A Practical Guide Filled with Intake, Drafting, Negotiation, and Trial Tips
In every auto accident case, the stakes are high for everyone involved. No matter how similar the cases look - they're never the same. As a paralegal, your responsibilities can be key in uncovering the essence of the claim. Let us save you countless hours of trial and error by helping you to become versed in the essential elements of these cases. Our start-to-finish approach will equip you with the fundamental tools you need to confidently manage an auto injury case, from client intake until the case is closed. Deliver exactly what your attorneys expect, streamline the process, and avoid missing any pertinent issues. Register today!
Walk through an auto injury case, from the time of the collision through trial.
Examine insurance coverage issues, such as subrogation, UM/UIM coverage, and stacking.
Learn how to effectively manage the discovery process and conduct a thorough review of responses.
Locate, hire, and assist in interviewing experts who will help bolster the case and support the evidence your team will be presenting.
Draft settlement documents that will bring the case to a successful conclusion.
Assist in managing and creating case-winning exhibits that are sure to grab the jury's attention.
Know what to look for in medical records and where to find it.
Gain practical tips for drafting demand letters that have an impact.
Case Intake, Coverage Interpretation, Issues and Hidden Treasures
How to Best Assist During Discovery
Demand Letters and Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Civil Trial Law: 6.00Personal Injury Trial Law: 6.00
This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for certification and recertification continuing legal education requirements for paralegals and legal assistants. Certification areas: Civil Trial Law; Personal Injury Trial Law.
AL BAKER is a sole practitioner in Fargo, North Dakota, with more than 35 years of experience handling civil litigation in state and federal courts, criminal litigation in state court, and administrative hearings. He is licensed to practice in North Dakota and Minnesota. Mr. Baker earned his B.S. degree from Moorhead State University and his J.D. degree, with honors, from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School.
KIMBERLY M. FINNIGAN is a senior litigation paralegal with Halloin Law Group, S.C. She has more than a decade of experience with respect to all aspects of the litigation process, from initial client meetings through appeals, both for federal court and various state court actions. Her areas of responsibilities include handling discovery, with a focus on subpoenas, both during discovery and for trial; assisting attorneys with briefs and affidavits; and preparation for and attendance at trial, including tracking and maintaining all exhibits, and coordinating witnesses, trial logistics, and obtaining and running any technology that may be present for trial. Ms. Finnigan also has extensive knowledge and experience as a law firm administrator. She has assisted in over 20 trials in federal and state courts such as Kansas, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Ms. Finnigan has taught numerous seminars both locally and nationally, predominately in areas of litigation, technology, case management, document retention, and law firm management. She has been a repeat nominee for the Wisconsin Law Journal's Unsung Heroes, which recognizes the contribution and achievements of non-lawyers in the legal field. Ms. Finnigan earned her B.A. degree from Marquette University and her paralegal certificate from Milwaukee Area Technical College. She received the State Bar of Wisconsin Certified Paralegal (SBWCP) certification in 2019, which recognizes Wisconsin's most highly qualified paralegals, able to perform substantive legal work under the direction of Wisconsin-licensed attorneys.
ROBERT J. KASIETA is the founder of Kasieta Legal Group, LLC, in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a certified civil pretrial and trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Kasieta practices in civil litigation, with an emphasis on plaintiff personal injury and employment cases, as well as commercial litigation. He has written and taught extensively in the areas of trial practice, personal injury law, and insurance law, and is an instructor of trial practice at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Kasieta is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and all Wisconsin courts. He is a member of the Dane County Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Kasieta earned his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Northern Michigan University and his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School.
ANTOINETTE B. VANSCHAICK obtained her B.A. degree in social sciences from Dowling College. She has been employed in the legal field for 27 years; the last 17 of which have been as a certified professional paralegal after having passed the inaugural Professional Paralegal Certification exam offered in 2004 by NALS, the association for legal professionals. Currently, Ms. VanSchaick is in her fourth recertification cycle and is expected to recertify by September 2024. During her 27 years in the legal profession, she has worked in matrimonial/family law, real estate, and estate administration, as well as her primary specialty, plaintiff's personal injury, where she was managing files from intake through resolution. Ms. VanSchaick is employed by Siben & Siben LLP in Bay Shore, New York as a paralegal in their negligence support department and has been since November 2019. Her primary responsibilities at Siben & Siben, LLP are preparing motions, summons and complaints, and bills of particulars, as well as managing the motion calendar. When needed, Ms. VanSchaick also prepares and follows up on various discovery demands. While she has worked in other areas of law, as mentioned earlier, plaintiff's personal injury is the one she always comes home to. Ms. VanSchaick is currently an active member of NALS, the association for legal professionals, and has been since 1998, during which she has served in various offices and on various committees on the local, state, and national levels. She also became a paralegal member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers in February 2021.
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