44 Distinguished CLE Lecturers And Acclaimed Thomson Reuters Treatise

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 16:11

The New York County Lawyers’ Association will present a special CLE program on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The title of the program is “Advice from More Experts: More Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts.” The format is exciting, the speakers are accomplished, and all registrants will receive a copy of the critically acclaimed six-volume treatise Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, published by NYCLA and Thomson Reuters, and a CD-ROM containing forms and jury instructions – a $660.00 retail value. NYCLA’s total package price for both the program and the treatise is $250 for NYCLA members ($350 for non-members).

This program is the 2013 version of the highly successful CLE program on commercial litigation in New York State Courts which the New York County Lawyers’ Association presented on May 4, 2012. This year’s program features new topics and new faculty.

At the program, an extraordinary panel of seven distinguished judges, 31 well‑known commercial litigators, and six prominent in-house counsel for major corporations will provide practical advice and strategies for winning commercial cases in New York State courts. The program will begin with discussion of the effective handling of dispositive motions.  The next topic will be document discovery. The program includes discussion of mediation and arbitration as well as ethical issues in commercial cases. Also covered will be selection of experts and expert testimony.  Trials and appeals to the Appellate Division will be discussed in detail. The program concludes with insights into the client’s expectations, preferences and requirements.

This program will use an exciting, interactive format. The speakers will focus on strategies and practical advice for maximizing the effectiveness of each stage of the litigation. In particular, they will discuss techniques for advancing a client’s interests as well as potential pitfalls or traps for the unwary.

The program chair is Robert L. Haig of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York City. The speakers include Commercial Division Justices Barbara R. Kapnick, Jeffrey K. Oing, and Shirley Werner Kornreich, former Commercial Division Justice Bernard J. Fried, and Appellate Division Justices Richard T. Andrias, Helen E. Freedman, and Karla Moskowitz.  Other speakers are the following leading litigators:  Robert J. Anello; Garrard R. Beeney; Charles G. Berry; James E. Brandt; Frederick A. Brodie; Michael B. Carlinsky; J. Peter Coll, Jr.; William A. Escobar; Robert S. Fischler; Stephen Fishbein; Thomas J. Hall; Thomas J. Kavaler; Louis B. Kimmelman; T. Barry Kingham; Harvey Kurzweil; Deborah E. Lans; Jay P. Lefkowitz; David J. Lender; Andrew J. Levander; Heidi Levine; Mitchell A. Lowenthal; William R. Maguire; William G. McGuinness; Gary P. Naftalis; A. Robert Pietrzak; Bradley I. Ruskin; Jeffrey Q. Smith; Mary Kay Vyskocil; Kevin J. Walsh; Michael R. Young; and Stephen P. Younger. Also speaking will be the following prominent in-house counsel for major corporations: John Hartje, chief litigation counsel, NCR Corporation; Todd Kahn, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Coach, Inc.; Michael W. Leahy, vice president, deputy general counsel and head of litigation, American International Group, Inc.; Michele Coleman Mayes, vice president, general counsel and secretary, The New York Public Library; Randal S. Milch, executive vice president and general counsel, Verizon Communications, Inc.; and Elizabeth D. Moore, general counsel, Consolidated Edison, Inc.

This program is designed for both newly admitted attorneys seeking an overview of commercial litigation in New York State courts and experienced attorneys seeking to refine and update their litigation skills.  The program will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on June 11, 2013 at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, 14 Vesey Street, in downtown Manhattan.  Attendees will receive eight (8) CLE credits (1 ethics, 4 skills, and 3 professional practice).  The program fee is $250 for NYCLA members and $350 for non-members.  For reservations, call (212) 267-6646 or go to www.nycla.org.

As noted above, all registrants at the program will receive the critically acclaimed six-volume treatise Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts.  This publication was written by 144 outstanding attorneys and judges throughout New York State and provides everything needed to handle commercial cases, from initial assessment, through pleadings, discovery, motions, trial and appeal.  Great emphasis is placed on strategic considerations specific to commercial cases.  Sample forms are provided as well as procedural checklists.  In addition, there is comprehensive coverage of 38 areas of substantive law, including strategy, checklists, forms and jury charges.  Covered as well are compensatory and punitive damages and other remedies.

The book review of this treatise in the September 2011 issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel concluded: “In sum, practitioners in both law firms and corporate law departments will find the updated treatise’s extensive treatment of both procedural and substantive issues to be an invaluable resource that will guide them through the intricacies of commercial litigation in New York.” 

The six-volume, 7,769-page set comes with a CD-ROM containing hundreds of forms and jury instructions.  All royalties from sales of this publication go to the New York County Lawyers’ Association.