Friday, Jun 28, 11 AM-1:30 PM

Litigation’s Demands on the Law Department

Ruth's Chris Steak House
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525 Fulton Street, New Orleans, LA

11:00 am – 11:30 am Welcome 11:30 am – 12:00 pm Kelly Theard – Email Etiquette Tales of embarrassing e-mails showing up during litigation are legendary. The risks to a company, its personnel, and its reputation are very real. Kelly Theard’s representation of construction companies, design professionals, and retail businesses has provided ample instances of e-mails she wishes had never seen the light of day. Kelly has a number of tips and best practices to maintain proper email decorum. 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Melissa Lessell – Depositions of Corporate Employees and Representatives An effective deposition of a corporate witness or representative is the critical weapon the company has against a powerful or sympathetic opponent. A bad deposition can be disastrous. Through her commercial litigation practice defending professionals as well as officers, directors, and corporations, Melissa Lessell has been involved in all kinds of depositions of corporate witnesses and representatives. Through these experiences, Melissa has a number of effective tips and strategies for preparing witnesses for their depositions and guiding them through the deposition process. 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Ray Lewis – Law Department’s Role at Trial Whether one day or multiple weeks, trials place significant demands on a corporate law department. A trial will require the members of the law department to wear a multitude of hats and act in often unexpected capacities. Through his representation of local and national corporations at trial, Raymond Lewis has insight into all the demands that the law department and its members will face during trial and will provide some helpful methods of making the demands as manageable as possible. 1:00 pm - 1:30 - Questions and Answers