You're going to trial. Maybe it's your first. You're probably excited, a little terrified, and want to know what to expect. Or perhaps you have a few trials under your belt and are looking to hone your techniques. Regardless of your experience level, this online seminar is for you. Join seasoned trial attorney faculty for an insightful look at the written and unwritten rules, jury selection strategy, and case presentation tactics. Build your trial skills and confidence - register today!
Discover how to craft voir dire questions that will ferret out jurors' biases.
Hear advocacy tips for each major stage of trial, from opening statements to closing arguments.
Learn how to elicit helpful testimony from an opposing witness - or destroy their credibility.
Get strategies for post-trial motions and preserving error for appeal.
This course is part of the Pennsylvania Evidence, Experts, and Trial: Beyond the Basics series.
JOHN W. ASHLEY is a member of the Allentown law firm of Davison & McCarthy, P.C., where he practices in the areas of general practice, insurance defense, municipal law, workers’ compensation, zoning and personal injury. Mr. Ashley has previously lectured for National Business Institute, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Inn of Court on insurance topics and trial work. He is admitted to the District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Ashley is a member of the Lehigh County, Pennsylvania and American bar associations, and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He earned his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
ROBERT M. PALUMBOS is a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where he chairs the firm's Philadelphia office Inclusion Committee. He helps companies and entrepreneurs resolve complex legal issues in appellate and commercial litigation. Mr. Palumbos is an experienced appellate lawyer with a track record in over three dozen appeals of preserving trial-court victories and getting clients another chance to win. He has briefed or argued appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including as lead counsel in more than a half-dozen successful appeals. Mr. Palumbos' appellate work covers a wide range of legal areas, such as RICO, corporate governance, administrative agency law, real estate and zoning, insurance coverage, and contracts. In addition to his appellate work, Mr. Palumbos represents companies in complex commercial litigation in trial courts throughout the United States. He handles high-stakes cases involving RICO, antitrust, securities, and class actions, often winning those cases early in the process before trial through strategic motions practice. Mr. Palumbos' clients include leaders within the Internet, venture capital investment, software and hardware design, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries. Before entering private practice, he was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Palumbos earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
ROBERT T. PANOWICZ is the owner of Panowicz Law Office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he focuses his practice in all aspects of civil litigation. Mr. Panowicz has experience in litigating cases such as auto accidents, slip and fall, product liability, workers' compensation, and various others. Mr. Panowicz is a member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. Mr. Panowicz earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Kings College and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law.
WILLIAM H. PILLSBURY is a solo practitioner with the Law Offices of William H. Pillsbury PLLC. He has taken his deep knowledge of legal issues impacting businesses and nonprofits to serve as outside legal counsel for small businesses and nonprofits. Mr. Pillsbury is a veteran attorney with more than a decade of experience advising and representing businesses and nonprofits on a range of legal issues, including insurance recovery, labor and employment, board management, and commercial litigation. His insurance recovery experience includes representation of nonprofits, hotels, restaurants, nursing homes, school district joint insurance funds, and individuals. Mr. Pillsbury has assisted his clients recover insurance under a variety of coverages, including property, business interruption, commercial general liability, boilers and machinery, and life insurance. He also helps his clients with their construction matters. Mr. Pillsbury also had the honor of being a judicial law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He also has been recognized by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2015 and 2016 and a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2012 through 2014. Mr. Pillsbury earned his B.A. degree from Rutgers University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Temple University. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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