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Surviving an Economic Downturn: Pandemic Proof Your Small Law Firm

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Produced on July 28, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Law Practice Management

Course Description

Can the small law firm model survive in the face of the COVID pandemic and resulting economic downturn? This is the question for small plaintiff law firms and solo attorneys in the personal injury field and similar practice areas around the country.

This program, taught by veteran practitioner Justin Blitz, will discuss the multitude of issues that plaintiff personal injury lawyers face in order to pivot to the 'new normal'. The course will include practical questions about the future of the civil jury trial, how to conduct successful virtual mediations and remote depositions, and adapting your trial strategy to jurors' changed attitudes due to the coronavirus. 

In addition, the program will cover law practice management issues, including best practices for running a law firm virtually for an extended period of time, valuing your law firm personnel, paralegals, secretaries, and associates, obtaining new clients during the pandemic, and how to become 'lean and mean' in your law practice and streamline your legal work to maximize efficiency.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine how the coronavirus has changed the legal field, and ways to survive and thrive in the new normal
  2. Identify ways to effectively manage a small law firm or solo practice during the pandemic and economic crisis
  3. Discuss the future of litigation, and strategies to succeed
  4. Analyze the effect of the crisis on jury trials, juror attitudes, and the future of trials
  5. Become more efficient in litigating cases during the crisis, including personnel management 

Credit Information

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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 many substantial 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 has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for people who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

Mr. Blitz has over a decade of experience of successfully managing 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. 

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.

Mr. Blitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). He is a past chairman of NYSTLA’s Young Lawyers Committee. In addition to NYSTLA, Mr. Blitz is a member of several other bar associations, including the American Association for Justice.

When not in the courtroom, Mr. Blitz lectures at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the country. He has lectured on a variety of topics including courtroom technology, trial tips and techniques, and strategies for maximizing the value of personal injury lawsuits. Mr. Blitz's lectures have over 20,000 views from Attorneys who have taken his courses for continuing legal education credit. The reviews of his lectures have made him a renowned speaker across the State in regards to personal injury legal topics. 

Mr. Blitz has been selected to the “Super Lawyers” list of “Rising Stars” for the years 2014 and 2015 and 2016 and has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2017 and 2018.

Many of Mr. Blitz's cases have been chronicled 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.

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.


Desmond O.

As the course was originally given in July 2020 or so, I would like to see an updated course to discuss any thoughts/ideas/concepts given the length of time the pandemic has continued. Great presentation!

Pasquale B.

Love this presenter, he should do more!

David G.

Hard topic covered well.

David F.

Justin did great job laying out our common positions and his recommendations were right on target!

Judith B.

Well done for a new course in a new situation.

Melissa L.

Great course!

Sean D.


Betty T.

Visual aids were excellent!

Cynthia H.

Thank you.

Aviva H.

Thought speaker was engaging and would be interested in more lectures from him.

Scott B.

Thank you!

Michael K.

Great job! Very informative! Thank you for taking the time to offer free CLE credits during such a unprecedented time. Stay safe and Healthy!

Jacob P.

Super helpful given that I just opened our small practice this year, so I enjoyed all of the information.

Jeffrey K.

great tips

Kevin M.

Thank you

John F.

Very effective in identifying the state of events that we are in, and what we can do about it. Bravo!

eugene b.

I have taken several of this lecturer's CLE's- he provides sensible practical and reasonable advice and tips.

Michael C.

Looking for more specifics. Presenter speaking more slowly than is my preference. Great lawyer!! Sending big time support to New York. Thanks for stepping-up and making a timely cle.

David B.

really good!!!

Byron M.

Good practical advice on how to rethink things as a result of the pandemic.

Jennifer L.

Mr. Blitz gave a substantive, quality presentation. However, he made very little eye contact with us virtual viewers, and I found it distracting.

Russell D.

I commend the presenter for having the "testicular fortitude" to present on this topic, especially as things are evolving during these times in ways that are hard to fathom.


Good tips on adjusting to post pandemic practice specially with juries or bench trials.

gerald c.


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