Communication Skills for Litigation


This seminar is plaintiff-only. You must pre-register and sign the agreement to attend.
Communication Skills for Litigation: Getting the Most in Settlement Demands, Depositions, Mediation and Trials

It's the Most Fun You'll Ever Have Earning CLE Credit!
Up to 7 Hours of CLE (Including Lunch and Learn)
Seminar Chair: Sarah Emery
Presenters: ACT of Communication
Alan Blumenfeld and Andrew Caple-Shaw
8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Introducing Your Case

Quickly and accurately introducing and arguing your case in a deposition, mediation, hearing or trial requires skills which can be heightened with a mastery of certain storytelling and delivery techniques:
  • Speaking Like a Person, Not a Lawyer
  • Storytelling with a Beginning, Middle and End
  • Bonding Others to Your Point of View
  • Talking to One vs. Talking to a Group
  • Eye Contact: Sharing the Story with Your Audience
10:30 a.m. Networking break
10:45 a.m. Voice and Body

It is essential that attorneys have access to their full range of expression, both vocally and physically.
  • Eliminating Stage Fright
  • Expanding Vocal Range and Flexibility
  • Manipulating Vocal Tone (Inflection)
  • Choosing Gestures
  • Controlling Audience's Focus
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Learn: Attorney Fee Structured Settlements
Sponsored and Presented by Ringler Associates

Learn the benefits of deferring attorney fees, language to be included in contingency fee agreement, tax benefits, hold harmless agreement and deferred payment agreement.
1:15 p.m. Questioning in Depositions, Mediations and Trials

When questioning one’s own and opposing counsel’s witnesses, there are skills to help deal with issues of control, give and take, when to stay on plan and when to pursue from instinct.

Direct Examination

  • Establishing Witness/Attorney and Witness/Juror Relationships
  • Developing the Story
  • Sharing the Story
  • Using Open-ended Questions

Cross Examination

  • Asking Questions with the Jury
  • Restraint vs. Going in for the Kill
  • Using Open-ended Questions
3:15 p.m. Networking break
3:30 p.m. Closing Your Case
  • Controlling the Decision Maker's Emotions  
  • Making Your Quote the Decision Maker's Quote
  • The Structure and the Rhetoric of Argument
4:00 p.m. Seminar concludes

About ACT of Communication presenters
Blumenfeld and Andrew Caple-Shaw

Founding partner, Alan Blumenfeld is a professional actors who appeared regularly in film, television and theatre throughout the world. Alan has guest starred on more than 300 television shows and has appeared in several dozen feature films.

Andrew Caple-Shaw is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants and a licensed attorney in Tennessee. During law school, he was a National Champion trial advocate, working actor and elected leader of the television and film performers union, SAG-AFTRA. As his advocacy teaching reputation grew, Andrew joined the ACT team and has been working with them for the past several years teaching and training law students, lawyers and their witnesses.






Embassy Suites Downtown
501 S 4th St
Louisville, Ky.

(502) 813-3800


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Overnight accomodations

Rooms are available at the Embassy Suites Downtown Louisville by calling (502) 813-3800 no later than April 16, 2019. Mention Kentucky Justice Association to receive the special rate of $165.


Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co. of Ky.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made by 5:00 p.m. on May 14 receive a 100 percent refund, cancellations made after 5:00 p.m. on May 14 receive a 50 percent refund and cancellations made after 5:00 p.m. on May 13 will not receive a refund, but do receive electronic and audio CLE materials.