12 PM EDT
The next episode of our teleconference series on best practices for conducting litigation focuses on trial preparation.
The clock is ticking toward midnight. Settlement discussions are ongoing, however it appears unlikely the parties will reach an agreeable resolution. While many cases in today’s litigation landscape are resolved before trial, there is still a real possibility of any particular case going to trial. As such, preparations must be made, both when trial is still a distant, inchoate possibility and once it becomes apparent that the matter will not, and cannot, be resolved without a trial. Preparing for trial entails numerous filings with the court, significant organization, preparing a compelling story (although hopefully you have been working on this throughout!), all the while continuing discussions with your client and opposing counsel to see if there is any chance for an eleventh hour resolution before entering the courtroom. It can be an overwhelming task to say the least.
In this one hour panel discussion, our panel will provide guidance, best practices, and share some of the lessons they have learned in preparing for trials. Topics of discussion will include, but not be limited to:
· Pre-trial motions,
· Activities to consider in preparing for trial,
· Preparing jury instructions,
· Best practices in utilizing paralegals to assist,
· Preparing a compelling story (complete with demonstratives),
· Preparing fact witnesses,
· Preparing expert witnesses,
· Practicing your presentation,
· Thinking ahead to post-trial activities and possible appeals,
· Key items not to overlook in preparing, and
· Other best practices when preparing for trial.
Sponsored by: American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Litigation Committee
Co-Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Litigation
Panelists: Angeles Cassin, Greenberg Traurig
Graham Ryan, Jones Walker
LaKeisha Randall, State Farm
Lauren Brogdon, Norton Rose Fullbright
Natasha Shishov, Jaspan Schlesinger
Moderator: Greg Larson, Larson & Simpson