Discovery Disputes: Winning the Battles in the Trenches

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 93 minutes
Recorded Date: June 05, 2020
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  • How to Handle Negotiations/Communications with Opposing Counsel
  • How to Handle Discovery Motion Practice and Hearings
  • How to Handle ESI Issues
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Recorded: June 5, 2020


Discovery disputes are a permanent feature of modern litigation. Our panel will provide some practical tips in handling these disputes. The seminar will cover meeting and conferring with opposing counsel; motion and hearing practice before the court; and dealing with ESI. The panelists will also discuss how handling discovery disputes might be changing amid COVID-19.

Join this program to learn tips in:
  • Handling discovery dispute negotiations with opposing counsel
  • Approach motion practice and hearings for discovery disputes
  • Handling complex ESI issues related to discovery disputes

This program was recorded on June 5th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Victoria A. Alvarez

Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

An experienced trial attorney, Victoria is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation section. She uses her courtroom experiences to counsel companies on how to limit their liability and exposure.

Victoria represents businesses big and small – from multinational corporations to local partnerships. She is an experienced litigator with a background in complex matters ranging from breach of contract, premises, retail, and products liability. She has appeared in state, federal, and multidistrict litigation and has been recognized by her peers for her advocacy.

Victoria is dedicated to honing her skills as both a litigator and leader. She was selected to join the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Leadership Academy during her first year of eligibility – an honor that only 25 attorneys nationwide receive.

Kenneth Duvall

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP

Ken's practice primarily focuses on business litigation, financial, insurance, and construction matters. Ken also has experience in product liability, white collar, securities, class action, intellectual property, employment, consumer, and appellate matters.

Based in Miami, Ken has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country, from New York to Texas. Ken has been recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers? for several years running, and his firm's litigation group has been named the top department of its kind in Florida.

Ken has authored a number of scholarly articles and works, including co-authoring three legal reference guides: Wolters Kluwer's Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty State Compendium; Wolters Kluwer's Business Torts: A Fifty State Guide; and Criminal Law Handbook (for Kansas).

John P. Browning

Burr & Forman LLP

John, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, is an experienced trial lawyer, having represented businesses and their insurers in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial losses arising out of motor vehicle accidents, engineering and construction defects, work site accidents, product defects, dram shop & social host liability, negligent security, environmental and public nuisance, and general premises liability.

Having handled cases through jury trial and appeal, John is also asked to advise businesses on their risk management and insurance needs. In serving the profession, John is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Tort Trial & Insurance Practice (TIPS) division, where he has been a vice-chair for various general committees, to include Self-Insurers and Risk Managers, Business Litigation, Litigation and Trial Practice, Toxic and Environmental Torts, and Products Liability. He currently serves as an editor for The Brief magazine and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Journal, both publications of ABA-TIPS. John is also a proud member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and past young-lawyer President for the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA).

John lives in Mobile, is married (Margaret Sue), and has two daughters (Margaret & Katherine). Their family is active in their church and contribute their time to area non-profits. Additionally, John also serves as the Mobile office’s student hiring partner.

Beverly H. Rampaul

Senior Assistant Public Defender
Lancaster County Office of the Public Defender

Beverly H. Rampaul, senior assistant public defender in the Lancaster County Public Defender's Office, is serving a three-year term on the PBA Board of Governors. Rampaul will represent Pennsylvania minority lawyers who are members of the association.

Rampaul served as chair of the PBA Minority Bar Committee from 2009 to 2011 and as co-vice chair from 2006 to 2009. She served on the PBA Diversity Task Force and chaired the PBA Diversity Task Force's Diversity Team and Officer Subcommittee. She is a member of the PBA Diversity Team and serves as a PBA Diversity Team Ambassador. She is a member of the PBA Women in the Profession Committee and served as co-chair from 2011 to 2012 of its diversity committee. She also is a member of the PBA Leadership Recruitment and Development Committee. She served as a PBA Young Lawyers Division Zone Three Co-chair and Zone-at-Large Co-chair. She was a voting member of the PBA House of Delegates and a member of the PBA Corrections Committee.

She is a past chair of the Lancaster Bar Association's Diversity Committee and the Professionalism Section. She also is a member of the LBA Criminal Law and Young Lawyers sections. She is active in the American Bar Association and a variety of its committees and sections, including the ABA Criminal Justice Section, the ABA Litigation Section Young Lawyer Leadership Program, the Young Lawyers Division Fellows and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. She is a member of the Public Defenders Association of Pennsylvania and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Rampaul is a graduate of Lafayette College and the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as the senior associate editor of the Dickinson Journal of International Law. She also is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and the National Judicial College's ABA National Trial Academy.

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