6/10 Representing Your Client in Federal Court - Manchester, NH

Skillfully Navigate the Rules and Pleading Standards to Reach a Favorable Decision

Whether you're new to federal court practice or you just need a quick refresher, this course is for you. Experienced attorney faculty will review federal rules and local procedures and walk you through the life of a case to ensure no steps are missed. Register today!

  • Review federal court rules and tactics to ensure your compliance and boost your chances of success.
  • Make sure you know your case belongs in federal court: explore jurisdiction, venue and removal issues.
  • Comply with FRCP Rule 8(a)(2) and give each case a firm footing from the very start.
  • Find the balance between "brief" and "sufficient" to ensure each of your cases goes forward.
  • Get practical guidance on the types of factual content to be included in support of the pleading.
  • Understand how federal court procedures are applied when filing electronically.
  • Analyze the latest court rulings pertaining to discovery to prevent mistakes.
  • Prevent malpractice allegations with proactive legal ethics tips.
  • Discover the federal court's best-kept secret: federal magistrate judges - and speed up your litigation process.
  • Troubleshoot to find new solutions to old evidence and expert problems.
  • Mind the critical distinctions between the federal and state courtroom culture.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level course is designed for litigation attorneys. In-house counsel, litigation support professionals and paralegals will also find this information useful.

Course Content

  • Is Federal Court the Right Court? Jurisdiction, Venue and Local Court Procedure
  • Developing a Successful Trial Strategy
  • Pleadings and Evidentiary Issues in Federal Court
  • Thorough Discovery
  • Testimony Tactics
  • Ethics
  • Case Management
  • Federal Trial: What You Didn't Learn in Law School

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *
* denotes specialty credits


STEVEN E. GRILL is an officer and shareholder of the law firm of Devine Millimet & Branch, PA, in Manchester, where he practices business litigation, with emphases on intellectual property, technology and telecommunication matters. He has lectured extensively for business and professional groups on various legal issues. Mr. Grill earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from St. Lawrence University and his J.D. degree from Cornell University. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New Hampshire (member, Trial Law Section; Business Litigation Section; and Federal Practice Section) Bar Association.

DANIEL J. MULLEN is a director and shareholder of the law firm Ransmeier & Spellman, PC. Prior to becoming a member of Ransmeier & Spellman, PC, he was employed for more than 26 years with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and held the positions of chief of the Civil Bureau, chief of staff, and director of the Federal Litigation Unit. Mr. Mullen's practice consists of litigation with an emphasis on defending municipalities and municipal officials in both federal and state court on civil rights and employment actions, and administrative law before state agencies. He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, numerous federal district courts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Mullen also is a past member of the Federal Court Advisory Committee in New Hampshire. He graduated from Villanova University Law School and from Georgetown University.

CHARLA B. STEVENS is a director and chair of the employment practice group at the law firm of McLane Middleton Professional Association. She also works in the Education and Health Care practice groups. She has extensive background addressing litigated and non-litigated employment issues, such as discrimination, harassment, employee classification, and wage and hour claims. Ms. Stevens litigates cases in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and before numerous state and federal administrative agencies, such as the Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Stevens is the vice-chair of the NH Business and Industry Association’s Healthcare, HR & Workforce Development Policy Committee and a past director of the HR State Council of New Hampshire. She was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to serve as chair of the state Personnel Appeals Board. Ms. Stevens has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer by Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and New England Super Lawyers.

JUNE 10, 2016
9am - 4:30pm