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Amy Collignon Gunn

Amy Collignon Gunn

Host of Heels in the Courtroom

With a focus on personal injury cases, Amy Collignon Gunn is a caring, trial-tested lawyer serving clients across the United States. She handles many types of personal injury matters, including cases involving defective products, medical negligence, dangerous drugs, and medical devices.

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February 28, 2024

EP 804- Dressing Intentionally

Many female attorneys agonize over courtroom attire….but does it really matter? Intentional dressing really does communicate an attitude to the jury and imparts a first impression that can impact you and your...

February 14, 2024

EP 803- Sexual Assault Verdict for the Plaintiff Part Two

The one fact that will convince the jury your client is telling the truth is right there in the records….you just have to find it and present it in the most impactful...

January 31, 2024

EP 802- Sexual Assault Verdict for the Plaintiff Part One

Our latest trial win involved a sexual assault case between a woman, her supervisor, and what really happened after he knocked on her hotel room door. We’ll share the facts of the...

January 17, 2024

EP 801- Preserving the Record for Appeal

In the heat of trial, your mind is on the moment, not always on the potential for appeal. Failing to preserve the record can be a costly mistake. Get in the weeds...

January 10, 2024

ENCORE Jury Instructions

Jurors need legal guidance when deliberating a case because, duh, they aren’t lawyers.  Jury instructions are their roadmap, and it’s definitely in your client’s best interest to be sure those instructions are...

December 27, 2023

EP 742- New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is a good time for reflection even if you don’t do resolutions. To kick off 2024, we checked in on last year’s silly and serious resolutions and made some...

December 20, 2023

EP 741- ‘Tis The Season

The holidays can be stressful but sharing the joy of traditions like making memory books, traveling home and tying the hugest tree you can find on the mini-Cooper make it all worthwhile....

December 6, 2023

ENCORE How to Cross Examine a Nice Person

Not every cross examination has to be adversarial. If you come on too strong with a witness who is trying hard to be helpful, you may prove your point but lose your...

November 15, 2023

ENCORE EP738- Anatomy of a $10MM Verdict Part Two

In Part Two of our winning case analysis, Amy Gunn and Liz Lenivy discuss witness prep, damages and dubious defense tactics. Win or lose, big cases can take a toll on attorneys,...

November 8, 2023

ENCORE EP737 – Anatomy of a $10MM Verdict Part One

An inspired approach and darn good discovery skills led to a big med mal win for our client. In this encore episode, Amy Gunn and Liz Lenivy discuss their pre-trial and courtroom...

November 1, 2023

EP 734- Consumer Legal Funding

Is your client considering taking out a lawsuit loan to pay medical bills or other expenses? How can these loans impact the case, the settlement or even you as the attorney? We’ll...

October 25, 2023

EP 733- Called To Serve

Got room in your hectic schedule for another “obligation”? Think “opportunity” instead. Taking on a leadership role in a professional or community organization offers connections and insights you won’t find anyplace else....

September 27, 2023

EP 729- Inspiration from the Next Generation

No matter where you are in your career, your time and experience can benefit a younger attorney. But if you think mentorship is all about giving, hear how a recent mentorship experience...

September 13, 2023

EP 727- Thinking About Law School?

Whether you are in college or considering a mid-life career change, choosing to go to law school is a big decision. We’ll share some of the pros and cons of our profession...

September 6, 2023

EP 726- Delay Tactics

It’s infuriating when opposing counsel refuses to pick depo dates, makes excuses to delay proceedings or just plain ghosts you. We believe justice delayed is justice denied, and hope today’s tips can...

August 30, 2023

EP 725- I’m Sorry for Apologizing

Do you apologize for moving a meeting or asking a legitimate question? Apologizing can be a knee jerk reaction that implies a weak position, or it can be a powerful tool to...

August 23, 2023

EP 724- Responsible Pet Ownership

According to the Humane Society, 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. Today we take a look at the laws regarding responsible pet ownership, including what...

August 16, 2023

EP 723- But I Signed a Waiver…….

Liability waivers appear all around us…..on amusement park tickets, at ax throwing establishments, prior to medical procedures and maybe even as a requirement from your son’s friend’s parents before that weekend party...

August 9, 2023

EP 722- I’ve Had It!

We’re done with opposing counsel’s snarky emails, loud yawners, attorneys who think their years of experience means the law should be bent for them and people who creep out our kids. Laugh...

August 2, 2023

EP 721- Calling An Adverse Witness

Under what circumstances should you consider calling an adverse witness?  Today’s discussion examines the risks involved and offers tips on how to be successful if adverse witness testimony is critical to your...

July 12, 2023

ENCORE “The Big Hot Mess”

Erica has “thunder tears.” Liz becomes “hot garbage.” We’ve all had days where life is a big hot mess. In this encore episode, Amy, Mary, Erica and Liz talk about how they...

July 5, 2023

ENCORE “Who are you calling ‘Little Lady?’”

Our Heels in the Courtroom community has grown to thousands of downloads since our first episode. Tune in to hear a reprise of EP101 and get a little background on who we...

June 28, 2023

EP718- Mistrials

The judge says “mistrial” and Poof! Your half-argued case just became a do-over. What now? It recently happened to us and we want to supply some insight into what can cause a...

June 21, 2023

EP717- Get to Know Me

Which attorney has jumped out of an airplane? Had an invisible friend? Or was required to wash rocks as a child? We went around the table using a fun life experiences questionnaire...

May 31, 2023

EP714- Wrongful Death Settlements

In wrongful death cases, we always focus on the facts regarding the decedent. Experienced attorneys know we should also consider the settlement before taking the case. Today we’ll talk about due diligence...

May 10, 2023

EP711 – Thanks, Mom!

Our values, fire and compassion come from somewhere and most likely, it’s from Mom. In honor of Mother’s Day the Heels in the Courtroom ladies stepped up to share the wisdom we...

May 3, 2023

EP308 Encore – What is a Successful Lawyer? With John Simon

We always want to win in the courtroom, but should that be our only measure of success? Nationally recognized plaintiff attorney John Simon, the founder of The Simon Law firm, one of...

April 26, 2023

EP302 Encore – Young Lawyers Unite

One key goal of our podcast is to mentor and inspire the next generation of attorneys. This week’s encore episode offers advice from Elizabeth McNulty, Mary Simon, and Megan Crowe about their...

April 19, 2023

EP710 – Social Media Dirt and Gold

Posting pics from your latest concert or footage of that crazy car crash you were in for all your friends to see? Surprise…..your opposing counsel might see it too. Today we’re talking...

April 12, 2023

EP709 – Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

Lawyers are taught plenty about the law but are expected to manage their legal teams with very little training. Today’s discussion on management style focuses on growth and fixed mindsets and how...

April 5, 2023

EP708 – Say This, Not That

You have a question about your case, so you approach a colleague for advice. But the first thing out of their mouth is “How can you possibly not know that?” Ouch! How...

March 29, 2023

EP707 – Why Do We Have to Carry the Emotional Baggage?!

We recently attended the inspiring Women In The Law symposium sponsored by the Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Illinois, and several panelists discussed an ongoing issue….why are women still...

March 22, 2023

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: The View from the Bench with Justice Marie Deschamps

Inspiring women are at work around the globe and we can learn a lot from their experience. Amy Gunn had the opportunity to speak with former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps...

March 15, 2023

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: Reaching Your Full Potential with Joan Lukey

Loyal Heels in the Courtroom listeners know Amy Gunn also hosts a podcast for the American College of Trial Lawyers. On her Trial Tested podcast, Amy spoke with Joan Lukey, one of the top female litigators...

March 8, 2023

EP706 – Focus Groups Part Two

You clearly gave your focus group jurors all the facts in your case. Most understood your message, but a few folks went completely off the deep end and jumped to a conclusion...

March 1, 2023

EP705 – Focus Groups Part One

Wouldn’t you love to know what jurors are thinking about your case? Focus groups provide valuable insights into case strategy and potential damages issues. They can also reveal issues you never considered...

February 22, 2023

EP704 – See You in Small Claims Court

Say you go on vacation and your condo reservation gets canceled just before you arrive, but you are promised a full refund. But after a gazillion texts, emails, and phone calls, you...

February 15, 2023

EP703 – Bankruptcy and the Texas Two-Step

The Texas Two-Step isn’t just a country music line dance. It’s a controversial legal maneuver a company can use to avoid exposure to potential legal claims, and it could derail your case....

February 8, 2023

EP702 – What Makes A Good Mediator?

Mediators are supposed to be unbiased but that’s not always the case. What should you do if your mediator appears to be favoring the other side or acts inappropriately? We’ve got some...

February 1, 2023

EP701 – Quiet Masculinity?!

We just heard that if you want to rise to the top, you need to exhibit “quiet masculinity”. What the hell is that? Is it a weird way of saying “don’t be...

January 25, 2023

EP620 – Lawyer Misconceptions

Filed any frivolous lawsuits lately? Of course you haven’t, but sadly, many people think lawyers are just greedy manipulators who lie for a living. Not only does that hurt us personally, but...

January 18, 2023

EP619 – Settlement Releases and Agreements

After years of litigation, the check is literally sitting on your desk.  All you have to do is sign that boilerplate settlement agreement and you’re done, right? Wrong. Pour a cup of...

January 11, 2023

EP618 – New Year’s Resolutions

We’re not talking about eating more veggies or actually using that old gym membership. Our thoughts about New Year’s resolutions for 2023 involve personal challenges to build and defend our boundaries, be...

January 11, 2023

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: For The Defense with Cris Arguedas

Attorney Amy Gunn of the Simon Law Firm hosts two legal podcasts and recently had the opportunity to interview Cris Arguedas, one of the finest criminal defense lawyers in the country. Find out...

January 4, 2023

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: The Ahmaud Arbery Murder Case and Charlottesville Hate Crimes with Linda Dunikoski and Adam Levine

Sadly, racially motivated violence is on the rise in America.  Simon Law Firm attorney Amy Gunn talked with attorneys Linda Dunikoski and Adam Levine about their trial strategies and their hopes and...

January 4, 2023

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: Activist Boma Alabi Has The Desire to Serve

Here’s an inspiring story to start the new year. Heels in the Courtroom host Amy Gunn shares her American College of Trial Lawyer’s podcast interview with Boma Alabi, a commercial trial lawyer working in...

December 28, 2022

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: Do What’s Right with Cyrus Vance Jr.

District Attorney of Manhattan Cyrus Vance Jr. views every case through the lens of two basic principles; does it make us safer and is it fair? We’d like to share Simon Law...

December 28, 2022

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: A Conversation with Author Kati Marton

If you are a regular Heels in the Courtroom listener, you know Amy Gunn is one busy woman. She also hosts the American College of Trial Lawyer’s podcast Trial Tested and recently spoke with journalist, human...

December 21, 2022

EP617 – 2022 Highs and Lows

We’ve got a great topic to chat about at your next holiday gathering with girlfriends. What were your highs and lows of the year, personally and professionally? Did you overcome an obstacle?...

December 14, 2022

EP616 – Humility

Zig Ziglar once said, “Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will.” Humility is an essential quality for authentic leaders legal.