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  • Description

    The trial process is one that begins from the instant a case is filed. Every step has the potential to effect the final outcome and the initial plea is no exception. Whether in federal or state court, it is critical to begin with pleas that are detailed, precise, and accurate as they form the basis from which your case is built. This CLE course is designed to instruct you in building your case from the very beginning by navigating the pleading stage and using it as a foundation for a strong and successful case. The course will explain: • Each stage of the plea process • State court filings • Reply to new matter • When and how to plead in a third party • Filing of the initial notice • Complaints & Answers • Service of the Complaint via Notice of Lawsuit and Request to Waive

  • Instructor Bio

    Ryan Smith

    Mr. Smith is a seasoned litigator having acted as lead counsel on hundreds of cases in a relatively short period of time. Mr. Smith spent seven (7) years as a sole practitioner practicing in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, civil rights, and professional malpractice. As a sole practitioner it was imperative that Mr. Smith be well versed in the area of drafting pleadings in both state and federal court. Mr. Smith is an AV-rated attorney.

    He is a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Smith has acted as lead counsel on various types of cases, including civil rights matters, medical malpractice claims, automobile accidents, mass tort product liability cases, premises liability cases, nursing home negligence cases, and matters under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In 2010, Mr. Smith was the inaugural recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section's National Trial Advocacy College Scholarship. Mr. Smith has resolved many cases to substantial verdict and settlement.