SPANGENBERG TRIAL PRACTICE AND LITIGATION INSTITUTE 2018:

Friday, April 27, 2018

9:00 am – 9:45 Breakfast & Registration

REGISTRATION FEE BENEFICIARY: Legal Aid

9:45-10:30 Covering the Basics: The Statutes and Rules Governing Expert Use and Selecting and Researching an Expert

Starting on solid ground: The steps you need to take to ensure the expert qualifies under the rules and case law – and how to thoroughly vet the expert before you hire him or her. We will also discuss how to utilize the expert including what to share with him/her, when to share it, cost and preparation for deposition.

  • Dennis R. Lansdowne, Esq.

10:30-11:00 The Treating Physician and How to Handle an IME

Learn the benefits, drawbacks, and challenges of presenting expert testimony at trial of a treating (or other non-retained) doctor. The presentation will also discuss strategies for handling an independent medical exam and the different rules in state and federal court.

  • Jeremy A. Tor, Esq.

11:00-11:30 Daubert and Motions in Limine

This presentation will cover Daubert challenges to expert testimony under Ohio law. It will also provide a nuts and bolts outline of how to defeat Daubert challenges against a party’s experts as well as how to craft Daubert challenges to exclude or limit the testimony of the opposing party’s experts.

  • Dustin B. Herman, Esq.

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Preparing Your Expert for Deposition and Cross-Examination

Strategies to bullet proof your expert: Conducting your own research and key issues that must be addressed in witness preparation.

  • William Hawal, Esq.

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:00 Direct Examination of Your Expert

Preparing and presenting the expert’s testimony to the jury: Focus will be on how to make your expert the “teacher” in the courtroom who shepherds the jury towards understanding what it wants and needs to know about the technical issues in your case as well as ideas on how to present the expert’s testimony in an interesting, informative and persuasive manner that meets the rules of evidence.

  • Stuart E. Scott, Esq.

2:00-2:45 Cross Examination of An Expert – Juror Centric Themes

This presentation will explore expert witness cross examination techniques that focus on topics and themes that jurors readily understand and relate to, no matter the underlying subject matter of the expert’s area of expertise.

  • Nicholas A. DiCello, Esq.

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Judges’ Panel: Veteran Judges Discuss Daubert Motions and Effective Direct and Cross-Examinations of Experts at Trial

State and federal judges share their experiences presiding over trials and offer tips and insights on how to effectively present expert testimony.

4:00 Networking Reception