--- tort law / trial - personal injury
--- course production date: 8/16/2016
--- presented by JAMES BALMER

The cost and uncertainty of proceeding to jury trial make settlement the best option most of the time. If the defendant doesn't evaluate your claim as being worth what you have to get to settle, you are forced to go to trial.

This course explains how to prepare for trial from the initial client contact in a way that convinces any defendant you will try the case if forced to do so. Such preparation will prompt a defendant to extend the best offer at mediation and set up your case for trial on short notice if you are unable to persuade defendant to pay what you have to have to resolve the claim.

Key course points are:
• A complete change of attitude regarding settlement v. trial.
• A way of convincing the trial judge to adopt your position regarding evidence.
• Increasing the possibility of acceptable settlement offers.
• Increasing the possibility of successful trial result if settlement efforts fail.

--- presented by JAMES BALMER

James W. Balmer is a founding partner in Falsani, Balmer, Peterson, Quinn & Beyer, a Duluth, Minnesota law firm he co-founded in 1975 with Robert C. Falsani. The law firm has specialized in personal injury and workers compensation litigation in Minnesota since its inception, expanding into northwest Wisconsin nine years later. Today, it is one of the largest and busiest law firms of its kind north of the Twin Cities.

Jim obtained his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1970 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1973. He has been licensed in Minnesota since then; in U.S. District Court in Minnesota since 1974; by U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals since 1985; in Wisconsin since 1984; in U.S. District Court for Western Wisconsin since 1985; in U.S.District Court for Eastern Wisconsin since 2008; and by U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals since 1986.

Jim has been a member of the National Board of Trial Advocates since 1986 and been an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 2002. He enjoys Preeminent recognition by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and recognition as one the Best Lawyers in America in both Plaintiff Personal Injury and Defendant Personal Injury. Jim has been recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyer annually since 1998.