The Rules of Evidence Simplified
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The rules of evidence are constantly evolving in response to court decisions, technological advances in discovery, and changes to various state rules. It can be an onerous task to continuously analyze and apply them to your cases. How confident are you in your skills when it comes to gathering and working with expert witness testimony, email/ESI and the technicalities of hearsay? Learn from our experienced faculty as they explore key court decisions involving admissibility and practically apply the rules of evidence to common evidentiary challenges you face during litigation. Untangle the intricate web of evidence rules and procedures - order now!
ELIZABETH A. FARRELL is an attorney with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., where she has gained significant experience defending medical malpractice matters, representing physicians and other health care providers, including all stages of discovery, taking and defending depositions, conducting extensive motion practice, and representation at trial as second chair in two cases with Mr. Dughi. Her efforts in the medical malpractice field has included the preparation of various appellate pleadings. Ms. Farrell also works closely with our senior attorneys in the firm's complex civil litigation practice group performing legal analysis and discovery and motion support in a wide range of matters. Her work includes assisting in the firm's defense of pharmaceutical clients in state, multicounty and federal multidistrict litigation. Recently, Ms. Farrell has become an integral part of the firm's growing criminal defense practice. In addition to representation of clients in state court matters, she has second chaired a Federal District Court RICO trial. Ms. Farrell is currently the secretary of the Richard J. Hughes American Inn of Court, an organization focused on civil and criminal litigation. She is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and serves on various committees in the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division. Ms. Farrell is also active in the Union County Bar Association, and recently organizing a county-wide UCBA Young Lawyer's Breakfast hosted by our firm. She received her B.A. degree from Colgate University and her J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University.
ROBYN G. KALOCSAY is a partner in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Kalocsay focuses her practice on diverse and complex litigation matters. She has successfully litigated or reached settlement in complex commercial matters including construction litigation, shareholder and corporate tort lawsuits and complex personal injury litigation including products liability matters and truck accident defense. Ms. Kalocsay is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and is on the New Jersey Superior Court's list of Court Approved Mediators. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania; and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Kalocsay is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She has been listed in Law & Politics and New Jersey Monthly magazines' Super Lawyer Section since 2005. Ms. Kalocsay earned her B.A. degree from Fordham University and her J.D. degree from Fordham University, School of Law.
BRYAN H. MINTZ is a partner with Mintz & Geftic LLC. He is an experienced trial attorney who focuses his practice on complex litigation, involving contract and business disputes, class actions, medical malpractice, and personal injury litigation. Mr. Mintz has represented individuals in automobile, premises liability, wrongful death and survivorship, and various other negligence lawsuits. Prior to joining Mintz & Geftic LLC, Mr. Mintz was a partner at Paris Ackerman & Schmierer, LLP, a Roseland, New Jersey law firm, where he was instrumental in recovering millions of dollars for his clients in class actions ranging from deceptive marketing practices to wage and hour violations. Before that, he was a senior litigation attorney at McCarter & English LLP. Mr. Mintz has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list every year since 2014. He is currently licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey and admitted to practice before the courts of the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York. Mr. Mintz is a member of the New York State and New Jersey State bar associations, as well as the New Jersey Association for Justice. He earned his B.A. degree from Rutgers College, and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law. After law school, Mr. Mintz worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert Muir, Jr., Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Appellate Division.
SCOTT B. PIEKARSKY is a partner in the Wyckoff law firm of Piekarsky & Associates, LLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of licensed professional matters, insurance law, general negligence, small business representation, real estate and community association law. Mr. Piekarsky is also a certified civil trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, a Rule 1:40 mediator, a Rule 1:40 mediator mentor and a mortgage foreclosure mediator. He is the author of a medical journal article entitled "The Dermatologist as Expert Witness" published in Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery in 2005 and "The Dermatologist as Expert Witness - Revisited: Know The Risks Before You Agree" published in Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery in 2013. Mr. Piekarsky is a member of the N.J. Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts. He has lectured yearly since September of 2001 at Fordham Law School for David Goldberg, J.D., M.D., as a guest lecturer in his Health Law Seminar Course on the Role of the Physician as Expert Witness. He has received awards from Super Lawyers in 2013-2018. Mr. Piekarsky earned his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Ramapo College of New Jersey and his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. Mr. Piekarsky is a former barrister of the Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court and master in the Justice Robert Clifford Inn of Court.
PHILIP E. STERN supports the school law and employment and labor practice groups for DiFrancesco Bateman Kunzman Davis Lehrer & Flaum, PC. Mr. Stern has more than three decades of experience in all facets of education law, representing countless public and private school districts, colleges and universities in collective bargaining, special education, employment litigation, and student and staff disciplinary issues. His legal work on behalf of educational institutions places a high priority upon professional development and training, seeking to prevent legal problems before they become costly and time-consuming litigation matters. He has negotiated countless collective bargaining agreements on behalf of educational institutions, utilizing techniques derived from both positional and interest-based bargaining. In the educational setting, Mr. Stern's negotiating philosophy is shaped by the client’s ultimate goal to facilitate excellent teaching and learning. Towards that end, tenets of fairness, respect, and discipline have earned him a reputation of integrity by participants on both sides of the bargaining table. As in-house counsel for the South Orange and Maplewood School District from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Stern worked extensively with the district in furtherance of meaningful solutions to litigation challenges. He has litigated in all New Jersey judicial and administrative forums, from the New Jersey Supreme Court to the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission to the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. While he appreciates the need to avoid litigation whenever possible, he also recognizes that, at times, a client’s interests require the time and commitment of a trial. As such, he has litigated full jury trials and administrative hearings. Mr. Stern earned his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1977; his M.A. degree in educational administration from Montclair State College in 1985; and his J.D. degree from New York Law School in 1989, where he served as the notes and comments editor for the New York Law School Law Review.
JEFFREY E. STRAUSS is of counsel with Mintz & Geftic LLC. He is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on personal injury, litigation, medical malpractice, construction/workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, burns and products liability, residential real estate purchases and sales, and municipal court litigation for summonses, tickets and DWI. Mr. Strauss has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a certified civil trial attorney in 1992 and has been recertified in 1999, 2006 and 2011. He has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients since he began the practice of law in 1986. Mr. Strauss received his B.S. degree from Rutgers University; his M.S. degree from Boston University; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He was admitted to the New Jersey, New York, and Washington D.C. bars; admitted to U.S. Supreme Court (1999); admitted to U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals (1998).
WADE SUTHARD is a sole practitioner with offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He represents seriously injured clients in cases involving automobile and trucking negligence, premises liability, negligent security, and medical malpractice. Mr. Suthard is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney. He is a member of the American and New Jersey bar associations; the American Association for Justice, where he serves as chair elect of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section; and is on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice, where he serves as the co-chair of the Auto Litigation Committee. Mr. Suthard has been selected as a New Jersey Superlawyer for the past four years, and has been named one of New Jersey's Top 100 Trial Attorneys by the National Trial Lawyers for the past three years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and his J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law.