A Comprehensive Guide on Pre-Trial and Evidentiary Hearings: Preparation Strategies You Need to Know
Recording Available: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Effective pre-trial and evidentiary hearings can have a substantial impact on the formal trial. Because the major part of a case is sought to be resolved during this phase, the credibility and success of this hearing can significantly affect the outcome of the case. It is, therefore, important that lawyers have a competitive strategy for these hearings to ensure favorable results for their clients.
Listen as a panel of distinguished practitioners and thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with a comprehensive guide on pre-trial and evidentiary hearings preparations. Speakers will also identify red flags during this trial phase and offer a strategic approach to mitigate potential risks.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Pre-Trial and Evidentiary Hearings: Legal Overview
- Trends and Updates
- Notable Cases
- Common Risks and Pitfalls
- Best Preparation Strategies
- Pre-trial hearing goal: narrow the issues.
- Be Prepared. Best practice: know the judge/court’s rules, pre-mark your evidence for hearing, come prepared with case law on key issues, prepare challenges to expected evidence by your adversary.
- Key exhibits: recognizing them and admitting them.
- Virtual hearings: technology, witness preparation and logistics and best practices.
Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP
- Goals for Pre-Trial Hearings
- How Best to Prepare
- Ensure Your Evidence is Submitted and Admitted
- Advice for Virtual Hearings
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
- The Art of Effective Preparation
- Knowing Your Audience (a/k/a the Judge)
- Virtual Hearings: Tips & Pitfalls to Avoid
Who Should Attend:
- Trial Attorneys
- General Counsel
- Law Clerks
Kathleen M. Massimo is Partner in Houser LLP’s New York and New Jersey offices. Ms. Massimo represents corporations, financial institutions, corporate directors and officers and other institutional clients. She has tried cases in both New York and New Jersey and successfully argued before the state appellate courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated, with honors, from Southern Methodist University with a degree in finance and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law. While at Rutgers, Ms. Massimo was the Managing Research Editor of Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy and a selected oralist for the Vis International Arbitration Moot Court team. Prior to law school, Ms. Massimo worked for Merrill Lynch as a commercial real estate underwriter.
Before joining the Firm, Ms. Massimo clerked for the Honorable Joseph L. Yannotti of the New Jersey Appellate Division and later worked as a litigation associate for a large New York firm. Ms. Massimo is a member of both the New Jersey and New York state bars and she admitted to practice before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in New York and New Jersey.
Kathleen M. Massimo is Partner in Houser LLP’s New York and New Jersey offices. Ms. Massimo represents corporations, financial institutions, …
Christopher Cianci is a Senior Associate at Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Cianci has more than 10 years’ experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He practices in the areas of employment law and business litigation. His employment practice entails advising and representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and trade secret matters. His business litigation practice involves breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud, and ownership, partnership, and shareholder disputes. As a litigator, Mr. Cianci has successfully served as lead counsel on jury and bench trials and has represented clients in all types of proceedings, including evidentiary hearings, depositions, arbitrations, and mediations.
Christopher Cianci is a Senior Associate at Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Cianci has …
Angela de Cespedes is a litigator who serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes, both domestically and internationally, in state and federal courts, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies. Businesses rely on Angela to represent them in disputes involving complex tort and commercial litigation, both pre- and post-suit, including preliminary and permanent injunction hearings, discovery, responding to party and third-party subpoenas, evidentiary hearings, bench trials and jury trials. When a client is facing a potential or actual crisis, she advises them on options to minimize the risk of litigation, and provides training and guidance regarding the collection and preservation of evidence in order to avoid or minimize the impact of litigation and possible exposure. Her strategic approach to reducing litigation risks also includes liaising with government agencies and third parties on behalf of clients.
Angela de Cespedes is a litigator who serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes, both domestically and …
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Method of Presentation:
Experience in a pretrial and evidentiary hearing
NY Category of CLE Credit:
Areas of Professional Practice
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