January 27, 2014 Articles

Trial Motion Practice Pointers Part II: Post-Trial Motions

A nuts-and-bolts look at common pre-, in-, and post-trial motions in federal court.

By Betsy Collins and Taylor N. Barr

Because few civil cases ever go to trial (and even fewer go in front of a jury), it is not uncommon for a litigator to practice for several years without ever having to deal with in-trial or post-trial motions. However, for those lucky cases that go the distance, there are a number of motions that must be handled in conjunction with trial. There are a number of common pre- in- and post-trial motions, based on the federal rules, that must be filed or made orally not only to ensure a fair trial of the matter, but also to preserve grounds for a potential appeal.

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