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Drafting Complaints and Answers

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


This practical skills session will instruct litigators in the basics of drafting complaints and responsive pleadings. The panelists will discuss different strategic decisions, including choosing your claims, your tone, and your forum. They will also instruct attendees on pleading sufficiently to withstand a motion to dismiss, and thinking ahead to other tactical decisions. Not to leave out responsive pleadings, the panel will discuss answers and counterclaims, including: theories of affirmative defenses, when to file a motion to dismiss, and strategies for filing counterclaims. Representing the perspective of both plaintiffs and defendants, panelists include Andrea Kramer of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, Neil McGaraghan of Bingham McCutchen LLP, and Kimberly Dougherty of Bubalo, Hiestand & Rotman PLC.

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Patricia Johnson


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