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Depos: How to Master the Deposition (IL)(Recorded Packages)
Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)
Back by Popular Demand: Our Deposition Skills Program.
Don’t miss this recording if you want to improve your deposition skills – taking or defending them! And we’ve added a special session covering how to effectively and successfully take depositions online.
If you are looking for a program on Federal Court litigation and procedures, please check out our 13th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp in Illinois (April 2022).
Depositions are not a “one size fits all” process. Good depositions are like art. They take thought, skill and patience—and creativity—from start to finish. Our expert litigators will guide you through the nuanced art of the depo, from understanding the differences between trial and discovery depos to dealing with hostile witnesses and difficult opposing counsel.
And that’s not all. You’ll also find out when to call the judge and when it can be avoided. Do not go into your next deposition unprepared. Let us teach you the methods that have helped our experts succeed.
This litigation CLE program will provide you with strategies to take and defend better depositions both before and during trial.
Check out the “What You Will Learn” tab for a list of topics.
This program was recorded live on April 20 & 22, 2021. The recorded packages are now available in audio or video format and includes seminar materials.*
* The Video recording is a video of the webinar (including sound). The Audio recording is audio only, for those who wish to listen to it without visuals (such as in the car). You can also purchase both formats together. Note: All downloads must be downloaded to a computer first, before transferring them to another device.
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What You Will Learn
Overview, Strategy and The Online Depo
- Depositions not a “one size fits all” process – trial deposition vs discovery deposition
- Understanding your goals and keeping your deposition goal-driven
- Is this depo really necessary? Determining whether the depo is worth the time and money and what you plan to get from it for your case/trial
- Who should attend and why
- Preparing specific questions and outline of themes
- Preparing for “unexpected” answers/objections or other difficulties
- Other tips and tricks that may give you an edge.
- Using the depo at your hearing or trial – strategies and techniques
- Process and procedure
- How to best prepare your witness
- Tips and strategies
- Difficulties to avoid
- What happens when you have a witness who can’t or wont take the time to be prepared – what are your options
- What happens when you have a witness that won’t listen to you when you are preparing them
- What do you do if you realize during witness prep that the witness is going to be a disaster – including when you are working under a more senior partner or when you are the decision maker
- The percipient witness vs. a PMK
- Ethical considerations
Expert Witness Depositions
- Effective opposition research options on expert witnesses
- Strategies to qualify and/or attack expert witnesses
- Attacking the expert with his/her own words from prior deposition, treatises, expert reports, etc.
- Using Motions in Limine to exclude expert or testimony
- Preparing Your Expert for Deposition
Handling Documents & Exhibits – Making the Record; Get the Authentication You Need
Impeaching the Witness – Practical Advice and Strategies
- Practical advice:
- How do I do it?
- Why do I do it?
- Objection strategies
- What to avoid
- Biggest risks in objecting and not objecting
- Specific objections and real world examples
Mock Demonstration and Discussion about Demonstration focusing on objections and impeachment
Handling the Difficult Witness and/or Opposing Counsel
- Concrete tips and advice, such as:
- The angry opposing counsel – what do you do?
- When opposing counsel yells – how to handle
- Opposing counsel that objects to everything, how do you handle?
- The witness keeps obfuscating or saying “I don’t remember” to everything, now what?
- You know the witness is lying – is there anything you can do?
- How to keep the depo from getting out of control
- How to avoid needing to call the judge
- The times when it is worth bothering the judge in the middle of your depo
The Online Depo
- Best practices
- Advice from a judge
- What to watch out for
- Adapting traditional techniques and resources
Mock Demonstration and Discussion focusing on Difficult Witness and/or Opposing Counsel and Online Depos
“Wonderful program for a new lawyer such as myself to learn about the fundamentals of depositions. I thought all the speakers were fantastic. The set-up of the course was great, and everything seemed to be well done.” – Josephine Tintera, Esq.
“I thought this was an excellent course. I would wholeheartedly recommend, for both new attorneys and folks who have been doing this for years.” – Elizabeth Homsy, Esq.
“I thought both sessions were excellent. Presenters were all clearly experienced and presented the material very well.” – Dolores Ayala
“Great speakers and information. Very satisfied with the material covered. Enjoyed the mock deps.” – Delaney Hunt, Esq.
“Excellent depth of the content and application to real-life problems. It made the lesson meaningful and far more helpful.” – Teresa Russo, Esq.
“As someone just starting in civil practice, I felt these explanations were basic enough without being boring, and absolutely helped me understand the different aspects of depositions and the depth of preparation needed.” – Josephine Tintera, Esq.
“Well laid out! It was very informative and helpful! I learned some-things I didn’t know about deposition, so it was useful for even those of us who have done a few of them!” – Elizabeth Homsy, Esq.
“I thought the presenters did a great job of going over relevant rules and how they apply in practice.” – Nathan Nash, Esq.
“Excellent program. Very informative and easy to follow.” – Mohammad Owaynat, Esq.
“As a brand-new attorney, I appreciated the speakers not glossing over topics that are likely well-known by experienced attorneys. Instead, they took the time to explain basic topics and talked about information that someone new like me would not necessarily be able to read-between-the-lines about. Great speakers!”
“I thought the speakers were great!” – William Ruffing, Esq.
“All presenters were well prepared and the slides were helpful.” – Daniel P. Fitzgerald, Esq.
“Great speakers; great content.” – Wayne Barry Slaughter, Jr., Esq.
“Program was excellent.” – Dolores Ayala, Esq.
“This was excellent! I have done a few depos in my time, and I still learned a lot!”
“I appreciated how things moved quickly. I also appreciated real world advice and experience.” – Julie Meglan, Esq.
“Good content. Got what I hoped to get regarding content.” – Matthew Ndonwi, Esq.
“I thought all of the speakers did a fantastic job explaining their presentations as well as giving examples and tips of how they generally handle preparation, experts, and taking a deposition generally.”
“Great program. Very detailed, lots of great information but clear and comprehensive, not too overwhelming.”
“I learned a lot! I enjoyed all the speakers and the topics that they covered. They were all helpful and did not shy away from explaining very basic details that someone new to practice would not understand.”
“Great program. Provided practical recommendations for conducting and defending depositions, both in person and virtual.”
“It helped with some areas that I generally have questions on. Additionally, I appreciate hearing other attorney’s strategies or tactics with regards to depositions.”
“Great speakers – loved the live examples and mock depos.”
“Thought the program was excellent. I think even though my practice doesn’t involve civil litigations, I can apply the lessons to taking and defending testimony in arbitrations.”
“Speakers were engaging, material covered balanced well between overview and specific practice tips.”
“Very good presentations. Great program.”
“I enjoyed the mock deposition. Webinar gave me more insight in what goes on or can go on in a deposition.”
“I found the mock deposition helpful.”
“The program was valuable and worthwhile.”
“I thought it was very useful.”
“Knowledgeable and engaging speakers.”
“It was very helpful.”
“Good program for newer attorneys.”
“Very informative with skilled presenters.”
“As I have just a basic understanding of depositions, these detailed explanations are helpful to help me expand upon my (limited) knowledge.”
“Thoughtful, valuable content.”
“It was overall good and helpful that it dove into specific rules.”
“Organized. The speakers were knowledgeable and focused on relevant content.”
“Receiving tips and advice on depositions was helpful.”
“I really enjoyed all of the speakers and would be happy to attend other trainings they are involved in.”
“Speakers did a nice job.”
“The program was very good.”
“All the speakers did a great job.”
“Great speakers, great demonstrations.”
“Useful and helpful.”
“Great topic! Excited to learn more.”
The following testimonials are from our previous How to Master the Deposition programs held in Illinois:
“The panel covered every angle of approaching and completing a deposition. Great CLE. This was very helpful.” – Marrena Van Horn, Esq.
“Everyone was great – very knowledgeable about the subject matter and all speakers imparted great advice and insight.” – N. McLaughlin, Esq.
“I appreciated the practical advice regarding how to deal with problematic situations which arise during the taking of a deposition.” – J. Scifo, Esq.
“I’m currently knee-deep in depositions, and I wanted to make sure I’m doing it well. I came out with helpful tools and ideas.” – Mary Karagiannis, Esq.
“Very satisfied. Everything was very informative. Thank you!” Jenna McMahon, Esq.
“Speakers used real life examples, which was incredibly helpful. Very engaging presentations!” – G. Nae, Esq.
“Everything was great. Each speaker was so informative and provided great examples and tactics. I learned a lot of useful information.” – K. Sifuentez, Esq.
“I learned a lot about expert witnesses, which would be useful in one of my current cases.” – J. Kumar, Esq.
“Presentations were very informative and engaging. This was a tremendous program and covered the main issues concerning depositions. Excellent presenters. Great discussion of strategies to employ for different experts. Samera Ludwig offered valuable tips on when and why to make depositions and the strategy behind whether to object or not. Porter and Greenwalt gave an outstanding presentation with interesting and relevant videos – both entertaining and very helpful.”
“This was very informative. Better than reading books about the topic.” – J. Lin, Esq.
“I thought all topics covered were informative and to the point.” – M. MCallister, Esq.
“Satisfied. Michael Leonard was very engaging, especially with the role-playing. Andrew Porter and Paul Greenwalt made good use of videos.” – Ken Walden, Esq.
“Lots of good material and examples.” – M. Faller, Esq.
“Porter and Greenwalt are very good speakers.” – Caitlin McNulty, Esq.
“Thought all speakers were very interesting and informative.” – J. Young, Esq.
“I liked the anecdotes for examples.” – J. Davenport, Esq.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. I feel that I now have the knowledge necessary to better choose witnesses to depose and how to properly and completely prepare for taking and defending such depositions.”
“Excellent written materials. Just reading through these materials was worth my time and money to take the course.”
“Loved the anecdotes! The sample production requests and outline for experts will be very helpful.”
“The mock deposition was a good way to connect the things discussed throughout the day.”
“Great overview with informed presenters.”
“Presenters were all excellent and really knew their stuff.”
“Very thorough and very informative.”
“Speakers were all excellent and presenting practical tips.”
“Very well done by all speakers involved. Deposition-taking seems much less daunting.”
“Good to have specific state/federal examples.”
“They covered everything. This was very thorough.”
“All of the speakers and content was great.”
“All presenters were well-qualified.”
“Practical and useful in my personal practice.”
“The presentations and materials were helpful.”
“Great content and covered relevant topics.”
“Packet information is very helpful/useful.”
“Easy to follow presentation.”
“Great delivery. Very informative.”
“Great speaker – good material for younger lawyers.”
Lisa W. Bohl, Esq.
Lisa Bohl represents clients at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. Her practice covers a broad array of subject matters, including business litigation, financial and securities cases, intellectual property, and criminal matters. Ms. Bohl’s trial experience includes delivering opening statements, conducting direct and cross examinations, and arguing trial motions. As part of her pro bono practice, she also represents plaintiffs in civil rights matters.
Prior to joining MoloLamken, Ms. Bohl served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmond E. Chang of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She also worked as an associate at Jones Day. During law school, Ms. Bohl was a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, where she represented veterans in matters involving military sexual assault, benefits, and improper service discharges.
Before attending law school, Ms. Bohl worked at Achievement First, a charter school network, and Morningstar, an investment research company.
Jennifer M. Cascio, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Salvi Schostock & Pritchard P.C.
Jennifer M. Cascio joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in March of 2020. She concentrates her legal practice in cases concerning personal injury, medical negligence, product liability, and mass torts.
Ms. Cascio brings an unparalleled knowledge of the chemical industry to the firm. Prior to joining Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., Ms. Casio worked at an international law firm where she was a member of the firm’s Energy, Environment and Infrastructure practice group. She has served as national litigation and trial counsel for a multi-billion-dollar corporation. Ms. Cascio has litigated hundreds of cases as lead counsel in both state and federal courts across the country and prides herself on obtaining favorable results for clients. She has experience litigating individual, multi-party, and mass tort actions involving personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, and commercial disputes.
Prior to her work at an international law firm, Ms. Cascio worked at a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm where she gained a passion for helping clients after a catastrophic injury or medical error. She loves that Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. offers her the opportunity to get back to her roots of being a victims’ rights advocate. In advocating for her clients, Ms. Cascio prides herself on getting to know every facet of her client’s lives to not only formulate the best strategies in the courtroom but to help her clients overcome the wide-ranging ramifications of their personal tragedies. Ms. Cascio prides herself on approaching every client’s case with the delicacy and care she would extend to her nearest and dearest friends and family. Her experience advocating for clients extends beyond the courtroom through drafting legislation, lobbying, and public relations efforts.
Brian Eldridge, Esq.
Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge
Brian Eldridge is a trial lawyer who devotes 100% of his practice to civil litigation. Brian has a wide range of experience successfully litigating multi-million dollar, high-stakes cases on behalf of his clients. He concentrates his practice in products liability, construction/construction defect, transportation, premises liability, commercial litigation, mass torts, and class action matters. He has handled numerous cases involving death and catastrophic injuries, including paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and other significant permanent disabilities.
Within the commercial litigation context, Brian has successfully litigated cases involving breach of contract and allegations of fraud and bad faith. He has also handled numerous consumer class action lawsuits under federal statutes including the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In addition, Brian has litigated cases involving alleged environmental exposure to mold, vinyl chloride, and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB).
Brian was selected for inclusion in the Illinois Rising Stars list for eight straight years, from 2008 to 2015. No more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state of Illinois are selected for this honor. In 2013, Brian was honored to be named to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” list. In 2015 and 2016, Brian was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers. The distinction of being named an Emerging Lawyer is reserved for the top 2% of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been identified by their peers as proving themselves to be professional, ethical, and experienced at an early point in their legal career. In 2017, Brian was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer, which is limited to 5% of attorneys in the state.
Brian’s practice philosophy focuses on being accessible and responsive to clients at all times. He is on the rapid response team for several clients and is frequently called upon to orchestrate immediate investigations. Through his years of practice, Brian has developed an extensive expert network, having worked with consultants in various specialized areas including medicine, engineering, construction, epidemiology, pharmacology, economics, federal regulations, safety standards, risk assessment and psychology.
Brian lives in Highland Park with his wife, Jodi, and their three daughters.
Jill Felkins, Esq.
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
Jill M. Felkins is a Shareholder in the firm’s Chicago office. Ms. Felkins is a trial and appellate attorney who devotes her practice to defending clients in the areas of products liability, premises liability, construction negligence, personal injury, class action, toxic tort, environmental litigation, transportation, and trucking. She provides a wide range of litigation services to her clients from initial analysis and pretrial workup through trial and appeal. Ms. Felkins practices in state and federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and beyond. She has obtained summary judgment for national and local clients in multiple areas of law, including premises, toxic tort, transportation, and environmental contamination coverage litigation. Her appellate practice includes favorable results in post-trial and interlocutory appeals.
Ms. Felkins is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She also volunteers as a guardian ad litem through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. In that capacity, she has successfully protected the best interests of multiple children in the Chicago area.
Nicholas A. Gowen, Esq.
Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.
Nicholas Gowen is a partner and trial attorney at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella in Chicago. Nicholas represents Fortune 500 and middle market companies in commercial business disputes in courts and arbitration forums around the country.
Nicholas is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried cases to verdict or judgment in federal and state courts, multiple arbitration forum, as well as evidentiary hearings before administrative agencies. Nicholas is experienced at handling claims involving shareholder disputes, real estate litigation, trade secrets, employment matters, contract claims, and other business disputes. In addition to trial work, Nicholas has successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Appellate Court.
In addition to his legal practice, Nicholas served for 12 years as a Visiting Instructor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching undergraduate courses focused on the Courts, the Judicial Process, and trial advocacy. Nicholas has published numerous articles in legal journals and magazines and been involved in leadership roles in organizations serving the legal community. Nicholas was honored as one of Chicago’s “Top 40 under 40 Game Changers” by Ariel Investments and The Urban Business Roundtable, and selected by Crain’s Custom Media as one of Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers. In 2017, Nicholas was appointed by the Illinois Governor to the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, eventually serving as the Chairman of the Board. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny), an organization focused on establishing community and economic development programing for underrepresented youth in the Woodlawn and Englewood communities of Chicago. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation.
Nicholas received his B.A. in political science with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2003. He resides in Chicago with his wife and two sons.
Elissa J. Hobfoll, Esq.
Herschman Levison Hobfoll PLLC
Elissa litigates complex individual, collective and class claims related to workplace discrimination, harassment, whistleblower activity, wage and hour violations, leave practices, unemployment benefits, and retaliation in state, federal, appellate, and administrative courts. She has extensive experience negotiating dispute resolutions ranging from multi-million dollar settlements to severance and reinstatement agreements. Elissa frequently appears in federal, state, and administrative courts, and she has successfully obtained judgments and settlements on behalf of her clients.
In addition, Elissa provides legal consultation services for businesses of various sizes in a multitude of industries. She has varied experience conducting neutral third- party internal investigations, including those addressing workplace disputes, sexual harassment, grievances, ethics policy violations, and discipline. Elissa assists clients in conducting payroll and employee handbook audits. She provides services related to drafting and implementing employee handbooks, employment policies, benefits packages, and all manner of employment relationship contracts; such as independent contractor, separation, severance, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation and commission arrangements and agreements.
Elissa is a graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was an Equal Justice America Fellowship grant recipient. During law school, Elissa served as a student attorney at the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent: Employment and Civil Rights Clinic, a fee generating teaching law firm. While in law school, she was selected for an externship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Litigation Department with the Chicago District.
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.
Joseph Kish, Esq.
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
Joseph L. Kish is a Shareholder in Segal McCambridge’s Chicago office. Having joined the firm in 2018, Mr. Kish brings notable, career-long litigation experience with him. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to the defense of business litigation, complex commercial, technology, and intellectual property law matters. He is also skilled in the defense of employment matters, namely employment mobility actions and state and federal employment discrimination actions. Over the course of Mr. Kish’s career, he has represented and counseled clients in matters requiring class action. He represents clients in defense of data breach, privacy, fraud, defamation, professional negligence and breach of contract claims. Mr. Kish is highly focused on and skilled at risk and liability management, often times counseling clients in large scale documentary evidence and electronic discovery productions.
A seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Kish maintains a national trial practice. He has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts in a myriad of different jurisdictions nationally. Mr. Kish is licensed to practice in Illinois and California and is admitted to the bars of district and circuit courts across the country.
Outside of private practice, Mr. Kish is frequently called upon to present on matters of law central to his work as a trial attorney. In his role on faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Kish teaches trial advocacy and expert witness and deposition skills throughout the United States. He regularly publishes on technology, employment and intellectual property matters for a variety of sources including the Defense Research Institute, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Education and for different bar associations. Notably, Mr. Kish is the General Editor for Illinois Institute of Legal Education’s Business and Commercial Litigation 2018 and author on Expert Witnesses. He has also authored libel and slander chapters for California Causes of Action, an attorney practice book.
Mr. Kish received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. There, he was President of the Moot Court Society and was a member of the DePaul Law Review. Before that, Mr. Kish attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received a B.G.S. in Economics and Political Science. As a student at the University of Michigan, Mr. Kish was Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of Political Science.
Gray I. Mateo-Harris, Esq.
Fox Rothschild LLP
Gray has more than a decade of experience representing employers in workplace litigation, handling labor relations disputes and providing strategic counsel on labor and employment law issues. She advises clients in a broad range of industries including education, software and technology services, real estate, financial services, retail and manufacturing. Gray tailors her solution-oriented counsel to the particular needs of each client, considering the nuances of their business in order to deliver advice that is practical and in line with their goals, values and culture. Gray is the regional practice lead for the firm’s Labor & Employment Department for the Chicago office.
A native Spanish speaker from the Dominican Republic, Gray is adept at providing Spanish language representation to clients. She works fluently with Spanish language witnesses and documents, including document review, depositions, mediations, administrative proceedings, internal investigations and employment as well as various types of training.
Gray defends employers before state and federal courts through all phases of trial and appeals. She has handled cases involving restrictive covenants, contract and tort-based actions and claims arising from out of state and federal statutes.
VyShaey M. Mitchell, Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Vy’Shaey enjoys exploring the human dynamic of the employer/employee relationship and understands that the relationship between the two is paramount to the success of any business. This allows her to provide practical guidance, as well a zealous defense to her clients.
Compliance with laws and regulations, as well as minimizing legal risks can often be a struggle for many businesses. Clients look to Vy’Shaey to apprise them of evolving issues, develop proactive strategies and business solutions that mitigate exposure, and competently handle matters if litigation arises.
Vy’Shaey has experience in defending clients in an array of employment matters. She has defended matters brought under employment laws such as, Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA). Vy’Shaey also has experience in defending employers in labor arbitrations involving discipline, contract interpretation and grievances.
Outside of the courtroom, Vy’Shaey has experience advising employers on compliance with federal, state, and local statutes, interpretation of collective bargaining agreements and updating HR policies. Additionally, Vy’Shaey has conducted independent workplace investigations and provided clients with a summary of findings and proposed corrective responses.
Vy’Shaey takes a very hands-on approach to provide her clients with the best possibility for optimal results. Whether that means visiting a work-site or shadowing an employee, Vy’Shaey ensures that she understands the company’s culture, its goals and the issue her client is facing.
Vy’Shaey enjoys being able to develop creative ways to aid her clients in achieving success. She appreciates the opportunity to work with and learn from the dedicated, thoughtful and creative labor and employment attorneys at Seyfarth.
Michelle Parthum, Esq.
Michelle Parthum’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and appeals. She represents clients before the United States Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and other federal and state courts. Her practice includes business and securities litigation.
Prior to joining MoloLamken, Ms. Parthum was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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.
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This program was recorded live on April 20 & 22, 2021.
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