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The New York County Lawyers’ Association will present a special CLE program on Friday, May 4, 2012. The title of the program is “Advice From the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts.” The format is exciting, the speakers are accomplished, and all registrants will receive a copy of the critically acclaimed six-volume treatise Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, published by NYCLA and Thomson Reuters, and a CD-ROM containing forms and jury instructions – a $660.00 retail value. NYCLA’s total package price for both the program and the treatise is $250 for NYCLA members ($350 for non-members).

At the program, an extraordinary panel of eight distinguished judges, 27 well‑known commercial litigators, and five prominent in-house counsel for major corporations will provide practical advice and strategies for winning commercial cases in New York State courts. The program will begin with discussion of the strategic issues involved in case investigation and evaluation. The next topic will be the effective handling of motions to dismiss and for summary judgment. The program includes discussion of current discovery issues. Also covered will be attorney-client and work product privileges and ethics for business litigators. Trial advocacy and the use of expert testimony will be discussed in detail. The program concludes with insights into the client’s perspective of business litigation.

This program will use an exciting, interactive format. The speakers will focus on strategies and practical advice for maximizing the effectiveness of each stage of the litigation. In particular, they will discuss techniques for advancing a client’s interests as well as potential pitfalls or traps for the unwary.

The program chair is Robert L. Haig of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York City. The speakers include Commercial Division Justices Eileen Bransten, Bernard J. Fried, Barbara R. Kapnick, Shirley Werner Kornreich, Jeffrey K. Oing, Ann T. Pfau, Melvin L. Schweitzer, and Appellate Division Justice Helen E. Freedman. Other speakers are the following leading litigators: Stewart D. Aaron, Robert M. Abrahams, Thomas A. Arena, Mitchell J. Auslander, Steven M. Bierman, Bruce E. Fader, Michael S. Feldberg, Thomas F. Fleming, Laura B. Hoguet, Robert J. Jossen, Brad S. Karp, James B. Kobak, Jr., Harvey Kurzweil, Michael C. Lasky, Michael C. Lynch, Stephen S. Madsen, Gregory A. Markel, Wayne C. Matus, Barry R. Ostrager, James W. Quinn, Alan I. Raylesberg, Jeffrey A. Rosenthal, Jay G. Safer, Amelia T.R. Starr, James L. Stengel, James P. Tallon, and Richard A. Williamson. Also speaking will be the following prominent in-house counsel for major corporations: Marla F. Alhadeff, managing director, head of civil litigation and associate general counsel, The Bank of New York Mellon; Kenneth G. Crowley, deputy general counsel, UBS Financial Services Inc.; Sara E. Moss, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.; Richard P. Swanson, general counsel, York Capital Management; and Jeffrey M. Zimmerman, senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Time Warner Cable Inc.

This program is designed for both 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. The program will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 4, 2012 at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, 14 Vesey Street, in downtown Manhattan. Attendees will receive 8.0 CLE credits (1.5 Ethics; 3 Skills; 3.5 Professional Practice). The program fee is $250 for NYCLA members and $350 for non-members. For reservations, call (212) 267-6646 or go to

As noted above, all registrants at the program will receive the critically acclaimed six-volume treatise Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts. This publication was written by 144 outstanding attorneys and judges throughout New York State and gives you everything you need to handle commercial cases from initial assessment, through pleadings, discovery, motions, trial, and appeal. Great emphasis is placed on strategic considerations specific to commercial cases. Sample forms are provided as well as procedural checklists. In addition, there is comprehensive coverage of 38 areas of substantive law, including strategy, checklists, forms and jury charges. Covered as well are compensatory and punitive damages and other remedies.

The book review of this treatise in the September 2011 issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel concluded: “In sum, practitioners in both law firms and corporate law departments will find the updated treatise’s extensive treatment of both procedural and substantive issues to be an invaluable resource that will guide them through the intricacies of commercial litigation in New York.” The review in Inside, the Newsletter of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association, stated: “This treatise is a goldmine in its treatment of many substantive areas of interest to corporate counsel. While the emphasis is on litigating various subject matters, each chapter includes a comprehensive overview of the substance under discussion. Intellectual Property, Defamation, White Collar Crime, Information Technology, Real Estate, Construction, and many other commercial areas are exhaustively discussed, making this work a one-shelf ‘go to’ legal library.”

The six-volume, 7,769-page set comes with a CD-ROM containing hundreds of forms and jury instructions. All royalties from sales of this publication go to the New York County Lawyers’ Association.

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