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The A,B,C's of Handling A Tort or Civil Case

(68 Ratings)

Produced on: December 19, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

A client involved in tort or civil litigation has many concerns and will rely on their counsel for both advocacy and advice.  This course will review how you can help them to achieve their goals and manage their concerns. Simple but effective tips will be offered to counsel for both plaintiffs and  defendants to either maximize or minimize recovery, investigate insurance coverage and important areas of discovery. The program will also include questions that must be asked at depositions and the growing use of ADR to resolve these disputes.

Attorney Kenneth J. Landau of the tort and insurance coverage firm of Shayne, Dachs, Sauer, & Dachs will offer these tips to maximize the satisfaction of your clients and to help you avoid grievance or malpractice claims.  This program will be of interest and importance to attorneys in many other areas of practice as well. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain a general overview of best practices for attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in handling a tort or civil case
  2. Identify the initial considerations in evaluating the case and preserving evidence
  3. Understand important concerns in pleading, discovery, depositions, negotiations, communications, avoiding delays, and in the use of Alternate Dispute Resolutions
  4. Review how investigating insurance coverage can help both plaintiffs and defendants
  5. Learn the simple steps you can take to avoid problems with clients, colleagues, and the courts

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2016 Bridge the Gap Event.


Kenneth J. Landau

Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP

Kenneth J. Landau is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science (1973), Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) (1977) and Buffalo Law School (1980), and has been with Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP since 1982. A member of the Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations, he has served as past dean of the Nassau Academy of Law, overseeing continuing legal education programs for lawyers associated with the Nassau County Bar Association, the largest suburban bar association in the country. He has also moderated, chaired, and lectured at various programs on professional ethics, negligence law, and law office management, and is a two-time recipient of the President's Award for outstanding contributions to the Bar Association. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer to community and professional organizations on such topics as "Anatomy of A Lawsuit," "Choosing and Using A Lawyer," "Protecting Yourself If You Have An Accident," and "Give Yourself An Insurance Checkup." Mr. Landau is also a past president of the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County, Inc.

Mr. Landau is also a frequent contributor and author of a series of articles entitled "Negligence Corner" in The Nassau Lawyer, and is the host of a weekly radio show called "Law You Should Know" (WHPC 90.3 FM), broadcast every Monday at 4:00 pm, Tuesday at 1:00 pm, and Sunday at 7:00 am at 

Mr. Landau is AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. In addition, Mr. Landau has been named and recognized among "Long Island's Top Legal Eagles" (Personal Injury Law) by Long Island Pulse Magazine.


Brian B.

The lecture was informative

Julie A. B.

Reminiscent of a law school lecture.

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