Washington State Superior Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (WA)

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Judges and expert practitioners will provide you with helpful tips and information that teach you about motion and trial practice in Washington State Superior Court. Learn from judges and expert practitioners and find out what they are really looking for from litigators and what they find are the most effective litigation techniques of the best lawyers

You will learn procedural issues, motion practice, brief writing, and common mistakes not to make.

You will also discover what judges look for in counsel’s presentation, oral argument and writing as well as what to expect and tips for improving your trial practice.

Additional topics include pre-trial and post-trial procedural issues, effective voir dire and jury instruction pitfalls.

This seminar is a great program for beginning to intermediate attorneys or attorneys wanting to get the court’s perspective on effective litigation techniques in Washington state courts.

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What You Will Learn

Introduction and Basic Issues that frequently trip up attorneys, Case Development & Theories

The Three D’s: Demurrers, Discovery, Depositions

  • Demurrers/Motions to Strike/Special Motions to Strike
  • Discovery 
    • Deciding whether it matters to your case
    • New discovery rules / E discovery
    • Remedies available—requesting sanctions
    • Judge’s perspective
    • Meet and confer requirements/creating a good record
    • Considerations for trial at the discovery phase
  • Depositions 
    • Deciding whom to depose
    • Taking good depositions
    • Making effective use of depositions at trial


  • Practice pointers – like when to use it to your advantage, changes in law

Motions for Summary Judgment

  • Tips, advice, writing strategies and more

Other Motions

  • Ex Parte applications
  • Motions for Attorneys’ Fees
  • Continuances
  • Reconsideration

Oral Argument

  • Why it still matters
  • What judges hate/want
  • Practitioner prep – how to prepare properly
  • Tips and mistakes not to make
  • What do you do if a tentative has been issued
  • Being persuasive


Heading to Trial

  • Pre-Trial Timeline & Trial Outline
  • Pre-Trial Conferences

Pre-Trial Matters

  • Mock Trials and Jury Consultants
  • Client & Witness Preparation
  • Jury Selection / Voir Dire
  • Jury Instructions
  • Opening Trial Briefs
  • Motions in Limine
  • Motions to Exclude Witnesses from Courtroom
  • Sealing the Record

Trial Presentation

  • Opening Statements
  • Expert Witness Exam and Cross
  • Objections
  • Exhibits
  • Closing Argument

Motions During and After Trial & Wrap Up

  • Directed Verdict/Motion for Judgment
  • J.N.O.V. / Motions for New Trial

Ethics issues will be discussed throughout the program.


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”The speakers were all clear and concise regarding topics. The program was very informative and found it helpful that each step to the process was broken down and straight forward.”

”Great course! Very informative and basic enough for beginners. All well prepared and great presence.” Christina H. Johansen, Esq.

“This class was very helpful and informative.” Portasha Moore, Esq.

“My personal objectives were completely satisfied – I left feeling like I had several new ideas and tools I could apply to my work immediately.” Sally Mielke, Esq.

”Excellent material / great presenters” Richard Hansberger, Esq.

”Good presentation – I like the panel format.” Barry E. Weber, Esq.

”Enjoyed overall presentation and topics.” Greg Kreausian, Esq.

”Great overview. This is a great opportunity to brush up my knowledge.” Michael Waddington, Esq.

“Great practical examples, tips, tricks, etc.”

”Good presentation. Great real life practice pointers.”

”I learned alot and it was informative” Ryan Griffith, Esq.

“The seminar was very informative. The speakers provided very useful information in a sufficient and informative manner.” Angela Lin, Esq.

”Excellent material and great presenters.” Richard Hansberger, Esq.

”Great explanation of the law and examples by practitioners clearly versed on the topics presented really helped me understand the applicability of the subject matter.” Rahman Gerren, Esq.
“Very practical advice.” Natilee Riebman, Esq.

“Interesting and helpful insights.” John Jackman, Esq.

“Very informative!” Lindsay R. Wood, Esq.

”Enjoyed overall presentation and topics.” Greg Kerauosian, Esq.

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“Great tips about deconstructing your case.”

”Excellent speakers!” Amber West, Esq.

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“My personal objectives were completely satisfied – I left feeling like I had several new ideas and tools I could apply to my work immediately.” Sally Mielke, Esq.

“I like the A to Z nuts and bolts manner in which this program was conducted. Very helpful refresher course for someone getting back into the courtroom.”

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“Good – well satisfied!” John Corcoran, Esq.

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“Great to have a judge’s perspective.”

“Excellent program.” Thomas Lee, Esq.

“Informative, excellent, engaging.”

“Checklists and outlines were very helpful.” Natilee Riebman, Esq.

“Very good.” Andrea Rosen, Esq.

“The panels both did a good job of progressing through the content with thoughtful, relevant insight.” Adam Stone, Esq.

”This was a very nice overview of trial prep that boosted my confidence as i prep for my trial” Nicholas Colla, Esq.

”Very validating and also good food for thought. This was very thoughrough training” Heidi Lehrman, Senior Counsel, CA Department of Managed Health Care

“The panelist covered everything! They were quite thorough respective of the time constraints.”

“Thank you for the resources via email – They are the practical information that I was looking for.” Carol Wyzinski, Esq.

“Great info and schedule was followed to cover all the material.”

“Interesting panel and topics.” Shelley Crawford, Esq.

“Very practical advice.” Natilee Riebman, Esq.

“Interesting and helpful insights.” John Jackman, Esq.

“Very informative!” Lindsay R. Wood, Esq.

“This class was very helpful and informative.” Portasha Moore, Esq.

“Great panel! Complemented each other well!”

“All the things law school should have taught you, but didn’t.”

“Even after practicing for several years, it was good to have a discussion regarding the nuts and bolts.”

“Every morning should start with an engaging person who is excited to present.”

“Great perspective from (court staff).”

“Great panel.”

“Detailed and all-encompassing, not too fast, good pace.”

“Very engaging presenter.”

“Very good.”

“Everyone was great, good comeraderie with today’s panel.”

“My personal objectives were completely satisfied – I left feeling like I had several new ideas and tools I could apply to my work immediately.” Sally Mielke, Esq.

“I like the A to Z nuts and bolts manner in which this program was conducted. Very helpful refresher course for someone getting back into the courtroom.”

“This was the only valuable MCLE I have attended in years.”

“This program provided a very helpful overview of the anatomy of a case through trial.”

“Good – well satisfied!” John Corcoran, Esq.

“Good speaker. Gave lots of practical examples.” Carol Wyzinski, Esq.

“[Speaker] was very insightful, especially from a plaintiff perspective.”

“The speakers were extremely articulate and knowledgeable.”

“Gave a clear perspective of what happens in the judge’s chamber.”

“Very informative and engaging. Tons of great ideas!”

“Very informative – especially to a new attorney.”

“Very good!” Kevin Spainhour, Esq.

“Good overview. Kept the crowd engaged.”

“Helpful practice points for new attorneys.”

“Excellent!” Kathryn Cotter, Esq.

“It was good to hear the judge’s perspective.”

“After pulling an all nighter finishing my research memo, I am very impressed that you all kept me wide-awake and very fascinated and entertained. Thanks!”

“I liked the speakers very much and how they stayed on topic.”

“Everything was on point. Thanks!”

“Real life situations combined with humor – thanks! Thanks also for reminders of pertinent code sections and insight into judge’s preferences.”

“[Speaker] gave a great perspective from a defendant point of view! Very resourceful.”

“[The seminar] gave me good insight as to what the court looks for in reading papers. My objective was to improve motion writing and the comments of the presenters were very helpful.”

”I was surprised at how useful and educational this seminar was”

“Great speaker. Interesting and accessible.”



Hon. Catherine Shaffer
King County Superior Court

Hon. Catherine D. Shaffer is a King County Superior Court Judge (Position 11), currently assigned to the Civil Department. Judge Shaffer is a Trustee of the American Judges Association (AJA), and a member of the AJA Executive Committee, and a governor on the AJA Board of Governors. She has served as past chair of the Washington Superior Court Judges Association (SCJA) Legislation Committee and Criminal Law & Rules Committee, past President of the King County Law Library Board, and past co-chair of the Washington State Bar Association Access to Justice Board’s Impediments Committee, and a current member of the King County Superior Court Committees on the Court and the Community, Technology, and Jury. Judge Shaffer is a faculty member at the National Judicial College and the Washington State Judicial College. She has made numerous presentations at prior judicial conferences and CLEs. Judge Shaffer received her J.D. from Columbia School of Law (Columbia University, New York; James Kent Scholar, 1983-84; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1984-86; Board of Editors, Columbia Law Review). She received her B.A. in American Studies and Political Science from Wellesley College (Wellesley Scholar – Equivalent to Magna Cum Laude.)

Adam C. Cox, Esq.

Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S.

Adam Cox is an attorney in the Seattle office of Forsberg & Umlauf.  His practice consists primarily of tort defense in the areas of premises liability, professional liability, and personal injury.  Before working at Forsberg & Umlauf, he served as staff counsel for the Liberty Mutual Group for six years.  He is a member of the WDTL and the King County Bar Association.  He obtained undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Political Science from the University of Washington.  He worked as a chemist before obtaining his law degree from Seattle University in 2004.  

Glenn S. Draper, Esq.
Managing Partner
Bergman Draper & Frockt

Glenn Draper joined the firm in 2006 but he has been fighting for the rights of individuals against big business and government for over a decade. He has been representing victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases since 2004. “The best part of my job,” Glenn says, “is sitting down with mesothelioma victims to figure out where they were exposed to asbestos, and then preparing them to testify in a way that holds those companies responsible.” Glenn has taken the deposition of over 300 victims of asbestos disease. Most recently, Glenn has worked with mesothelioma victims that were exposed to such products as cement pipe, brake materials, joint compounds and insulation products. Significant settlements were obtained in each of these cases. Glenn has appeared in the Superior Courts for King, Pierce, Snohomish, Whatcom, Spokane, Benton, Franklin, Pacific, Chelan, Jefferson, Klickitat, Douglas, Grant, Thurston, and Lewis counties, as well as Multnomah County in Oregon.

Glenn grew up in a Navy family, and served several years on active duty is the U.S. Army, where he was named Soldier of the Year for the U.S. Army Support Command Hawaii. He was also one of several attorneys at Innocence Project Northwest that were awarded the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award in 2000. Glenn has been recognized as a Quiet Hero by the King County Bar Association for his pro bono work.

Francisco A. Duarte, Esq.

Fury Duarte PS

Francisco joined Fury Duarte in 2011 as their newest attorney committed to trial advocacy excellence.  He is formally a partner of the firm of Fox Bowman Duarte, an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, and as a Deputy King County Prosecutor.  He is a director and former chair of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, a non-profit corporation, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Shakespeare Company.  He is also past chair of the WSBA Criminal Committee of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Francisco has taught trial practice at the Northwest College for DUI Defense, the WYLD Trial Advocacy Program and at the regional National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  In 2006, Francisco was appointed to serve on the faculty of the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.

Francisco is a frequent lecturer at legal education programs on criminal law topics and has appeared on Northwest Cable News and radio programs as a legal analyst.  He has published articles on criminal law in Defense, Trial News, and The Warrior magazines. At Fury Duarte, Francisco practices both criminal law, specifically defending DUIs, felonies and other serious traffic and criminal matters, as well as high-stakes personal injury law.

Lawrence S. Glosser, Esq.

Ahlers & Cressman PLLC

Lawrence S. Glosser practices law at the Seattle firm of Ahlers & Cressman, PLLC. He has been actively involved in the real estate industry as a broker, manager, developer and attorney since 1978. He is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of real estate transactions and financing. He brings his entrepreneurial experience to the practice of law, enabling him to understand both the legal and business issues presented in each transaction. As an attorney, he assists clients with understanding and evaluating legal issues associated with business transactions, enabling clients to analyze risk and make informed business decisions. Mr. Glosser was formerly an associate at Perkins Coie, and served as Assistant General Counsel for Shurgard Storage Centers, Inc. at its Seattle headquarters. Prior to joining Ahlers & Cressman, PLLC, Mr. Glosser was the owner and managing member of Glosser Law Offices, PLLC located in Bellevue, Washington.

Mathew L. Harrington, Esq.
Stokes Lawrence, P.S.

Mat Harrington is a shareholder in the Litigation practice at Stokes Lawrence. His practice includes commercial litigation, employment law, antitrust law, class action defense, and trust and estate litigation.  Mat possesses a deep level of trial experience and has obtained successful results for his clients, including trying numerous cases to jury verdict as lead counsel





Audio Course and Materials Package – Download: $425

Audio Course and Materials Package – CD: $425 $25

CDs: plus $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

*New orders only, while supplies last.

CLE Credit

WA General:  This program is approved for 6.0 credit hours through March 24, 2019.

CA General: This program is approved for 6.0 credit hours, including .5 hours of ethics credit in California.

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 and 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.

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Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

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Recorded in 2014.