6 Wednesdays
9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/12 & 10/19
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Registration includes all six sessions and materials

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This year’s annual favorite is designed to give lawyers of all levels the practical tools and skills to move a case from inception to trial. The program will provide associates and those new to the defense practice an in-depth preparatory course in this specialized field. Presented by skilled local attorneys and experienced mediators, this seminar series will provide training on how to open a new file; develop and effectively communicate a litigation strategy; and navigate written discovery and depositions. In addition, our panelists will review best practices for law and motion work and well as preparing a case for mediation and trial. Upon completion of the series, participants will have gained the skills necessary to defend a client from day one to trial.


$395 per attorney
$300 per additional attorney from same firm


Registration 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Q&A 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Week 1 - September 7 Inception of Litigation of a New File

Client goals and expectations; Creation of litigation strategy; Insurance considerations including understanding a claims file, reservation of rights and tenders; identification of pit falls and problem areas.

  • Rachel Leonard, Tate & Associates
  • Vince Castillo, Allen, Glaessner, Hazelwood & Werth
  • John C. Hentschel, Livingston Law Firm
  • Crystal L. Van Der Putten, Livingston Law Firm


Week 2 - September 14
Winning Depositions Strategies

The Ins and Outs of Deposition Practice. Everything from Admonitions to Handling the Deposition. How to Outline your Questions. How to Use Files and Records Effectively. Dealing with Objections and Instructions Not to Answer. How to Pin Down a Witness for Testimony at Trial.

  • Renee Welze Livingston, Livingston Law Firm
  • Rebal Halabi, Duggan McHugh Law Corp.


Week 3 - September 21 Written Discovery

Preparing Effective Discovery Requests. Responding to Written Discovery. Strategies for Meeting and Conferring. Primer on E-Discovery.

  • Christina Bucci Hamilton, Duggan McHugh Law Corp.
  • Brian Bertossa, Cook Brown LLP


Week 4 - September 28 Law and Motion: Best Practices

In this session, we will provide tips and insights for effective law and motion practice – from briefing to oral argument.

  • Hon. David I. Brown, JAMS
  • Hon. Christopher E. Krueger, Sacramento County Superior Court - Law and Motion
  • Wesley CJ Ehlers, Ehlers Law Corporation


Week 5 - October 12 ADR

Seasoned professionals will teach you how to do ADR the right way.

  • Lauren Tate, Tate & Associates
  • Rebecca Grey, Judicate West
  • Rachel Ehrlich, Ehrlich Mediation


Week 6 - October 19 Trial Prep

Jury selection procedures; Motions in limine; Trial briefs; Witness organization; Jury instructions and special verdict forms; Exhibit selection and presentation.

  • John P. Cotter, Diepenbrock & Cotter LLP
  • Katherine R. Moore, Law Offices of Matherine R. Moore, P.C.


MCLE Information  

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California and pending approval by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education in the amount of 12.0 hours. The ADCNCN certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California and the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education.


Registrants must cancel in writing at least one week prior to the seminar. Refunds less $50 processing fee.