Learn What the Civil Court Judges Want You to Know to be a Better Advocate
Knowing what your judge expects will help you navigate your case through court without detrimental bumps and hiccups. That's why we've asked the local civil court judges to tell you up front what the rules and expectations in their courtrooms are. Take the opportunity to ask your questions and hear what other attorneys may struggle with. Up your litigation game - register today!
Hear first-hand about the judges' pet peeves and preferences.
Find out how you can speed up your case and promote settlement.
Learn when to resolve issues on your own and when to involve the judge.
Clarify the rules of evidence as they're applied in specific situations.
Identify unacceptable litigation tactics that can get you sanctioned.
Avoid common mistakes in discovery, pre-trial conferences and trial presentation.
Make your interactions with the judge positive and effective.
Navigating the Local Civil Court Procedure: Concrete Rules and Unwritten Etiquette
Initial Pleadings, Filing Suggestions, Common Motions Mistakes
Case Management and Scheduling: Personal Preferences and Pet Peeves
Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
Judges' View of Discovery
Pre-Trial Briefs and Litigation Techniques That Facilitate Case Resolution
Expert Use and Evidence: What Judges Focus on When Making Decisions
Seeking the Judge's Guidance Outside of Scheduled Conferences
Jury Selection and Juror Requests - What is Appropriate?
HON. JASON M. HOWELL is an Associate Circuit Court Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Cass County.
HON. ALISHA D. O'HARA is an Associate Circuit Court Judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit in Clay County.
HON. MARK A. STYLES JR. is a Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit in Jackson County.
MODERATOR - JOHN J. GATES is a partner with Gates Westerling, LLC, where he practices in the areas of commercial and personal injury litigation, corporate law, and insurance litigation. He has tried several high-exposure jury trials in Missouri and Kansas, including two of the largest defense verdicts in Missouri. Mr. Gates has obtained dismissals in large-loss personal injury and commercial litigation cases, and he also prosecutes business tort, non-compete, and injunctive relief claims. In addition to his litigation practice, he represents several small businesses in routine corporate, employment and risk management matters. Mr. Gates routinely speaks at continuing legal education seminars on trial tactics and civil procedure. His article, "25 Questions Before Enforcing a Non-Compete," was recently published by US Law Magazine. He earned his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. Mr. Gates is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar Association, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
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