From Client Intake to Verdict: The Nuts and Bolts of Trying a Civil Case

(750 Ratings)

Produced on: October 10, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

In this program for newly practicing attorneys, attorney Justin Blitz discusses everything an attorney needs to know for trying a civil case. Mr. Blitz begins the presentation by detailing the preparation process, what to expect at trial, and provides some tips on how to be successful right from the start. In each phase, Mr. Blitz offers practical advice that he has learned through his years of practice.

Learning Objectives:

I.   Identify what cases are worth pursuing and why

II.  Effectively prepare for trial

III. Master time-saving discovery techniques 

IV. Navigate discovery motions 

V.  Excell at depositions 

VI. Maximize the use of experts for trial

VII. Grasp how best to prepare your witness for the courtroom

This course originally appeared as a part of our October 2015 Bridge the Gap Event.


Justin Blitz

Schulman Blitz, LLP

Justin Blitz, Esq. is a partner at Schulman Blitz, LLP.  He focuses on litigating all types of civil cases from inception to resolution. An experienced trial lawyer and skillful negotiator, Mr. Blitz is a tenacious adversary who consistently gets great results for his clients regardless of the case or the challenges presented.

Mr. Blitz has tried cases throughout the state of New York and obtained several significant jury verdicts. He believes that the best results are achieved when every case is meticulously prepared for trial and this philosophy has enabled him to obtain scores of favorable settlements in all kinds of actions.

Mr. Blitz began his career under the tutelage of renowned trial attorney Richard E. Shandell at one of the nation's most prestigious plaintiffs' personal injury and medical malpractice firms. Distinguishing himself as a skillful litigator with a dynamic personality, Mr. Blitz successfully managed a large caseload of complex and high-profile negligence actions. He became known as an able trial lawyer and expert negotiator who successfully resolved hundreds of cases in arbitration, mediation, courtroom negotiation, and trial. Many of his achievements have been chronicled in the New York media.

In 2005, Mr. Blitz became the chairman of the Young Lawyers Committee of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. As chairman and throughout his career, Mr. Blitz has lectured to attorneys at Continuing Legal Education events on a variety of topics.

In 2010 Mr. Blitz took over twenty cases to verdict with the majority of them being successful results for his clients.

In 2011 Mr. Blitz achieved for Schulman Blitz's clients via settlement or verdicts over two million dollars in compensation for harm caused by others negligence.

Mr. Blitz has established himself as one of the "go to" trial attorneys for other New York lawyers in the State that seek trial counsel on their most severe injury cases.  Many law firms throughout the State hire Mr. Blitz to try to verdict their most catastrophic injured clients' law suits.  This is due to his superb track record and prior verdict results.

Many of Mr. Blitz's cases have been chornicled in the New York media including articles and stories in The New York Post, The New York Times, CBS News, Telemundo and Noticero.

Mr. Blitz is a native of New York City and a graduate of Columbia Prep High School and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He received his legal training at New York Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Blitz also has roots in the entertainment field, having owned and operated a successful booking and music management company.

At Schulman Blitz, LLP, Mr. Blitz litigates a wide variety of civil suits with an emphasis on motor vehicle collisions, negligent security, municipal liability, medical malpractice, labor law, negligent supervision and all types of premises liability.


Melissa B.

Outstanding course. He offered great practical advice that I can apply through all phases of litigation.

Trevor C.

Enjoyed speaker's straight-forward, real world approach to the topic. You can tell he's a seasoned veteran.

Lori W.

Excellent presentation. The speaker was well prepared. He gave a lot of good practical tips for a civil litigation practice.

Sushrut P.

Very helpful

Cecil F.

excellent lecturer.great course materials.

Jonathan E.

This guy was great. I'll watch his other presentations.

Deveron B.

very useful

Edward P.

This course gave some really excellent insights.

Lisa P.

By far, this was one of the most useful and enjoyable CLE presentations. I hope law line brings back this speaker for future presentations. His real life examples add a great layer to the lecture.

Daniel S.

Very informative. Great presentation.

gary d.

Very well done.

Camille G.

Excellent! Very practical information and equally interesting!!

Robert G.

Justin is so good, I would be willing to sit through the course again right now. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The man is a find.

Brian A.

Fantastic presentation. Truly

Timothy N.

Good Presentation. Good tips.

Elyssa L.

Great program! Really knowledgeable and engaging lecturer.

Jacquelyne R.

Good presentation and engaging speaker. The tips provided are useful for a range of litigation practices.

Robert K.

Best course so far

Susan M.

Good balance of practice tips and caselaw, motions.

Kimberly M.

Great job of explaining how complex these cases really are and identifying some pitfalls

Caroline P.

It's interesting how the terms change all over the US. Good presentation.

Christian B.

very solid course.

Daniel W.

Great presenter! Great material.

Louis M.

Very effective and entertaining speaker

Edwin s.

good program

Susan M.

great - engaging.

reuben c.

good job

Javier B.

Excellent speaker and course! Mr. Blitz gave a thorough overview, including best practices, of litigating a personal injury case from inception through trial.

Gilbert C.

Great !!

Tamela B.

Great info. I enjoyed his presentation!

Samantha G.

engaging speaker

Rodney E.

Good summary. Good instructor who show passion for subject.

Suuzen Ty A.

Excellent, very informative speaker

Sandra A.

Excellent speaker

Robert F.

Great presentation. Thanks

Toni N.

Excellent Speaker and good coverage of material

Geri S.


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