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2020 Advanced Expert Workshop

  • 13 Mar 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • University of Richmond School of Law

VADA is excited to announce that it is expanding its workshops for the more experienced attorney.

An “Advanced Trial Skills Workshop” will be offered on Friday, March 13, 2020 and Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the University of Richmond School of Law.   Come on one or both days!  This workshop will focus on expert witnesses, from retention through trial.   Learn from master litigators!  Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • Protecting your expert from harassing financial disclosure subpoena requests from the plaintiff;
  • What information produced to your expert is protected from disclosure to the other side under Virginia federal or state law;
  • Defeating onerous and overly broad Rule 4:10 orders promulgated by the plaintiff;
  • Best use of medical and non-medical experts in catastrophic cases;
  • Preparing winning motions to exclude for designation deficiencies;
  • Best practices for use of plaintiff’s own treating providers at trial;
  • Best practices for making and responding to objections during de bene esse depositions;
  • Best practices to prepare your expert for discovery deposition and trial;
  • Understanding hearsay pitfalls on direct examination of expert;
  • Spotlighting your expert during voir dire, opening and closing;
  • Examples of artful, skillful, effective direct and cross examination;
  • War stories of how a plaintiff’s expert withdrew his opinions in deposition;
  • And more!

Stay tuned for detailed agenda and registration information.


Limited VADA-discounted hotel rooms are available at the Westin Richmond (6631 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230).  Call 888-627-7786 and mention "VADA" before February 22 for the $137 discounted rate.


Registration for this unique event is limited and fills quickly.  New members, registration includes your first year membership in VADA.  No membership bill sent until 2021.  Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for details.  Registration opens in late 2019.

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

1915 Huguenot Road, Ste 301

Richmond, VA, 23235


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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