National Institute for Trial Advocacy Background Unites Five of the National Law Journal’s Top 10 Litigators

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The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) claims five of the 10 litigators featured in The National Law Journal’s June 5 pull-out section entitled, “Winning: Successful strategies from 10 of the nation’s top litigators.”

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), recognized as the leading continuing legal advocacy education institution, can lay claim to five of the 10 litigators featured in The National Law Journal’s June 5 pull-out section entitled, “Winning: Successful strategies from 10 of the nation’s top litigators.” Three of these five litigators are current NITA faculty, one was a past faculty member and the other was a past program participant.

“For 35 years, NITA has offered unparalleled advocacy courses nationwide,” said NITA president and chief executive officer, Laurence Rose. “Because we have had the privilege of training some of the country’s finest attorneys, it does not surprise me that so many in the NLJ’s annual top ten were NITA-affiliated.”

The National Law Journal boasts 13,000 subscribers, with an estimated readership of approximately 40,000. The publication selected the laudable litigators according to several criteria. These individuals must possess a lengthy track record of monetarily significant wins. They also must have earned a significant win in the past 18 months or earned defense wins despite the risk of substantial damages. They also could have altered case precedent or won cases that took place in hostile jurisdictions.

Nominations were opened to readers, but then were subjected to rigorous staff research. The top ten litigators were not ranked. The NITA-affiliated litigators in the top ten were: Michael Dockterman – Midwest Regional NITA faculty member; Steven D. McCormick – Midwest Regional NITA faculty member; William C. Price – Southern California Regional NITA faculty member; Gregory P. Stone – NITA in-house faculty; and Stephen D. Susman – Southern Deposition, Hanley/Boulder Advanced, National Session program participant and faculty member.

“The fact that so many of these lawyers are NITA participants or instructors is a reflection of their commitment to improve their art,” said Stone. “I think that suggests that practice makes perfect, or, at least, makes you better.”

About NITA

Founded in 1971, The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) is a not-for-profit, continuing legal education institution based in Louisville, Colorado. The gold standard in continuing legal education, NITA has more than 35 years experience developing teaching methods and materials for advocacy training. With an average student/faculty ratio of 4:1, NITA practices an experiential, “learning-by-doing” teaching philosophy. Its faculty are respected members of the legal profession, with extensive trial and teaching experience. NITA is also the third largest publisher of legal texts, many of which are used by renowned law schools. NITA’s sole aim is to improve the quality of advocacy in the nation's courtrooms.

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