In this CLE, experienced litigator and Larkin Hoffman Shareholder, Jim Susag, will walk through all of the most important aspects of civil litigation. Jim will providing practical tips for every phase of the civil litigation process - all the way from discovery to the end of trial. Jim will address common discovery mistakes, the crucial components of oral advocacy, the challenges of jury selection, approaches for dealing with difficult expert witnesses, and provide tips on how to best structure your opening and closing arguments.
Key topics to be discussed:
Jury Selection and Voir Dire
Effective Opening Statements
Direct and Cross Examination Techniques
How to Cross-Examine a Tough Expert
Creating and Delivering Closing Arguments
Date: May 12, 2023
James M. Susag | Larkin Hoffman
James M. Susag is a seasoned trial attorney with a focus on franchise and dealer disputes, real estate, and complex commercial matters. He has been the lead attorney in over 100 trials and arbitrations in state and federal courts across the country and in domestic and international arbitration forums. Jim has the unique perspective of a trial lawyer who has also managed complex litigation and developed strategic legal plans as in-house counsel. Clients appreciate his boardroom-to-courtroom experience in crafting resolutions for their business disputes.
Franchise Litigation and Arbitration
Jim represents franchise and dealer clients across various industries including food and beverage, retail, leisure and fitness, health care, hospitality and commercial and consumer services. His experience spans disputes relating to claims of violation of state franchise or dealership laws, trademark infringement, breach of contract, system-standards enforcement, consumer class actions, post-termination rights, disclosure and registration issues, fraud claims, vicarious liability, independent contractor misclassification and joint employment issues.
Real Estate Litigation
Land owners, developers, buyers, sellers, lenders, contractors and brokers rely on Jim to defend their property in all types of real estate disputes, including purchase and sale agreements, commercial and residential leases, construction contracts, mechanic’s liens, commercial and residential construction and design defects, title claims, premises liability, boundaries and easements, valuation, zoning, land use and governmental approvals.
Jim handles complex commercial disputes involving contract interpretation and enforcement, unlawful business practices, civil fraud and unfair competition. He also represents clients in disputes among owners of closely-held businesses.
I. Discovery | 12:00pm – 12:15pm
Common Tactics and Mistakes to Avoid
II. Motion Practice | 12:15pm – 12:30pm
What Information the Judge Needs to Make a Ruling
Tips for Successful Motion Practice
Enhancing Oral Arguments
Practical Tips for Remote Hearings
III. Pre-Trial | 12:30pm – 12:45pm
Utilizing the Pre-Trial Order
IV. Jury Selection and Voir Dire | 12:45pm – 1:00pm
Introducing Your Case During Jury Selection
Peremptory and For Cause Challenge Tactics
“Challenges for Cause” in the Jury Selection Process
Break | 1:00pm – 1:10pm
V. Effective Opening Statements | 1:10pm – 1:25pm
Maximizing the Impact of Opening Statements
VI. Direct and Cross Examination Techniques | 1:25pm – 1:40pm
Preparation Tips for Direct Examination
Persuasive Witness Testimony
Finding the Right Tone and Demeanor
VII. How to Cross-Examine a Tough Expert | 1:40pm – 1:55pm
VIII. Creating and Delivering Closing Arguments | 1:55pm – 2:10pm
What to Include
Length and Style Tactics
Use of Pace and Voice Inflection to Emphasize Key Elements