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7th Annual Circuit Court & Litigation Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (FL)

Pincus Professional Education has put on its premier Circuit Court Boot Camp for seven years 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 Circuit Court.

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 same speakers back because their ratings are so good and attendees learn so much from them.

We cover everything from complaints to discovery to case management conferences, motion writing and tricks, trial prep, and trial techniques.

All designed to teach you the mistakes not to make – how not to ruin your case and your reputation with Circuit Court judges.

If you are new, or somewhat new, to litigation –  this class 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. Our testimonials (see tab below) can speak to that claim.


The morning:

Discovery and E-Discovery


Motions Directed at Pleadings

  • Motions to dismiss
  • Motions for a more definite statement
  • Motions to strike

Motions for Summary Judgment

Motion Argument

The Afternoon:

Heading to Trial

  • Pre-Trial Timeline & prep
  • Final Status Conference
  • Trial Outline
  • Trier of Fact decisions
  • Pre-trial motions
  • Evidentiary hearings

Your Pre-Trial Tasks, Selecting and Dealing with Your Jury

  • Bench Trial Pointers
  • Client & Witness Preparation
  • Jury Selection / Voir Dire
  • Jury Instructions / Jury Verdict Forms
  • Motions in Limine

Trial Presentation

  • Opening Statements
  • Direct and Cross-Examinations
  • Evidentiary Objections
  • Introduction of Exhibits
  • Expert Witnesses / Expert Reports
  • Closing Arguments

Post-Trial Motions & Preserving the Record

Dates and Times and Locations

June 1, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Gallery One – a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
2670 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33304

(Be sure to arrive at least ten minutes before start time if you want to make sure you have a good seat)


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

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

“Gained great practical insight…great materials provided in [speaker’s] handout.” – Michelle Hardin, 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.

“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 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.

“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.

“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.

“All the presenters were great.” – Corey Cartwrght, 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 informative and reinforcing seminar.” – David B. Russell, Esq.

“Great to get a judges perspective.” Jack Kramer, Esq

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

“Fantastic program.” – Albert Sanchez, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Overall, outstanding and very useful.”

[Speaker] “Very informative, engaging, and also provided practical and useful tips. Excellent speaker. Very personable.” [Judge] “She is fantastic! [She] pulled back the curtain and shared a lot of back-view in procedure.”

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

“Ginny Childs was the best morning speaker. [She] gave very helpful, practical advice on common deposition issues/problems.”

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

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


[Judge] “Very informative with practical pointers. Excellent speaker [with] invaluable knowledge.”

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

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


[Speaker] “Very practical and knowledgeable.” – Lourdes Brea, Esq. [Judge] “It’s enjoyable to listen to him teach.” [Speaker] “Very knowledgeable and good presentation.”

“Loved the judges!”


Hon. Antonio Arzola
Circuit Court Judge
11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

Check back soon for full bio!  

Hon. Jack Tuter
17th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Jack B. Tuter, Jr. is the Administrative Judge of the Civil Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Florida. Judge Tuter has served as Administrative Judge of the Civil Division for the past seven years. 

Judge Tuter currently serves in the Complex Business and Tort Division of the Circuit. Judge Tuter previously served as Administrative Judge of the Unified Family Division and also served in the Family and Domestic Violence Divisions. 

Prior to Judicial service he was a managing partner at Stephens, Lynn and Klein practicing in the field of insurance defense. He also served as the Florida Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

He has participated on numerous judicial panels discussing topics such as foreclosure, jury selection, professionalism, electronic discovery, closing argument, and other Civil related topics.

James Allen, Esq.
Retired Assistant County Attorney, Miami Dade County

Jim was Chief of Training and Development, while continuing to maintain a full caseload in state personal injury and federal civil rights actions.

As a litigator, Jim has practiced extensively in federal and state court at both trial and appellate levels. He has litigated and tried numerous cases involving serious wrongful death and civil rights allegations, including a taking action claiming in excess of 100 million dollars in damages. Jim has also handled numerous state and federal appeals, including a case filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.

After law school, Jim clerked for the Honorable James R. Jorgenson, Florida Third District Court of Appeals.  Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, J.D., Cum Laude, 1980.

Alexandra Bach Lagos, Esq.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Alex’s practice focuses on defending consumer product makers in personal injury and wrongful death actions. For the past ten years, Alex has concentrated her practice on representing tobacco manufacturers in thousands of smoking and health cases pending in Florida’s state and federal courts. She has been involved in all phases of that litigation including case strategy, written discovery, depositions, expert witness preparation, motion practice, trials and appeals. During her career, Alex has provided legal issues and trial support in dozens of federal and state jury trials, many of which involved claims for punitive damages. Alex routinely argues significant motions in courts across the state and has also briefed and argued cases in Florida’s appellate courts.

In addition to her litigation practice, Alex is active in several bar associations and has held leadership positions in the Florida Bar and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Within the Florida Bar, Alex was appointed to, and currently serves on, the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee. She is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Florida Bar Leadership Academy. Alex is a past president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the largest bar association for women lawyers in South Florida. Alex uses her platform as a former bar association president and first-generation American to advocate for greater diversity in the legal profession. She regularly lectures—in both English and Spanish—about the value of diversity in the law.

Alex is a recipient of several awards recognizing her advocacy for women, including the Alumni Leadership Award from the University of Miami and the Celebrating Women in Law Award from Florida International University. In addition, Alex has been recognized as a Legal Luminary by the Dade County Bar Association (2016); a Rising Star by the Daily Business Review (2015); and was named one of the top 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in Miami (2012). Since 2012, Alex has been repeatedly listed as a Rising Star in Florida Super Lawyers. A native Miamian, Alex is deeply committed to the city and gives back to the community by donating her legal services pro bono as a Guardian Ad Litem for children in Miami’s family courts through the “Put Something Back” pro bono project in the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Alex joined Shook in 2006 after graduating from UM Law.  As a law student, she completed a summer clerkship with Justice R. Fred Lewis at the Florida Supreme Court and a two year-internship with Federal Magistrate Theodore Klein in the Southern District of Florida. Alex was also a Certified Legal Intern at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted cases in the juvenile division.


Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz, Esq.
Founding Shareholder
Brodsky Fotiu-Wojtowicz

Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz is a founding shareholder of BFW.  Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz is an experienced trial lawyer and has tried cases in federal and state court. She has won numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts for her clients in both commercial and personal injury cases. She represents corporations, business entities, and individuals in a variety of complex commercial business disputes, and routinely represents individuals who have suffered life altering personal injuries.

Prior to founding the firm, she was a partner at the litigation boutique, Michael S. Olin, P.A., where she focused her practice on personal injury and complex commercial litigation.  Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz began her career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge William P. Dimitrouleas in District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz serves on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Miami School of Law where she teaches an upper level course on Florida Civil Procedure and a seminar on Voting Rights and Election Law.

Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz is active in the South Florida community. She currently serves on the board of directors of the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, sits on the Leadership Counsel for POSSE Miami, chairs the board of directors for Seraphic Fire, and captains numerous tennis teams in leagues sanctioned by the USTA and WTT.

Legal Public Service:

Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Williams P. Dimitrouleas in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Community Involvement:

Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter

Member, Adjunct Faculty, University of Miami School of Law

Chair, Board of Directors, Seraphic Fire

Member, Leadership Counsel, POSSE Miami

USTA and WTT League Captain

Awards and Recognition:

Named a Florida Legal Elite “Up and Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine

Named a “Rising Star” in “Florida Super Lawyers Magazine”

Inducted to the Oberlin College Athletics Hall of Fame


Adam M. Moskowitz & Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz, Capper-Volstead: An Overview of the Act and its Purpose, E & I UPDATE (Exemptions & Immunities Comm., Section of Antitrust Law, A.B.A.) Fall 2009, at 4

Sheila Ortesky, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C.

Sheila is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters that span a variety of industries. From entertainment, real estate and healthcare, to construction, condominium associations and hotels, her experience also includes money transmitters, professional services, moving and mobile storage, automobile dealerships and audio/visual services.

Notably, Sheila successfully defended a million commercial foreclosure trial and successfully prosecuted the counterclaim for declaratory relief in that action that went to trial for over 4 days. She has handled matters involving partnership and business disputes, commercial foreclosures, civil theft, breach of contract, civil fraud, motor vehicle dealership law, consumer fraud, bank litigation, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, condominium law and public adjuster compliance nationwide. Sheila also has experience in assisting clients with general corporate and contractual matters.

Sheila has been selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2010 as a top “Up and Comer” and was selected by her peers as an honoree for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County Award in 2012. She was also selected as one of the Top 14 Lawyers to Watch in 2014 by Attorney at Law Magazine and named a Rising Star in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2016.

Sheila is conversational in Farsi.

Benjamin L. Reiss, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig P.A.

Benjamin L. Reiss practices in the areas of general commercial, product liability and other civil litigation in federal and state courts, criminal defense and property tax appeals. He has been involved in approximately 60 jury trials, over 45 of which he has been the lead trial lawyer. Ben is a former Assistant Public Defender and has wide-ranging jury trial experience. He is on the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association, a Member of the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, and a former Chair of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. Ben has presented the Professionalism portion of the Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism Seminar on numerous occasions, and is the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

James N. Robinson II, Esq.
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.


Register by March 30th and save $25 on each registration with the Early Bird rate!

Registration fees are per person

Individual: $425
Early Bird registration $399

Group: $399 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Early Bird registration $380

Government employee/Non-Profit* Rate: $375
Early Bird registration $350

Law Students/paralegals*: $235 (current JD students only)
Early Bird registration $210


Program materials:

We’ve gone green.  Registration fees include an electronic copy of your handbook emailed one week in advance of the program.  Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it by then.

If you prefer, you may order a hard copy of the handout to be provided the day of the program for $25. To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register. If you want a hard copy, you must order it when you register; there will not be any available for purchase the day of the program.

** Legal Aid/Non-Profit 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. Full and partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of non-profit/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 9.0 general CLE units in Florida through December 1, 2019.

FL Board Certified: This program is approved for units of Board Certified CLE in Florida as follows:

  • Civil Trial: 9.0 units through December 1, 2019

CA General:  This program is approved for 7.5 units of general CLE in California.

NJ General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New Jersey’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 7.5 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NJ approved jurisdiction. See the New Jersey State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

NY General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 7.5 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.

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.

$235.00$425.00 $210.00$399.00 each

Pincus Professional Education has put on its premier Circuit Court Boot Camp for seven years 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 Circuit Court.


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