Broadcast Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


The increasing complexity of commercial litigation remains evident as regulatory changes and judicial developments continue to reshape the landscape. More significantly, the expected surge of COVID-19 related litigation filings underscores the need for organizations and their lawyers to be well-equipped in approaching potential disputes and trials. Time-tested trial techniques will become even more important as courts begin to drive their docket backlogs to trial over the next year.

In this LIVE Webcast, seasoned trial attorneys Patricia B. Donkor (Littler Mendelson P.C.) and John Q. Lewis (Tucker Ellis) will provide the audience with critical strategies and techniques to effectively try your case to the jury:

Key topics include:

  • Trial Preparation Tactics
  • Must-Use Trial Techniques
  • Best Practices on Persuading Today’s Juries


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of litigation


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:



Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Patricia B. Donkor, Attorney
Littler Mendelson P.C.

Patricia B. Donkor is a trusted legal advisor to senior executives and an experienced trial attorney. She has tried over 100 bench and jury trials, including several multiple week-long discrimination and retaliation jury trials.

Prior to joining Littler, she served as deputy general counsel in the General Counsel’s Office of a D.C. regulatory agency where she co-managed the legal operations of the agency’s $60 million operating budget. In addition, she advised the human resources department on various employment inquiries and served as legal consultant to program administrators on regulatory enforcement, land use, zoning, and business licensing.

Before that role, Patricia worked as assistant general counsel for the District of Columbia, Civil Litigation Division. There, she litigated complex civil lawsuits filed against the District of Columbia in state and federal court. Cases ranged from a wide array of employment law claims ranging from Title VII, ADA, and D.C. Human Rights Act. Patricia was responsible for cases from pre-trial, discovery, mediation, trial, and post-trial motions. Patricia received defense verdicts following dozens of dispositive motions in the District of Columbia U.S. District Court and the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Patricia has over ten years of trial experience in both the civil and criminal arenas. She began her legal career as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Thomas J. Motley of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

John Q. Lewis, Partner
Tucker Ellis

John Lewis is a trial lawyer and legal strategist who represents business entities and high net worth individuals across the country. He has secured plaintiff and defense trial wins for public and private company clients against America’s top trial lawyers in jurisdictions as far west as California, as far south as Florida, as far east as Delaware, and as far north as his home state of Ohio. On the plaintiff side, John is responsible for securing tens of millions of dollars for clients and their legal departments in various types of contract and business tort matters, including joint venture, LLC and corporate governance disputes, post-closing disputes involving commercial transactions, pre-closing private equity and sophisticated shareholder class actions, professional negligence claims, trade secret and intellectual property litigation, and vendor and customer supply disputes. On the defense side, John co-chairs the firm’s Class Action Litigation Group and often heads up trial teams and national coordinating counsel representations in product liability, class action, and contract-related lawsuits, including those involving FDA-regulated devices and medicines, consumer products, recurring contract and property-related claims, and environmental and toxic tort actions.



John Q. Lewis, Partner

Tucker Ellis

  • Your Case – Even “Boring” One – Can/Must Have Compelling Story
  • Your Best Trial Theme: Rinse, Repeat Throughout Every Phase
  • Fit Your Story, and Try Your Case, to the Verdict Form
  • Bonus: Lesson Learned From Serving on a Jury


Patricia B. Donkor, Attorney

Littler Mendelson P.C.

  • Litigation is on the rise
  • Jurors will look much different post Covid-19
  • Nimbleness during trial is key

Date & Time:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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

Who Should Attend:

  • Litigators
  • Trial Attorneys
  • General Counsel


Patricia B. DonkorAttorney
Littler Mendelson P.C.
John Q. LewisPartner
Tucker Ellis



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