Thursdays, May 10, 24, 31 & June 7 & 14, 2018|6:00PM - 9:00PM


15 CLE CREDITS: 2 Ethics, 1 Law Practice Management, 4 Areas of Professional Practice & 8 Skills

Early Bird Special

Register by April 30th & receive $50 off 

Seats are limited!



Seminar Overview:


In Honor of NYSTLA Past President & Dean Emeritus, Gary Pillersdorf: Past President, Leslie Kelmachter, and Affiliate President, Anthony Pirrotti, Jr., present Gary’s updated classic Trial Advocacy Clinic.


Fact Pattern:
Slip and Fall on a milk crate by Oil deliveryman in an alleyway at night, with no working light. Prior convictions, Veteran, father of 4 children with custody and he has pre-existing osteo-arthritis of the knee which required surgeries after the incident. How do you deal with these concepts and pitfalls and prevail? Come join us and an incredible Panel of Trial Lawyers and Judges.  The fact pattern is an actual case that went to trial, not “made up”.


The CLINIC will feature:
Courtroom Ethics & Civility and Workshop Participation in all aspects of a trial.

Each week, following a brief lecture on facts, rules and techniques, registrants will divide into small breakout groups where they will have an opportunity to be advised, mentored and critiqued by Courtroom legends and members of the Judiciary to:


1. Select the Best Jury 
2. Make an Opening Statement 
3. Call the Plaintiff for Direct Examination
4. Call a Doctor for his or her Direct Medical Examination
5. Cross Examine the Defendant Doctor
6. Sum up to the Jury 


Materials will be provided. We will prepare you for anything that may come up in the Courtroom, from motions in limine, evidentiary challenges to requests to charge: the stuff you will bring on every trip to Court! 


Week One - Ethics & Civility in the Courtroom plus Overview of a Trial 
•Lecture, “Ethics & Civility in the Courtroom” 

• Review of fact pattern, arguments and medicine

Strategies of Jury Selection           
Week Two - Ready Your Honor 
•Lecture  “Pre-Trial Preparation” 
•Panel Discussion 
Opening Statement


Week Three - The Plaintiff’s Case in Chief on Liability
•Panel Discussion on the Order of Witnesses
•Registrant Participation - Putting the Plaintiff on
•Demonstration - Direct & Cross 


Week Four - The Damage Case
•Lecture - Getting Medical Records into Evidence
•Lecture - Direct of Your Medical Expert
•Demonstration Direct and Cross of an Orthopedist
•Registrant Participation - Calling Your Doctor 


Week Five - Closing the Deal
•Lecture on Requests to Charge
•Panel Discussion of Theories of Summation




Leslie Kelmachter, Esq. - Co-Chair

NYSTLA Past President

Silver & Kelmachter, LLP.


Anthony Pirrotti, Jr., Esq. - Co-Chair

Westchester Affiliate President

Pirrotti & Glatt Law Firm PLLC



Hon. Francesca E. Connolly

Hon. Linda S. Jamieson

Hon. John J. Kelley

Hon. Lewis Lubell 

Hon. Eileen A. Rakower

Hon. Ellen Spodek

Hon. Marsha Steinhardt



Leslie Kelmachter - Co-Chair

Anthony Pirrotti, Jr. - Co-Chair

Helene E. Blank 

Shoshana T. Bookson

Vito A. Cannavo

Marc Dittenhofer

Robert J. Genis

Michael E. Jaffe

Chet W. Kern

Michelle Mirman

Marie Ng 

David M. Oddo

David A. Roth

Josh Silber

Nicholas I. Timko

Marea L. Wachsman



This seminar has been approved for transitional & 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.

*New 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

Week 1:


132 Nassau Street, 2nd Floor

New York City, NY 10038

(212) - 349-5890


Weeks 2 - 5:


620 8th Ave.

NY Times Building

34th Floor

New York, NY 10018




Subway information


2 or 3 to Park Place or Fulton Street

4,5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge

A or C to Broadway Nassau



A,  C  or E to 42nd Street 


Cancellation Policy

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.