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Overview:

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, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders 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

Credit:

Course Level:

Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation:

Live Webcast

 

Prerequisite:

General knowledge of pre-trial and evidentiary hearings

 

Course Code:

149349

 

NY Category of CLE Credit:

Skills

 

Total Credits:

2.0 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 a successful $9.4 million healthcare sector jury trial team. 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.

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
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.

Agenda:

Michael KillingsworthAttorney

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

Kathleen M. MassimoPartner

Houser LLP

Christopher CianciSenior Associate

Lagasse Branch Bell + Kinkead LLP

Date & Time:

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)

A recording will be available to view 24-48 hours after the live date.

Materials:

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Who Should Attend:

  • Paralegals
  • Litigators
  • General Counsel
  • Trial Attorneys

SPEAKERS

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

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