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December 2017 Bridge the Gap: Happy Holidays!

Event Date: December 17, 2017

Course Format Live Event Bridge the Gap

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Course Description

Time 12/17/2017 09:00AM EST
Difficulty Beginner

The end of the year is just around the corner—complete your CLE with this assortment of fun, fascinating topics!


This program counts towards NY Bridge the Gap Credit. This one-day program will count as 6 Skills Credits and 3 Ethics Credits for New York Bridge the Gap. 

  • NY Newly Admitted Attorneys: This program will fulfill all 6 live Skills Credits required, as well as 3 Ethics.
  • Seasoned Attorneys: Earn 6 General CLE credits and 3 Ethics. Also, although all of our weekends are entitled Bridge the Gap, lectures cover topics of law designed to increase the scope of efficacy of attorneys with all levels of experience.

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Group Rates: Groups of 4 or more from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for in-person attendance at a Live CLE Program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact Lawline Customer Service at (877) 518-0660.


Saad Siddiqui

Ferrante & Siddiqui, LLP

Saad Siddiqui is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received his law degree from Pace University School of Law.  From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Siddiqui was an Associate at the law firm of Young & Bartlett, LLP in White Plains, New York where he represented clients in criminal and civil matters.  From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Siddiqui was Associate Counsel in the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County.  In that capacity he represented hundreds of clients in all types of criminal cases ranging from criminal, traffic, and DWI offenses in local and village courts to murder and other serious felonies at the trial and appellate level.

Presently, Mr. Siddiqui is a founding Partner in the newly formed law firm of Ferrante & Siddiqui, LLP.   Mr. Siddiqui’s practice focuses on criminal, immigration, and elder law.

In addition to his criminal practice, Mr. Siddiqui has lectured about criminal law at Pace Law School CLE. 

Peter Lennon

McEldrew Young

Peter A. Lennon’s career has been devoted to cases involving complex financial issues for many years.  In addition to being an Attorney at Law and a Professor of Economics, he is also a Certified Public Accountant with extensive Auditing and Taxation experience and has a Masters Degree in Finance.  He works as a Lawyer, Forensic Investigator and Litigation Consultant for firms and regulators.

Lindsay H. Tasher

Wyatt Partners

Lindsay H. Tasher is Managing Director at Wyatt Partners, where she focuses her time on attorney fee expert witness work, advising major corporations and law firms on the development of litigation budget programs and billing guidelines, and assessing and evaluating the reasonableness of attorneys' fees in complex litigation in federal and state court throughout the United States.

Prior to her work with Wyatt, Lindsay was in private practice in two major law firms – one in New York and one in New Jersey. She handled all types of civil litigation, with an emphasis on aviation mass-tort law and wrongful death/personal injury claims against airlines and their insurers. She also gained experience in product liability and asbestos defense litigation, as well as various commercial claims under both New York and Jersey state and federal law, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Lindsay received her undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University in 2000 and her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in 2005.

She currently serves on the board of Cancer Hope Network (and, for several years, served as General Counsel), a not-for-profit organization that provides free and one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. Lindsay also serves on the George Washington University Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors, and as President of the Friends of Princeton University Players’ Alumni Board.

Michael Casale

Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP

HONORABLE MICHAEL R. CASALE, J.S.C. (ret.), was a Superior Court Judge for 20 1/2  years, having been appointed on January 2, 1996, and serving until his retirement on June 1, 2016. Judge Casale served in all three divisions of the Essex Vicinage.

During Judge Casale’s tenure in the Criminal Division, he was appointed an Executive Judge in 1998, and was appointed Acting Presiding Judge in 2005. He earned acclaim as a trial Judge in numerous homicide cases, including State v. Rahien Williams (which led to the overhaul of DYFS) and State v. Omar Tindall.

During his tenure in the Civil Division, Judge Casale presided over negligence cases, malpractice lawsuits, employment discrimination, commercial litigation and product liability matters. The New York Times did a feature article in May, 2009, praising Judge Casale’s expeditious and fair handling of the high volume caseload in the Essex County Special Civil Part docket.

Judge Casale served with distinction in the Family Division during the last five years of his judicial career. He was appointed lead FM (Matrimonial) Judge and presided over matrimonial cases involving alimony, child support, equitable distribution, child custody and relocation and domestic violence. He also served as Acting Presiding Judge in the Family Division during his tenure there.

In the New Jersey Law Journal Judicial surveys of 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014, New Jersey attorneys consistently rated Judge Casale as one of the top Judges in the Essex Vicinage. He is a member of The Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a member of The Barry Croland and Brennan/Vanderbilt Inns of Court.

Judge Casale received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law (cum laude). He is a past recipient of Seton Hall Law’s The Peter J. Rodino Society Award.  He is also a former councilman for the Township of Bloomfield, having served for six years.

Matthew Fein

Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C.

Commitment, tireless effort and compassion are the mantras that Matthew Fein has followed in his law career since first being admitted to the Bar in 1997. Having spent his entire career in the area of Civil Litigation and Personal Injury, Mr. Fein prides himself on his personal relationships with his clients and with fellow members of the Bar and Judiciary as the keys to his success .

A 1992 Bachelor of Arts graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and a 1997 cum laude graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Matthew is admitted to practice in both the State and Federal Courts of New York, New Jersey and The District of Columbia.

He has been with Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C., since 2000 and based upon his contributions to the firm was named partner in 2013. As one of the firm’s Trial Attorneys, he handles a wide variety of legal matters including, construction and work site accidents, premises liability, motor vehicle litigation, medical and professional malpractice and products liability. In these areas, he has taken many cases to verdict and settlement, having obtained significant recoveries for his clients.

Mr. Fein also handles the firm’s depositions and motion practice in its complex cases and has argued Appellate matters for the firm having appeared regularly before both the 1st and 2nd Judicial Departments of the State of New York.

He is an active member of many professional organizations such as The New York State Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice and New York County Lawyers Association.

In his personal life, he holds many noteworthy positions such as his seat on the Executive Board of Directors and as a Trustee for the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation in Old Westbury, New York and President of the Bayside, Queens Chapter of Business Networking International.

When not in the courtroom, he is an avid mariner and sports fan and resides on Long Island with his wife and three children.

Moshe Horn

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Moshe Horn has earned a national reputation as a trial lawyer as well as an insightful trial strategist, and is skilled in the nuances of jury research and selection in both civil and criminal matters. Moshe is a founding partner of the litigation boutique, Gitlin Horn, & Van De Kieft. specializing in all aspects of trial work. Moshe has tried over 100 jury trials and is one of the few lawyers to have tried criminal cases both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney , and civil cases both as plaintiffs attorney and a defense attorney. additionally moshe is one of the few lawyers who ah tried a class action case to verdict. this unique experience gives Moshe the ability to see a trial from every angle. Moshe has numerous 7 figure plaintiffs verdicts and has achieved superlawyers and best lawyers of New York status many times. Moshe has been an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo law school for 20 years and is a frequent lecturer on trial strategy for lawline, marino, and AAJ. Moshe is also a frequent lecturer to schools and parent groups on issues confronting todays teens and the legal and social issue that they confront.

After graduating Cardozo law school, Moshe spent a decade as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in the Manhattan District Attorney's office where he tried more than fifty jury trials to verdict, achieving one of the highest conviction rates in the Manhattan office. He achieved successful outcomes in cases of both violent and white collar crime, including homicides, sex crimes, kidnapping, money laundering and extortion. In addition, he served as a member of the Sex Crimes Unit and the Asian Gang Unit, as well as a domestic violence coordinator in his trial bureau, and his work resulted in numerous grand jury indictments, many of which required advanced wiretapping techniques and the use of undercover officers. He also regularly participated in the office trial advocacy training program and supervised many young lawyers in their development as litigators.

 Moshe transferred this vast trial knowledge into the practice of products liability and mass tort litigation at Kaye Scholer, a leading New York law firm, where he worked on products liability and commercial and white collar litigation matters. At Kaye Scholer Moshe served as a primary trial strategist, bearing active responsibility for the preparation and execution of numerous focus groups and mock trials, as well as the conception and development of advanced trial graphics and jury questionnaires. During his tenure there, Moshe served on the trial teams for numerous mass tort trials including pharmaceutical, asbestos and commercial trials.

To continue his focus on mass tort litigation, Moshe joined Seeger Weiss, and was a member of the trial team that achieved a $47.5 million verdict against Merck for a client's Vioxx related injuries. He contributes broadly to the firm's commercial litigation practice and handles private criminal and personal injury matters as well. He regularly interfaces with jury consultants and conducts mock jury exercises, and consequently can share his insight about juries with current clients.



09:00AM - 10:15AM
Strategies for Winning Your Next Trial: Jury Selection and Expert Witness Examination in New York & New Jersey
with Michael Casale and Moshe Horn

This program, presented by Professor Moshe Horn, and retired Superior Court Judge Michael R. Casale, presently Of Counsel at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, in Roseland, New Jersey, provides strategic options, legal pitfalls, and practical tips in the areas of jury selection and expert witness examination.

Trials can be won or lost before the actual testimony begins if one party wins the battle of jury selection. Jury selection offers attorneys an opportunity to create the first impression with potential jurors so it is very important to put your best step (and your client’s best step) forward immediately upon the jury panel’s entry into the Courtroom, and to continue it throughout the jury selection process. This course will focus on the “do’s and don’ts” of jury selection, and effective strategies with respect to same. 

The course will also discuss another aspect of a trial where counsel can win or lose a trial—that is the examination of expert witnesses. Many cases simply boil down to “a battle of the experts”. Which expert is more credible? Which expert’s opinions will connect with the jury? This part of the course will focus on winning strategies regarding expert testimony. Some differences in the Court and evidence rules in New York and New Jersey will be presented by the panelists. However, the focus will be more on winning strategies, rather than Court and evidence rules.

10:20AM - 11:35AM
How Cases Are Won and Lost at Depositions - Top Tips for the Successful Practitioner
with Matthew Fein

Depositions are the foundation and building blocks of any successful lawsuit. The ramifications of poor testimony given by a witness can have fatal consequences both for a Plaintiff or Defendant, while a well-prepared attack of a witness at deposition can solidify testimony that will lead to a winning result. As such, depositions can often be the single most important part of any lawsuit.

This program, presented by Matthew Fein of the law firm of Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C., provides strategic tactics for pre-deposition preparation, defending your client, obtaining winning testimony when on the offense, and post-deposition follow-up. The course will also focus on important steps both pre- and post-deposition, and teach how to make any case both more valuable or defensible.

11:40AM - 12:55PM
Best Practices for Bringing, Defending, or Settling a Regulatory Enforcement Action
with Peter Lennon

What is the current state of financial regulation and enforcement? How does it compare to recent history?

Mr. Lennon, a litigator and forensic accountant with over twenty years of experience in cases involving complex financial issues, will very briefly explore the historical backdrop of regulatory change with an emphasis on recent high-profile enforcement matters. He will then explore the essentials of regulatory enforcement cases with an emphasis on appropriate settlement strategies.

12:55PM - 01:30PM

01:30PM - 02:45PM
Skills for Handling a Criminal Case in New York: From Arraignment to Appeal
with Saad Siddiqui

The purpose of this program is to help attorneys develop skills to better handle a criminal case in New York - from arraignment to appeal. Understanding the nuances of criminal trial practice is essential, so don’t miss this opportunity to pick up the strategies you need for success from an experienced and knowledgeable criminal trial defense attorney.  

This program, led by attorney Saad Siddiqui, is more than a simple nuts and bolts seminar. Attorneys will be given the skills and insight needed to handle all aspects of defending a criminal case in New York State.

02:50PM - 04:05PM
Ethics and Best Practices When Navigating Legal Fee Disputes
with Lindsay H. Tasher

While today’s legal market has brought about an increased awareness of cost-effective legal representation, both law firms and corporations can suddenly find themselves in the midst of a dispute regarding legal fees – before, during, or after a litigation or transaction. This course, presented by attorneys Lindsay Tasher and Samuel Tasher at Wyatt Partners (a corporation that focuses exclusively on the subject of legal fees), addresses today’s hot topics in navigating fee disputes – both from an in-house and outside counsel perspective throughout the entire fee dispute process.

Most importantly, the program will focus on applicable Rules of Professional Conduct and case law as applied to fee disputes, based on the wide foray of experience our speakers have gained serving as fee experts in these types of disputes across the United States and Europe. Both law firms and corporations will benefit greatly from such insights and lessons to be learned on a timely and evolving topic that potentially affects everyone in today’s legal and business market.  

04:10PM - 05:25PM
Ethical Issues in Criminal Practice (Update)
with Saad Siddiqui

In this program, attorneys will be exposed to the array of ethical issues that they are likely to encounter in criminal practice. Ethical issues neither arise in a vacuum nor can they always be anticipated. Typically, they force themselves on the busy lawyer amidst the hurly-burly of a hotly contested criminal trial. Sometimes they arise in the pretrial phases; sometimes before a trial - or even a crime - is contemplated.

Many practicing attorneys fail to recognize ethical issues when they arise. There rarely are clear-cut right and wrong answers to many of the ethical dilemmas that occur in criminal practice; however, a clear and careful resolution of these issues is the responsibility the attorney under the rules of professional conduct. It is the purpose of this program, led by attorney Saad Siddiqui, to ensure that such recognition occurs at the earliest possible time so that attorneys may think about and decide how to resolve these ethical issues as soon as possible.


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