Business Damages for Attorneys
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“If a party’s lawyer cannot understand the testimony of the party’s own expert, the testimony should be withheld from the jury. Evidence unintelligible to the trier or triers of fact has no place in a trial.” (ATA Airlines v. Federal Express)
Attorneys who practice in the areas of business litigation, family law, employment law, intellectual property law, and other areas involving financial issues typically retain CPA’s, valuation experts, and economists to present expert testimony relating to the financial issues. Attorneys who have an understanding of the expert’s work are much better positioned to use the expert’s analysis most effectively throughout the proceeding, craft direct examination that will present the expert to be most credible and persuasive, and to be prepared to strategically cross-examine the opposing expert.
In this half-day course, we explore the world of financial experts: CPAs, damages experts, business valuation experts, and economists. We focus upon the areas of lost profits and business damages, addressing the generally accepted approaches, case law, evidentiary foundation, strengths, weaknesses, and risks. We will also identify key questions for attorneys to ask their own financial experts to facilitate a sufficient understanding of the expert’s analysis and opinions, and an informed perspective of each side’s strengths and weaknesses on the financial issues in the case. The program is interactive and is led by our seasoned faculty that includes CPAs and trial attorneys with extensive experience in the courtroom presentation of financial evidence and financial experts.
After completing this boot camp, attendees will be able to:
- Explain the three basic approaches to lost profits and business damages measurement
- Describe the conditions under which each approach should be used
- List the variables that enter into a business damages calculation
- Describe the strengths and weaknesses of each of the approaches to lost profits measurement
- Illustrate direct examination of a damages expert to facilitate the expert’s persuasiveness and credibility
- Identify the foundational evidence required to support a defensible lost profits analysis
- Summarize approaches that best incorporate the lost profits analysis into the theme of the case
- Prepare and implement effective cross-examination of the damages expert presented by opposing counsel
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Trial lawyers, litigation attorneys, and attorneys practicing in the areas of business, personal, or other litigation involving financial issues.
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|One-Day Live Classroom Schedule|
Early Registration Discounts
|August 28, 2020||Chicago, IL||6/30/2020||7/31/2020|
|October 26, 2020||New Orleans, LA||8/31/2020||9/30/2020|
|December 11, 2020||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||10/31/2020||11/30/2020|
Courses generally begin at 1:30 p.m. and conclude at 5:15 p.m.
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One-Day Live Classroom (4 Hrs CPE)