In-Person Program

Proving & Valuing Damages in Employment Cases

Practical tips to maximize or limit damages

2180103P01
Thursday, 2/8/2018, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
3 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Our focus in employment litigation is very often on proving or disproving liability, rather than on the endgame—proving and recovering damages, or limiting them. This intermediate-level program helps plaintiffs’ counsel focus on how to lay the foundation for an award of significant damages, while assisting defense counsel in thinking about how to prevent an opponent from hitting it big, or at all.

Learn practical tips to help you maximize and defend against employment damages in court and at the MCAD. Hear from leading employee-side and employer-side trial lawyers, as well as a sitting Superior Court judge, on the impact of the latest developments in the law on damages, including strategies for successfully advancing and rebuffing attorney argument as to specific monetary damage amounts (MGL c. 213 s. 13B). Fine tune your skills for your next employment case—with an eye toward realizing your client’s litigation goal—from start to finish.

2:00 -2:20 pm
Welcome and Introduction
David E. Belfort, Esq., Bennett & Belfort, PC, Cambridge, Chair
2:20-2:40 pm
How to Value a New Case and Identify Claims That Have Potential for High Awards/Exposure—and Manage Client Expectations Concerning Damages
Robert S. Mantell, Esq., Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP, Boston
2:40-3:00 pm
Whether and How to Effectively Use Financial or Medical Experts at Trial
David E. Belfort, Esq., Bennett & Belfort, PC, Cambridge, Chair
Mary E. O'Neal, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston
3:00- 3:10 pm
Wage Act Cases
  • Issues with Class Certification
  • How to Effectively Introduce Damages Evidence
Mary E. O'Neal, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston
David E. Belfort, Esq., Bennett & Belfort, PC, Cambridge, Chair
3:10 - 3:20 pm
Effective Strategies for Advancing and Rebuffing Attorney Argument as to Specific Monetary Damage Amounts (MGL c. 213 s. 13B)
Mary E. O'Neal, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston
3:20-3:30 pm
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:30- 3:40 pm
When Should Counsel Seek to Bifurcate a Trial to Separately Address Liability and Damages—and How Should Employee Advocates Respond?
Robert S. Mantell, Esq., Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP, Boston
3:40 - 3:50 pm
Setoffs and Mitigation Issues
Mary E. O'Neal, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston
Robert S. Mantell, Esq., Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP, Boston
3:50-4:10 pm
Proving Emotional Distress; When is Spousal Testimony an Effective Way to Prove Emotional Distress Injury & How to Deal with an 'Eggshell' Plaintiff
Robert S. Mantell, Esq., Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP, Boston
Mary E. O'Neal, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston
The Admissibility/Discoverability of Plaintiff’s Psychiatric History
Mary E. O'Neal, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston
4:10 - 4:15 pm
How to Minimize the Impact of Damning Liability Evidence When It Comes Time to Defend on Damages—Are There Ways for Defendants to Avoid or Minimize Punitive Damages?
Mary E. O'Neal, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston
4:15-4:20 pm
How to Craft Favorable Jury Verdict Questions
Mary E. O'Neal, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston
4:20-4:35 pm
Remittitur- When are Damages Viewed as "Excessive"? (tort case)
Robert S. Mantell, Esq., Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP, Boston
4:35-4:45 pm
Tips for Filing and Opposing an Attorneys’ Fee Petition
Hon. Kenneth W. Salinger, Superior Court, Business Litigation Session, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:45-4:50 pm
Key Take Aways
Panel
4:50-5:00 pm
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session
Panel

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Table of Contents

Chair

David E. Belfort, Esq., Bennett & Belfort, PC, Cambridge

Faculty

Hon. Kenneth W. Salinger, Superior Court, Business Litigation Session, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston

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