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Rocket Docket Litigation: A Business Litigator's Perspective on Practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

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Produced on October 31, 2017

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$ 59 Business, Corporate, & Securities and Litigation In Stock

Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

No federal court in the nation is faster or more efficient than the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Court has been known as the Rocket Docket for decades and its speed and procedures are enough to intimidate any lawyer that is not familiar with the court and its practices.

This course will take provide civil litigators with an overview of those practices, to allow those new to the EDVA an understanding of the litigation system there. It will also provide a refresher to other lawyers. The presentation will look at practice in all four divisions of the Court, which will be useful for lawyers that might be comfortable practicing in Alexandria, but not necessarily Richmond, Norfolk, or Newport News.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the history and culture of the EDVA civil litigation system and how the court differs between divisions and judges
  2. Review the scheduling, deadlines, and discovery process for the court in the EDVA and its four divisions
  3. Learn how the pretrial motions practice operates in the Rocket Docket
  4. Review the trial procedures in the court, both for jury and bench trials


Jesse Binnall

Harvey & Binnall, PLLC

Jesse R. Binnall is a partner at Harvey & Binnall, PLLC. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Binnall’s practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, international disputes, business and non-profit law, appellate litigation, election law, virtual currencies (i.e. Bitcoin), parliamentary law and procedure, and alternative dispute resolution (i.e. arbitration and mediation). He also is proud to help companies develop innovative legal strategies to combat overregulation and government cyber-snooping. Many of Mr. Binnall’s clients use his knowledge to take active steps to avoid the courtroom entirely. He advises entrepreneurs on business formation, contractors on complex construction negotiations, and political candidates and committees on election law matters. He also is proud of his accomplishments working as a productive and collaborative member of civil and criminal joint defense teams.

Mr. Binnall has been a featured guest, discussing law and technology issues, on various new and traditional media outlets, including the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Wired, Forbes, DemocracyNow, the Ron Paul Channel, and Lawyer2Laywer. He has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Only 2% of Virginia lawyers are selected to receive this honor. He is also rated as “Excellent” by

Before starting his career as an attorney, Mr. Binnall was a professional parliamentarian and public relations consultant. He continues to advise organizations large and small on meeting procedure (including Robert’s Rules of Order), bylaw drafting and interpretation, and other parliamentary matters. Mr. Binnall is an avid private pilot. He also enjoys sailing, and SCUBA diving.


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Brett B.

An excellent and concise program with a great presenter. You can tell Mr. Binnall is an experienced presenter and litigator.

Robert S.

Nice presentation and very informative.

Russell B.

Excellent presentation by a very able presenter.

Robert A. R.

Very good course

Chase L.


Barbara L.

Extremely informative! Excellent!

Heather B.

First use of Lawline in this format. Great!

Megan B.

Good presenter.

Shaune L.

Great courses from this firm today. Thanks very much Harvey & Binnall.

John L.

Extremely helpful

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