Jury Instructions and Case Valuation: The Finish Line (IL)

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

Listen as Superior Court Judge Mike Panter and Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice (Ret.) walk you through prior cases looking at case valuation and how it plays out at trial.

In this audio program, Judge Panter and Judge Duncan-Brice (Ret.) guided attendees through the case valuation process from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. Participants were split into plaintiff or defense counsel groups and, in conjunction with the judges, used the jury verdict reporter as a tool to propose case valuation amounts.

They analyzed the case valuation process from the beginning to end of a case, using multiple cases. The judges and participants proposed a case value for each case first from the plaintiff’s perspective. They discussed demands, elements, liability, jury instructions and why the demand was made. Participants proposed defense case and settlement values, whether settlement should have been offered, key elements, legal points, facts and proposed an offer.

The class went through the details of the reports to see what happened and discussed why and the factors leading to the final jury verdict.

Additional issues discussed: how to determine how much to ask a jury, factors that lead to decisions, negotiation techniques, definitions and instructions relating to damages and relevant case law.

This program was recorded in 2013.

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What You Will Learn

  • The process of valuing a case from the Plaintiff’s perspective
  • The process of valuing a case from the Defense perspective
  • The elements and factors involved in making case valuation decisions
  • Case law related to damages
  • Critical legal and fact issues that influence damages verdicts and case valuation
  • The amount of damages to ask for from a jury and why
  • Factors going into a decision to offer to settle from defense and plaintiff perspectives
  • Factors going into a decision to accept a settlement or go to trial, from defense and plaintiff perspectives
  • Tips and tricks from the trenches
  • What judges recommend and mistakes not to make


“Course was exactly what I expected. Good open forum discussion of how to evaluate case values, and better understanding of how to apply jury instructions.” Peter Higgins, Esq.

“If you practice PI, don’t miss this seminar. Great practical pointers from two highly experienced judges.”

“This was a great seminar, I loved the format being interactive. Terric faculty. Three hours was just enough.”

“Very capably done; chock full of information.” J. Cunyond Gordon, Esq.

“Both judges were very good at explaining how to look at jury instructions when valuing a case. Also, I like how they showed how to use verdict reporters.”

“[speaker] Good use of examples from her experience as judge and prosecutor.” Peter Higgins, Esq.

“I learned a great deal listening to others discuss settlement rationale.” Michael Cabin, Esq.

“Good insight by presenters.”

“Good explanation of how jury instructions affect both liability and damages.” Peter Higgins, Esq.


Hon. Jennifer Duncan-Brice (Ret.)
Retired Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Resolute Systems, LLC

Judge Duncan-Brice (Ret.) graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1976.  She started working at the Corporation Counsel’s Office for the City of Chicago as a law clerk in 1975.  Judge Duncan-Brice held various positions ultimately becoming Deputy Corporation Counsel of the Torts Division.  In 1992, she was elected as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and was assigned to the Law Division.  She had several assignments for the first two years, including a motion call. For the last several years, Judge Duncan-Brice had been assigned to a General Calendar Call where she heard cases from the beginning to the end, i.e. case managed the lawsuit, ruled on motions, mediated the pre-trials, and conducted the trials.

Judge Duncan-Brice is a co-author of a book entitled, "Illinois Pretrial Practice," published in 2004 by James Publishing, which has been revised in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.    It is an approximately 1200 page book, giving nuts and bolts information on how to prepare a civil case for trial.

From 1988 to 1989, she was president of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.


Audio Course and Materials Package – CD or Download: $295

CD: plus $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

CLE Credit

IL General:  The program is no longer valid for Illlinois CLE credit. We are happy to assist you in applying for individual credit.

CA General: This program is approved for 3.0 hours of California MCLE credit.

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.

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Listen as Superior Court Judge Mike Panter and Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice (Ret.) walk you through prior cases looking at case valuation and how it plays out at trial. Recorded in 2013.