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s program for teaching practicing lawyers. Emory Law’s program is the largest in the country and is recognized as one of the nation’s finest. The American College of Trial Lawyers has twice conferred on Emory’s program the Emil Gumpert Award for excellence in the teaching of trial advocacy.

“Emory Law has been one of the nation’s leading producer of trial lawyers, and this program – along with our course offerings in advocacy – is a big part of that,” said Zwier.

The program’s teaching methodology focuses on integrating the second-year law student’s knowledge of substantive evidence with practical trial skills through a “learn-by-doing” format. Trial experience is supplemented by a textbook, lectures, and discussions. During two sessions in the spring semester, students develop theories for particular witness examinations, decide on appropriate approaches to bring out the facts consistent with their theories, prepare witnesses, and conduct direct and cross-examinations using current courtroom technology in the use of exhibits. This is followed by an seven-day intensive learn-by-doing class in which participants will engage in a “Daubert” hearing to determine whether an expert witness will testify at trial. Two days later, students will conduct a jury trial with high school students from the Atlanta area serving as jurors. By the end of eight days, more than 290 students will have collectively tried more than 70 jury trials and participated in more than 70 Daubert hearings.

Founded in 1916, Emory University School of Law is an American Bar Association (ABA) nationally accredited law school. Consistently ranked as one of the premier law schools in the United States, Emory Law offers exceptional doctrinal and practical legal education with signature programs in advocacy, transactional law, technology and IP law, law and religion, and vulnerability studies.

Justin Brooks selected as a Rising Star by

Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC is pleased to announce that founding partner, Justin Brooks, has been selected as a Rising Star by in the category Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney. Mr. Brooks primarily represents relators in qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act and other federal and state statutes and corporate clients in a wide variety of complex commercial and employment litigation. He also provides employment and compliance counseling to companies, represents institutional investors in shareholder derivative and corporate governance litigation, and represents employees in employment litigation of all types. Learn more about Justin Brooks here.

Traci L. Buschner

tbuschnerTraci L Buschner
Founding Partner

(202) 800-3003

Practice Areas
Labor and Employment
Corporate Governance

Government Experience
State Prosecutor

University of Louisville (J.D., 1995)
Miami University (1990)

The District of Columbia
The Commonwealth of Kentucky
The U.S. District Court for the
– District of Columbia
– Eastern District of Kentucky
– District of Maryland
– District of Columbia Circuit

American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Qui Tam Litigation Section
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
American Constitution Society
Taxpayers Against Fraud
Emory University Law Faculty, Trial Techniques Program, 2011, 2012, 2014

Dr. Caroline Poplin

caroline_poplinDr. Caroline Poplin
Of Counsel & Medical Director

Practice Areas
Whistleblower and False Claims
High Impact Litigation

Government Experience
United States Food and Drug Administration
Senior United States Environmental Protection Agency
Atomic Energy Commission

Georgetown University Hospital Internal Medicine residency program (1994)
University of Rochester School of Medicine (M.D., 1991)
Yale Law School (J.D., 1975)
Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude with Honors  (1969)


District of Columbia

Medical Licenses

Fellow, American College of Physicians
Member, AMA
Member, National Academy of Social Insurance
NIH Institutional Review Board (NINDS, Eye Institute) 2006-2013

Elizabeth H. Shofner

eshofnerElizabeth H. Shofner
Of Counsel

(202) 800-3001

Practice Areas
Whistleblower and False Claims
High Impact Litigation
Corporate Governance

Government Experience
Law Clerk, Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

New York University School of Law, New York (J.D. magna cum laude, 1997)
Hunter College, New York (Masters, Psychology, 1988)
Washington University, St. Louis (A.B., English Literature & Psychology, 1984)


New York, SDNY, EDNY, Fourth Circuit

New York City Bar Association
Article Editor, New York University Law Review