Trial Tactics

Committee Chair Colette Magnetta Acker & Whipple Los Angeles, CA

Committee Overview

The Trial Tactics Committee is one of DRI’s largest committees. This Committee is dedicated to helping the defense lawyer perfect the skills required to excel as a trial lawyer, advocate, speaker and writer. The Committee focuses on the critical tools you need to sharpen your skills as an advocate, negotiator and communicator in all settings, whether at deposition, trial, mediation or oral argument.

The committee actively reaches out to all substantive areas of DRI’s membership, to transfer those skills and knowledge that work well in the courtroom to the myriad other areas of defense law where the arts of effective communication and persuasion can lead to the successful resolution of disputes. We accomplish this through a variety of activities. The Committee’s newsletter, Trials and Tribulations, is published several times each year. The Committee continues to publish several articles authored by its members in the issues of For The Defense dedicated to the Trial Tactics Committee, as well as in The Voice and in In-House Defense Quarterly. Our members have numerous opportunities to be published in highly regarded national publications. The Committee also has a vibrant online community where committee members connect, network and learn from like-minded lawyers on a diverse range of topics in a casual, conversational environment.

The Committee also works periodically on Defense Library Series publications concerning all aspects of trial work, from discovery to pre-trial motions through trial. There are also occasional special projects, such as The Collateral Source Rule: A Compendium of State Law and The Deposition Manual.

In March of each year, the Committee produces its annual seminar, carrying on the highly successful tradition begun by Al Parnell over a decade ago. A great number of nationally renowned experts educate private practice lawyers, claims examiners and in-house counsel on the latest research and techniques to effectively advise and defend our clients against a claim. Check the DRI website for details.

The Committee has also partnered with other committees to present interesting and varied seminars such as the Complex Medicine seminar which we co-chaired with the Medical Liability Committee.

Trial Tactics has also presented a variety of webcasts, with great success, on a variety of cutting edge litigation topics. Some are designed to target more experienced trial lawyers while others are designed and co-presented with the Young Lawyers Committee to target newer lawyers. The webcasts schedule is on posted on the DRI website.

There are many opportunities for members to speak and write through these programs and publications. We welcome anyone who would like to become actively involved in our Committee. We encourage members of diverse backgrounds to participate. We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you at our seminars, as well as at the Annual Meeting in October.