August 14, 2018 Articles

Summary Judgment: How to Get It and How to Beat It

A useful primer for younger attorneys and state court practitioners on how to approach summary judgment motions.

By Roger Slade

Practicing lawyers do not always understand what summary judgment is and how to win on a summary judgment motion. In some courts, obtaining summary judgment is difficult, if not impossible. Other courts love summary judgment and use it as a mechanism to reduce their caseloads. This article will provide some tips about how to obtain summary judgment, as well as how to avoid having such a motion granted against your client.

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