12th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (in Florida)

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

Attend In-Person in Fort Lauderdale, or via Live Webcast!

We have put on our premier Circuit Court Boot Camp for more than a decade for a reason – it’s that good. This program provides an inside look at, and advice about, litigating in Florida Circuit Court as well as delving into general litigation skills and strategies for any court.

Year after year attendees rave about the program.

And year after year we adjust the agenda based on input to make it even better.

We cover everything from complaint strategies to depos and discovery, to case management conferences, motion writing, trial prep, and trial techniques. Your faculty will also discuss how to preserve your trial record for an appeal.

And we make sure to teach you the mistakes to avoid 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 Florida.  But don’t take our word for it – click on the Testimonials Tab above to see what attendees have said about this program.

Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live on June 2, 2023.  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.

Want to attend the live webinar, but not sure you can make it? Sign up and if you miss it, we’ll send you the recording of what you missed.

 

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Agenda

Don’t want to attend in-person? Prefer the convenience of online live seminars?

You can watch a live Webcast of the In-Person program
(be sure to select your preferred attendance method when you register)

Location (or via Live Webcast):

Gallery One- A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
2670 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

June 2, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Agenda:

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Judges to comment throughout: Hon Jose Rodriguez and Hon. Milena Abreu

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Introduction, Common Issues, Case Development and Theories, advice about pleadings

  • Early case assessment and your complaint – advice (note – faculty will not walk you through the steps of filing)
  • Advice about answering the complaint
  •  Motions directed at the pleadings
    • Motions to dismiss
    • Motions for a more definite statement
    • Motions to strike 
  • Frequently misunderstood rules
  • Common mistakes
  • Common hearings

9:55 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Discovery and E-Discovery 

  • Deciding what matters to your case
  • New discovery / E-Discovery rules
  • Subpoenas
  • Affidavits
  • Meet and confer requirements/creating a good record
  • Considerations for trial and settlement– Strategy 
  • Key Rules and Timeline
  • Overlooked Deadlines
  • Procedural Issues that are often missed or common
  • RFPs
  • Remedies available: requesting sanctions, sanctions motions
  • Motions to Compel/for Protective Order          
  • Cost cutting measures
  • Dealing with unresponsive opposing counsel

10:55 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
BREAK

11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Depositions 

  • Timelines and deadlines
  • Important rules
  • Easy/common mistakes to avoid
  • Deciding whom to depose
  • Taking good depositions – mistakes not to make
  • Making effective use of depositions at trial
  • Objections
  • Dealing with difficult counsel

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Oral Argument tips

–  LUNCH (on your own) –
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

 

Afternoon Session: 1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Commenting throughout: Hon. Lisa Walsh

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Motions for Summary Judgment 

  • When it is worth it and when it is not worth it
  • Risks
  • What judges want and what judges dislike
  • How to be persuasive
  • Problem areas, common mistakes, rules that trip people up
  • Writing advice

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Heading to Trial 

  • Offers of Judgment
  • Pre-Trial Timeline & prep
  • Final Status Conference
  • Trial Outline
  • Pre-trial motions
  • Motions in Limine

2:45 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. 
Your Pre-Trial Tasks, Selecting and Dealing with Your Jury 

  • Circuit Court bench trial expectations and pointers
  • Jury Selection / Voir Dire
  • Jury Instructions / Jury Verdict Forms

3:35 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
BREAK

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Trial Presentation  

  • Direct and Cross-Examinations
  • Evidentiary Objections & Introduction of Exhibits
  • Expert Witnesses / Expert Reports

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Preserving the Record for Appeal, Attorneys’ Fees and Judgments

  • Preserving the Record for Appeal
  • Attorneys’ Fees
  • Post judgment enforcement

 

— Program Ends 5:00 —

 

 

 

Dates/Times/Locations

Attend in Person or watch online via Live Webcast

June 2, 2023

Sign up to watch the Live Webcast, or attend in person at the:

Gallery One- A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
2670 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Start/Stop times:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


 

Testimonials

“I really enjoyed the step-by-step analysis from case inception to appeals. I thought all topics were relevant.” ­– Lauren M. Allen, Esq.

“I took it last year and really enjoyed it. Great program for lawyers making transition from criminal to civil. It gives participants a great overview of civil. I liked the perspective of the judges being contrasted in real time with practitioners.” – MaryAnn Braun, Esq.

“Great first day! Very clear and concise material.” – Hillary Mesa, Esq.

“The program was incredibly educational. Wish these were available for third year law students.” – Juliette Orozco, Esq.

“Thanks for a very informative program. I see why these lawyers are successful in their trial practice.” – Rodney C. Wade, Esq.

“Loved day one of this program. The speakers were engaging and provided great insight to aspects of practice that I didn’t think about. This is a great program not only for new lawyers but for more seasoned lawyers, like myself, who practice in Florida State courts that can gain value from the insight.” – Khalia Rhoden, Esq.

“Very informative!” – MaryAnn Braun, Esq.

“The panel was amazing.” – Jessa Shettle, Esq.

“The program was well prepared and provided good study aids.” – Rodney C. Wade, Esq.

“Fantastic program.” – Albert Sanchez, Esq.

“The presentations and speakers were excellent. The materials are complete and helpful. I have done many CLE’s and generally find that the purpose of the CLE is to further and promote the business of the person giving the CLE. This presentation was very different – it was clearly designed to improve the attendee’s lawyering skills. I would be most inclined to participate in other classes that you give.” – Debra L. Fein, Esq.

“Powerful program with insightful, practical tips.” – Hecter Concepcion, Esq.

“Getting a judge’s perspective about Motions to Dismiss and Summary Judgment was very helpful in learning how to present my arguments in future hearings.” – Mitchell Morneault, Esq.

“I am a 20+ year general counsel. I don’t typically enjoy seminars, but this was excellent.” – Doug Griffin, Esq.

“Good examples given by speakers. I also enjoyed that the speakers directed us to specific Florida Rules of Civil Procedures.” – Lauren Allen, Esq.

“I like the materials provided and the speakers, who were really knowledgeable and good speakers. I congratulate all of them. I’ve had a very good experience.” – Regina Pitarch, Esq.

“This was a good refresher on trial practice in circuit court.” – Rodney C. Wade, Esq.

“Extremely valuable information…I learned a lot of valuable information about what judges feel is important. Learned more than I did in law school.” – Barbara Billiot Stage, Esq.

“Enjoyed hearing the judges give their thoughts on how we can be better attorneys. It was very insightful.” – Chelsea Ewart, Esq.

“It was very thorough with details and experiences that help put into context the information. I am so glad I chose to come to this program.” – Karen Descafano, Esq.

“Great program. Definitely helped with clarifying some areas of practice.” – Khalia Rhoden, Esq

“As a recently barred attorney, this program gave me great insight as to the best practices to utilize in the field. I strongly appreciated the feedback given by the judges, as they hold a unique understanding of the practice of law.” – Nathalie Benito-Revollo, Esq.

“Speakers and handouts were perfect for filling in the ‘holes’ in my litigation knowledge.” – Christopher Posner, Esq.

“Good course for new attorneys to civil practice.” – Matthew Skinner, Esq.

“Excellent, thanks!” – Richard Sierra, Esq.

“Very good pointers regarding prepping a case for trial.” – Lourdes Brea, Esq.

“Very helpful to get judges’ point of view.” – Jennifer Fitch, Esq.

“Informative and educational seminar. It was a very good program. Highly recommended.” – Christine Forsythe, Esq.

“I really enjoyed the overall program and the speakers were witty and provided great answers to various questions. The program was very informative and I will be using a lot of their tips!” – Erica K. Ramos, Esq.

“It was wonderful to hear the perspective of both judges.”

“Good job, good speakers…All were awesome and very knowledgeable.” – James Carlson, Esq.

“Gained great practical insight…great materials provided in the handout.” – Michelle Hardin, Esq.

“All the presenters were great.” – Corey Cartwright, Esq.

“The Q&A was particularly helpful.” – Lindsay M. Bosquez, Esq.

“I came to learn from seasoned attorneys and judges. I’m quite satisfied.” – Nina E. Patterson, Esq.

“Great program and learning experience.” – Alexis Trematerra, Esq.

“Very practical and knowledgeable.” – Lourdes Brea, Esq.

“Very informative and reinforcing seminar.” – David B. Russell, Esq.

“Great to get a judge’s perspective.” – Jack Kramer, Esq

“Very thorough and well-structured with knowledgeable and relatable speakers.” – Jon Morris, Esq.

“All faculty members did a great job. I liked all of them.” – Frank Minton, Esq.

“I think all the speakers did a great job. I found this presentation very informative.” – Waynice Green, Esq.

“This was a great review/reinforcement of material with relatable practice techniques.” – Meghan McComas, Esq.

“Very good!! Informative and knowledgeable.” – Robert Hartsell, Esq.

“Peter Sotolongo had great real-life experience and advice. Judd Rosen was very engaging, had great examples of applying the principles discussed.” – Alicia Socha, Esq.

”Seminar included a great overview of Litigation Proceedings from start to finish.” – Daylen Docampo Perez, Esq.

“Excellent.” – Amado Alan Alvarez, Esq.

“It was good.” – Edward Reyes, Esq.

“It was very helpful, and the speakers were all very knowledgeable and gave great examples of real-world practice.”

“Overall, outstanding and very useful.”

“Very informative, engaging, and also provided practical and useful tips.”

“Great judicial insight. Great presentation on trial and pre-trial. Overall, very informative!”

“Great overview of many important topics for litigation. Speakers were knowledgeable. Excellent presentation on depositions. Good, honest feedback from judges. Wonderful presentation by Judd Rosen with great information that was very relevant. Elliot Kula was very knowledgeable and gave very specific, important guidance to avoid losing on appeals.”

“Excellent two-day program.”

“Informative. Reminded me of what I have forgotten.”

“Panel was outstanding.”

“Very satisfied with the Judges and the speaker on depositions.”

“It was very informative. Thank you to the speakers for providing very detailed information/bullet points as to the issues/tools that are used during civil litigation.”

“Very well organized and good variety of speakers.”

“This seminar brought to light certain things I did not have clear on how to proceed – especially depositions and objections during depositions. Very informative and educational!”

“It is always good to get the perspective of a judge.”

“I thought it was good, panelists seemed to be very experienced in various types of cases; general law. I got some great tips.”

“The speakers worked together well; this was a great program.”

“I enjoyed the deposition lecturer. He did a great job.”

“It was a good, informative program.”

“Good check on Florida procedure.”

“I thought the program was great and it kept my attention.”

“Well-organized. Excellent observations and practical tips. Persuasive arguments and interesting observations contrary to conventional wisdom in jury selection.”

“Excellent use of time to cram in extensive material in Heading to Trial session. Judd Rosen was also very engaging.”

“Good overview of circuit civil matters for a newly barred attorney.”

“Interesting. Good to know a tough judge’s mind. Excellent insight.”

“Speakers during Part II were excellent and diverse in experience.”

“Overall, it was a very good program!! Lots of very useful information. Very good speakers.”

“Very practical, lively presentation by Peter Sotolongo.”

“Good refresher course. Great post-seminar materials.”

“I really enjoyed the program and how fluid the discussion was between all the panelists.”

“Very informative with practical pointers.”

“The presenters were all top-tier. Program had a good combination of procedure and war stories.”

“Excellent speakers; very knowledgeable and well-prepared.”

“I like that it provided practical tips and judicial perspective.”

“Great and informative program.”

“Incredibly useful for new attorneys. Thank you.”

“The trial presentation portion was extremely good.”

“The information was instructive for lawyers at all levels.”

“Very thorough, technology was seamless. Very qualified presenters.”

“Gained valuable insight.”

“Very helpful – well done.”

“Excellent judges!”

“Great information on Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment.”

“As a litigation assistant, I was able to get a fair overview of various procedures that I have not been exposed to yet in my practice.”

“Part One was well-presented.”

“Great panel!”

“Overall this seminar was outstanding.”

“Speakers from both days were awesome.”

“Very knowledgeable and good presentation.”

“Program was great.”

“Loved the judges!”

Faculty

Faculty:

Hon. Milena Abreu
Circuit Court Judge
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Judge Abreu was elected to the bench in August of 2019.   She currently serves in the Hialeah Civil Division wherein she presides over Personal Injury Protection cases, landlord tenant, small claims and Domestic Violence cases. She was also a four time nominee to the Governor’s office for judicial appointment prior to being elected. 

While in practice, Judge Abreu was a licensed trial attorney for over 20 years, handling death penalty and homicide cases. She has tried well over 100 jury trials to verdict and was one of only six women in the entire county certified to try death penalty cases.  Prior to winning the election, Judge Abreu also served as one of the Traffic Hearing Magistrates for the County presiding over civil traffic infractions. She was a Martindale Hubbell AV rated Preeminent attorney proudly serving our South Florida community.

Judge Abreu has served on many voluntary bar organizations and is the former chair of two Florida Bar Ethics Grievance Committees overseeing lawyers professionalism conduct.   

Judge Abreu has dedicated a lifetime to public service both professionally and personally serving her community with fairness, respect and humility. 

 


Hon. Jose Rodriguez
Circuit Court Judge
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Hon. Jose Rodriguez was appointed to the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Florida by Governor Jeb Bush in the year 2000. Judge Rodriguez was previously a County Judge in the same Circuit appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1994. Judge Rodriguez has served in the Complex Business Litigation, Criminal, and Family Divisions and he is presently assigned to the International Commercial Arbitration Division of which he is the Administrative Judge. He also serves in the Asbestos and Civil General Jurisdiction Trial and Appellate Divisions in the Circuit. Judge Rodriguez attended Indiana University (Maurer) School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana where he received his J.D. degree and Florida International University where he received his B.A. degree. Judge Rodriguez has been thrice nominated for judicial appointment to the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida and has been thrice considered for appointment by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Judge Rodriguez is an adjunct professor at the Florida International University, College of law since 2011 and teaches “Florida Civil Procedure” and “Law, Science and Technology”. He is also part of the Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University (Maurer) School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana and teaches “Courtroom Procedure”. Judge Rodriguez is a member of the faculty at the Florida International University Legal Studies Institute and teaches Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Constitutional Law, since 1994.

Judge Rodriguez is a published author, his works include a “Florida Civil Procedure” Cases and Materials, Second Edition, text book, Carolina Academic Press and two practice treatises, “Florida Civil Procedure” and “Florida Evidence” with publisher Mathew Bender/Lexis Nexis.

Judge Rodriguez is a former Faculty Instructor of the Florida Judicial College and is a former member of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. Judge Rodriguez presents seminars on behalf of the “National Business Institute” and he is also a contributing author for the “WHAT CIVIL COURT JUDGES WANT YOU TO KNOW” manual being used at CLE seminars in various States around the Country by the National Business Institute. Judge Rodriguez also travels around the country as part of the “American Conference Institute” speaking on different areas of the law. Prior to his career on the bench, Judge Rodriguez was a trial lawyer from 1981 to 1994.


Hon. Lisa S. Walsh
Circuit Court Judge
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Circuit Appellate Division

Judge Lisa Walsh is a circuit court judge, currently presiding in the civil division of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade, Florida, and has previously served in the criminal and dependency divisions. From 2008-2011, Judge Walsh was a county court judge assigned to the civil division. Before becoming a judge, she practiced law for sixteen years, in both the trial and appellate state and federal courts, and also served as a Special Master for the City of Miami Beach. Judge Walsh received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named in Super Lawyers and Florida Trend Legal Elite.

Judge Walsh was the 2015-2016 President of the National Association of Women Judges, and served on NAWJ’s board for five years prior to assuming presidency. She was an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at St. Thomas Law School. She has been part of the faculty and administration of Florida’s Advanced Judicial College, Florida Judicial College, and the Florida Circuit Court Conference education committee since 2008.

Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Walsh was the President of Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Vice-Chair of a Florida Bar Grievance committee, a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, where she was awarded for her commitment to equal justice, and a member of the Florida Bar Criminal Executive Council and the Appellate Rules Committee. Judge Walsh is the recipient of the 2010 Judge Alan Schwartz Judicial Excellence award by the Dade County Bar Association. She has received the “Devorah Judge” Award by the Miami Jewish Legal Society. She was named “Outstanding Women in Government & Law” by the Miami-Dade Commission for Women, received the 2015 Mattie Belle Davis Award from Miami-Dade FAWL and the Alumni Leadership Award by the University of Miami Law School. Judge Walsh has mentored for Educate Tomorrow and Big Brothers/ Big Sisters.

Judge Walsh obtained her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.


Yusuf E. Haidermota, Esq.
Shareholder
Kass Shuler, P.A.

 Yusuf Haidermota is a Shareholder at Kass Shuler, P.A. where he is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Group focusing his practice on Commercial, Real Estate, and Fair Debt Litigation. Yusuf is an experienced litigator and his practice extends statewide in both state and federal courts, including the Middle and Southern Districts. Yusuf has successfully prosecuted and defended lawsuits involving creditor’s rights, breach of contract, real estate issues, commercial landlord tenant matters, commercial collections and other business issues. Yusuf also handles the firm’s Fair Debt Litigation. He is a frequent speaker on the Florida Consumer Collection Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Yusuf joined the firm in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Yusuf was an Assistant State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit, advocating on behalf of the people of the State of Florida. While a prosecutor, Mr. Haidermota tried over 25 jury trials and numerous non-jury trials.

Yusuf was raised in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from H.B. Plant High School, he attended the University of Florida, where he received his Bachelor of Arts. In 2008, Yusuf received his Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, Yusuf was the President of the FSU Real Estate Law Society and a member of the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court. Yusuf’s current memberships include the Tampa Bay American Inn of Court, the Hillsborough County Diversity Committee, Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the American Legal and Financial Network. 


Douglas J. McCarron, Esq.
Partner
The Haggard Law Firm

Douglas J. McCarron is an accomplished trial lawyer with significant experience handling a wide variety of cases including negligent security, pool drowning, dram shop, and construction and auto accidents. 

Doug served as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County for four years. While there, Doug was a member of the Career Criminal Unit where he distinguished himself in over 50 trials prosecuting violent crime. Upon leaving the State Attorney’s Office in 2000, Doug began to focus on representing victims of serious and catastrophic injury. 

Doug joined The Haggard Law Firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2007. Since joining the firm, he has recovered over 150 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. In Garcia v. Arbors Apartments, Doug successfully obtained a million jury verdict on behalf of the Garcia family. This negligent security/wrongful death case found the owners and managers of the apartment complex guilty of failing to provide adequate security on their property. Doug has been able to recover similar results in cases throughout Florida. Doug served as President of the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association in 2013 and was recently appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Civil Standard Jury Instructions Committee. Doug is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Florida Justice Association. 

Outside the office, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife Becky and their three boys, Jack, Finn and William Andrew (Drew). Doug and Becky are extremely active in a number of local charities and truly believe in giving back to the community. Doug was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey but moved to Miami as a young boy. He graduated from Miami Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School. Doug received his Bachelors of Science in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate in 1995, both with Honors, from Florida State University.


Sabrina Puglisi, Esq.

Puglisi Law

Sabrina Puglisi is a Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial attorney since 2008. Prior to starting her own firm, Puglisi Law, in 2011, she has the unique experience of having worked for both the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office and the Federal Defender’s Office for the Southern District of Florida where she gained invaluable experience as a trial attorney handling hundreds of different cases from pre-trial to trial.

She is recognized as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense in South Florida’s Legal Guide.

Ms. Puglisi graduated from the University of Miami, School of Law in 2000. Prior to that she attended Florida International University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Ms. Puglisi volunteers her time for different voluntary bar organizations. She is the current President of the Miami-Dade County Bar Association; past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), Miami Chapter; and a Director for FACDL statewide.

In addition to the Florida Bar, Ms. Puglisi is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, all three districts of federal court in Florida (Southern District, Middle District, and Northern District) and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also practiced in federal courts around the country.

 


John S. Riordan, Esq.
Partner
Kelley Kronenberg, P.A.

John S. Riordan is an “AV” rated civil trial attorney and Partner in the firm’s West Palm Beach office, focusing his practice on General Liability, First Party Property Insurance Defense, and Commercial Litigation. He is a highly experienced trial attorney and represents clients in both State and Federal courts throughout the Florida.

Prior to joining the firm, John was the Managing Partner of a West Palm Beach boutique law firm and focused his practice on General Liability, Commercial Litigation, and Criminal Defense. Prior to that, John proudly served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office prosecuting misdemeanor and felony crimes. John has tried more than 150 jury and non-jury trials in civil and criminal matters in both state and Federal court.

John has earned a reputation as an excellent trial attorney and is highly regarded by judges and peers. In both 2012, and 2013 he was honored as a Super Lawyer Rising Star, a prestigious distinction only awarded to the top 5% of lawyers in the state who are recognized for their skill, ethical services, and professional excellence. He was also distinguished as a Florida Top Young Lawyer for 2012. John has spoken as a guest lecturer at Florida Atlantic University, speaking on the topic of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). An accomplished author, he has published articles for NakedLaw, the Daily Business Review and other online publications.

John is a native of Miami, Florida, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami in 1997. Thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Law where he graduated in 2002. John is licensed to practice law in Florida and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida.

John is also a Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician, accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).


James N. Robinson II, Esq.
Partner
White & Case LLP

Drawing on his significant experience in state and federal courts handling virtually every type of civil case, Jim’s practice is primarily focused on commercial trial work. He works to limit his clients’ exposure and to protect their interests.

Jim has particular experience of representing regional and national law firms in legal malpractice lawsuits. In such cases he takes a thorough, hands-on approach, managing all aspects of the lawsuits.

Many of Jim’s recent commercial cases include representation of clients connected to the banking industry. Such cases include representation of financial technology (fintech) companies involved with merchant services and credit card processing in both domestic and international disputes. In addition, Jim has represented a series of banks against multimillion-dollar lender liability lawsuits, most of which were resolved with summary judgment in Jim’s clients’ favor. For banking clients, Jim also brings his experience of prosecuting dozens of commercial foreclosure lawsuits on loans totaling over US $ 1.5 billion. Jim represents foreign and domestic corporations in contract disputes, regulatory and compliance matters, and consumer class actions at various stages, including appeals. He has successfully defended numerous director and officer liability actions, and has successfully represented real estate developers and contractors in real estate disputes throughout the United States.

Jim is an active member of a number of professional associations, including the Federal Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Miami-Dade County Bar Association and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

He has taken lead roles in a significant number of professional committees, including as the Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee (2008), the Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee Conference (2007), a Steering Committee Member on the International Litigation Update (2005–2006), and as a Chair of the FGCU Alumni Association Board of Directors (2009–2011). He has also served on the Law Alumni Council, University of Florida Levin College of Law.


Peter Sotolongo, Esq.
Founder
Sotolongo Law

Peter P. Sotolongo, Esq. is the founder of Sotolongo Law. He focuses his practice on Admiralty and Maritime law, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice. Mr. Sotolongo attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where he obtained his Bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice. Thereafter, he moved to Miami, Florida where he worked as a Bailiff in the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, Circuit Civil Division for four years. During this time, Mr. Sotolongo had the privilege of observing hundreds of trials. Realizing this was his calling, Mr. Sotolongo attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2002. A native of Cuba, Mr. Sotolongo migrated to the United States in 1980 with his family at age nine. Mr. Sotolongo enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, reading and helping those in need. Mr. Sotolongo is admitted to practice by The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.


 

Fees

Register by February 28, 2023 and save $25 on each registration with the Early Bird rate. 

Registration fees are per person.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION FEES:

Individual: $455
Early Bird registration $430

Group: $429 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Early Bird registration $404

Government employee/Legal Aid* Rate: $405
Early Bird registration $380

Law Students/paralegals*: $265 (current JD students only)
Early Bird registration $240

 

LIVE WEBCAST REGISTRATION FEES:

Individual: $429
Early Bird registration $404

Group: $404 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Early Bird registration $379

Government employee/Legal Aid* Rate: $380
Early Bird registration $355

Law Students/paralegals*: $240 (current JD students only)
Early Bird registration $215

Program materials:

Registration includes an electronic copy (.pdf) of your seminar handbook.  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 info@pincusproed.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, you may purchase it in advance.  Printed handbooks are only available for pre-purchase for in-person attendees.  They are not available for online attendees.  If you purchase a printed handout, it will be provided to you the day of the program when you check in at the venue.  A printed copy of the handbook $25.  To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register.  If you want a hard copy, please order it when you register; there may not be any available for purchase the day of the program.

* 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 info@pincusproed.com.

CLE Credits

FL  General:  This program is approved for 8.0 units of General, 0.5 units of Ethics and 1.0 unit of Technology CLE credit in Florida through December 31, 2024


CA General:
 This program is approved for 7.0 CLE units in California.

NY General:   This program is available for 7.0 CLE units in New York under New York’s reciprocal jurisdiction policy.  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.

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June 2, 2023 | Fort Lauderdale, FL or via Live Webcast

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