How to Litigate a Case in Minnesota State Court

Larry D. Espel
Nonprofit Org.
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Minnesota Continuing
Legal Education
Minnesota State Bar Association
Continuing Legal Education
Your State Bar at Work For You
How to Litigate a
Case in Minnesota
State Court
Course Chair
Greene Espel PLLP; Minneapolis
Michael J. Belaen
Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Minneapolis
Vincent D. Louwagie
Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie PA; Minneapolis
Jane E. Maschka
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James K. Langdon
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Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Minneapolis
State Bar
Legal Education
Dan Herber
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC; Minneapolis
Cynthia A. Bremer
Goetz & Eckland PA; Minneapolis
A practical seminar that will have you
looking forward to your next trial!
• Recent amendments to Rules
of Civil Procedure and General
Rules of Practice
• How a case proceeds, from
start to finish
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Minneapolis
Gregory R. Merz
• Specific requirements
regarding form, signing,
service, filing, and timing
William Z. Pentelovitch
• How to draft effective written
discovery requests and how to
respond to discovery requests
Briggs and Morgan PA; Minneapolis
Dan Singel
Goetz & Eckland PA; Minneapolis
Rhyddid Watkins
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Minneapolis
Video replay dates available.
Eric J. Rucker
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand LLP; Minneapolis
How to Litigate a
Case in Minnesota
State Court
Gray Plant Mooty; Minneapolis
• Negotiating tips and strategies
designed to maximize your
client’s position
And much more!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370 | Third Floor City Center, Minneapolis
Video replay details inside.
Course Information
Live Presentation
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Third Floor City Center
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Check-in & Continental Breakfast
video replay
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Written Discovery Strategies and Best Practices
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
The Big Picture: A 50,000 Foot View of a Civil Case in Minnesota
State Court
An overview of what rules apply to Minnesota state court cases; how a typical
case proceeds from start to finish; how to stay focused on the big picture
throughout the case; how to level the playing field; and the significance
of the new procedural rules and amendments, including the concept of
– Larry D. Espel, Course Chair
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
8 Critical Issues You Need to Consider Before Initiating the
Before you even begin to draft a complaint, you need to consider a variety of
strategic legal issues that could affect your case: Whether to sue, when to sue,
what to do before suit, where to sue, whom to sue, how to sue, what to sue on,
what to serve with the suit.
– James K. Langdon
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Motions are a critical component of litigation. This session will discuss procedural
requirements, strategies and practical considerations, and oral argument
– Gregory R. Merz
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Using Negotiation Skills and Tools to Your Tactical Advantage –
Including Rule 68 Offers of Settlement
Because the majority of cases settle before trial, your negotiating and
settlement skills are often a key component of your client’s success. You’ll
receive helpful tips and strategies designed to gain tactical leverage and
maximize your client’s position. You’ll also learn how to use and respond to
Rules 68 offers of settlement.
– Cynthia A. Bremer
To Register:
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
How Cases are Won and Lost in Depositions – and What to Do
About It
You’ll learn the strategies for making the most out of this essential discovery tool.
This session will address considerations such as who to depose, when to depose
key witnesses, and how to formulate effective questions.
– Michael J. Belaen & Dan Singel
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
When the Opposing Lawyer Crosses the Line: Effective
Responses to 5 Common Discovery Abuses
Strategies for responding to discovery tactics such as baseless assertions of
privilege; stalling; inflicting excessive costs on the opposing party; providing too
little or too much information; withholding evidence.
– Vincent D. Louwagie & Eric J. Rucker
3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Effective Motion Practice
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
How to draft and strategically use discovery to accomplish litigation goals; how
to limit objections, respond to improper requests, and address disputes; when
and how to involve the court.
– Dan Herber & Rhyddid Watkins
Or go online:
Minneapolis – 10/17/13
(Registration 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Third Floor City Center
Duluth – 11/8/13
(Registration 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Radisson Hotel Duluth—Harborview
505 West Superior Street
Mankato – 11/8/13
(Registration 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Chesley, Kroon, Chambers & Harvey
75 Teton Lane
Moorhead – 11/5/13
(Registration 9:00; Replay 9:15)
Minnesota State University
1104 7th Avenue South
Comstock Union, Room 227
St. Cloud Area – 1/24/14
(Registration 8:45; Replay 9:00)
Minnesota School of Business
1201 Second Street South
Waite Park
Minnesota CLE is applying to the
Minnesota State Board of Continuing
Legal Education for 6.0 standard
CLE credits. Application is also being
made to the MSBA for 6.0 certified
civil trial specialist credits.
New Lawyer
Scholarship Program
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
The Complaint and the Answer: Effectively Telling Your Client’s
Story from the Get-Go
What the rules require regarding content, form, signing, service and filing, and
timing; tips for how to use these pleadings as an effective tool to tell the court
your story.
– William Z. Pentelovitch
In recognition of the challenges
facing lawyers entering the
profession, Minnesota Continuing
Legal Education has established a
scholarship program for unemployed
and underemployed lawyers admitted
fewer than three years. Those
wishing to apply for such assistance
should contact Grant at 651-254-2111
or [email protected] for details.
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Significant Procedural / Rules Differences Between Minnesota
State Court and Federal Court
Includes changes to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and the General
Rules of Practice for District Courts, effective July 1, 2013.
– Jane E. Maschka
Lunch (on your own)
Mail form to:
Minnesota CLE
2550 University Ave. West Suite #160-S
St. Paul, MN 55114
Schedule times for replay may differ
from the live presentation due to
abbreviated lunch and break periods.
Start time is as indicated below.
Or call:
651-227-8266 or 800-759-8840
Call Minnesota CLE at 651-227-8266 or 800-759-8840
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How to Litigate a
Case in Minnesota
State Court
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