Take Back the Courtroom CLE May 19-20, 2017Rick Friedman and Roger Dodd teachingEden Roc Seminar RoomEden Roc Standard RoomEden Roc Corner Suite
May 19-20, 2017
Miami, FL
Registration $1,200.00

Take Back the Courtroom IV

Overcoming Obstacles in Litigation

May 19-20, 2017, Miami, FL

Seminar Description

Trial Guides is proud to announce the fourth Take Back the Courtroom CLE event. This two-day, intensive CLE brings together three of America’s greatest trial lawyers: Rick Friedman, Roger Dodd, and Randi McGinn. They will teach you all of the skills necessary to win even the most difficult trials.

This event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The cost varies based on your level of experience:

  • $1,200 per person for those lawyers who have practiced for more than five years.
  • $600 per person for those who have practiced less than five years if they are registered with Trial Guides’ New Lawyers Program.

On Friday, May 19, there will be a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Both evenings will feature a guest speaker from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (names to be announced later). These two sessions are optional, although they are included in the event price.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is open only to civil plaintiff’s OR criminal defense counsel. Lawyers who perform any work on behalf of insurance companies or any form of civil defense work are not allowed to attend. All attendees will be required to sign an affidavit to that effect before being allowed entry. No audio or video recording is allowed.


Rick Friedman

Rick Friedman built his reputation representing people and small businesses injured by large corporations and government agencies. He handles cases including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and business torts. He is a past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates and the author of several bestselling trial advocacy books including Rules of the Road.

Roger Dodd

Roger Dodd is the coauthor of the bestselling text Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques and the author of Cross-Examination at Depositions (to be released in Spring of 2017). He is also an internationally recognized lecturer on cross-examination. He practices nationally on both high and low profile civil and criminal cases, including as co-counsel.

Randi McGinn

Randi McGinn, one of the leading trial lawyers in the country, is known for her creativity in the courtroom and use of demonstrative evidence in opening, direct, cross-examination, and closing argument. She is the first woman ever elected president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, and she is the author of Changing Laws, Saving Lives.


  • Friday, May 19:
    • Welcome & Introductions
    • The Ideal Lawyer-Judge Relationship
    • Difficult Judges: Types and Causes
    • Ethical Boundaries for Judges & Lawyers
    • Difficult Judges in Trial: Pre-trial, Voir Dire, Opening, Direct, Cross, Closing, and Difficult Judges for Women
    • The Female Judge & The Female Attorney
    • Ethically and Professionally Dealing with Difficult Opponents & Clients
    • Preparing Difficult Clients for Direct and Cross Examination

  • Saturday, May 20:
    • Ethical Trial Lawyers in the 21st Century
    • Adjusting to New Venues & New Judges
    • Changing Trends in Voir Dire
    • The Brave New World of Trial Practice: Phones, Social Media, & Researching Jurors
    • Applying New Concepts to Trials
    • The Post-Trump Error Era

CLE Accreditation

General Credit: 465 minutes

Ethics/Specialty Credit*: 330 minutes  *Ethics and Specialty credit eligible topics are highlighted in gray. Eligibility varies by jurisdiction. Please be sure to verify the credit awarded in your jurisdiction(s).

Accreditation is in the application process. Check back later for specific jurisdictions and credit amounts.

Hotel Information

Trial Guides has selected the Eden Roc Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach to host this CLE. Sitting directly on the ocean, the hotel has a storied history and is widely considered one of the leading hotels in America. The hotel was originally designed by famous architect Morris Lapidus, and served as a playground for icons including Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Lucile Ball, and many more.

Recently renovated, Eden Roc now features a “hotel within a hotel” concept with half of the property designed and operated by Nobu Hospitality, owned by Hollywood actor Robert Deniro and celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The hotel features a destination Nobu restaurant.  

Trial Guides CLE attendees get substantial discounts for rooms at either Eden Roc or the Nobu Luxury Hotels. Limited suite upgrades are available. To book online reservations, please use this link to access the Web page that will provide the attendee discount.

Please note our Seminar/Webinar Cancellation Policy