Get Comprehensive Strategies to Advance Your Civil Litigation Practice
Do you seek out litigation challenges? Do you have the confidence to own the courtroom and take down your opponent? Avoid complacency and take your practice to the next level with this comprehensive, two-day seminar. You'll learn advanced tools to overcome the most difficult obstacles in civil litigation. Our experienced faculty will share the techniques they've developed over years in civil practice. Whether you're authenticating ESI, explaining complex damages, or prepping for an expert witness examination, you'll come back to the lessons learned in this course again and again. Register today!
- Get two full days of practical instruction so you can master the skills that win cases.
- Get advice from a civil court judge to improve your civil trial skills.
- Learn advanced trial techniques from seasoned veterans of civil court.
- Prepare to draft and win discovery motions over your opponent's objection.
- Find out the best ways to collect and authenticate social media and email evidence.
- Manage your client's expectations from the beginning to the end of the case.
- Recognize the amount of case information you can safely introduce during voir dire.
- Make complex case themes crystal clear for the jury, no matter how technical the damages.
- Learn when to put your client on the stand and how to handle the examination.
- Maintain ethical standards when interacting with court staff and outside parties.
Day 1: Preparing for Trial
- Resolving Discovery Disputes
9:00 - 9:50, Ebony S. Morris
- Preparing and Winning Discovery Motions
- Pushing Back Against Overly-Broad or Unreasonable Requests
- Sampling Practices and Discovery About Discovery
- Best Practices for Resolving Discovery Disputes with Opposing Counsel
- When You Need to Take Your Discovery Dispute to the Judge
- When to Make a Motion to Compel
- Strategically Using Motions in Limine
9:50 - 10:45, Ebony S. Morris
- Interpreting the Rules of Evidence
- Know Your Judge, Chamber, Jurisdiction and Case Law
- Timing and Drafting the Written Motions
- Risk of Exposing Your Strategy or Weaknesses
- Defeating Opposing Counsel's Motions in Limine
- Authentication and Admission of Social Media, Smart Phone and Email Evidence
11:00 - 11:50, Ashley J. Heilprin
- Proper Data Mining and Gathering Procedures
- Does the Evidence Have a Proper Foundation?
- Does the Evidence Have Distinctive Characteristics?
- Is the Evidence What the Proponent Claims?
- Linking the Evidence to the Purported Author
- Overcoming Admissibility Obstacles
- Anticipating and Minimizing Hearsay Objections
12:50 - 1:45, Ashley J. Heilprin
- Formal Exceptions to Hearsay
- FRE 801(D) Exceptions
- Hearsay in the Direct Examination of Your Client: How to Elicit What You Need Without Inviting Hearsay
- Hearsay Problems When Your Client, or Opposing Party, is Deceased
- Recent Case Law
- New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
1:45 - 2:35, Thomas P. Owen Jr.
- Accelerating Early Stage Litigation
- Using the Proportionality Standard in Discovery
- Consequences of Failure to Preserve ESI
- Cooperation Between Parties
- Settle Your Case Before Trial: Advanced Techniques
2:50 - 3:45, Thomas P. Owen Jr.
- Managing Client Expectations
- Developing a Framework for Settlement Negotiations
- How to Present Your Case to the Mediator, Arbitrator, or Judge
- Effective Negotiation Tactics
- Evaluating Settlement Offers: Enough to Forgo Trial?
- Using Dispositive Motions
- Top Trial Mistakes: A Civil Court Judge's Perspective
3:45 - 4:30, Hon. Kern A. Reese
- What Attorneys Must Know About Local Court Procedures
- Information the Judge Wants Before Trial
- Summary Judgment Hearings: What the Judge Needs to Rule
- What Judges Want to See in Written Motions and Briefs
- Unacceptable Litigation Tactics
Day 2: Courtroom Strategies
- Identifying and Overcoming Juror Bias
9:00 - 10:00, Todd J. Bialous
- Building Rapport with the Jury from Day One
- How Much Case Information Can You Safely Introduce During Voir Dire?
- Bringing to the Surface and Overcoming Juror Biases
- Using Open Ended Questions to Get Jurors Talking
- Preserving Jury Selection Issues for Appeal
- Introducing Complex Case Themes During Opening Statements
10:15 - 11:15, Todd J. Bialous
- Capture the Audience in the First 30 Seconds
- Introducing Supporting and Damaging Evidence
- Preparing Judge and Jury to Focus on Specific Elements of Trial
- Opening Techniques That Simply Don't Work
- Introducing Parties and Character Analysis
- Presenting Technical Expert Testimony to the Jury
11:15 - 12:15, Troy N. Bell
- Building the Witness's Credibility
- Addressing Expert Witness Qualification Standards
- Presenting Subjective and Objective Findings
- Using Videotaped Depositions
- Cross-Examination Strategies
- Taking Full Advantage of Redirect Examination
- Using Evidence to Support Your Proposed Damages
1:15 - 2:15, Robert J. Daigre
- When to Put Your Client on the Stand
- Effectively Using Demonstrative Exhibits
- Common Mistakes in Introducing Evidence and Testimony at Trial
- Addressing Insurance Coverage Before the Jury
- Using the Best Evidence to Prove Your Damage Amount
- Finding New Arguments for Evidence Ruled Out Before Trial
- Addressing Weaknesses in Your Case in Closing Statements
2:30 - 3:30, Robert J. Daigre
- How to Summarize Your Opponent's Case
- Countering Key Testimony that Hurts Your Argument
- Matching Your Closing Statement with the Jury Instructions
- Framing and Minimizing Weaknesses in Evidence or Testimony
- Veteran Tips for Connecting with the Jury
- How to Recommend and Support Your Desired Verdict
- Avoid Inflammatory Statements That Can Backfire
3:30 - 4:30, Kristin L. Beckman
- Investigating Prospective Jurors on Social Media
- Answering Juror Questions During Voir Dire
- Ex-Parte Communications
- Handling Prejudicial Evidence
- Interactions with Court Staff and Outside Parties
- Confidentiality of Pretrial Settlement Negotiations
This advanced level seminar is designed for attorneys. Experienced paralegals and court staff may also benefit.