Find Out What Can Go Wrong and How to Prevent it From Happening to You
Trial is full of landmines. And while experienced attorneys know how to avoid them, those not intimately familiar with the courtroom are bound to make more than a few blunders that can lead to an undesired verdict. In this program, veteran trial attorneys will reveal the top 30 trial mistakes - from strategic errors that nearly every litigator makes to fatal mistakes and full-blown trial disasters. Evade pitfalls and increase your courtroom effectiveness - register today!
Uncover the top three preparation oversights that leave attorneys stumbling at trial.
Explore five key voir dire blunders that can leave the jury - and odds - stacked against you.
Delve into the top four evidence mistakes to avoid.
Discover cross-examination tactics that can backfire and cause you to lose control of the witness.
Find out what you might be doing wrong when creating and delivering your opening statements and summations.
Examine evidence presentation and technology pitfalls that can actually hinder your credibility and case.
This is a rebroadcast of the original webcast delivered by Robert J. Kasieta, James M. Susag & James K. Theisen on November 2, 2020. Faculty will be available to answer your questions after the program.
Who Should Attend
This program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.
3 Ways to Irritate and Alienate the Judge and Jury
3 Top Oversights in Trial Preparation
5 Voir Dire Mistakes You Do Not Want to Make
4 Common Evidence, Objection and Error Preservation Blunders
5 Cross-Examination Pitfalls
3 Expert Witness Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs
4 Key Opening and Closing Don'ts
3 Prime Examples of How Not to Present Evidence and Use Technology
Common Legal Ethics Mistakes Before and During Trial
ROBERT J. KASIETA is the founder of Kasieta Legal Group, LLC, in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a certified civil pretrial and trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Kasieta practices in civil litigation, with an emphasis on plaintiff personal injury and employment cases, as well as commercial litigation. He has written and taught extensively in the areas of trial practice, personal injury law, and insurance law, and is an instructor of trial practice at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Kasieta is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and all Wisconsin courts. He is a member of the Dane County Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Kasieta earned his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Northern Michigan University and his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School.
JAMES M. SUSAG is a shareholder with Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since 1995, his commercial and real estate litigation trial practice has focused on franchise; dealer and contract disputes; and real estate, construction, and land use. He has extensive first chair litigation experience representing clients in numerous jury and court trials, domestic and international arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and appeals. Mr. Susag is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County bar associations; the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising; and the International Franchise Association. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th, 4th, and 8th circuits. Mr. Susag earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas; and his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law.
JAMES K. THEISEN is an attorney in the Rockford office of Hupy and Abraham. With more than a decade of experience, he handles personal injury claims. Mr. Theisen earned his J.D. degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Phi Delta Phi Award for outstanding achievement in legal ethics and the Academic Achievement Scholarship. He also served as a student ambassador for Southern Illinois University School of Law and participated in William & Mary School of Law’s summer program in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Theisen is licensed to practice in Illinois’ state and federal courts, as well as the state of Missouri. He also is a member of the Winnebago County and the Illinois State bar associations.
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