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NEWBIE LITIGATOR SCHOOL- FALL 2020 EDITION: The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Content Partner:  Financial Poise
Price: $175.00*
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This webinar provides an overview of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, with emphasis on recent changes and developments. By the end of the hour, the attendee will have a clear understanding of how a case is initiated, how defendants and issues are brought into the case, and the required pre-trial steps. We also touch on settlement procedure and trial practice. Join us to hear one of the cornerstone law school classes condensed into a brisk and engaging hour long discussion.

This webinar is delivered in Plain English, understandable to you even if you do not have a background in the subject. It brings you into an engaging, even sometimes humorous, conversation designed to entertain as it teaches. And, it is specifically designed to be viewed as a stand-alone webinar, meaning that you do not have to view the other webinars in the series to get a lot out of it.

Speaker Information


Adam Hirsch, Of Counsel, Roetzel & Andress, Chicago

Adam is Of Counsel with ROETZEL, Chicago and focuses his practice on commercial and business litigation, representing a wide variety of clients ranging from individuals to small business owners to large corporations. He has a particular focus on investment disputes and business fraud claims, and has represented investors and investment companies as plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits around the country. He regularly writes and presents on current issues relating to business fraud. Adam also has extensive experience litigating contract disputes, and has argued and tried multi-million dollar contract issues before judges and juries nationwide. He also has experience in advising clients in employment disputes relating to matters such as separation, severance, and non-compete agreements.

Before joining ROETZEL, Adam was a partner at Robinson, Curley & Clayton and an associate at Jenner & Block in Chicago, where his practice focused on complex business litigation.

Notable Engagements

    Lead counsel for investment company asserting breach of contract and tortious interference claims stemming from failed multi-million-dollar stock transaction. Disputed issues include attempt to pierce defendant’s corporate veil to hold its president personally liable.

    Lead counsel for investor in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty litigation against hedge fund managers and administrators.

    Represented online retailer in commercial sales fraud jury trial against software company relating to e-commerce software purchase and installation.

    Represented consulting company in breach of contract trial against client. Won favorable verdict for plaintiff that was affirmed on appeal, and prevailed on cross-appeal for increased damages.

    Represented wholesaler in contract dispute initiated by supplier. Prevailed on summary judgment motion to dismiss supplier’s claims prior to trial, and favorably resolved counterclaims.

    Defended financial services company on breach of contract claim in litigation and arbitration. Favorably settled matter following daylong arbitration hearing.

    On behalf of software company, litigated trade secrets claims against former customer who attempted to reverse engineer software and compete in same market.

    On behalf of government-appointed receiver, brought civil RICO and fraud claims relating to a series of failed investments in a Caribbean real estate development.

    Counseled numerous employees in negotiations with employers regarding separation, severance, and non-compete/non-disclosure agreements.

    Represented Illinois corporations in franchise tax disputes against the Illinois Secretary of State under Illinois Protest Act.


    Harvard Law School, J.D.

    University of Texas at Austin,B.A., Plan 2 Program with Highest Honors

    Completed training sufficient to be certified as a qualified mediator in Cook County, Illinois

Bar Admissions


    United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

Memberships and Activities

    American Bar Association

    Illinois State Bar Association

    Literacy Chicago Associate Board, 2004-2008, Executive Board, 2008

    West Bucktown Neighborhood Association Zoning Committee, 2009

Awards and Recognitions

    Named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Business Litigation and General Litigation, 2010-2014

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Max Stein, a member of Boodell & Domanskis, LLC, is a business litigator focused on meeting clients’ business objectives, helping them resolve disputes at the most opportune times. Max represents clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of forums. Additionally, Max notes that one advantage of practicing at a smaller firm, is that he is able to offer his clients high-quality, nimble representation at reasonable rates. To aid his clients in achieving their business objectives, Max approaches cases as though they will go to trial, utilizing his extensive trial experience. Max also counsels his clients, helping to identify and navigate legal risks to achieve their business goals and protect their competitive interests while managing and, where possible, avoiding the expense and uncertainty of litigation.


Practice Areas: Litigation & Appeals
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 10/08/2020 3:00 PM EDT
Level: Basic
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live
Course Type: Public

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