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The Fundamentals of Pleading Practice in State and Federal Court

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1 - 1.2
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Detailed, precise, and accurate initial pleadings form the cornerstone of your case. From filing the initial writ or complaint to responsive pleadings such as the answer and new matter, each step in the process is crucial. This CLE course will teach you everything you need to know about the initial pleading stages of a case in both federal and state court.

This course will explain what to do, and when to do it at each stage of the initial pleading process. The course covers, state court filings from the initiation of the suit to the filing of a Reply to New Matter as well as the basics of when and how to plead in a third party. The federal component of the course instructs the practitioner on the filing of the initial notice, the Complaint, Answer, and the basics of pleading in third parties.

Lecturer Bio

Ryan R. Smith, Esq.

Mr. Smith is a seasoned litigator having acted as lead counsel on hundreds of cases in a relatively short period of time. Mr. Smith spent seven (7) years as a sole practitioner practicing in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, civil rights, and professional malpractice. As a sole practitioner it was imperative that Mr. Smith be well versed in the area of drafting pleadings in both state and federal court. Mr. Smith is an AV-rated attorney.

He is a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Smith has acted as lead counsel on various types of cases, including civil rights matters, medical malpractice claims, automobile accidents, mass tort product liability cases, premises liability cases, nursing home negligence cases, and matters under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In 2010, Mr. Smith was the inaugural recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section's National Trial Advocacy College Scholarship. Mr. Smith has resolved many cases to substantial verdict and settlement.

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