Personal Injury

New Ethics CLE: Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney 

Complying with the ethical rules can be a challenge for solo and small firm practitioners. Small firm and solo practitioners normally handle nearly all legal and business aspects of the firm, as they often serve as their own marketing, administration, billing and collections departments. Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney  Small firm and solo attorneys are especially susceptible to ethics violations because they…

New CLE Course: Cell Phones, CDR Reports & GPS Tracking for Attorneys

In 1984, the dystopian novel by George Orwell, due to constant surveillance Big Brother knew your every move. In our new digital world, your cell phone might as well be Big Brother – it knows everything you do! Because cell phones now track your every movement, cell phone forensics and cellular data analysis is now widely used in criminal and civil cases…

New CLE Course on Evidence & Hearsay at Trial: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom

Do you know that attorneys have a super power? Attorneys have the super ability to turn information into evidence. From motions in limine to cross examination, your ability to turn information into admissible evidence (or have important evidence excluded) will have the greatest impact on your client’s success at trial. While the definition of evidence may seem straightforward, preparing and presenting evidence…

CLE Course: What Non-Insurance Attorneys Should Know About Insurance Coverage

Insurance can be an extremely important source of funding for the defense of any lawsuit and the payment of any judgment or settlement for many different causes of action. The failure to recognize when insurance coverage applies and how coverage is triggered can adversely affect your clients and can easily lead to a malpractice lawsuit. Insurance Coverage Failing to recognize when and…

New CLE Course on Taking the PMQ Deposition

The person most qualified (“PMQ”) deposition is a powerful discovery tool or – or a headache of a lifetime – depending what side of the litigation you’re sitting on. Whether you are pursuing remedies against a business entity or defending a corporation, how you plan and prepare for the PMQ deposition will have a significant effect on the success you achieve for your client.…

CLE on Voir Google & the Ethics of Jury Selection

When we try a case, our goal as lawyers is to get an impartial jury. But in reality, anybody who has struck a jury knows this is no easy task. During voir dire we must investigate jurors to uncover potential bias to ensure that the jury will be as fair as possible. And our investigation of jurors and jury system itself is…

Bias Considerations With Juries: Voir Dire & Beyond

The jury is one of the greatest concerns trial attorneys have when approaching trial. Millions of dollars and thousands of hours are spent analyzing the potential result from the 12 people in that little wooden box. And from voir dire to deliberations, the social biases of the jurors will have a huge impact on the end result of the case and the…

CLE Course: The Practical Application of the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law designed to ensure equal access, full inclusion and participation for people with disabilities or impairments. This equal opportunity law gives people with disabilities the right to file lawsuits in Federal court and obtain Federal court orders to stop violations of the statute. Since it is estimated that more than 50…

CLE Course on Understanding the Psychology of the Jury to Conduct a Successful Voir Dire

Jury selection is one aspect of trial practice that seems to strike fear into the hearts of many attorneys. For many reasons, voir dire is often an anxiety-provoking situation for both the attorney and potential juror. One of the golden rules we all learn in law school is not to ask questions we don’t already know the answer to – especially during…

Dog Bite Law CLE Course: Canine Aggression from the Expert’s Perspective

Aggression is the most common canine behavior problem referred to veterinary … deep bite and thrash? Going for face? How many people has the dog bitten? Because of this aggression in dogs, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that roughly 4.5 million people are bitten each year – accounting for a third of all homeowners’ insurance claims each year. In addition…