Audio CD + Course Book

Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the "Rambo" Litigator

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CT CLE - 6.00
From Event: Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the "Rambo" Litigator, held December 2017.

Program Description

You've probably either tried a case against a "Rambo" litigator - or you've heard stories from your colleagues about this hardball approach to practicing law, and, as you know, it's no picnic. This instruction is designed to teach you how to deal with frustrating and all-too-common litigation techniques. If you deal with "Rambos" with any regularity, this is a must have!

Course Content

  1. Identifying the "Rambo" Litigator
  2. Hidden Agendas - Why Does "Rambo" Exist?
  3. Dirty Tricks That You Need to Look Out For
  4. Using Effective Remedies to Combat "Rambo" Litigation
  5. Ethics - It's Legal, but is it Right?

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 CT - Credit Approval Expiration 12/08/2019 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 10:00, Jonathan H. Dodd
    1. Who is This "Rambo?"
    2. Civility: The Hallmark of Professionalism
    3. Knowing What You are up Against: 13 Helpful Hints on How to Deal With Difficult Opposing Counsel
    4. Win Battles by Knowing the Rules of Procedure
    5. Documenting Bad Behavior and Dirty Tactics
    10:00 - 11:00, Jonathan H. Dodd
    1. Climbing the Ladder
    2. Beware of "Little Big Man"
    3. Bad Facts = Bad Case
    4. Overcompensating
    5. Preparation, Knowledge and Experience
    11:15 - 12:30, Simon I. Allentuch
    1. "Hiding the Ball:" Make Sure You Get Documents and Discovery That You are Entitled To
    2. How to Deal With Frivolous Objections to Discovery
    3. Improper Behavior of Counsel at Depositions: Coaching the Witness and Instructing a Witness Not to Answer a Question
    4. Dealing With the "Rambo" Lawyer Who Will Not Communicate
    5. The Paper War and the Poison Pen
    6. Prescriptions for Controlling Bad Conduct: Videotaped Depositions and Providing for Special Masters/Judges at Depositions
    7. "Scorched Earth" Litigation Tactics: Winning at All Costs
    8. "The Documents Don't Exist:" The Needle in the Haystack
    9. Hiding Discovery That is Relevant to the Case
    10. Dealing With "Paid for Hire" Expert Witnesses
    11. How to Ensure That Your Opponent Designates the Proper 30(B)(6) Corporate Designee Witnesses
    12. Using Motions to Compel Effectively
    1:30 - 3:15, Christopher P. Kriesen
    1. Sanctions
    2. Motions to Strike Pleadings
    3. Rules Governing Professional Conduct
    4. Telling it to the Judge
    5. Your Reputation and the Big Picture
    6. Why Playing by the Rules is the Only Way to Practice
    7. Weeding Out the "Rambos:" Cleaning the Slate
    3:30 - 4:30, Christopher P. Kriesen
    1. State Bar Code of Ethics and Ethics Code of Various Specialties
    2. Real and Potential Conflicts of Interest
    3. Vigorous Representation or Questionable Practices

SIMON I. ALLENTUCH is an attorney at Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. Mr. Allentuch has a broad business litigation practice including ERISA, environmental, zoning, directors and officers, products liability, financial, and employment litigation. He also represents clients in state and federal court, at the trial level and on appeal, in arbitrations, and before various administrative agencies including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Mr. Allentuch serves as general, and labor and employment counsel for many clients, providing both counseling and litigation services. He regularly counsels and represents clients on various liability and regulatory issues, as well as a wide range of labor and employment issues. Mr. Allentuch drafts and provides advice on employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, and the implementation of employment manuals, policies and procedures. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association (Federal Practice, Labor and Employment Law Section) and American Bar Association. Mr. Allentuch graduated with departmental and university honors from the University of Chicago, and earned his law degree from New York University School of Law, where he served as an associate editor for the Review of Law and Social Change.

JONATHAN H. DODD is an attorney and partner at The Dodd Law Firm, LLC, where he focuses his practice on personal injury, workers' compensation, products liability, motor vehicle accidents and injuries, and slip and fall cases. Mr. Dodd was named Connecticut Super Lawyer, member, 2012 and 2013 and named Outstanding Young Lawyer, Connecticut Magazine, Rising Star Section, 2009-2011. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. Mr. Dodd received his B.S. degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. degree at George Washington University.

CHRISTOPHER P. KRIESEN is the founder and principal of Kalon Law Firm, LLC, where he practices in the area of civil litigation. Mr. Kriesen received his B.S. degree, cum laude, from Villanova University; his J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law; and his M.A. degree from Trinity College-Harford. He received his Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate and his LEAD Certificate: Corporate Innovation (Learn Engage Accelerate Disrupt), Intellectual Contribution Award in Critical Analytical Thinking Class from Stanford University. Mr. Kriesen received his other: “Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen” from HBX/Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Yale Humanist Community, DRI (Defense Research Institute), Zen Mountain Monastery, Connecticut Bar Foundation, Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court, Connecticut Bar Association and the Holt Elwell Memorial Foundation. Mr. Kriesen is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.

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Continuing Legal Education

CT CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
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