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Critical Road Map for ESI in Litigation

It is the beginning of a new year and I thought it the ideal time to list out those steps that are absolutely critical when an attorney is confronting his/her obligation to produce e-discovery in connection with a litigation....more

Challenging Weight of the Evidence Methodology

Use of a WOE methodology may be appropriate for government regulation, but it should not establish legal liability. Originally published in In-House Defense Quarterly, a publication of DRI - Winter 2017....more

Choreography for the Courtroom - Part Two: The Performance

The rehearsals are over and the morning of the big performance has arrived. Emotions are high and the anxiety in the air is thick. It is time to execute what you have been practicing and hope you receive a standing ovation...more

Does Compelling the Disclosure of Documents Allegedly Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege Constitute a Final, Appealable Order?

Last month, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a ruling in Burnham v. Cleveland Clinic, 2016-Ohio-8000, on an interesting issue – “whether an order compelling the production of documents allegedly protected by the attorney-client...more

Six Days In Court – Almost As Fun As A Christmas Party

I missed the office Christmas party. Doing so was one benefit of having a six-day trial 116 miles away. It wasn't just me who missed the holiday luncheon. My partners Joe and Tim and a legal assistant named Cheri each...more

What Is An Offer of Judgment And Can It Really Lower the Cost of or Shorten Litigation?

Insurance coverage litigation today is often time consuming and expensive. Many cases include claims for “bad faith” damages, and some cases seek punitive damages. To support their allegations, litigants will usually seek a...more

Don't Win The Battle And Lose The War: Preserving Error For Appeal (And Why You Need An Appellate Lawyer)

Errors will happen during litigation and at trial. They are simply inevitable. Many of them will be harmless. But when the error is harmful, a trial lawyer’s nightmare is finding out (too late) that the error was not...more

Choreography for the Courtroom - Part One: The Rehearsals

As an actress and dancer, I know how important it is to ensure that the members of your cast know their lines, the choreography and are ready to stay on their toes to compensate for any mistakes that are made during a live...more

[Webinar] Strategies for Adapting to the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) - Impact on Business and Litigation Strategies - Jan....

Please join us for an informative live webinar that will explore the ramifications of the expanded Federal court jurisdiction under the DTSA, some of the latest cases decided under the DTSA; strategies for filing such cases;...more

Exterro's Legal Matter Closing Checklist

You’re excited that a legal matter is finally over and done with, but what’s often forgotten is that there are a number steps legal teams must take before a matter is officially closed....more

When Objecting Once Is Not Enough: Recognizing a Continuing Duty as the Charges and Verdict Form Evolve

On November 21, 2016, the First Circuit offered practitioners yet another reminder that, as the charges and verdict form evolve through colloquys with the trial judge, there is a continuing obligation to object; the timing of...more

Leveraging Trial Strategies To Improve Your Negotiating Skills

A trial lawyer must make strategic decisions throughout the course of a case that will impact its outcome at trial. Over the years of my practice, I have learned that these decisions have also taught me several important...more

The Ghost of Depositions Past

Deposition testimony plays a powerful role in case resolution. Themes are developed, admissions are gathered, and claims and defenses are vetted. Depositions are also a great opportunity to size up how a witness will “play”...more

Quick Trial Checklist

This chart provides a quick reference regarding motions and objections that may be made immediately prior to, during, and immediately after trial to preserve issues for appellate review. Please see full Chart below for...more

Efficiency: A Discovery Philosophy, and All You Really Need to Know About Predictive Coding

The main problem with discovery is the cost. In a very small number of truly bet-the-company cases (for example, where the CEO’s emails must be produced) the greater risk can be failing to do discovery perfectly. But 99 times...more

Ohio Supreme Court Decision Permits Immediate Appeals from Discovery Orders Requiring Disclosure of Privileged Materials

In Burnham v. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Case No. 2015-1127 the Ohio Supreme Court recently issued a decision that will make it easier to file immediate (aka interlocutory) appeals from trial court decisions requiring...more

A Framework for Applying Proportionality in E-Discovery: The Sedona Conference Principles

The principles provide a useful framework for the application of proportionality to preservation, as well as practical guidance for negotiating the scope of discovery. The Sedona Conference — a research and educational...more

Technology Law Newsletter

As this election year draws to a close, forecasting the future is a topic of discussion, not only in political circles, but in technology circles as well. To chart the best way forward, it is important to understand...more

New Lower Word Limits for Briefs Have Arrived at Most (But Not All) Federal Courts of Appeal

On December 1, 2016, a set of rule amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure became effective. The amended rules and details of the amendments can be found on the Eighth Circuit’s webpage, available at...more

When Is a Rule 54(B) Certification Appropriate?

Recently, opposing counsel asked if we would stipulate to Rule 54(b) certification of a particular order granting/denying summary judgment on some but not all of plaintiffs’ claims. Of course, we thought this would make a...more

Make Sure Your Summary Judgment Pleadings Are Appeal Ready

Because summary judgment rulings are reviewed under a de novo standard, they are one of the most common types of orders overturned on appeal. Here are some suggestions for stacking the deck in your favor....more

“Waive” Your Undeveloped Arguments Goodbye

The case of Mid-S. Iron Workers Welfare Plan v. Harmon, 645 F. App’x 661 (10th Cir. 2016), teaches a valuable, if oft-repeated reminder: undeveloped arguments in the lower court may not be considered on appeal. Harmon...more

Don’t Get Tagged – Avoiding Ethical Missteps with Social Media Investigations

As the number of people who interact on social media surpasses the one billion mark, attorneys are catching-on and turning to various platforms for investigative purposes and as informal discovery tools. We all know that the...more

Off The Record. Or Not?

In November 2007, an article titled “Off the Record,” which was co-authored by one of this article’s authors, was published in this Journal. It began by saying “[e]very good appellate lawyer knows that an appeal is...more

Presidential Privilege? Why Presidents Can’t Escape Litigation in Office

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three weeks, you know Donald Trump was elected the next President of the United States. You also probably know that some of Mr. Trump’s companies are defendants in various...more

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