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12th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp (IL)
Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)
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We are putting on our annual Circuit Court Boot Camp for our 12th year for a reason – it’s that good. This program delves into general litigation skills and strategies as well as providing an inside look at, and advice about, litigating in Illinois Circuit Court.
And you’ll hear from two sitting judges!
Year after year attendees rave about the program.
Year after year we tweak the agenda based on input to make it even better.
Year after year we invite the many of the same speakers back because their ratings are so good and attendees learn so much from them.
We cover everything from complaint strategies to depos and discovery, case management conferences, motion writing, trial prep, and trial techniques. Your faculty will also discuss how to preserve your trial record for an appeal, post trial motions and judgments.
And we make sure to teach you the mistakes not to make as well.
If you are new, or somewhat new, to litigation – this seminar is for you.
Recently graduated law school? – can’t miss it. You don’t get these skills, this practical advice, and this insight from sitting judges in law school.
There is no better Circuit Court and litigation primer program in Illinois. Our testimonials can speak to that claim.
Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live on December 9, 2022. The recorded package, available in audio or video format and including seminar materials, will be available approximately two to three weeks after the live program ends.
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Don’t want to attend in-person? Prefer the convenience of online live programming?
You can Live Stream the program!
In-Person or Live Stream: Friday, December 9, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
(be sure to pick the correct option when you register)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Early Stuff
Case Theories, Complaints, Answers, Motions to Dismiss, Motions to Strike and CMCs
- Case Theories
- Complaints and Answers
- Rules and timelines
- How to do it
- Common mistakes
- MTDs/Motions to Strike
- MTDs v. Answers
- Case Management Conference / Scheduling Your Case
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Discovery & E-Discovery
- Key Rules and Timeline
- Overlooked Deadlines
- Procedural Issues that are often missed or common
- Strategies and choices
- For Settlements
- For Trial
- Circuit Court v. Federal Court
- Motions to Compel/for Protective Order
- Key Rules and timeline – State v. Fed
- Cost Saving Measures
- Mistakes not to make
- Important state cases
11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
11:05 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Motions for Summary Judgment under section 2-1005
- Strategy considerations regarding moving for MSJ v. waiting for trial?
- State court related timelines
- Writing process and strategies
- Effective and ineffective techniques and approaches to your briefs
- How do you convince the judge?
- Common mistakes not to make
- What troubles judges
- What do you do if the response doesn’t address your motion or is impossible to follow?
- What do you do if the brief doesn’t address the issues or is impossible to follow
- Strategies, advice and approaches to:
o The brief
o The response
o The reply
12:10 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.
- Ex parte applications
12:35 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- State v. Federal rule differences
- Deciding whom to depose
- Taking good depositions – Mistakes not to make
- Making effective use of depositions at trial
2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
- Top tips
2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Heading to Trial
- Final Status Conference
- Trial Outline
- Motions in Limine
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Your Pre-Trial Tasks: Juries and Evidence
- Jury Selection in State Court – Procedure, Strategies and Questionnaires
- Jury Instructions, Jury Verdict Forms
- What to do, mistakes not to make
- Note: Anything specific to state court – rules, local rules, chambers rules
- Difference between state and federal
- Evidence Issues
- How to get evidence admitted / submitting exhibit at trial
- Differences between state and federal rules/procedures
- Strategic Use of
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
- Direct and Cross-Examinations of Lay Witnesses
- Strategies and Advice
- How to
- Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert witnesses
- Strategies and Advice
- How to
- Evidentiary Objections
- How to
- Strategic Use
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Overview of Preserving the Record for Appeal, Post-Trial Motions and Judgments
- Key things to remember to Preserve your Record for Appeal
- Post-Trial Motions
Attend In-Person or Live Stream Online!*
December 9, 2022
The Chicago Bar Association
321 S Plymouth Ct,
Chicago, IL 60604
9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Central Time)
Lunch on your own
Check in between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
*If you sign up to attend the live online program and miss it, we will automatically convert your registration to a recorded package, which you will receive 2-3 weeks after the program – so you won’t miss it!
“It was substantive and well-organized. I appreciated how detailed it was.” – Nicholas Lurie-Moroni, Esq.
“Very useful, I gained important info.” – Tuleen Zain, Esq.
“Well-organized and the materials were abundant and useful.” – Barry Boykin, Esq.
“It was an excellent program! I’ve tried a few cases, and I definitely felt like I learned something! This was a useful and interesting course, even if you’ve been practicing for a while.” – Elizabeth Homsy, Esq.
“Very satisfied.” – Dale Lichtenstein, Esq.
“I thought that the speakers were knowledgeable, engaging and they engaged in good, substantive conversation. I like that the boot camp substantively addressed multiple areas of civil practice” – Nicholas Lurie-Moroni, Esq.
“It was engaging!” – Rebecca Strauss, Esq.
“Excellent! I found the second day to be particularly helpful in getting to know how judges think about these sorts of things.” – Elizabeth Homsy, Esq.
“The program was very well done.” – Barry Boykin, Esq.
“It was helpful.” – Richard D. Boonstra, Esq.
“Excellent program and extremely beneficial!” – Peter Benke Esq.
“This was one of the best CLE’s I have attended this year.” – John A. Doerrer, Esq.
“Great overview. Great practical, real-life experience, especially for new attorneys.” – Aaron Curry, Esq.
“Incredible program that provides valuable insight from judges and practitioners in a way that is accessible to younger attorneys.” – Marc Pawlus, Esq.
“Excellent. Good job with speakers.” – Thushan Sabaratnam, Esq.
“Extremely helpful to have the judge’s perspective. Ms. Haidostian was also very insightful and organized.” – Kaitlin Cutshaw, Esq.
“This program should be mandatory for all new attorneys.” – Anthony McMahon, Esq.
“This was extremely helpful for my practice.” – Lhea Keller, Esq.
“It was very helpful to my practice, especially helpful having judges on the panel. Speakers were very informed and made specific reference to the rules.” – Nathan Nash, Esq.
“This is a great program for new attorneys or well-practiced attorneys looking to brush up on some practice skills. Great content and well presented.” – Matthew Dudek, Esq.
“I thought it was great. The presenters and slides were very informative. I found the pleadings session more relevant to my practice as a legal aid attorney. Everything was clear and the responses to the questions were helpful. Presentations were very clear and full of practice pointers.” – Nathan Nash, Esq.
“I found the program incredibly informational and helpful. I was also very impressed by the smooth transition from in-person to virtual format. It is always great to hear expert insight from practitioners on both sides of litigation as well as from an experienced Judge.” – Kaitlin Cutshaw, Esq.
“It was really great having a judge’s perspective. The other presenters were very knowledgeable.” – Seth McCormick, Esq.
“Very happy with the practical tips and experience that came out of the seminar.” – Jessica Rimkus, Esq.
“Good, well-rounded introduction to basic civil litigation practice.” – Nemura Pencyla, Esq.
“Extremely well organized, informative, interesting and helpful.” – Nancy Pacher, Esq.
“All the speakers were great!” – Amit Patel, Esq.
“Good substantive content, legal updates, and case law.” – David Swiss, Esq.
“The speakers were informative and animated, keeping me engaged. Many wonderful tips I will carry over into my own practice.” – Shanna N. Crafts, Esq.
“Very experienced speakers with practical real-world examples.” – Lisa Clay, Esq.
“Good explanation of limited attorney-client privilege for client corporations in Illinois. Judge Taylor is a quintessential jurist…[Jack Snyder was] Excellent.” – Thorn McClellan Smith, Esq.
“I recently made the transition from criminal to civil litigation. This was a great refresher course in smoothing that transition.” – Stephanie Pauly, Esq.
“I liked having both plaintiff and defense counsel on the same panel. I like the diversity of the forms represented and appreciated the practical tips.” – Natasha Adler, Esq.
“I have been a practicing lawyer in Indiana for 21 years but am new to Illinois. Very helpful to have the authority, citations, etc.” – Cheryl M. Polarek, Esq.
“I have nothing but positive comments. Good context, well presented, speakers were all prepared. I thought the program was effectively run- especially considering the circumstances. Well-coordinated amongst the speakers.” – Matthew David Duek, Esq.
“I very much liked the opportunity for spontaneous questions and resulting discussion.” – Mel Newman, Esq.
“Very good trial advocacy overview.” – Amanda Wendorff, Esq.
“It covered a lot of beneficial [information]. Speakers’ experiences were very helpful.” – Gabriel Borges, Esq.
“Very detailed [and] covered a wide variety of topics.” – Brad Eben, Esq.
“Great investment to my future in trial practice.” – Kevin Borozan, Esq.
“Panel/Speakers were very pleasant. Significant amount of information packed in sessions. The seminar was enjoyable and informative.” – Greg Sandifer Esq.
“Good info in each section. Thank you.” – Eric Chisholm, Esq.
“Really informative and great to hear a judge’s perspective, especially one from the law division.” – Julie Sieracki, Esq.
“I found it very informative. I’m new to civil law practice and I found it helpful. I found it helpful to me in preparing a civil case.” – Chandra Smith, Esq.
“Motion for summary judgement presentation was excellent.” – Cheryl M. Polarek, Esq.
“Excellent and hugely helpful. Animated but extremely relevant info…” – Mario P. Carlasare, Esq.
“Great aids. Excellent panel – very informative.” – Anthony O’Neill, Esq.
“Gave valuable needed information. Presenters explained topics well and had interesting and helpful feedback.” – Chandra Smith, Esq.
“Good explanation of discovery requirements.” – Amy Rapoport, Esq.
“Very good. Would recommend to others.” – Bruce Theobald, Esq.
“Very practical, helpful, and informative.” – Chandra Smith, Esq.
“Helpful to have the judges’ insight.” – Seth McCormick, Esq.
“It was very thorough.” – Jacqueline Olivares-Heidenreich, Esq.
“Helpful info presented.” – David Mellem, Esq.
“I loved how speaker Dennericka Brooks gave out checklists and concrete logistical advice.” – Caitlin Cervenka, Esq.
“I really enjoyed the training, while a lot is outside my practice area, the procedural information was a great refresher and helped with my confidence.”
“Excellent program! Great tips from each speaker!”
“This program was incredibly informative!”
“All the speakers were knowledgeable and did an excellent good providing a balance of basic information and real-life experiences that provided context to create a deeper understanding of the topics.”
“Great speakers and presentations.”
“Very thorough and good overview of the topics.”
“I really appreciate the extensive knowledge of the speakers and the way their presentations built off of one another.”
“Great program! Very useful.”
“Very satisfied due to content, breadth of coverage, etc.”
“Great! Very inclusive.”
“I thought all of the speakers were great, and I particularly liked Judge Taylor’s commentary.”
“It was engaging and comprehensive!”
“Great presentations and discussions.”
“Program was very beneficial and helpful.”
“Enjoyed hearing the experiential based thoughts.”
“It was very helpful, thank you!”
“Judge Dorothy French Mallen is a great judge with tremendous insight. Her tips to approaching the trial (not pre-trial aka “settlement conference”) were very useful.” – Marc Pawlus, Esq.
“Very satisfied. It was helpful to reinforce things I have forgotten since law school. Judge Tailor’s contributions were very good and helpful. Judge Spratt was lovely! I enjoyed her input. Good outline. I enjoyed and appreciated this program because it reviews the basics that you might forget by not dealing with them every day. Further, it helps you build up the basics without wasting the time of your superiors asking these low-level questions. Looking forward to more programs.”
“Judge Tailor was my favorite. He’s practical, kind and set a good tone for what we should aspire to (to comport ourselves as officers of the court). Michael Leonard was terrific. Judson Graham’s session was very informative with some useful, practical tips. Judge Spratt was fantastic. She’s funny, informative, and smart.”
“Good opportunity for new lawyers. Very knowledgeable speakers. Lots of great material on trial. Very informative post-trial session.”
“Presenters were very knowledgeable and offered practical pointers on specific litigation practice.”
“Enjoyed the deposition presentation. Found value in specific, real-world examples.”
“Really quality content and well-informed speakers.”
“As an attorney who has only been practicing for a year, I found this helpful. Topics were very extensive. You did a great job.”
“Very informative. I’ve never conducted a trial myself and I feel much more prepared for having viewed this program.”
“Excellent and knowledgeable panel.”
“I think the program was excellent and the speakers were top-notch.”
“This as a really great program. I got a lot out of it.”
“Excellent and thorough presentations.”
“Great summary of the practice of law. Clear and practical information.”
“The combination of practitioners and a judge was useful. I appreciated the notes on strategy and the culture of the practice, which are hard to access through reading the rules.”
“I really enjoyed the program. It was great to hear from a judge’s perspective.”
“Visual aids/demonstrations were helpful.”
“A well-organized, comprehensive, and practical presentation on the mechanics of IL trial practice. Judge Conlon’s advice was concrete and on point, and she added new information rather than simply endorsing what the presenters were saying–e.g., noting the importance of prepping witnesses on the parameters imposed by in limine rulings. I found her interjections the most helpful of all the judges we heard from over the course of this boot camp.”
“I appreciated the clarity with which the information was presented, and the combination of big picture advice re: framing and strategy with more detailed advice about specific rules and pitfalls. I’m planning to refer back to the presentation materials as a way of orienting myself next time I write a deposition outline or summary judgment brief.”
“I enjoyed the program and appreciate the practical tips. I thought it was very helpful for the presenters to use examples from their own experience.”
“Judge Larson was fantastic and Judge Sheahan was amazing! I enjoyed Brian Eldridge’s anecdotes. They made nebulous concepts more concrete. John Killacky was very knowledgeable.”
“It was very useful. Judge Tailor had a very valuable perspective on how judges view things. The references to the discovery rules, infrequently used rules, and pitfalls were very helpful. Very practical guidance on e-discovery.”
“I enjoyed the speakers. I appreciated the judge’s practice tips.”
“Good program, knowledgeable presenters. Good basics, including pleading requirements and motion practice.”
“The practical advice and concrete examples from each attorney’s practice made today’s session very useful.”
“It was informative and easy to follow. Lots of good information.”
“The example deposition with objections was one of the most helpful and practical examples I have ever seen; Most presenters tell you what to do or not to do without showing you; this was great!”
“Best part of the seminar was the mock deposition conducted by Leonard and White.”
“I really liked the example of the deposition being acted out.”
“Judge Larson’s commentary was informative and insightful.”
“Good, practical tips. Clear and practical information.”
“I appreciate the concrete, practical advice and helpful templates. Clear, digestible breakdowns of trial prep and in limine practice. I appreciated the helpful pretrial checklist breaking down tasks and providing timeframes. Clear presentation on juries. The case law discussions were helpful, as was the orientation to the IPI. Really insightful commentary from Judge Mallen. Helpful to have Judge Hartigan’s perspective.”
“Really great answers on so many practical points from this panel. Both Judge Larson and Judge O’Brien Sheehan gave really excellent advice on briefs (e.g. importance of headers and avoiding overstatement), what not to do on oral argument, and SJ. Eldridge and Killacky were excellent – thorough and practical – and pre-answered a number of questions.”
“Michael Leonard was very clear and informative and gave excellent supplemental materials. Great judicial perspective. Judge Larson gave good practical guidance. Very nice to hear from a downstate judge. Good perspective and helpful tips from Judge O’Brien Sheahan.”
“I enjoyed Part 2 and feel that I learned a lot. Thank you! Great presentation by Michael Leonard. As a new attorney, the slow pace was great. The examples and mock deposition were a good learning tool.”
“I thought it was a very helpful and practical overview of trial and post-trial proceedings. Megan gave very practical advice on how to structure questions and arguments. I loved Judge Conlon–she was very down to earth and had great comments.”
“These speakers were good, especially the judge! Great intro material.”
“Michael Leonard’s advice was great, and I will use his tip sheet as a resource in the future. I thought the mock deposition was especially helpful. MSJ presentation offered useful information presented clearly and logically. I wasn’t familiar with the mechanics of state court summary judgment practice so this was a great roadmap. It’s helpful to have the model materials in the appendix to refer to.”
“Nice to have a judge’s perspective. Judge Tailor was a good speaker. Megan Thibert-Ind was my favorite speaker…very engaging and great advice.”
“J.T. Wilson was very well-spoken and offered practical tips.”
“Voir dire session is always good. I appreciate hearing tips on this topic.”
“Ian was very thorough and detailed. I liked how broad Clint’s presentation was, going to executing judgments and taking appeals as well as the nuts and bolts of post-trial proceedings.”
“I thought the presenters were very knowledgeable and conveyed general practice tips. Dennericka had a very solid road map and concrete advice on how to prepare for trial. Judge Mallen’s comments were insightful and relevant. I thought JT and Lenny were great.”
“I thought it was good, well laid out and flowed well.”
“Megan gave a great trial practice refresher, presented in a clear and dynamic way.”
“Judge Conlon was the most helpful to me because she was able to speak to the cases that I am most familiar with. Also, it is always to hear from a judge about their perspective.”
“I really enjoyed how the speakers talked about mistakes they’d seen or done. It made it less dry and easier to follow. I really liked the list of objections.”
“J.T. Wilson had great ideas! Good insight as to questioning of jurors. Vivian Tarver-Varnado gave very good practical advice on getting organized.”
“Very informative, especially practical pointers.”
”Speakers were very knowledgeable and informative.”
“Everything was covered – jury instructions were very helpful.”
“Very good course especially when they gave specific stories and/or examples.”
”The mechanical aspect of litigation improved my knowledge as a new attorney. Understanding the process from beginning to end.”
“The enumerated lessons (i.e. 10 things to do on direct examination for expert witness) were very valuable!” – Valerie Magnuson, Esq.
“Great discussion of direct and cross.”
“Gave a lot of insight on the inner mechanics of the Circuit Court system at trial. A++!”
“Morning speakers were great and worked well together.”
“The course was very comprehensive…the speakers were all knowledgeable and engaging.”
“Morning panel on pre-trial issues was…strong, particularly on discovery and depositions.”
“[Mike Leonard] was my favorite…I enjoyed the afternoon panel.”
“Very satisfied. Wanted an overview and this was what I was looking for.”
“Engaging, thought-provoking relevant information.”
“Great overview of a lot of topics!”
“Great tips on drafting discovery requests.”
“Excellent examples and analogies.”
“Great suggestions! Good to have a judge’s perspective.”
“It was very informative!”
“Knowledgeable speakers – information solid.”
“Great insights and info.”
Hon. Israel A. Desierto
Circuit Court Judge
Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
Israel Abaya Desierto was sworn in as an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, State of Illinois on June 1, 2005. Judge Desierto currently presides over civil matters at the Daley Center having previously presided over criminal matters at 26th and California.
Judge Disierto is a past president of the Illinois Judges Association and is a member of the Illinois Judicial Council. He is also active with the Illinois Judge’s Foundation where he coordinated a program involving students at the Cook County Jail Counsuela York Alternative High School.
Judge Disierto is a member of the Asian American Bar Association, the Filipino American Lawyers Association, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law where he teaches Trial Advocacy.
After graduating from Kent, Judge Disierto worked for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. He practiced in both the Civil and Criminal areas of the law. As a civil litigator he practiced in the area of Medical Malpractice defense. As a criminal prosecutor, he tried primarily gang-related murder cases. He tried over seventy juries to verdict and hundreds of bench trials.
Hon. Sanjay T. Tailor
Appellate Court Justice
Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Sixth Division
Justice Sanjay T. Tailor was appointed to the Appellate Court, First District, in October, 2022.
Prior to joining the appellate bench, Judge Tailor was appointed to the Cook County Circuit Court as a Circuit Judge in January 2021, and was elected to that position in November, 2022. He served as Presiding Judge of the County Division from 2021 to 2022. He was first appointed to the bench as an Associate Judge in 2003.
As an Associate Judge he served in the Chancery Division from 2015 to 2020. From 2009 to 2015 he was assigned to the Law Division, where he heard commercial and tax disputes, and from 2006 to 2009 he was assigned to the Domestic Relations Division of the Court, where he presided over dissolution of marriage and domestic violence trials.
Before joining the bench, Judge Tailor served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2003 in the Civil Actions Bureau, and was the Deputy Supervisor of the Torts and Civil Rights Litigation Section. From 1995 to 1996, he was a senior attorney at the First National Bank of Chicago. From 1991 to 1995, he was an associate at Chapman and Cutler LLP.
Since 2004, Judge Tailor has been an Adjunct Professor at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, teaching Illinois Civil Litigation Practice, an advanced course in Illinois civil procedure. Judge Tailor earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and received his Juris Doctor with honors from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
His professional associations include the Lawyers Club of Chicago, for which he is a past president, the Illinois Judges Association, the Asian American Judges Association of Illinois, the South Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, and the American Bar Association, where he chaired the India Committee for the International Law Section.
Ian H. Fisher, Esq.
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Ian represents clients ranging from small entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies in commercial litigation matters involving real estate, antitrust, trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenant, consumer, contract, and business tort disputes.
Ian has substantial experience defending against class actions and navigating multidistrict litigation proceedings. He has successfully defended on appeal many of his trial court victories and is skilled at identifying strategies that align with his clients’ business goals. Having served as a general counsel for both a law firm and a small company, Ian has a unique understanding of in-house counsel’s perspective.
Ian counsels clients on a wide range of issues central to their business needs, including Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), insurance policies and claims, risk mitigation, and restrictive covenants.
Among his many accolades, Illinois Super Lawyers ranks Ian as one of its “Top 100 Attorneys” in Illinois and has included him on its Super Lawyers list for a dozen years. For more than 17 years, the Leading Lawyers Network has named Ian as a “Leading Lawyer” in both Commercial Litigation and Class Action/Mass Tort Defense, and he has been ranked more recently in the area of Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law. Best Lawyers recognizes Ian for Commercial Litigation. He is also rated AV Preeminent 5/5 by Martindale-Hubbell, its top rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
Kristen E. Hudson, Esq.
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Kristen Hudson, Of Counsel in Dickinson Wright’s Austin and Chicago offices, represents businesses and business people in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts in Texas, Illinois and across the country. Kristen has won high-stakes challenges in a variety of substantive areas, from breach of contract, business and statutory torts, including fraud and the False Claims Act claims, to intellectual property disputes involving the protection of trade secrets and privacy. Kristen has significant experience with Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods. Kristen also has concentrated experience in lawyer professional liability and fiduciary liability, including high-net worth trust disputes.
Kristen has served as General Counsel of mid-size law firm with offices in multiple jurisdictions. In addition, she has been seconded to clients for extended periods including at a large energy company and with a UK-based insurance company. With this experience to guide her, Kristen works to avoid court wherever possible for her clients, and pursues solutions that make the most business and financial success for her clients, including advocating aggressively when litigation is required.
In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Kristen is knowledgeable about all types of third-party commercial liability policies, including directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability, employment practices liability, commercial general liability, products liability, cyber liability, among others. Kristen has experience on all sides of an insurance coverage dispute and business disputes involving the insurance industry. As a policyholder lawyer, Kristen recovered millions of dollars in insurance proceeds for her policyholder clients. Most recently, Kristen served as coverage and monitoring counsel on behalf of insurers.
Prior to attending law school, Kristen was a French teacher in the North Carolina public schools.
John Marrese, Esq.
Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge
John Marrese is a trial attorney focusing his practice on complex class action, mass tort, personal injury, and commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.
Mr. Marrese has broad experience at trial and in the courtroom, having handled the direct and cross examination of key witnesses in jury trials, arbitration, and other evidentiary hearings before judges and arbitrators. Mr. Marrese’s trial practice has traversed a variety of subject matters, including personal injury, products liability, civil rights, and commercial litigation.
In addition, Mr. Marrese has extensive experience in the state and federal appellate courts. He has argued before a panel of both the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court. Recently on appeal, Mr. Marrese obtained a favorable reversal of a trial court decision in a class action for his clients.
Mr. Marrese has also been appointed lead class counsel in class action litigation. He has successfully devised and executed class action discovery and briefing in the class certification context.
For six years running, Mr. Marrese has been selected as an Illinois SuperLawyers Rising Star in the area of class actions and mass torts, an honor awarded annually to no more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state.
Mr. Marrese obtained his law degree cum laude from The Ohio State University. He attended college at Emory University in Atlanta.
Kristen E. Prinz, Esq.
Founder and Managing Partner
The Prinz Law Firm, P.C.
Kristen Prinz is an employment lawyer, business counselor, and founder of The Prinz Law Firm.
Ms. Prinz represents physicians, lawyers, senior executives, and small business owners in matters ranging from employment agreements and non-competes to complex employment disputes. She is passionate about advocating for her clients’ interests and helping them achieve outcomes consistent with their professional goals.
Ms. Prinz has litigated employment disputes before state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level, and before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the Cook County Human Rights Commission. She also has experience representing clients in arbitration proceedings.
As a business counselor, Ms. Prinz provides business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals with innovative and cost-effective solutions to their legal and operational problems, enabling them to fully realize their potential. She has leveraged her litigation and culture management experience to guide clients in implementing employment best practices, effectively training staff, and creating a productive workplace culture.
Ms. Prinz is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Employment Lawyers Association, and is Chair of the Nominating Committee for The International Women’s Forum.
Ms. Prinz was selected for inclusion in Crain’s Chicago Business’ List of 50 Most Influential Female Attorneys, and has been named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers, as well as a Super Lawyer for 2019. Kristen received her J.D. with honors from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law and a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa.
Megan E. Thibert-Ind, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Megan Thibert-Ind is a health care and civil litigation partner in the firm’s Chicago office. She has extensive experience representing businesses across Manatt’s industry sectors, including a focus on health care stakeholders—such as hospital systems and academic medical centers, ambulatory surgery and urgent care centers, pharmacy services providers, and life sciences companies—as they navigate a variety of complex business controversies, contractual and regulatory disputes, and post-acquisition challenges.
In particular, Megan works with clients across the gamut of health care matters, from counseling companies investing in or acquiring entities in the health care space to advocating on behalf of hospitals and other providers in litigation related to practice management and shareholder disputes. She also advises pharmaceutical companies on 340B Drug Pricing Program reimbursement and indemnification claims and provides guidance to life sciences companies facing product liability exposure.
Megan also represents clients in litigation pending in state and federal courts nationwide and has handled numerous matters before the American Arbitration Association and other alternative dispute resolution tribunals. Additionally, she regularly navigates complex expert witness issues, including financial analysis, lost profits and damages, and causation and other liability issues.
Alongside her litigation work, Megan is noted for her service as an active member of the Chicago community and is dedicated to providing pro bono services across a range of subject matters. She has represented undocumented immigrants; victims of gender-based hate crimes, domestic violence and employment discrimination; not-for-profit arts organizations; and parents wrongfully indicated for abuse. She also serves on the board of directors of Legal Aid Chicago, the largest nonprofit civil legal services provider in Cook County.
Megan received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of North Dakota. She also studied comparative law at the University of Queensland School of Law in Brisbane, Australia.
Jenni L. Young, Esq.
Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP
Jenni Young focuses on defending businesses and premises owners in personal injury cases and specializes in complex product liability and toxic tort litigation. She serves on national coordinating counsel and trial teams for multiple corporations defending asbestos claims throughout the country. She has also managed the Illinois asbestos dockets for several Fortune 500 corporations and has extensive experience in all phases of litigation involving disputes in state, federal and multi-district proceedings.
Over her career, Jenni has advised and represented her clients in a variety of matters, including corporate formation and commercial litigation; medical and legal malpractice defense litigation; and insurance defense and coverage litigation.
Registration fees are per person.
IN PERSON REGISTRATION FEES:
Group: $429 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Government employee/Legal Aid* Rate: $405
Law Students/paralegals*: $265 (current JD students only)
LIVE STREAM REGISTRATION FEES:
Group: $404 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Government employee/Legal Aid* Rate: $380
Law Students/paralegals*: $240 (current JD students only)
Registration includes an electronic copy (.pdf) of your seminar handbook only. This will be emailed to you one week in advance of the program. Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it by then. Please put email@example.com in your address book to make sure you receive your pdf of the program handbook.
Like almost all legal CLE events, we provide your handbook in electronic form, as just described, to reduce the significant waste of paper that otherwise occurs.
However, If you would also like to order a printed copy of the seminar handbook (FOR IN-PERSON ONLY – not for live streaming), you may purchase it in advance and it will be provided to you when you walk in the door at check-in as an in-person attendee. This will be provided to you the day of the program when you check in. A printed copy of the handbook is $25 for in-person attendees only. To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register as an in-person attendee. If you are attending in-person and would like a hard copy, please order it when you register; there may not be any available for purchase the day of the program.
IMPORTANT HANDOUT NOTE: We do not ship printed handouts to attendees who are attending online. Please print your handout from the .pdf we email you. Please do not order a printed handout if you are attending online as we will have to issue you a refund.
* Law Student Rate is for current law students only. Please bring your law school ID to show when you check in for the program.
** Legal Aid attorneys are those attorneys employed by Legal Aid/non-profit firms. It does not include attorneys who have their own practice, or are employed by law firms, that volunteer their time for non-profit causes or take on pro-bono cases. It also does not include attorneys who serve on non-profit boards.
Full and partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of Legal Aid attorneys, based upon registration. Please call (877) 858-3848 to discuss or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IL General: This program is approved for 7.00 units of general CLE in Illinois.
IL Professional Responsibility: This program is approved for 7.00 units of Professional Responsibility in Illinois.
CA General: This program is approved for 7.00 units of general CLE in California.
NY General: This course is eligible for approval, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for up to 7.00 CLE units.
Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NY approved jurisdiction. See Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.
This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above. Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above. Many attorneys ask for this and are approved in other states.
Terms & Refund Policies
Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.
Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.
Substitutions may be made at any time.
Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.
For policies related to audio products, please select “I want a download or CD” on the right.