Summations and Openings

May 26 & June 1, 2020 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM

4 Skills CLE Credits

This seminar has been approved for transitional & non- transitional credits.


You must register in advance!


This webinar is FREE for all NYSTLA members
(Reproductions and taping are prohibited)


Join Judy Livingston, Jeff Korek & Ben Rubinowitz as they co-chair this two part Series: Openings & Summations. They have assembled an All-Star panel of Trial Attorneys who will demonstrate what they do and say in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments to achieve spectacular results.  Trial demonstrations are what this program is all about. Each member of the faculty will demonstrate an opening or summation.



May 26

Summation should be a carefully planned well organized argument that if delivered properly, leaves the jury no alternative but to vote in favor of your client. Planning for Summation should begin the time you first meet your client and continue until the Judge says, “Counsel you may sum up”
In part one of this two part series some of the very best lawyers in the country demonstrate winning summation techniques. Each of these lawyers have achieved multiple 7 and 8 figure verdicts.

June 1


The opening Statement provides the first impression of the case. This course will provide you with the tools to deliver an opening statement that will capture the jury’s attention and, more importantly, persuade.





Judith A. Livingston, Esq.

Kramer Dillof Livingston & Moore


Judith Livingston is a senior partner at Kramer Dillof Livingston & Moore, and, according to Lawdragon one of the “Most influential Plaintiffs’ lawyers in the history of American law.”  She has also been called “A Legal Legend” and named one of the “50 most influential women lawyers in America” by New York magazine.  Ms. Livingston has won 35 verdicts in excess of a million dollars and has negotiated settlements of multi-million dollars in several hundreds of cases involving car and train accidents, general negligence, medical malpractice and labor law.  CNN has called her “The Queen of Torts”.  Ms. Livingston is the first woman in the United States invited to join the Inner Circle of Advocates and will be the next president of this national organization.  She is included annually in the Top 100 New York lawyers by Super Lawyers and repeatedly as one of the “top 50 women lawyers” in New York. 



Jeff S. Korek, Esq.

NYSTLA Past President

Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C.

Jeff Korek is a senior trial partner at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, Past President of NYSTLA. Since 2006, Jeff has been recognized in both. Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyer for personal injury and medical malpractice. In 2016, Jeff was named as Best Lawyers “ Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation in New York City. Jeff was also recognized by Best Lawyers s the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in the New York City area. I 2018, the Litigation Counsel  of America inducted him into the Trial Lawyers Honorary Society. He is routinely described as “powerful” and “influential” by publication such as the New York Times and Craig’s New York Business.

Ben Rubinowitz, Esq.

Gair Gair Conason Rubinowitz Bloom Hershenhorn Steigman & Mackauf


Ben Rubinowitz is the Managing  Partner at Gair Gair Conason Rubinowitz Bloom Hershenhorn Steigman & Mackauf. He has been named Best Lawyers "Lawyer Of The Year" four times. This year Ben was named to the “Top 10” list of attorneys in New York.  His approach to and preparation of cases has produced 27 verdicts and over 160 settlements in excess of one million dollars in cases arising out of car accidents, premises accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, civil rights violations and products liability. In his three most recent trials Ben obtained verdicts of $42 million, $71 million and $59 million. Ben is presently the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.


Thomas A. Moore, Esq.

Kramer Dilliof Livingston & Moore


Tom Moore is a senior partner at Kramer Dillof Livingston & Moore and one of the best trial lawyers in the United States.  He has been named by the National Law Journal as the “Lawyer of the Year” twice.  Tom has been named by NY Super Lawyers in the top 100 every year since its inception and several times named to their list of Top 10 Lawyers in New York.  Tom has 92 verdicts over a million dollars, including 50 verdicts over $10 million and four verdicts over $100million, including verdicts for $109million, $120million, $130million and $170million.  Additionally, he has negotiated hundreds of multimillion settlements in excess of one million dollars in car, truck and train accidents, labor law and medical malpractice.  Tom has been named to the Hall of Fame by American Legal Media and by Lawdragon. 

Randi McGinn, Esq.

McGinn Montoya Love & Curry


Randi McGinn is a senior partner at the New Mexico law firm McGinn Montoya Love & Curry andhas tried over 100 cases in both state and Federal Court. She has earned many honors over the years including: Best Lawyers in America, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law; Top 25 lawyers in NM, Southwest Super Lawyers; Top 10 Lawyers, Albuquerque Magazine; and Member of Inner Circle, US 100 Top Trial Lawyers. Randi was the first woman President of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the first woman admitted to the Roehl Circle of Trial Lawyers and is presently listed as one of the top 100 plaintiffs trial lawyers in the United States.


Charla Aldous

Aldous Walker, LLP.

Over her career, Charla Aldous has tried over 200 jury trials for plaintiffs and defendants. She began her career on the other side, defending businesses and insurance companies until she decided she wanted to choose the people and companies she represents, to know them personally and believe in their cause . Among her many achievements are: being selected to the list of LawDragon Legends (2019);

Aldous Walker Named Elite Trial Lawyers Finalists in the “other” and “Product Liability” Categories (2019);

Aldous Walker Named to The National Law Journal’s 2018 list of Top 100 verdicts for securing a $25 million verdict (2018); Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America; and Lifetime Achievement Award, Texas Lawyer (2015).

Mike Kelly, Esq.

Walkup Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

Mike Kelly in his fourth decade as one of the nation’s top personal injury, attorneys. Throughout that time he has protected consumers from corporate greed, medical mistakes, dangerous household products, unsafe drugs and devices, roadway accidents and a host of other wrongs. He has tried, arbitrated or settled more than 200 cases where the recovery by his client exceeded $1,000,000. He was selected by SuperLawyers as a “Top Ten” honoree for 2017-2018 and by “Best Lawyers” as the 2017 Lawyer of The Year in the area of mass torts. Within the last year he obtained a $4,000,000 jury verdict against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District for the death of a pedestrian struck by one of its buses, negotiated a major eight figure confidential settlement against Kaiser Health plan for a catastrophically injured infant, and obtained a $5.6 million dollar jury verdict against a Super Shuttle driver for the death of a retired restauranteur.


Evan Torgan, Esq.

Torgan Cooper & Aaron, P.C.


Evan Torgan is the founding partner of Torgan Cooper & Aaron and one of the leading personal injury attorneys in the country. Evan Torgan has procured some of the highest verdicts and settlements for his clients and many multi-million dollar verdicts including $90 million for a brain - injured child resulting from neonatal malpractice, $64 million for a brain - damaged baby caused by obstetrical malpractice, during spine surgery, and $30 million for a child struck by a truck causing brain and orthopedic injuries. He has been elected to Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and The Top 100 Trial Lawyers.





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