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MCBA to offer commercial litigation CLE

Practical advice and strategies for winning commercial cases in the New York state courts is the focus of a continuing legal education program being offered April 25 by the Monroe County Bar Association Center for Education.

The program, “Advice From the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts,” will begin with discussion on case investigation and evaluation, followed by the effective handling of motions. Also included will be a discussion of current discovery issues, mediation and arbitration, ethics for business litigators, expert testimony, trial advocacy, settlement strategies and appellate advocacy.

An interactive format will be used with speakers focusing on strategies and practical advice for maximizing the effectiveness of each stage of the litigation. In particular, the speakers will discuss techniques for advancing a client’s interests as well as potential pitfalls or traps for the unwary.

Peter J. Glennon

The idea for the program started with Peter J. Glennon of Calihan Law PLLC, a litigator and appellate attorney whose practice focus includes complex commercial and business disputes.

“The county bar association is always seeking to present high quality CLE programs,” he said. “As a member of the board of trustees and the litigation counsel, I was thinking of preparing a CLE program similar to one that had been presented to the New York State Bar Association.”

Glennon said not everyone is aware the Commercial Division of Supreme Court has its own set of practice rules to accommodate the unique issues associated with contracts and other business-to-business disputes that vary in some respects from standard practice and procedure rules of state Supreme Court.

“Recognizing the different rules, it’s important for area practitioners to be aware of this,” Glennon said. “A set of the treatises will be part of the materials which assures not only a great presentation, but the quality of the program.”

NYSBA President-elect David M. Schraver, a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP whose practice includes a broad range of complex civil and commercial litigation, heard about plans and contacted Glennon. Joining them to co-chair the event is New York City attorney Robert L. Haig of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

Haig is the editor of the third edition of the six-volume treatise “Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts,” published in September 2011 by Thomson Reuters and the New York County Lawyers’ Association. Each CLE participant will receive the treatise and a CD-ROM of forms and jury instructions — a $680 value.

The treatise, written by 144 attorneys and judges throughout the state, was reviewed by Schraver in the spring/summer 2011 issue of The Docket.

Speakers include Commercial Division Justice Matthew A. Rosenbaum and Appellate Division Justice Eugene M. Fahey, a former Commercial Division justice.

Other speakers are litigators:  T. Andrew Brown, Brown & Hutchinson; A. Vincent Buzard, Harris Beach PLLC; Jeffrey J. Calabrese, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; Robert B. Calihan, Calihan Law PLLC; Laurie A. Giordano, Leclair Korona Giordano Cole LLP; Richard A. McGuirk, LeClair Ryan; Mark J. Moretti, Phillips Lytle LLP; James E. Morris, Morris & Morris; Carolyn G. Nussbaum, Nixon Peabody LLP; Donald W. O’Brien Jr., Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP; Sharon M. Porcellio, Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP; Richard D. Rosenbloom, Boylan Code LLP; David Rothenberg, Geiger and Rothenberg LLP; Laura W. Smalley, Harris Beach PLLC; Jerry M. Solomon, Hiscock & Barclay LLP; David H. Tennant, Nixon Peabody LLP; Elizabeth A. Wolford, The Wolford Law Firm LLP; and J. Michael Wood, Chamberlain D’Amanda.

The program is designed for  newly admitted attorneys seeking an overview of commercial litigation in New York State courts and experienced attorneys seeking to refine and update their litigation skills. It will take place from 1:30 to 5 on April 25 at MCBA offices, One W. Main St., Rochester. Attendees will receive four CLE credits (.5 Ethics; 2.5 Skills; 1.0 Professional Practice). For reservations, call (585) 402-7189 or go to Registration pricing and more program details to follow.