DATES: Tues., March 3, 10, Wed., March 18, Tues., March 24 & 31, 2020|6:00PM - 9:00PM


15 CLE CREDITS: 1 Diversity & 14 Skills



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.


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. The fact pattern is an actual case that went to trial, not “made up”. Materials will be provided.


This workshop is for a 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 Lay-person and Expert Witnesses, as well as a Summation for both Plaintiff and Defendant. You will exhibit your craft before a panel from the Judiciary and Trial Bar and receive concrete advice & constructive criticism.  The Panel will consist of 6-8 Jurists and Trial Lawyers who are the best of the best. The format also includes an initial discussion by the Panel regarding the day’s presentation, including a question and answer session, prior to breaking out into groups and exhibiting your craft.


Enrollment is limited!


Week 1:

Preparing your Case for Trial, Witness selection, strategy and Jury Selection.


The Art & Science of Jury Selection: Spotting the problem jurors, using your challenges and those of your adversary, preparing the jurors for your theme of the case and “thunderstriking” the problems of your case.


Week 2:

The art of Opening Statements: Relating to the jury your theory of the case and telling the jury what you intend to prove.


Week 3

Direct 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 4:

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. We will make diligent effort to have an actual Physician to attend and be an Expert witness.


Week 5:

The Charge Conference and Summation: Preparing your requests, anticipating, and meeting the adversaries’ request, framing Verdict Sheet Questions, making a record and preparing for Summation.


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

The focus of this “Advanced” Trial Course is to help make you the best Trial Lawyer you can be, in a constructive environment.





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


Additional faculty TBA


This seminar has been approved 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

Sessions 1, 3, 4 & 5


620 8TH Avenue, 16th Floor

New York City, NY 10018


Session 2


132 Nassau Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10038




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