Faculty

Kenneth Armstrong, Esq.

Kenneth Armstrong, Esq. Ken Armstrong grew up in Bethesda, MD, graduating with honors in History from Clark University. He received his J.D. degree from American University, Washington College of Law graduating in the top 25% of the class. Mr. Armstrong is a Senior Partner at Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos & Vughan, where a significant portion of his practice involves the trial of complex civil matters, including medical and professional malpractie. Mr. Armstrong has been listed in Best Lawyers in America from 1997 to the present as well as Who's Who in American Law, 1994 to present, and Who's Who Among Outstanding Americans, 1995 to present. He has been elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Armstrong was elected as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, serving as the Maryland State Chair from 2002-2004. Mr. Armstrong regularly serves on panels, lectures and presents at seminars as an expert in the areas of general liability claims, litigation and claims management, risk management in medical malpractice, and changes in medical malpractice law.

Elizabeth Boals, Esq.

Elizabeth Boals began as the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program in 2005 and became the Program's Associate Director in 2009. Her areas of specialization include: Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Evidence. Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Boals defended the U.S. Department of Commerce on alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil RIghts Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. She was a partner at Lay, Ippolito and Dillard, PLLC, and, prior to that, an attorney at Zwerdling, Paul, Leibig, Kahn, Thompson & Wolly, P.C. She began her legal career as an assistant public defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia. Professor Boals is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Advocacy Program faculty member and author, and has lectured at Maryland and Virginia Coalitions of Police Conferences; Virginia Public Defenders' Boot Camp for New Lawyers; Alexandria Inmate Outreach Program; and Alexandria Community Corrections Program.

Ryan Flax, Esq.

http://www.wcl.american.edu/trial/images/RyanFlax.jpgRyan Flax is the Managing Director for Litigation Consulting and the General Counsel for A2L Consulting, a national litigation consulting firm headquarted in Alexandria, VA. Mr. Flax joined A2L Consulting on the heels of practicing Intellectual Property (IP) law as part of the IP group at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, a national law firm based in Washington, DC. Over the course of his career, Ryan has obtained jury verdicts totaling well over $1 billion in damages on behalf of his clients and has helped clients navigate the turbulent waters of their competitors' patents. He has leveraged his significant experience in cases related to a wide array of technologies, including medical devices and systems, semiconductors, biotechnology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, software, and more.

Mr. Flax is also an adjunct professor, teaching advanced litigation practice at American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

Mr. Flax earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Between his undergraduate studies and law school, Mr. Flax was a Laboratory Scientist conducting DNA research at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Jeffrey T. Green, Esq.

JEFFREY T. GREEN is a partner in Sidley’s Washington, D.C., office. He focuses on criminal defense and contested litigation matters, primarily in the fields of financial fraud and corruption, antitrust law and intellectual property issues.

Mr. Green’s practice emphasizes counseling and zealous representation of clients in difficult situations. He has dedicated his career to achieving success for private clients. He has extensive trial work experience, including first-chair criminal trial practice. He has supervised and led numerous grand jury and internal investigations, successfully challenged a wide variety of agency actions, including suspension and debarment decisions, and defended his clients in arbitration proceedings and adversary proceedings. Mr. Green also represents clients in appellate matters. He has argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court, Nguyen, et al. v. United States in 2003 and Gall v. United States in 2007; his clients prevailed in both cases. Mr. Green also successfully argued a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc, Cardy/Zavala v. United States, in 2006. As a founder of Sidley’s Supreme Court Pro Bono Program, now ongoing nearly 20 years, Mr. Green has participated in many other cases before the Court, including victories in Dickerson v. United States, Apprendi v. New Jersey, United States v. Booker, and more recent victories in Southern Union Co. v. United States and Lafler v. Cooper. Additionally, he has been involved with the pro bono representation of non-profit organizations and court-appointed criminal defendants, and currently co-chairs the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee.

Erica Mudd, Esq.

Erica Mudd is a native Washingtonian. She received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Colorado, and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore, cum laude.  Ms. Mudd is a Partner with the law firm Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos, Vaughan and Rhoades, Chartered.  She has litigated and tried medical malpractice and personal injury cases in both state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  In addition, she has briefed and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  Beyond her trial work, Ms. Mudd regularly represents physicians and nurses before professional licensing boards, and she lectures to health care provider groups on risk management related issues.  Ms. Mudd was recently selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Rising Stars 2013 in Maryland and in the District of Columbia.  

Karl W. Pilger, Esq.

Karl Pilger is the managing attorney of Boring & Pilger, P.C. in Vienna, Virginia, where his practice focuses on litigation involving business disputes and trust & estate matters. He has taught trial advocacy since 1985 for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), including its courses in trial skills, depositions, law firm in-house training and trial advocacy teacher training. Karl served as a lecturer in trial advocacy for over ten years with the U.S. Department of Justice's Legal Education Institute in Washington, D.C. He has regularly taught the law school trial advocacy programs at Emory University, Hofstra University and Widener University. Karl has been affiliated with WCL since 2008 and has taught Civil Trial Advocacy and Ethics for Trial Lawyers. He has also coached mock trial teams at WCL and served as a director of its 2009 and 2010 Capitol City Challenge mock trial competitions.

Karl has written articles about litigation for NITA, LexisNexis and the Virginia State Bar. His articles on closing argument and impeachment of witnesses have been reprinted for use by the law schools of the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University. Karl has testified as an expert witness on the reasonableness of attorneys' fees incurred in litigation. He graduated from the University of Florida (B.A., with high honors, 1974; Phi Beta Kappa) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1977). Karl is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Addy R. Schmitt, Esq.

Addy Schmitt is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where she represents federal executive agencies and employees at all stages of litigation in matters pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Schmitt's cases involve a wide range of legal issues, including employment discrimination, administrative procedure, tort, fraud, and Freedom of Information Act claims.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's office in January 2010, Ms. Schmitt served as counsel and career law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 2007-2009, and as a term law clerk to Judge Sullivan from 2004-2005, where she assisted him with many complex and high-profile criminal and civil matters, including a number of jury and non-jury trials. Ms. Schmitt also worked as an Associate for the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro, LLP from 2003-2004 and 2005-2007, where she handled a wide range of civil cases at all stages of the litigation process.

Ms. Schmitt graduated summa cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where, in addition to her J.D., she earned a number of honors and awards, including the Dean's Award for Professional Responsibility in the Clinical Program, the Mooers Trophy for outstanding student in the Trial Practice Program, and the Gillett-Mussey Dean's Fellowship for academic achievement. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Schmitt worked as a staff assistant in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and as a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Ms. Schmitt holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.