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Pretrial Techniques

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Kelly L. Centofanti |  Ann C. Emmerich |  Ann S. Jacobs |  Robert (Bob) J. Kasieta |  Hon. Rhonda L. Lanford |  Michael P. Crooks
3 Hours 49 Minutes
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Craft a wiser case strategy

Just because a motion CAN be brought doesn’t mean that it SHOULD be. Pretrial Techniques 2021 will help you become more adept at discerning what works and what doesn’t, particularly in personal injury cases. You’ll learn how to leverage pretrial motions more effectively so you’re being strategic, ethical, and financially responsible in your motion practice.

Witness mock motions and rulings

Experienced litigators from both the plaintiff’s and defense’s perspectives will walk you through the ins and outs of a specific motion. Then, faculty will present the case for their motion before the presiding judge, Hon. Rhonda L. Lanford. Each motion will be argued as it would be in the courtroom and given a ruling from the judge.

After the ruling, Judge Lanford will reveal which approaches were most convincing and why.

Pick up techniques from experienced trial lawyers and file the motions that will best serve your client.



Kelly L. Centofanti Related seminars and products

Centofanti Law, S.C.

Kelly L. Centofanti is the managing partner of Centofanti Law, S.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and her J.D. from Marquette University Law School (magna cum laude). Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation on the plaintiff’s side. She handles cases involving medical and legal malpractice, nursing home neglect and abuse, insurance bad faith, motor vehicle accidents, and premises liability. Ms. Centofanti is the former chair of the State Bar Media Law Relations Committee and is a member of several other State Bar committees. She has served as president of several organizations including the Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA), the Association for Women Lawyers, the Ozaukee Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates. She has also served as secretary of the State Bar of Wisconsin and chair of the MBA Litigation, Civil Bench/Bar, and Judicial Selection committees. She is also a frequent speaker at seminars, CLE programs, Marquette University Law School classes, and conventions.

Ann S. Jacobs Related seminars and products

Jacobs Injury Law, S.C.

Ann S. Jacobs is the founder of Jacobs Injury Law, S.C.  She received her B.A. with distinction in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1992 (cum laude).  She began her legal career as a public defender before changing her emphasis to personal-injury litigation.  Her practice includes personal injuries, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse and neglect on behalf of injured persons.  She is a frequent speaker on the topics of litigation, subrogation, and ethics.  She is past-president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice and a founding member of their Women’s Caucus, and a board member for the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund.  She coauthors chapters for the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE books The Law of Damages and Advising Older Clients and Their Families.

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