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Should You Appeal?

The trial is over. Things did not go as had been hoped, and an adverse judgment has been entered. An appeal is a given, right? Not necessarily. Although in most civil cases, there is an automatic right to an appeal from...more

My First Trial: Lessons I Learned in a Pelican Bay Prison Case

I was 16 years old when, like much of the nation, I became transfixed by the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. I knew then I wanted to be a lawyer. Fast forward 20 years to a federal courtroom in San Francisco where I represented...more

Selecting a Neutral at Case Inception

Every attorney who works as a litigator knows that litigation is a stressful and often frustrating exercise. Experienced litigators strive to provide the best representation for their clients while attempting to find ways to...more

Pre-Claim Construction 101 Motions: Tips For Both Sides

Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. Pty. v. CLS Bank Int’l on June 19, 2014, there have been a surge of motions filed and granted that have invalidated patent claims for claiming patent-ineligible...more

You’ve Been Hit With a Large Jury Verdict. Now What?

Excessive jury verdicts are typically challenged through motions for new trial. A new trial may, however, present additional challenges to clients: namely, additional trial expenses, as well as the delayed adjudication of...more

Small Claims: When Litigating Without a Lawyer Makes Sense

Many people and businesses have disputes or suffer damages in the thousands of dollars, which they need to resolve or seek compensation for. The dispute or claim might involve the sale of used furniture or other personal...more

5 Simple Ways Construction Companies Can Reduce E-Discovery Costs

Almost any construction project carries the potential for disputes, which all too often lead to litigation and associated costs. As litigation costs increase, they eat into potential recovery or limit defense strategies....more

Texas Court of Appeals: Parties Cannot Recover Statutory Attorney's Fees from an LLC for Breach of Contract Claims

A recent decision from the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston closes the door to the recovery of attorney's fees from limited liability companies under Chapter 38 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, one of the few...more

Yes, Counselor, You Argued That Below, But No, It Is Not Preserved

Don’t assume that just because your argument is clearly reflected somewhere in the record that it is preserved for appeal. Often for purposes of preservation, the procedural context for the argument is just as important as...more

The Case for E-Discovery Education in Law School

The lament that law schools do not adequately prepare new lawyers for the actual practice of law is not a new one. The refrain, however, seems more pronounced as the day-to-day practice of law becomes increasingly...more

Seventh Circuit Refuses To Impose a Heightened Litigation Standard on Debt Collector

In St. John v. Cach, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently issued an opinion holding that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not prohibit debt collectors from filing collection...more

Running Into A Brick Wall Who Wears A Black Robe: Tips For Trying A Case Before A Hostile Judge

For trial lawyers, hostile adversaries are par for the course. But judges are supposed to be irreproachably impartial, right? That is, after all, the very cornerstone of our judicial system. So when you find yourself trying...more

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: Greater Insurer Involvement in Defense-Counsel Selection and Strategy

One of my “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense” last month was for greater D&O insurer involvement in securities class action defense. This simple step would have extensive benefits for public companies and their...more

Before You Push Play – Important Considerations When Using Videotaped Depositions at Trial

Videotaped depositions can be an effective trial tool. When using video at trial, however, attorneys must remain mindful of the court record. Often, especially for long excerpts, court reporters at trial do not see the need...more

Rethinking the “Standard” Arbitration Clause in Cloud Agreements

Twenty or so years ago, arbitration began to gain wide acceptance among lawyers as a viable alternative for the effective resolution of civil disputes. Clients were beginning to view “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR) as...more

Looking to Gather Evidence in the US? Here's How to Get it Done.

It’s an often overlooked fact that non-US litigants can use the United States’ broad discovery regime to gather evidence for non-US proceedings. For foreign applicants, US discovery laws essentially create a way to obtain...more

Depositions in Paris

Taking depositions in Paris sounds like a glamorous time, until you read the fine print, that is. Your head likely will be spinning so much that you may as well be reading French. Unless, of course, you are fluent in...more

Bellwether Trials: What Manufacturers Can Learn from the GM Ignition Claim MDL

As product liability multidistrict litigation becomes more prevalent, it is important for manufacturers to understand how the bellwether trial process works and how to use it to their advantage. The ongoing bellwether trials...more

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense

I am committed to helping shape a system for securities litigation defense that helps directors and officers get through securities litigation safely and efficiently, without losing their serenity or dignity, or facing any...more

Revised California Rules Intended to Streamline Demurrer Process With New Meet-And-Confer Requirements

California courts are tired of hearing your demurrers, and now the state has done something about it. Code of Civil Procedure Section 430.41, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, now requires a meet-and-confer process...more

Alert: What US GCs Should Know About Litigation Funding in England & Wales

The situation may be a familiar one: a client with a meritorious claim, but insufficient financial resources (or even C-suite support) to pursue matters. In this tip sheet, we explain how the continued growth of litigation...more

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

April 23rd will be the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth in 1564. He died on the same date in 1616, making this the 400th anniversary of his death. Actually, the exact date of his birth is unknown, but it is...more

Getting It Right The First Time: Presenting A Persuasive Argument Without Relying On The Court’s Familiarity With The Facts Or The...

Even apart from the importance of assuring appellate review, properly preserving the record and carefully laying out one’s argument can have an immediate impact at the trial level. Very often, a litigator comes across a...more

Strategic Considerations of Estoppel for IPRs After Shaw Industries Group v. Automated Creel Systems

When a patent is challenged in an inter partes review and a final written decision has been issued, a statutory estoppel will prevent certain subsequent proceedings. The scope of the estoppel, which applies to both Patent and...more

Secret Wisdom from the “Stars” of the Legal Profession

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Connecticut Bar Association’s awards dinner — titled, “Celebrate with the Stars”. It was a lovely event filled with accolades for some of the state’s best and brightest in the...more

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