Pretrial Practice & Discovery

About the Committee


The Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee is dedicated to enhancing the substantive knowledge of its members about a wide range of Pretrial Practice & Discovery issues, including legislative proposals, rule changes, and recent court decisions. The committee operates through its subcommittees, each of which focuses on a particular substantive or procedural topic, or which keeps the membership informed about recent developments in the law. The committee also provides members with the opportunity to network with some of the country’s best and brightest litigators.

Message from the Chairs

The Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee is dedicated to providing current and informative content, with an emphasis on practical tips to make you an even better and more-informed attorney. We regularly add new Practice Points, Sound Advice podcasts, and other valuable content to our committee’s website. We also publish a quarterly newsletter for our members. We strive to be a one-stop source for all matters related to pretrial practice and discovery.

In addition to our website content, we plan and sponsor CLE programs at ABA conferences and meetings and periodically conduct roundtables and webinars. Information on our upcoming programs is detailed on our webpage.

If you have an idea for a CLE program or would like to assist with programming, the cochairs of our Programming Subcommittee (Steve Ginsburg, Eric Levasseur, or Andrew Toft) would love to hear from you. Or, if you are interested in writing an article (750–2,500 words) or a Practice Point (100–750 words), please contact any of the cochairs of our Newsletter/Website Subcommittee (Andrew Felser, Angela Fetcher, Gail Gottehrer, Christopher Kelly, or Joe Schaeffer). The contact information for these committee leaders is listed below on our subcommittee leadership roster.

We also welcome all of our members to participate in our monthly committee teleconferences. Please contact one of us for the call-in information or join our committee to receive our monthly listserv emails, which provide the call-in information and updates on the committee’s current activities.

Finally, save the date for the Section of Litigation Annual Conference, which will be held in New York City, May 1–3, 2019. The CLE programming is outstanding and there are many opportunities to network with members of our committee and fellow Section of Litigation members.

Tracy DiFillippo
Ron Hedges
Ethan Tidmore

Cochairs, Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Membership and Diversity
  • Newsletter and Website
  • Books
  • Social Media
  • Distance Learning
  • Programming

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

» Subcommittee Leadership Roster | PDF

» Monthly Committee Call Schedule | PDF

Committee Leadership

Tracy DiFillippo
Ronald Hedges
Ethan Tidmore

Newsletter & Website Subcommittee
Andrew Felser
Angela Fetcher
Aron Finkelstein
Gail Gottehrer
Christopher Kelly
Michael Roundy
Joseph V. Schaeffer