Staff Biographies

Paul J. Zwier II
Professor of Advocacy Skills and Director

Paul J. Zwier II is one of the nation's most distinguished professors of advocacy and skills training. Professor Zwier serves as director of the Advocacy Skills Program. He earned a bachelor's degree from Calvin College in 1976, a JD from Pepperdine University in 1979 and an LLM from Temple University in 1981. He comes to Emory from the University of Tennessee Law School where he was professor of law and was named director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in 1999. Before that, he was at the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law, where he was a professor of law and former director of the Lawyering Skills Program for 18 years.

Professor Zwier was the director of public education for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) (1999-2007) and has taught and designed public and in-house skills programs in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, advocacy in mediation, motion practice, negotiations, legal strategy, e-discovery, supervisory and leadership skills, and expert testimony at deposition and trial.

Professor Zwier has taught advocacy skills to international lawyers and judges in Arusha, Tanzania, (ITCR), Den Hague, Netherlands, (ICC), (ICTY), Liberia, Kenya, former Soviet Republic of Georgia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Hong Kong and Bejing, and led seminars in negotiation and dispute resolution for black South African lawyers as part of a State Department program. In 2008, he was part of a delegation from The Carter Center that traveled between parties in Palestine and Israel facilitating discussions of a "two state solution." In 1998, Zwier received NITA's Prentice Marshall Award.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Torts: Cases, Problems and Exercises 2d. (LexisNexis, 2005) (with Weaver, Bauman, Cross, Klein, Martin); Supervisory and Leadership Skills in the Modern Law Practice, (NITA 2006), Legal Strategy (NITA, 2006), Effective Expert Testimony, 2d. (NITA, 2005) (with Malone), Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice (with Guernsey) (NITA 2005); Looking to “Ground Motive” for a Religious Foundation for Law, 54 Emory L.J. 357, (2005), and the Utility of a Nonconsequentialist Rationale for Civil-Jury-Awarded Punitive Damages, 54 Kansas L.Rev. 403 (2006).

He has made professional presentations and consulted with dozens of law firms and other organizations. He teaches supervisory and leadership skills to partners and associates at Skadden, Arps and Jones Day. In addition to Torts, Professor Zwier teaches courses in evidence, advanced trial advocacy and an advanced international negotiation seminar.

Judge Lindsay R.M. Jones
Adjunct Professor and Associate Director

Judge Lindsay R.M. Jones earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1988 and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1991. He currently serves as the associate director for the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at Emory School of Law and oversees the program administration for the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques.  In addition Prof. Jones teaches a fall and spring semester public interest workshop entitled "Access to Justice." Prior to coming to Emory in the fall of 2006, Jones was engaged in a private law practice focusing on civil rights and was at the Univesity of Minnesota Law School, where he was a senior fellow with the Insitute on Race & Poverty and taught in the areas of ethics and access to justice as an adjunct professor of law. 

Jones previously served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Minnesota, in which capacity he served as a member of a civil rights advisory committee to the Minnesota Attorney General. He also served as the former deputy director and director of advocacy for the Legal Aid Society of North Carolina. As a trial and appellate litigator in private practice, he has appeared before federal and state courts in several states, including the Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh U.S. Appellate Circuits. 

In addition to serving as the Center's associate director and as an adjunct professor of law, Judge Jones serves as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Decatur, Georgia, and as an Associate Magistrate Judge for DeKalb County, Georgia.

Matthew J. McCoyd
Adjunct Professor and Associate Director

Matt McCoyd 93L served for seven years as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County, primarily in the White Collar Crime Unit, where he prosecuted RICO, White Collar and other complex criminal cases. He received the "Master Advocate" designation from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 2005. 

He currently teaches Advanced Evidence, Cross-Examination, Advanced Criminal Trial Skills, is Of Counsel to Grant & Eisenhofer, and serves as a competition coach for the Emory Law Mock Trial Team. In past years he has taught Advanced Pre-Trial Litigation, and next year will be adding Pretrial Litigation, Jury Selection/Jury Dynamics, and Litigating Identity in the Age of Scientific Advancement to his existing teaching schedule. He has been teaching in the Trial Techniques Program since 1999, including serving as a Team Leader in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. He served as an instructor for the Oakland County (Pontiac, Mich.) Prosecuting Attorney Trial Techniques Institute in 2009, 2011, and 2013; as a Trial Instructor for the Republic of Georgia International Rule of Law Project in 2008; as a Faculty Member of the ICLE Georgia Trial Skills Clinic since 1996, and as an Attorney Coach for the Paideia School's Mock Trial Team since 1994.
  From 2009 through 2012 McCoyd served as a Teacher Instructor for the USAID Mexican Rule of Law Project. 
In March of 2013 he was part of a team of four faculty members from Emory who traveled to Shanghai to participate in a training dialogue with Shanghai financial fraud prosecutors, and presented a lecture on investigating complex financial crimes. 

McCoyd is a past President of the DeKalb Bar Association, a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project and a member of the American Constitution Society.

Alex Barney

Alex Barney is the first fellow with the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.  He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law, and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College.  He was a visiting student at Emory Law for his third year.

Following his second year at USC, Barney accepted a year-long position as the Head Civics Instructor for the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), as a part of the State Department-funded Liberian Security Sector Reform Program.  He participated in the design and implementation of a comprehensive civics-training program for the AFL, and taught courses on subjects that included the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Laws of Armed Conflict, and Human Rights. Upon returning to the United States, Barney began working with Professor Paul Zwier and the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. 

He was a member of a Working Group on Liberia funded by Emory’s Institute for Developing Nations, and has worked to develop funding for the Center.  He is co-author of two of the case files being used in the 2009 Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques.  Under the HED-TIES grant that the center recently received, Barney serves as Project Coordinator for the Emory and Panamericana Universities’ Partnership to Establish a Mexican Institute for Trial Advocacy.  He is a visiting professor at Panamericana University School of Law in Mexico City for the 2009 fall semester.

Reuben Guttman                                                                                                                          Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law

Reuben Guttman is a Director at Grant & Eisenhofer. His practice involves complex litigation and class actions.  He has represented clients in claims brought under the Federal False Claims Act, securities laws, the Price Anderson Act, Department of Energy (DOE) statutes and regulations, the WARN Act, RICO and various employment discrimination, labor and environmental statutes. He has also litigated and/or tried claims involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, antitrust, business interference and other common law torts.

Mr. Guttman has been counsel in some of the largest recoveries under the federal False Claims Act, including U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell Oil Co., 33 F. Supp. 2d 528 (ED Tex. 1999), where over $300 million were recovered from the oil industry. He also represented one of the six main whistleblowers in litigation resulting in the government’s September 2009, $2.3 billion settlement with Pfizer Pharmaceutical.  Litigation brought by Mr. Guttman under the False Claims Act on behalf of a European whistleblower resulted in a $13 million settlement with a Department of Defense contractor. 

Mr. Guttman also served as lead counsel in a series of cases resulting in the recovery of more than $30 million under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Litigation brought by Mr. Guttman on behalf of nuclear weapons workers at “Manhattan Project” nuclear weapons sites resulted in congressional oversight and changes in procurement practices affecting the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. In addition, he served as lead counsel in litigation brought on behalf of prison workers in the District of Columbia, which resulted in injunctive relief protecting workers against exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Mr. Guttman served as lead counsel in a mediation before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, resulting in work place standards and back pay for minority employees at a large Texas oil refinery.

Mr. Guttman is the author and/or editor of numerous articles and technical publications. He is co-author of Gonzalez v. Hewitt, a case file published by the Emory University Law School Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution (2010) and used to train law students and practicing attorneys. He has appeared on ABC Nightly News and CNN, and has been quoted in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and national wire services including the Associated Press and Reuters.

In addition to his writings, Mr. Guttman has testified before committees of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate on the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). In 1992, he advised President-elect Clinton’s transition team on labor policy and worker health and safety regulation.

Mr. Guttman earned his law degree at Emory University Law School (1985) and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester (1981). He is a faculty member at the Emory University School of Law Edison-Kessler Trial Techiques Program and Co-Chairs the Advisory Board for the Center for Advocacy and Dispute resolution. Mr. Guttman is a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  He has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities including Jao Tong University in Shanghai, Peking University in Beijing and Renmin University in Beijing. In 2006 he was invited by the Dutch Embassy in China to share his expertise with experts in China about changes to the nation’s labor laws.  He is a Co-Founder of Voices for Corporate Responsibility,, and founder of and

Mario Williams

Mario Williams is a fellow at Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution where he specializes in international human rights advocacy within the Americas. He graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Political Science and earned his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Williams has worked in the field of international human rights for close to a decade. Within Latin America, he worked as a Peace Corps Honduras Volunteer on access to water issues. He also served as Director of Economic, Cultural and Social Rights at a non-governmental consumer and human rights organization in South America. He has written numerous policy briefs and is co-author of several national and international human rights cases on the right to water and affordable housing for indigenous and poor communities of Chile.

Recently, along with social rights NGOs in Chile and homeless advocates here in Atlanta, Williams has helped put together an international request for a thematic hearing on affordable housing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Rhani Lott                                                                                                                                 Fellow

Rhani is a 2010 honors graduate of Emory Law, where she was the recipient of the Moffett Litigation Award, given to the law student chosen by the law school faculty as the otustanding student in trial preparation and litigation.  While at Emory, Rhani was the Director-in-Chief of the Emory Mock Trial Society and a member of the Emory Moot Court Society.

Rhani is currently an associate at Hunton & Williams LLP in Atlanta, where her commercial litigation practice focuses on the representation of financial services industry clients and other companies in cases involving consumer matters and contract disputes.  She represents mortgage lending and servicing companies in class actions and other civil litigation involving allegations of fraud, wrongful foreclosure, and violations of federal statutes such as the Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  Rhani also represents companies in various industries in the litigation of contract disputes.

Additionally, Rhani regularly works on litigation matters for pro bono clients and serves as a guardian ad litem in the Fulton County Juvenile Court.  Rhani is particularly interested in pro bono matters relating to prisoners’ rights, conditions of confinement, and other civil rights violations.