Broadcast Date: Monday, September 21, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


Effective pre-trial and evidentiary hearings can have a substantial impact on the formal trial. Because the major part of a case is sought to be resolved during this phase, the credibility and success of this hearing can significantly affect the outcome of the case. It is, therefore, important that lawyers have a competitive strategy for these hearings to ensure favorable results for their clients.

Listen as a panel of distinguished practitioners and thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with a comprehensive guide on pre-trial and evidentiary hearings preparations. Speakers will also identify red flags during this trial phase and offer a strategic approach to mitigate potential risks.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

  • Pre-Trial and Evidentiary Hearings: Legal Overview
  • Trends and Updates
  • Notable Cases
  • Common Risks and Pitfalls
  • Best Preparation Strategies


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



Experience in a pretrial and evidentiary hearing


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:



Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Kathleen M. Massimo, Partner
Houser LLP

Kathleen M. Massimo is Partner in Houser LLP’s New York and New Jersey offices. Ms. Massimo represents corporations, financial institutions, corporate directors and officers and other institutional clients. She has successfully tried cases in both New York and New Jersey. As an active litigator, Ms. Massimo represents clients in all aspects of litigation including evidentiary hearings, mediations, depositions, bankruptcy proceedings, discovery disputes and motion hearings. Ms. Massimo’s focus is to creatively resolve matters for her clients quickly and efficiently. She also works with clients to develop best practices and legal compliance. A substantial portion of Ms. Massimo’s practice is also devoted to Appeals. She has successfully argued before the New York and New Jersey state Appellate Courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining Houser, Ms. Massimo clerked for the Honorable Joseph L. Yannotti, P.J.A.D. of the New Jersey Appellate Division and was as a litigator at a large, New York firm.

Christopher Cianci, Senior Associate
Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP

Christopher Cianci is a Senior Associate at Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP in Los Angeles, California.  Mr. Cianci has more than 10 years’ experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He practices in the areas of employment law and business litigation. His employment practice entails advising and representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and trade secret matters. His business litigation practice involves breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud, and ownership, partnership, and shareholder disputes.  As a litigator, Mr. Cianci has successfully served as lead counsel on jury and bench trials and has represented clients in all types of proceedings, including evidentiary hearings, depositions, arbitrations, and mediations.

Angela C. de Cespedes, Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Angela de Cespedes is a litigator who serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes, both domestically and internationally, in state and federal courts, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies. Businesses rely on Angela to represent them in disputes involving complex tort and commercial litigation, both pre- and post-suit, including preliminary and permanent injunction hearings, discovery, responding to party and third-party subpoenas, evidentiary hearings, bench trials and jury trials. When a client is facing a potential or actual crisis, she advises them on options to minimize the risk of litigation and provides training and guidance regarding the collection and preservation of evidence in order to avoid or minimize the impact of litigation and possible exposure. Her strategic approach to reducing litigation risks also includes liaising with government agencies and third parties on behalf of clients.

Angela represents clients across numerous industries and sectors who rely on her counsel, including: commercial property and hotel owners; developers and operators; professional sports leagues, teams, stadiums and arenas; hospitality, entertainment, restaurant and food service providers; social media and software companies; real estate development and construction firms; high net worth individuals; municipalities; insurance carriers; educational institutions; global supply chain companies; apparel and retail brands; manufacturers; suppliers and distributors; and chemical manufacturers and distributors.


Kathleen M. MassimoPartner

Houser LLP

  • Pre-trial hearing goal: narrow the issues.
  • Be Prepared. Best practice: know the judge/court’s rules, pre-mark your evidence for hearing, come prepared with case law on key issues, prepare challenges to expected evidence by your adversary.
  • Key exhibits: recognizing them and admitting them.
  • Virtual hearings: technology, witness preparation and logistics and best practices.

Christopher CianciSenior Associate

Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP
  • Goals for Pre-Trial Hearings
  • How Best to Prepare
  • Ensure Your Evidence is Submitted and Admitted
  • Advice for Virtual Hearings

Angela C. de CespedesPartner

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • The Art of Effective Preparation
  • Knowing Your Audience (a/k/a the Judge)
  • Virtual Hearings: Tips & Pitfalls to Avoid

Date & Time:

Monday, September 21, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Litigators
  • Trial Attorneys
  • General Counsel
  • Paralegals
  • Law Clerks
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Kathleen M. MassimoPartner
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Christopher CianciSenior Associate
Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP
Angela C. de CespedesPartner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP



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