Gain Insight on Federal Court With Practical Tips From Experienced Attorneys
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Explore some of the written and unwritten rules that trip up attorneys new to federal court.
Get practical guidance on when and how to remove a case to federal court.
Learn how to navigate PACER and CM/ECF.
Discover how to satisfy the rules and judicial expectations for your pleadings and motions.
Inside Federal Courts: Understanding the Playing Field
Federal Court Jurisdiction, Venue, and Removal
Pleadings and Electronic Filing (PACER, CM/ECF)
Pre-Trial Conference and Scheduling Order
Motion Practice in Federal Court: Key Issues and Practical Advice
STEPHEN W. FUNK is a partner with the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, where he practices in business and public law litigation, appellate law, constitutional law, and land use and zoning law. He has significant experience in representing municipalities and police officers in Section 1983 actions filed in federal court. Mr. Funk has been listed as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Ohio, and one of the top 50 attorneys in Cleveland by the Ohio Super Lawyer magazine. Prior to joining Roetzel & Andress, he was a trial attorney and senior litigation counsel with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Mr. Funk is a member of the Akron, Ohio State, and Federal bar associations; and a member of the Advisory Group for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Miami University; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
GREGORY R. MERZ is an attorney at Lathrop GPM LLP. Mr. Merz has represented individuals and companies in litigation matters covering a wide variety of subject matters, including telecommunications, administrative law, health & human services, employment, breach of contract, antitrust, franchise & distribution, and professional licensing matters. He has appeared before state and federal trial and appellate courts. In addition to appearing in court, Mr. Merz also has an extensive administrative law practice, representing clients in rulemakings, contested case proceedings, and investigation and enforcement actions before numerous governmental agencies, including the Attorney General's Office, the Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Human Rights, the Board of Medical Practice, the Board of Psychiatry, the Board of Nursing, and the Gambling Control Board. He is a past member and past chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee, and a past member and chair of the firm's Diversity Committee. Mr. Merz is also a member of the Hennepin County and Minnesota State (Public Utilities Section, Communications Law Section, Governing Council, member) bar associations. He is on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and an adjunct professor of pretrial civil litigation at the University of St. Thomas Law School. Mr. Merz earned his B.A. degree, with high distinction, from the University of Iowa; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.
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