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Top 10 Skills You Need for Trial

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Produced on December 15, 2018

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Course Information

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

Course Description

We all have our fears when it comes to trial. This course is intended to alleviate some of the fears that keep trial lawyer attorneys up at night. Join attorney Justin Blitz to discuss the top ten skills you need to be successful at trial.

The course will focus on civil cases brought by a plaintiff’s attorney to trial. We will discuss issues on how best to prepare for trial as well as maximizing jury selection, effective openings, techniques for cross examination and evidence presentation, and other related topics. Mr. Blitz will also discuss those items that trial attorneys face during a trial that require fast and strategic thinking.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Properly prepare for trial including deposition indexing and focus groups and their success
  2. Prepare your client before and after trial, including a discussion of the dangers of social media
  3. Develop strategies for jury selection and proper ways to communicate with jurors
  4. Construct effective openings, objections, witness testimonies, and summations
  5. Discuss openings as part of evidence at trial
  6. Handle scenarios such as a hostile judge (including risks of moving for a mistrial), irresponsible clients, clients with convictions, and clients with addiction issues

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2018 Bridge the Gap Event. 

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.


Raji Z.

The speaker was excellent.

Christopher S.

Best Lawline CLE I've taken.

Roy M.

Very plaintiff personal injury focused. Should be billed as Plaintiff PI trial tips.

Delia G.


Stanley O.

Excellent course

Tor S.

Very well done

Philip W.

Mr. Blitz was excellent. Really came up with useful advice.

Courtney K.

The speaker was great!



Daniel L.


Daniel C.

Honest. Thoughtful. Credible and entertaining.

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