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

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 past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates and author of several best-selling trial advocacy books including Rules of the Road.

Roger Dodd

Roger Dodd

Roger Dodd is the co-author of the best-selling 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 high and low-profile civil and criminal cases including as co-counsel.

Randi McGinn

Randi McGinn

Randi McGinn is one of the leading trial lawyers in the country, known for her creativity in the courtroom and her use of demonstrative evidence to visualize 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.

Nicholas Rowley

Nicholas Rowley

With 109 jury trials under his belt at the age of 38, and over half a Billion dollars in record winning verdicts and settlements, many consider Nick Rowley to be the leading trial lawyer of his generation. Nick has proven that he is willing to go where others won’t, dedicate his heart and soul, and achieve record results.

Keith Mitnik

Keith Mitnik

Keith Mitnik is senior trial counsel for Morgan & Morgan, the largest personal injury law firm in America. At Morgan & Morgan, there are departments that handle every type of contingency fee plaintiff’s case; Keith’s job is to try cases with all of these departments and, when they do not settle, to join forces at trial with the other lawyers handling them.

Sari de la Motte

Sari de la Motte

Sari de la Motte is the CEO and founder of FORTE, a communications consulting firm. A sought after trial consultant, Sari provides CLEs for various state association of justices around the country and works one-on-one with clients all over the United States. Sari has spoken for, and works with, several members of the Inner Circle of Advocates. Because of her unique ability to help attorney’s communicate their real selves, she has been dubbed “The Attorney Whisperer.”


  • 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).


  • British Columbia: 13.25 credits including 5.5 Ethics
  • Colorado: 16 credits including 6.6 Ethics
  • Florida: 16.5 credits including 3.5 Ethics, 1.0 Bias and 2.0 Technology
  • Georgia: 13.25 credits including 3.5 Ethics
  • Illinois: 13.25 credits including 5.5 Professional Responsibility
  • Indiana: 13.3 credits including 5.5 Ethics
  • Iowa: 13.25 credits including 5.5 Ethics
  • Kansas: 15.5 credits including 3.5 Ethics and Professionalism
  • Louisiana: 14.25 credits including 3.0 Ethics and 2.5 Professionalism
  • Minnesota: 13.25 credits including 4 Ethics and 1.5 Elimination of Bias
  • Missouri: 14.4 credits including 2.4 Ethics
  • Nebraska: 13.25 credits including 5.5 Professional Responsibility
  • New Mexico: 12.2 credits including 3.0 Ethics
  • Ohio: 13.25 credits including 5.5 Attorney Conduct
  • Oklahoma: 16 credits including 6.5 Ethics
  • Ontario: 5.5 Professionalism
  • Oregon: 13.75 credits
  • Tennessee: 13.75 credits including 5.5 Dual Hours
  • Texas: 12.75 credits including 4.5 Ethics
  • Utah: 12 credits including 3.0 Ethics and 2.0 Professionalism & Civility
  • Vermont: 13.25 credits including 5.5 Ethics
  • West Virginia: 15.9 credits including 6.6 Ethics

Eligible for Credit under Reciprocity or Out of State Rules:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Washington

Applications in Process:


Additional jurisdictions are being added as attorneys register for the event. Accreditation is sought based on the barred jurisdiction(s) of the attendees.

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 attendee discount. You may also call 305-531-0000 and ask for the “Trial Guides” room block for the discounted room rate.

Please note our Seminar/Webinar Cancellation Policy