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2017 Trial Techniques Seminar


August 17-19, 2017
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802

Topics include:

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  • Highway through the Danger Zone: Practical Tips on Preparing Fact Witnesses for Cross-examination
  • Why you Should Love and Use the Expedited Civil Litigation Track
  • Lessons from Ewald v. Royal Norwegian Embassy
  • The Seemingly Seamless Presentation of Evidence – How to Make Your Expert Look Like a Genius
  • Defense of PTSD Claims
  • But, What Does The Juror Think About That?
  • Legally Blonde Meets The Godfather: How Gender Differences in Communication Can Impact Negotiation Strategy and Outcomes
  • Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: Focus on Mental Health & Disability
  • Long Term Care Damages: Intersection Collision – When Work Comp and Civil Litigation Collide
  • Making the Most of Mediation: Planning your Work and Working your Plan
  • How to Weather a Media Storm in Litigation
  • What Can a Biomechanical Engineering Expert Do for Your Case and is it Admissible?

CE Credits

8.25 total. 7.25 General credit. 1.0 Bias credit.

Registration Rates

Registration fee include access to all sessions, welcome reception, continental breakfasts, lunch at the Annual Meeting, refreshment breaks, course materials, and certification credits (8 credits have been applied for).

MDLA Member




Judges, Retired Attorneys


Annual Meeting Lunch Only


Additional Options

Thursday Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is free. (please select in registration for head count)

Friday Event at the Great Lakes Aquarium

Adults (13+) at $45 each
Children (4-12) at $25 each
Children (0-3) are Free

Hotel Options

Deadline: July 17, 2017

Inn on Lake Superior (website)
Rate: $160.99 (Standard) $180.99 (2-Bedroom Suite)

To make reservations, please visit their website and use the following to reserve rooms for the MDLA block: Group ID: 6270 Password: 37000033
Contact: 888-668-4352

Canal Park Lodge (website)
Rate: $228
Contact: 800-777-8560

To make reservations, please visit their website and use the following to reserve rooms for the MDLA block: Group ID: 1385 Password: 37000590

Comfort Suites Canal Park (website)
Rate: $199 - $219 (depending on room type)
Contact: 218-727-1378

To reserve your room, call 218-727-1378 and tell the front desk you would like to make reservations for the “Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Conference”.

Thank You, Sponsors

Duluth Aquarium Sponsor
Jardine Logan & O'Brien

Mobile App Sponsor

Opening Reception Sponsor
Stich, Angell, Kreidler, Unke & Scattergood, P.A.

Law Firm Sponsor
Bassford Remele PA
Goetz & Eckland, P.A.
Larson King LLP

Lanyard Sponsor
David Riley, CPA

Continental Breakfast Sponsors
Blethen Gage & Krause PLLP
Crane Engineering

Break Sponsors
OMeara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A.
Pfefferle Kane LLP
SEA Limited

Wireless Internet Sponsor
Rajkowski Hansmeier Ltd

Electricity Sponsor
Tomsche Sonnesyn & Tomsche PA

Women's Breakout Sponsors
Jardine Logan & O'Brien
Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson PA

Thank You to our Exhibitors!
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
SEA Limited

Cancellation Policy

Registrations must be made no later than August 16, 2017. With written cancellation notice, received by July 26, 2017, you will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations after July 26, 2017 are nonrefundable. Notices of cancellation must be faxed to the MDLA office at 651-290-2266. No-shows will not receive a refund.

Admission to all MDLA events requires advance registration either by mail, online, or in person. Individuals will not be admitted to an event without payment. Failure to attend an event does not constitute a cancellation of event registration and you will be charged for registering.

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This event may be recorded and/or photographed. Completion of the registration form acknowledges consent to be filmed or photographed.

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