John D. North, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, will moderate the live webinar “A Day on Evidence” on Friday, March 22, 2024 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. The program, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, will be presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Certified Attorneys Section and the NJSBA Civil Trial Bar Section.
Evidence skills can take years to master. Mr. North will lead a distinguished panel in a full day program specifically designed to give litigators at all skill levels an opportunity to improve their evidence skills. The panel will delve into a broad range of topics, with the following agenda:
- Report from the Supreme Court Committee on rules of evidence
- Recent issues and rulings of interest
- Expert witness issues
- Trial Court’s “gatekeeping” role under In re Accutane; Barden v Brenntag North America, Inc. and other recent opinions
- Recent Amendments to F.R.Ev. R. 702
- Use of animations to illustrate and simplify complex expert opinions
- Witness statements
- Judicial notice of internet “facts”
- Spoliation/fraudulent concealment of evidence claims
- Evidence –spoliation and ethics
Mr. North focuses his practice in litigation, with an emphasis on trial practice. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, including over 75 jury cases to verdict. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to the defense of catastrophic injury and other high exposure cases in the areas of toxic torts, negligence, public entity liability and professional liability, including the defense of attorneys, accountants and insurance brokers. He also concentrates in the representation of commercial and residential real estate developers in connection with design and construction defect litigation, as well as the defense of claims brought under New Jersey's Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act and Consumer Fraud Act. Additionally, he has represented major banks and financial institutions in connection with lender liability claims and matters involving negotiable instruments and financial fraud.
Mr. North is the author of the evidence treatise A Trial Lawyer’s Strategic Guide to the New Jersey Rules of Evidence and is a principal author of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, contributing the chapter in the treatise devoted to Medical Malpractice. He also contributed the chapter on statutory disclosure requirements in Winning Legal Strategies for Construction Law. He has lectured throughout New Jersey on evidence and trial practice.
Additional program information and registration on the NJICLE website.