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Tips and Strategies for Trying Your First Personal Injury Jury Trial

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Produced on September 22, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 16m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

Trying a case is daunting for an experienced trial attorney, let alone a neophyte. This program, presented by seasoned trial attorney Claire Rush,  will provide new attorneys with a practical framework for preparing and trying their first civil jury trial. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Trial Preparation
  • Preparing Requests to Charge and Proposed Verdict Sheets
  • The Importance of Developing a Theme
  • Marshalling Evidence in Preparation for Trial
  • Jury Selection Do’s and Don’ts
  • Trial Motions
  • Opening Statements
  • Direct and Cross Examination
  • Closing Statements
  • Taking the Verdict

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain practical tips for trying your first civil jury trial, with a particular focus on personal injury trials
  2. Explore how to develop a framework for both preparing for and trying your first trial
  3. Review each stage of a trial and, for each stage, identify strategies for success to implement in your first trial and beyond

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

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Claire Rush

Barry McTiernan & Moore LLC

Claire Rush is a trial attorney and partner at Barry McTiernan & Moore who specializes in the defense of high exposure personal  injury actions. She has tried more than 125 jury cases to verdict in New York State. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Rush has defended public and private entities against bus, truck, auto, railway, construction, premises, elevator, escalator, environmental, security, police and 42 U.S.C. §1983 actions.

She has received a Preeminent AV rating of 5.0 / 5.0 from Martindale- Hubbell and has been identified as one of the top personal injury defense attorneys in the Metro New York area by Super Lawyer Magazine and American Legal Media. Ms. Rush has been recognized by the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, the New York Times, and AVENUE Magazine as one of New York City’s top women lawyers in the area of trial practice. She regularly lectures and writes articles about important substantive and procedural issues that impact the defense of personal injury litigation.


Edward L.

New York based

Leticia P.

Very lively presentation. Presenter provided a lot of information.

Delia G.


Justin C.

She's pretty good!

Jeanne O.

Ms. Rush was terrific!!

Ellen C.

I like her style!

Kimberly C.

Great practical advise for new trial attorneys or rusty trial attorneys

Cheryl G.

Excellent tips and presentation

Candace B.

Attorney Claire Rush was excellent. Ms. Rush summarized her 35 years of experience in an easy to understand program for attorneys who have never tried a personal injury case.

Kyong C.

Great course! Very helpful practical information. Highly recommend it!

Conor C.

Really engaging.

Julie A. B.

Opportunity to gain practical tips for trying your first civil jury trial, with a particular focus on personal injury trials.

Mark R.

Really great ,nuts & bolts practical material. I have 20 jury verdicts and I learned some new tricks

Cynthia J. T.

Excellent presentation. Especially good for making record...to protect the record in every way possible for an appeal. Asking for D/V because weight of evidence to the contrary...object to Judge's Charge to the Jury if your charges not considered included.... motion for mistrial in case of mistake... excellent work at trial to preserve a record on appeal Worth every minute!!!! thank you. CJ Telep Turner, JD (CO & CA)

Christopher D.

Truly excellent, insightful and entertaining!

Hwesu M.


Allison M.

She was great!!!!

David H.



Very good

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