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Pretrial Discovery Strategies and Procedure

Content Partner:  Boston Bar Association
Price: $110.00*
Member Price:  $90.00
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Successful resolution of a civil claim, whether through pre-suit negotiations or trial, requires efficient and effective pre-trial case management. Lawyers must be able to evaluate the merits of a claim and its defenses before trial. Techniques including witness interviews, evidence inspections, informal discovery, internet research and expert opinions may help to resolve a claim before suit is filed.

Should the parties be unable to resolve a claim before suit is filed, the finer points of civil procedure, including complaints, requests for injunctive relief, Mass.R.Civ.P. 34 Requests, interrogatories, depositions, and admissions must be employed to streamline the matter for trial. In doing so, the parties are also preparing for the serving of dispositive motions and their oppositions.

Seasoned practitioners from the plaintiff's and defense bar will present their perspectives on the progression of claims leading up to trial. The panel will present practical advice and examples which attendees may use in developing a litigation plan to maximize their client's case.

Specific topics:

  • Discovery Plan
    - What do you need for your case
    - How are you going to get it
  • Informal Discovery
    - Talk to your client
    - View the scene/object
    - Freedom of Information
    - Google
    - Surveillance
    - Investigator
    - Speak to witnesses
  • Formal Written Discovery - Both requesting and responding to:
    - RPD
    - Interrogatories
    - Admissions
  • Depositions
    - Individual
    - Entities
    - Keeper of Record
  • Motions to Compel
  • Motions for Summary Judgment

Practice Areas: Civil Procedure, Discovery & E-Discovery, Litigation & Appeals, Trial Skills
Online Media Type: Video
Production Date: 03/26/2012 3:00 PM EDT
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 2 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live

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Total Credits: 2
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Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: N/A
Training Type: Online

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Grace V. Garcia - Morrison Mahoney LLP
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