Broadcast Date: Monday, December 13, 2021
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


Several issues and concerns continue to bring widespread complications in the pre-trial and evidentiary hearing procedures. Adding to these challenges is the imposed shift of standard practices to virtual hearings in aims to curtail the effects of COVID-19. However, because an individual presence is vital to obtain credible evidence, several courts have not been able to hold hearings remotely, resulting to delays. Thus, counsel to businesses and companies must remain cognizant of the practical strategies to carefully alleviate the risks and pitfalls.

In this LIVE Webcast, experienced litigators Michael Killingsworth (Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.) and Christopher Cianci (Lagasse Branch Bell + Kinkead LLP) will help lawyers and practitioners understand the key aspects of pre-trial and evidentiary hearings, as well as effectively managing potentials and perils amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will also provide best practices and strategies to successfully resolve emerging issues.

Key topics include:

  • Pre-Trial and Evidentiary Hearings: Trends and Developments
  • COVID-19 Implications
  • Common Risks and Pitfalls
  • Notable Cases and Court Rulings
  • Winning Practices and Strategies
  • Outlook


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of pre-trial and evidentiary hearings


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:



Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Michael Killingsworth, Attorney
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

Michael Killingsworth focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation at AZA. He has been part of a successful $200 million energy sector jury trial team and successful $19.1 million and $9.4 million healthcare sector jury trial teams. He has been on multiple intellectual property focused trial teams that have successfully recovered more than $50 million for AZA’s IP clients. He has also served as lead counsel in reaching favorable settlements related to wrongful termination and breach of contract cases. Mr. Killingsworth earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he completed the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program from University of Chicago Booth business school.

Christopher Cianci, Senior Associate
Lagasse Branch Bell + Kinkead LLP

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. He also provides advice and counsel to clients on employment and business-related matters, including the development of employment policies, employee hiring, retention, and termination practices, and a variety of other issues of concern for individuals, companies, organizations, and educational institutions.

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. He has also obtained successful results for clients at the summary judgment stage and on appeal.

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Cianci spends time with his family and two dogs, and enjoys reading, theatre, opera, fitness, and traveling.


Michael KillingsworthAttorney

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.


Christopher CianciSenior Associate

Lagasse Branch Bell + Kinkead LLP

Preparing for Pre-Trial and Evidentiary Hearings

  • Know Your Audience – the Judge (Local Rules, Judge/Dept. Rules)
  • Know Your Arguments
  • Know Your Evidence

COVID-19 Implications

  • What Has Changed Since COVID
    • What Is Here to Stay
    • Advantages, Disadvantages

Practical Tips

  • Attorneys’ Experiences
  • Thoughts / Comments
  • Questions from Audience

Date & Time:

Monday, December 13, 2021

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Paralegals
  • Litigators
  • General Counsel
  • Trial Attorneys


Michael KillingsworthAttorney
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
Christopher CianciSenior Associate
Lagasse Branch Bell + Kinkead LLP



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