The Devil's Advocate
Legal Fee Management & Litigation Consulting


Our 22nd Year  
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Continuing Legal Education & Training Courses

from The Devil's Advocate


Devil's Advocate provides continuing legal education courses and other training for law firms, individual lawyers, in-house legal departments (and other personnel dealing with lawyers or the legal system), and anyone else interested in a short course.  Courses may also be presented through bar organizations or any other groups interested in lawyers and the law.  Most topics qualify for continuing legal education credits in most jurisdictions.

DA's seminars are timely and practical -- months or years ahead of commercial and bar-sponsored seminars.

Current seminars include:

  • "To Get Paid, Get Reasonable":  Current legal fee issues and dealing with bill reviews, legal fee shifting, and disputes
        -    For IP lawyers, especially patent lawyers:  The impact of Octane Fitness on fee-shifting, including supporting and opposing fee petitions

  • "Bad Judge":  Problems with judges, including how to spot and deal with them.

  • "Estimating Legal Fees":  How to create and meet a realistic legal fee budget.

Other topics include:

  • Current legal fee law and developments.

  • Estimating legal fees & alternative fees.

  • Legal bill reviews.

  • Fee disputes.

  • Fee-shifting.

  • Litigation management, from selection of counsel through completion, and detours.

  • Selecting counsel who "fit" and establishing a reasonable engagement.

  • Rambo:  Dealing with common litigation tricks and gaining settlement leverage.

  • Trial and litigation strategy and tactics.

  • Advanced jury and bench trial techniques, including experts.

  • Advanced motion and discovery practice.

  • Legal malpractice.

  • Civilian's Guide to Lawyers:  The user's manual for the legal system.

  • The Client's Bill of Rights

or browse our website for inspiration. 

Typical options include live, in-person seminars at your location, often during an in-house breakfast or lunch.  We also schedule seminars open to the public in our general vicinity, near Tyson's Corner and Reston, Virginia USA.  We can make arrangements for remote, live participation by phone or web.  Most presentations last at least one hour and up to four hours in the same day, covering up to three separate topics.

Our primary speaker is John Toothman, Esq., the founder of Devil's Advocate.  (To see what you're getting into, check out his blog.)  Mr. Toothman has taught over 50 seminars publicly and privately (for firms and in-house for corporations and insurance companies) at the international, national, state, and local levels, including the ABA and other national associations.  In addition to writing several leading books and many articles on fees and litigation, Mr. Toothman created a clinical trial litigation course for the George Washington University Law School.  Other speakers may be included by arrangement through DA.

DA courses use several different formats, from traditional talks, by one or more persons, to interactive training and multi-media presentations whenever possible.  Of special interest to some clients are presentations revolving around a limited DA review of the client's own legal bills.

Contact DA to discuss topics, availability, and cost.  (DA charges a reasonable fee for this service.  Some courses may be provided at no cost or for reimbursement of DA's travel expenses.  DA generally obtains Virginia CLE credit approval and attendees or the sponsor arranges for credit in other jurisdictions.)

DA seminars are produced by LitWatch, Inc.



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Last update: 01/07/15

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