Civil Trial Practice Pointers: An In-Depth Overview


Live Broadcast on October 11, 2017

Have you ever been frustrated by seminars that promise specifics and deliver only bromides and generalities? You don’t really need someone to tell you to prepare your witnesses to testify or to have a case theme. This seminar is designed for novice and intermediate plaintiffs’ lawyers. It provides simple, easy to master, specific practice pointers for all stages of civil trials, from opening to closing. The presenter employees a checklist approach to civil litigation, ensuring that you learn the important steps of all the techniques discussed in the seminar.

We’ll start with how to put pain and suffering damage proof before a jury, and we’ll move through closings, touching upon important practice pointers along the way. At each stopping point, there will be specific practice pointers and checklists that attendees can use. The presentation focuses on plaintiffs’ practice, but many of these skills apply to both sides. The course is called “an in-depth overview” because, although we will not cover every consideration of civil trial practice (that would not be possible in the time allotted), we will provide detailed instruction on the specific techniques we discuss.

This course is co-sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Touchstones of effective opening statements
•   Converting pain and suffering to verdict value
•   Cross-examination with proven techniques
•   Closings that seal the deal for “your” jurors

Date / Time: October 11, 2017

•  10:00 am – 2:30 pm Eastern
•  9:00 am – 1:30 pm Central
•  8:00 am – 12:30 pm Mountain
•  7:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

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Robert J. Kasieta, Esq. began practicing law in 1983 with a judicial clerkship. He then joined an insurance defense firm and tried dozens of jury trials for civil defendants. After serving as president of that defense firm for several years, Bob left to form his own firm and to begin doing plaintiffs’ work. On August 1, 1997, Bob started Kasieta Legal Group, LLC, a Madison, Wisconsin-based civil trial firm, representing plaintiffs.

Bob has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for many years. He has also had an AV Rating for approximately twenty years. Bob and his firm have won many multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. In addition, Bob has taught civil trial skills at numerous national webinars and seminars. He has also taught trial advocacy at Wisconsin Law School for many years.

Bob Kasieta is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the Seventh and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. He also assists other counsel with civil trial work in many states, obtaining pro hac vice admission for cases around the country and in Puerto Rico.

In his spare time, Bob enjoys travel, photography, and most of all, working with the not-for-profit Badger Prairie Needs Network, addressing poverty issues in his community.

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Section I. Introduction

Section II. Technique for converting Pain and Suffering into Recovery

Section III. Openings in a Tort-Reformed Era

Section IV. Direct Examination: It’s All Preparation

Section V. Cross-Examination: By the Book

Section VI. Closing: Arming “Your” Jurors