Bootcamp for the Seasoned Attorney: A Clinical Course in Advanced Trial Tactics


Wednesdays, May 10, 24, 31 & June 7,  2017|6:00PM - 9:00PM


12 CLE CREDITS: 1 Ethics, 11 Skills



Seminar Overview:

This course is a limited enrollment workshop available only to attorneys who have been trying cases for at least five years, have done 5 trials or those who have taken Gary Pillersdorf’s “Bootcamp for Lawyers” seminar.


This workshop is for an elite group of attorneys who try or would like to try complex, high value cases. You will be provided with a fact pattern for a catastrophically injured plaintiff and will be asked to prepare for Jury Selection, Opening Statement, Direct and Cross-Examinations of Expert Witnesses, as well as a Summation for both Plaintiff and Defendant. You will then exhibit your craft before a panel from the Judiciary and Trial Bar. You will receive concrete advice & constructive criticism as you put your case before the experts and members of the judiciary.


Enrollment is limited!


Week 1:

Ethical Consideration:  Preparing Witness and Trying a Case.


The Art & Science of Jury Selection: Spotting the problem jurors, using your challenges and those of your adversary, preparing the jurors for your theory of the case.


Week 2:

The lost art of opening statements: Relating to the jury your theory of the case, telling the jury what you intend to prove.


Examination and cross-examination of the lay witness: Do’s and don’ts, working with the trial court’s ruling, advancing the theory of the case (or defense), reacting to the unforeseen.


Week 3:

Examination & Cross-Examination of the Expert Witness: Preparation for the direct & cross, use of visual aids, dealing with the difficult expert, the art of cutting one’s losses knowing when enough is enough.


Week 4:

The Charge Conference: Preparing your request, anticipating, and meeting the adversaries’ request, framing and using interrogatories, making a record.


Summations: Asking the jury for money, discussing the strengths of your case & neutralizing the weaknesses.




Leslie Kelmachter, Esq. - Co-Chair

NYSTLA Past President

Silver & Kelmachter, LLP.


Helene Blank, Esq. - Co-Chair

NYSTLI Dean Emeritus

Blank & Star, PLLC


Hon. Arlene Bluth
Supreme Court, New York County


Hon. David Everett

County Court, Westchester County


Hon. Linda S. Jamieson

Supreme Court, Westchester County


Hon. John J. Kelley
Civil Court, Kings County 


Hon. Lewis Lubell

Supreme Court, Westchester County


Hon. Ellen Spodek

Supreme Court, Kings County


Hon. Marsha Steinhardt

Supreme Court, Kings County


Ryan H. Asher, Esq.

Asher & Associates


Marc M. Dittenhoefer, Esq. 

Special Counsel to the Law Firm of Nguyen Leftt P.C.

A Founding Partner, Blank Goolnick & Dittenhoefer, Esqs. 

NYSTLA Executive Committee of Board of Directors

Nathan R. Sobel Kings County American Inn of Court Past President & Master Emeritus


Anthony Pirrotti, Jr., Esq.

Westchester Affiliate President

Pirrotti & Glatt Law Firm PLLC





Additional Attorneys & Judicial Faculty to be Announced






This seminar has been approved for non-transitional credits.

You must register in advance. Limited seats available.

Cancellations must be made 48 hours before seminar begins. No refunds will be given for later cancellations, or once the seminar starts.

*Younger Lawyer is a NYSTLA member admitted to the Bar 10 years or less.

NOTE: There is a 10% discount for 3 or more registrants from the same office.


New York, NY


620 8th Ave.

NY Times Building

34th Floor

New York, NY 10018




Subway information


A,  C  or E to 42nd Street 


Cancellation Policy

We require 24 hour prior notice to cancel seminar attendance.
No refund will be given for later cancellations, or once the seminar begins.