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Requests for Admission: The Litigator’s Underutilized Weapon

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Produced on September 22, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 15m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Litigation Elder

Course Description

Even the most ardent fans of Requests for Admission (RFA’s) freely admit to taking far too little advantage of this tool, while others rarely attempt to utilize it. The first responses to RFA’s are rarely responsive - and usually evasive - due to the type of concessions that are usually sought, and therefore motion practice surrounding RFA’s is essential. Properly executed and argued RFA’s can be game-changers, in negotiating settlements, and even in trial. 

In this course, practitioners will be acquainted with the purpose, utility, and strategic strength of RFA’s. The audience will also be provided with real-world examples of how (and how not to) properly serve, enforce and litigate RFA inquiries.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the basic principles of Requests for Admission
  2. Outline the basic components of RFA’s
  3. Avoid the pitfalls of improper crafting
  4. Draft follow-up requests
  5. Enforce appropriate responses with motion practice
  6. Share RFA’s with experts
  7. Utilize RFA’s in depositions and trials

This course originally appeared as a part of our September 2019 Bridge the Gap event.  

Credit Information

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David Cohen

Cohen Abuse Analytics Law, LLC

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.  

Decades of legal advocacy for consumers in obtaining nursing home negligence settlements and litigation for those harmed by Corporate Abuse Committed by the Nursing Home Industry.

Litigation Support and Consultation for attorneys litigating against the Long Term Care Industry. Register for one of Cohen's Continuing Legal Education Programs on Nursing Home Litigation - 93 minutes.

Advocacy for Consumers through third-party tort litigation and legal malpractice lawsuits who have been harmed by excessive divorce costs and other harms resulting from malpractice and Divorce Attorney Billing Abuse.

Specialized Client Representation and Attorney Instruction:

Elder Abuse and Assisted Living Facility Litigation

Group Homes

Hospital Abuse


Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Past Chair of Public Education, Mercer County Bar Association

Past Chair of the National Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice 

Past National Chair, American Association for Justice – Sections and Litigation Group Coordination Committee

Chair of over 35 National and State level instructional attorney seminars on Nursing Home Litigation through the American Association for Justice, The New Jersey Association for Justice, The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education - and others.


New Jersey

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


J.D., Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, 1989

B.A., Economics and Philosophy; George Washington University, 1986



Co‑counsel on trial team generating the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey history, Dwyer v. Harborview – in the amount of 13.2 million dollars.  

After hearing 7 weeks of evidence and witnesses, which included photographs of stage IV pressure ulcers (bedsores), evidence of lethal levels of nutritional deprivation, plaintiff’s contentions of falsifications in the medical record and plaintiff’s contentions of inadequate staffing and care, the jury returned with the largest verdict in Hudson County history. Immediately following the verdict, numerous post-verdict filings were made by both the plaintiff and the defense. Over one year after the verdict, the trial judge determined that it had given improper instructions to the jury, as a consequence of the opinions expressed in the text of an unrelated decision released on a different case (that had not been released until nearly a year after this verdict). However, the content of the instructions at issue in Dwyer were agreed upon by Plaintiff, the defense and the Court itself. The Court ordered the parties to re-try the case. Soon, the case found its way before the Appellate Division (a higher-level court), with Plaintiff’s contention that the trial court’s instructions were proper, were wholly in line with the as-yet unreleased and unrelated decision and were unassailable by virtue of the fact that they were acceded to by the defense. 

For those reasons, Plaintiff’s filing with the Appellate Division demanded that the $13,200,00 verdict remain intact. 

While that issue was pending in the appellate court, the case resolved confidentially for an undisclosed sum. 

The verdict was the subject of an intense two-day attorney instructional seminar in Washington, DC, co-chaired by Cohen, numerous local and national articles, received coverage on the front page of the New York Times and remains the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey History.


Worked directly with the United States Department of Justice on the matter of United States v. Mercer County. This is the only CRIPA (Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons) claim ever brought by the United States Government against a New Jersey Nursing Home. Cohen worked closely with both investigators and the U.S. Attorney’s Office - on a confidential basis prior to release of findings - in uncovering sub‑standard conditions at a facility known then as the Mercer County Geriatric Center. The coordinated effort resulted in not only a lawsuit filed by the United States against Mercer County Geriatric Center, but additionally the appointment of significant oversight – leading to higher quality care for the residents at that facility.  


Daria T.

good lawyer

Anthony Z.

Great presenter and a great topic.

John F.

Good course about an important, but neglected, tool.

James L.

Cohen is Excellent!

Daphne Marie C.

Informative. Thought-provoking.

Victor Q.

Excellent topic, and it sure gave me some practical ideas for my practice. Thank you Mr. Cohen.

Bryan S.

When I think of a perfect CLE, this one is it. A thorough unpacking of an underutilized rule, which has significant procedural and substantive benefits. Fantastic CLE. Very useful. Also, the CLE was well-presented.

Thomas M.

Great speaker and great information.

Mark M.

This was one of if not the best CLE presentation I've ever seen.

bernard h.

very informative and useful

Tiphani M.

Very interesting and informative. Filled with real life practical tips!

Eddison T.

Excellent course. Info given is able to be used in practice immediately.

Owolabi A.


Julie A. B.

Good practical advice illustrated by real-life examples related by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. .

Cynthia B.

This presentation is my favorite. Thank you

Richard M.

very informative

Eva A.

Very informative and helpful.

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