TLU @ LA Live


Justin Kahn

Perfecting Presentation Skills For Trial, Mediation and Motions

Thursday Morning: The class will teach concepts related to presentation, attention and learning. How to present with and using technology, notepads, blow ups and your own body and voice will be shown.

Then, participants will get on their feet and present using 10 slides already prepared using a simple fact pattern. Participants will learn and be expected to use and refer to different media (blowup, notepad, and document presenter etc.) throughout the short 5 minute presentation.
Learn and become comfortable using and presenting with technology. Create moments to capture and hold attention with materials other than slides. As an active audience member, you will get the chance to see what these presentations look like, what works and think about how you can incorporate these skills into your practice right away.


Joey Low

The Gerry Spence Method

Thursday Morning: Discovering the Story of your Client’s best version of their case.

In depth approach to identifying key elements of your client and their case story that will be the most attractive and compelling to a listener. A systematic approach to knowing what facts to use and more importantly which ones to discard. An initial presentation will then be followed up by individual and small group instruction tailored to the lawyer’s individual case facts.

Thursday Afternoon: With a Good Voir Dire and Opening Statement The Case is Won:

We will develop a voir dire storyline, style and connection that will empower the lawyer to feel as if they are speaking to dear friends and those that they trust the most. We will introduce the lawyer to ways that best fit them and their personality so that they can form a real and genuine connection with the jury, and to get the jury to want to help the lawyer and his client. We will show the lawyer how to build a tribe and how to talk over and embrace even the most difficult facts.


Sean Claggett’s

Voir Dire Clinic


Michael Carrlillo  will be conducting a mock jury selection for an upcoming trial agains the school district. 
Michael’s voir dire will be recorded and reviewed with him and the group.
Sean Claggett will coach him on his word selection, technique, and follow up.
Michael Carrillo represents 6 victims who were sexually abused by their elementary school teacher while attending Miramonte Elementary school in the city of El Monte. All the plaintiffs were sexually molested in various ways by Joseph Baldenebro who was originally convicted to 8 years in prison but now faces additional 15 to life counts. 
The schools district had documented complaints going back to the late 1990’s about Mr. B’s behavior and did nothing to protect the children. The plaintiffs, currently ages 15-24, are making claims for psychological  and emotional damages as a result of their abuse. 


Brian Breiter’s

Improv for Lawyers

Thursday Afternoon:

This will be a great introductory improv class where everyone will be participating on their feet and learning how to use improvisational theater to tell your clients’ story, connect with the jury and use those skills for openings, witnesses and closing arguments.

7:45 am


8:30 am - 9:30 am

Brian Panish

Becoming the Best: Dedication, Discipline, and Drive

Learn how Brian and the entire PSB team utilized the COVID-19 downtime to supercharge their advocacy skills. From firm-wide skills training to in the trenches COVID era jury selection resulting in a $39.5M settlement and a $23.7M bench trial, each experience brought new opportunities to rethink the status quo.

Revitalize the way you practice law and get inspired to refine and adapt your trial skills—no matter how experienced you are.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Rahul Ravipudi with Moderator Sonia Chopra

Comparative Negligence: How Shift the Jury to the Defendant you Want

Cases involving comparative negligence of a plaintiff and/or a lesser insured or uninsured co-defendant are challenges most trial lawyers face. Rahul has become regarded as a master of the impossible case because of his track record in achieving zero comparative fault and multi-million dollar verdicts in cases that no one said could be won. Learn his strategies and thought processes from intake to closing argument and how he incorporates key defendant responsibility themes into each aspect of trial.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dan Kramer & Robert Glassman

Dynamic opening statements at trial in premise liability and auto injury cases

During this presentation, Dan and Rob will break down and analyze each component of an effective opening statement using past examples from real-life trials that they have won. From where to stand to how to summarize the evidence coherently and engagingly, Dan and Rob will share their techniques with you so you feel confident in preparing and presenting your opening statement at your next trial.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Brian Breiter, Justin Kahn & Joseph Limbaugh

- Learning to CONNECT
- What Lawyers Can Learn from Performance Arts
- Improv and Magic

  • Control attention and adapt to the unexpected or unplanned situations by leveraging situational awareness and listening skills.
  • Develop a greater awareness of non-verbal communication, body language and tone to facilitate a deeper connection and understanding of people. Excellent during depositions and jury selection.
  • Cultivate an understanding of improvisational narrative theory and the ability to create stories without preparation. Facts presented in a narrative structure are more compelling.
  • Have presence, overcome stage fright and become comfortable and relaxed when speaking in front of groups of people and strangers.
  • Apply comedy to connect with other people, communicate more entertainingly, and defuse situations.
  • Be more effective with Voir Dire, Direct and Cross-examination, Opening and Closing arguments.
  • Try an Improv game and learn a magic trick!

2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

R. Rex Parris and Alexander R. Wheeler

Using Cognitive Science and Behavioral Economics in the Courtroom

will demonstrate the practical application of the science used to secure multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements in personal injury, employment, pharmaceutical, business and class-action litigation. The techniques are constant across various controversies and will increase the value of cases sitting on your desk right now!

Attend and Learn About:

  • Cognitive Science—using the best of psychology and linguistics to persuade, even before the argument begins.
  • The Science of Timing and Structure—when and how you deliver evidence matters as much as the evidence itself.
  • Behavioural Economics and Marketing—what decision frames teach us about persuading judges and juries to see our story.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming—how to make your argument so that it meets less resistance from judges and juries

7:45 am


8:30 am - 9:30 am

Victor George and David deRubertis

Framing employment cases for trial

Will discuss framing employment cases for trial, beginning with theory and theme development and continuing to keep that consistent frame through trial, including jury selection, opening, witness exams and closing. Through specific cases and fact patterns, they will illustrate how to focus on the case’s key strengths and frame the case around those strengths. This will introduce the more detailed presentations at TLU Live in October in Las Vegas, which will have a multi-day track devoted to employment cases and trials.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Ricardo Echeverria

Bad Faith and General Damages

In this session, Ricardo will bring his unique skill set to the table. First, he will discuss the proper way to “open” up an insurance policy, which all trial lawyers should understand. Second, he will discuss ways to turn negatives into positives in a trial to maximize general damages.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Joey Low

Connecting With The Jury

Joey will be sharing some of the most effective trial techniques available to trial lawyers around the country. He will be showing how the “lawyer” can connect with the jurors on an authentic and genuine level. He will be showing how to write and communicate a compelling opening statement that will leave the juror “listener” telling your story for you. He will show you how to prepare and present your client to tell the story that will cause the jurors to route for them like the client was their family or dear friend. He will show you how to cross the opponent’s witnesses and get them to testify for you. How to get them to tell your story for you. Lastly, Joseph will share with you the magic that can take place in closing arguments so that the jury will fight for your client as if it was their very own crusade.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Dale Galipo

Civil Rights Trial

  • Pretrial considerations
  • MILs
  • Deposing the Defendant Officer and Police Practice expert
  • Voir Dire post Floyd and BLM
  • Structuring the opening
  • Sequencing Witnesses
  • Closing Argument

2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Khail Parris and Bruce Schechter

Expert Depositions, Offensive & Defensive

Will go through the offensive techniques that they use to attack and destroy opposing experts from the start of the case through to the finish. After explaining their method of attacking the defense experts, they will demonstrate how they prevent opposing attorneys from copying their techniques to attack their experts.