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As counsel for the plaintiff you have the unique ability to set the tone of the trial and shape the jury’s perception of your case from the beginning. Learn from NELA’s veteran trial lawyers how to use your first five sentences to introduce your theme with “grabbers” that will resonate with the jury. Ms. Bogas and Mr. Egan demonstrate how to develop your theme and tell your story by presenting an opening statement. If you have struggled with credentialing the unlikeable client or the client that has damaging character evidence, deciding how to handle the defendant’s exculpatory evidence, or using demonstrative aids and technology in your opening statement, you will learn how to weave all of this into your opening statement while establishing credibility with the jury using ordinary words that shift the jury’s focus to the bad conduct of the defendant.
Kathleen L. Bogas Kathleen L. Bogas is partner at Bogas, Koncius & Croson, P.C. specializing in all areas of Plaintiffs’ employment law. She is a past president of Michigan Association for Justice and past president of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She...MoreKathleen L. Bogas is partner at Bogas, Koncius & Croson, P.C. specializing in all areas of Plaintiffs’ employment law. She is a past president of Michigan Association for Justice and past president of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is past chairperson of the Negligence Council and currently is Co-Chair of the Judicial Qualifications Committee of the Michigan State Bar. Ms. Bogas has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and is also a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. She has been awarded the Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the Jean King Leadership Award from the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Earl Cline Award for Excellence from the Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1989. Ms. Bogas is one of the editors of Federal Employment Litigation and Employment Litigation in Michigan, has written numerous articles, and given presentations in all areas of employment and trial law. Collapse
Dennis E. Egan Dennis E. Egan received his B.J. degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1973, and his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1976. Mr. Egan is a member and Managing director of the Popham Law Firm, P.C., specializing in...MoreDennis E. Egan received his B.J. degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1973, and his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1976. Mr. Egan is a member and Managing director of the Popham Law Firm, P.C., specializing in trial work with a particular emphasis in employment law. Mr. Egan is a frequent presenter/lecturer at CLE seminars on various topics relating to litigation practice, and the preparation and trial of employment discrimination cases. Through March, 2014, Mr. Egan has been lead trial counsel in approximately 136 cases of all types—including 103 jury trials. In May 2011, Mr. Egan was lead counsel in a harassment/retaliation case that produced a $10.6 Million verdict—the largest jury verdict returned under the Missouri Human Rights Act. Most recently, on January 25, 2014, Mr. Egan was lead counsel in an age discrimination case for 4 supervisory employees fired for sending pornography on company e-mail. The jury found age discrimination motivated their firing and rewarded nearly $1 Million in back-pay and emotional distress. Future damages, fees and costs will be awarded by the trial judge. The Kansas City Business Journal’s Annual “Best of The Bar” has included Mr. Egan every year since the listing began in 2002. Mr. Egan has several times been named to “Super Lawyers Top 50 in Missouri-Kansas.” As founder of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Mr. Egan served as President from 1993 until 2007, and will serve as a permanent emeritus member of KC NELA’s officers. He served a 12-year term on the NELA Executive Board (1997-2010). Collapse
March 14, 2014
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
Your Opening Statement: Winning Over The Jury From Day 1 - Audio
Your Opening Statement: Winning Over The Jury From Day 1 - Paper
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