Product Liability: From Intake Through Trial

Date: Feb 20, 2024 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $152

Non-Member Price: $190

Event Code: I116324

Areas of Law: Product Liability & Mass Tort

Earn up to 3.3 credits! (More Information)




Christopher J. Geddis, Esq.
Mazie Slater Kats & Freeman LLC, Roseland


Hon. Rachelle L. Harz, JSC (Ret.)
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, Springfield
David Katzenstein, Esq.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Newark
Abigail M. Luhn, Esq.
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Florham Park
Rachel A. Placitella, Esq.
Cohen Placitella & Roth, Red Bank
Christopher A. Rojao, Esq.
McCarter & English LLP, Newark

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Product Liability and Mass Tort Section 

NJICLE along with the NJSBA Product Liability and Mass Tort Section has a NEW program on preparing a products liability case—from initial interview through trial.

A panel of lawyers and a retired mass tort judge, will guide you through the strategy in interviewing the client, drafting the complaint, drafting the answer, propounding case specific interrogatories, preparing the expert witness, deposing parties and experts, the importance of demonstrative evidence, and settlement negotiations. Attendees will gain invaluable tips on how to better handle products liability cases.

Learn from some of the top attorneys in New Jersey and bolster the chance for success with your next products liability case.

Preliminary program agenda:

  • 1 | Welcome - Christopher James Geddis, Esq.
  • 1:05 | From intake to complaint - Information to obtain at the client’s initial interview (plaintiff perspective) - Christopher James Geddis, Esq.
    • Other initial considerations: Pre-suit investigation
    • The complaint - with a sample complaint in the written materials
  • 1:30 | From incident to answer (defense perspective) - Christopher A. Rojao, Esq.
    • Informal investigation, motions and answer - with samples in the written materials
  • 1:55 | Formal and informal discovery: Demonstrative evidence - Rachel A. Placitella, Esq.; David Katzenstein, Esq.
    • Documents, depositions and experts - the plaintiff and defense perspectives
  • 2:50 | Break
  • 3 | Settlement, ADR options, mediation  - Hon. Rachelle L. Harz (Ret.)
  • 3:30 | Lead cases and recent case law developments - Abigail M. Luhn, Esq.
  • 4 | Wrap up/Adjourn

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.3 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ Civil Trial Attorney Credit: 3.0, NJ General: 3.3).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Transitional: 3.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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