Advanced Strategies & Tactics in Drafting Complaints & Answers


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This CLE program, primarily intended for junior and mid-level litigation attorneys, will provide practical tips in drafting pleadings in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It will also explore important strategic decisions that must be made in going beyond the “short and plain statement” requirement of Twombly and Iqbal in order to persuade opposing parties, opposing counsel, the judge, the jury, and the press of the legitimacy of your case. By sticking to the tried-and-true Rule 8 requirements, lawyers often lose the opportunity to make the first best impression on a variety of audiences. This program will provide insight into tactics that go beyond the basics and tell your story in a most persuasive manner.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The basics of pleading, and restrictions on content
•   Identifying your audience(s) and their needs
•   Telling your story in the complaint and counterclaim
•   Going beyond plain denials and canned affirmative defenses
•   Protecting against attacks on the sufficiency of pleading

Date / Time: April 29, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: February 24, 2020

Payal Salsburg, Esq. focuses her practice in the areas of business litigation, corporate advice and counsel, and white collar criminal defense. She represents corporations, small businesses and individuals in connection with an array of matters including contract and business disputes, False Claims Act litigation, and government and internal investigations. Payal also routinely advises closely-held businesses on corporate and employment matters. Payal speaks fluent Hindi.

Payal is active in the Boston Bar Association (BBA) as a member of the BBA/BBF Joint Planning Committee, the standing Ethics Committee and the Steering Committee of the Business and Commercial Litigation Section. She is a regular speaker at the Practicing with Professionalism series at the BBA, a mandatory one-day course for all newly admitted members of the Massachusetts Bar. She is also an active member of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA) and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM).

Prior to joining Laredo & Smith, Payal was a litigator with Proskauer Rose LLP, in the Florida and Boston offices. Her work at Proskauer covered state and federal litigation, including breach of contract, corporate dissolution, fraudulent transfer claims, commercial foreclosures, and patent infringement. She also has experience handling FINRA arbitrations.

Payal’s pro bono experience includes several successful petitions for asylum, an appeal from an inmate on Florida’s death row, the favorable defense of an indigent client in an eviction proceeding, successful litigation and appeal to assist a not-for-profit foundation, and invoking Hague Convention protection in state court to return a child wrongfully removed to the United States by a parent.

Payal is a graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Mathematics and Computer Science. She earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science, and a JD magna cum laude from the Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While at Nova, Payal was the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Society and the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA).

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