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SGT Partners Silver & Dreyer Speak at CTLA Seminar: Arguing Damages -- Maximizing the Verdict

November 13, 2015


  • Brian M. Flood, Esq. (Co-Chair)
    The Flood Law Firm, LLC
  • Richard A. Silver, Esq. (Co-Chair)
    Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
  • Pamela L. Cameron, Esq.
    Moore O'Brien & Foti
  • Peter M. Dreyer, Esq.
    Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
  • John J. Kennedy, Jr., Esq.
    Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, LLC
  • Sean K. McElligott, Esq.
    Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC


Discussion, Q&A and roundtable that discussed the following issues:

  • Describing Loss: Loss of function v. percentage disability.
  • Giving the jury final demand number in final argument: At all? First part? Last part of argument?
  • Length of time for utilization for damage argument in opening.
  • Low impact cases with significant damages.
  • Utilization of focus group.  What is the correlation between the damage evaluation of focus group and an actual outcome?
  • Key into judge’s charge.
  • Common errors made in final argument.
  • Low impact back or neck injury cases without significant physical damage.
  • Classic concussion without brain damage on MRI.
  • PTSD/Emotional Damages:  What is the best way to present these damages to the jury?
  • Utilization of care provider for long term damages.
  • Long-term loss of employment/how do you demonstrate?
  • Effective argument of long-term disability.
  • Use of demonstrative exhibits in damage argument.
  • Use of experts to evaluate loss of employment damages?

This Continuing Legal Education program of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys and has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 4.5 credit hours, applicable to the Skills requirement.

The Civil Justice Foundation offers adjusted seminar registration fees for members who require financial assistance.  Discounts are granted on an individual, case by case basis.  Please contact Katie Marinan Marino at the CTLA -- (860) 522-4345 -- for a confidential discussion.

Time & Place

Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange CT 06477
Friday, November 13, 2015

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