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ACTL 2019 - DAMAGES: It's All About the Money. How to Get it. How to Keep it. - May 10, 2019

Total Credits: 6 including 2.5 Ethics

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7 Hours 30 Minutes

  • Fri, May 10, 2019 - 09:00a to 04:30p MST-Arizona

Tag: Jan2019


It's All About the Money.
How To Get It.
How To Keep It.

Most trials are about money. One side has it and the other side wants it.

If you represent plaintiffs, how do you set up your case to maximize damage awards?

If you represent defendants, how do you convince the jury that the "value" of the case is not what plaintiff claims?

Listen to some of Arizona's best trial lawyers discuss what resonates with jurors -- approaches to take, phrases to use, and exhibits to display to increase or decrease the potential for a large verdict.

Learn what you can and cannot argue and the ethical pitfalls to avoid.


This program is also offered as a webcast.




I. Day-in-the-Life Video Evidence: Impact and Admissibility.


A Look at Day in the Life Videos - Are they worth the money and time? And when and how do you use them? Learn how to maximize or minimize their use and impact on your case.




    John A. Micheaels

    Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart, P.C.

    Katherine M. Corcoran

    Broening, Oberg, Woods & Wilson, P.C.


II. Proving and Defending Wrongful Death Damages Claims:  The Tangible Value of the Intangible.


Wrongful death damages claims often involve large components of intangible damages such as grief, sorrow, loss of love and affection and mental suffering.  Proving and defending such claims pose significant challenges.  This presentation will provide creative and innovative approaches for both the plaintiff and defense side of this difficult equation.



    Peter Akmajian

    Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian

    Tom Slutes

    Slutes, Sakrison & Rogers, PC

    Patrick J. McGroder III

    Beus Gilbert, PLLC


III. “The Hammer”—Punitive Damages


Exemplary damages in the 21st Century: a sledge hammer or rubber mallet? When and how you can get them, avoid them, limit them and keep them on appeal.



    Ted Schmidt

    Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian


III. Commercial Litigation Damages: Valuation and Proof


A practical discussion featuring an overview of the framework, bases and evidence vital to understanding, presenting and defending economic damages in complex commercial litigation.



    James Condo

    Snell & Wilmer LLP

    Jeff Willis

    Snell & Wilmer LLP

    Joseph E. Mais

    Perkins Coie LLP


V. Beyond Pain and Suffering -- Hedonic Damages/Loss of Enjoyment of Life -- What is it and How do you Prove It?


What does “loss of enjoyment of life” mean?  If you are plaintiff’s counsel how do you portray the loss without becoming maudlin and if you are defense counsel is there anything you can do that does not sound insensitive?  This presentation will focus on the challenges both plaintiff and defense counsel face.



    Paul J. McGoldrick

    Shorall, McGoldrick, Brinkmann

    Georgia A. Staton

    Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.

    Hon. Timothy J. Thomason

    Maricopa County Superior Court

    Mark McGoldrick

    Office of the Public Defender


VI. From Jury Selection to Closing Argument -- Addressing Damages Without Stepping in it ... Ethics Violations, that is.


This panel will discuss the do’s and don’ts of presenting a damages case and avoiding a mistrial.  What is and is not acceptable argument – Golden Rule, Per Diem, Personal Belief and other pitfalls of Arguing Damages.



    Phillip Stanfield

    Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.

    Robert E. Schmitt

    Murphy, Schmitt, Hathaway, Wilson & Becke, PLLC

    Dan Cavett

    Cavett & Fulton, PC

    JoJene Mills

    Law Office of JoJene Mills, P.C.




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