2017 Trial Start to Finish Seminar (2017 - 2018 Credit)

Published by Virginia Trial Lawyers Association


Watch and learn from some of VTLA’s very best trial attorneys as they demonstrate their trial techniques instead of simply talking about them – techniques derived from their own experiences combined with the most current research on how to reach jurors.
• In advance, all attendees will be given the same challenging fact pattern which involves a contested liability case and a traumatic brain injury.
• The faculty will be working with the fact pattern, developing their own style to show you.
• After each presentation, there will be a discussion with the moderator about how the presenters formulated their arguments or examinations.
Whether you’ve been in practice for 4 months or 40 years – whether you handle smaller injury cases or massive complex ones – you can’t miss this.

Jeffrey A. Breit
Working with a Federal Court Judge in New Orleans while he was in college fueled Jeffrey Breit’s interest in the law. A native of the Tidewater area, his father, brothers and even his wife have all been attorneys at one time or another. In 1988, he...More
P. Brent Brown
P. Brent Brown has been engaged in the practice of law since 1979 when he was admitted to both the Virginia State Bar and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. A Virginia native who served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976, Mr....More
Robert "Bob" T. Hall
Robert T. Hall received his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1964. He spent two years working as associate counsel to the U.S. Senate District of Columbia Committee and then went on to start his private practice. Mr. Hall has worked as a personal...More
R. Lee Livingston
Lee Livingston has a 20-year, powerful history of success helping people who have been harmed by the negligence of others. This has resulted in a long list of peer review awards including Best Lawyers, US News and World Report medical malpractice...More
David E. Ross, M.D.
Dr. Ross is the Director of the Virginia Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He completed medical school and residency in psychiatry at VCU. After that, he finished a fellowship...More
Robert "Bob" L. Shepherd
•President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MediVisuals Inc., 2013 – present•Vice President, Director Eastern Region Operations, MediVisuals Inc., 1994 – 2013•Eastern Region Senior Medical Illustrator, MediVisuals Inc., 1989 -1993•...More
Dorothy Clay Sims
Dorothy Sims and her team combine decades of experience in medical, legal, and research fields.On a daily basis, Dorothy consults with attorneys throughout the U.S., to provide methods of expert testimony cross-examination. If an attorney requests,...More
M. Bryan Slaughter
Bryan Slaughter concentrates his practice on complex personal injury cases. His practice areas include products liability, cases involving traumatic brain injury, serious automobile and truck accidents, premises liability and egregious medical...More
Stephen M. Smith
Brain injuries are devastating and life-changing not only for the victim but for their loved ones as well. Stephen M. Smith, Esq., the founder of the Brain Injury Law Center, is an internationally recognized expert in traumatic brain injury...More
Charles "Chuck" J. Zauzig
Chuck Zauzig is President of Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C. and leader of “the crew” in the Zauzig Trial Group. While he started his legal career in criminal defense, he has found his legal passion in medical malpractice and personal injury.He...More

Originally Published

September 12, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Voir Dire - Video
  • 2017 Trial Start to Finish Agenda - Paper
  • Fact Pattern
  • Voir Dire - Paper
  • Opening Statements - Video
  • Opening Statements - Paper
  • Opening Statements - Zauzig Paper
  • Trial Presentation - Video
  • Trial Presentation - Paper
  • Direct Examination - Video
  • Direct Examination - Paper
  • Cross-Examination - Video
  • Cross-Examination - Paper
  • Closing Arguments - Video
  • Closing Arguments - Paper

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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