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In-Person Program

Proving & Valuing Damages in Employment Cases

Practical tips to maximize or limit damages

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.

How to Value a New Case and Identify Claims That Have Potential for High Awards/Exposure—and Manage Client Expectations Concerning Damages
Whether and How to Effectively Use Financial or Medical Experts at Trial
How to Effectively Introduce Damages Evidence in a Failure to Pay Wages Case
Advancing and Rebuffing Attorney Argument as to Specific Monetary Damage Amounts
Proving Emotional Distress—The Efficacy of Spousal Testimony
When Should Counsel Seek to Bifurcate a Trial to Separately Address Liability and Damages—and How Should Employee Advocates Respond?
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?
The “Eggshell” Plaintiff and the Admissibility of Plaintiff’s Psychiatric History
Crafting Favorable Jury Verdict Questions, and Should Unemployment Benefits Be Set Off?
Tips for Filing and Opposing an Attorneys’ Fee Petition
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Special Program Materials:

Table of Contents


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


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



  • $220.50 - MCLE Sponsor Member
  • $183.75 - New Lawyer
  • $183.75 - Pending Admittee
  • $183.75 - Law Student
  • $183.75 - Paralegal
  • $245.00 - All Others

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