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Creating a Litigation Advantage through Proper Discovery CLE

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Date(s) - 05/04/2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Van Winkle Law Firm


This CLE is aimed at attorneys who want to obtain better results through focused discovery.  Seasoned practitioners will provide an overview on getting the most out of written discovery, and how narrow requests can eliminate issues or otherwise focus a case for trial.  Presenters will discuss strategies for preparing your witness for depositions and tips on how to deal with a difficult witness or opposing counsel. Attendees will also learn how to address difficult issues dealing with electronic discovery. The seminar will culminate with a panel discussion with local judges on discovery disputes, including proper procedures.

Presenters include:

David Wilkerson is a principal with The Van Winkle Law Firm in its Asheville office, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including antitrust and intellectual property litigation. Since 2013, he has served on the Subscriber Plaintiffs’ discovery committee in the case of In Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2406, in the Northern District of Alabama. From 2011 to 2017, he served on the council of the Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. David is licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

Denny Martin joined Roberts & Stevens in 2001 after graduating summa cum laude from Campbell University School of Law. While attending Campbell, he was the Articles Editor of the Campbell Law Review. He was honored as a recipient of the West Group Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, 1998-1999 and 2000-2001.  Denny’s practice focuses on insurance defense litigation, fiduciary litigation and construction litigation.  Over the past seventeen years he has litigated a wide array of cases, including: wrongful death actions; catastrophic personal injury actions; will, trust and estate disputes; construction disputes; products liability claims; commercial disputes and property disputes. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, U.S. District Court, North Carolina, Eastern and Western Districts and Cherokee Tribal Court.  He is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.

Mark Kurdys of Roberts & Stevens Law Firm has successfully litigated thousands of cases, tried hundreds and managed dozens of appeals throughout his career of more than 30 years. He practiced in Detroit, Michigan and Charlotte, North Carolina before joining Roberts & Stevens in 2000. His focus is complex commercial/business litigation, medical and other professional liability, product liability, transportation, insurance coverage and catastrophic personal injury cases. Mark is also a Certified Mediator, mediating cases for other lawyers and their clients. As a business litigator, Mark helps clients seek commercial solutions to disputes and seek negotiated resolutions when in the best interest of his clients. He is a past Director and the current Secretary of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. Mark is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Women In Practice Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Katherine Langley of Burt Langley, P.C. has practiced litigation in firms of all sizes, from huge in New York to her own small firm (Burt Langley, P.C.), in Asheville.  She was first licensed to practice in New York in 1993, and in North Carolina in 1996, but she took several years off to raise her two daughters, who are now college-age.  Her practice now centers on business litigation and representation, estate litigation, and family law.  When she is not working to pay two sets of college tuition bills, Katherine enjoys Asheville’s great restaurant scene, theater, and travel.  She is fluent in French.

This CLE is pending approval for four hours of credit.