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Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee


The Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee is dedicated to enhancing the substantive knowledge of its members about a wide range of Pretrial Practice & Discovery issues. It keeps members abreast of legislative proposals, rule changes, and recent court decisions. To take full advantage of these benefits, we invite you to become involved in our subcommittees.

The Committee operates through its subcommittees, each of which focuses on a particular substantive or procedural topic, or which keeps the membership informed about recent developments in the law. With the help of members like you, the subcommittees can provide our membership with more in-depth information on a more frequent basis, especially in fast-growing and cutting-edge areas such as electronic discovery. Being involved also gives you the opportunity to network with some of the country's best and brightest litigators concerning topics that affect your practice every day.

Getting involved is easy! We will contact you with information about current projects. We look forward to working with you!

We hope you will take a moment to explore the Committee's latest newsletter, featuring articles on motions to dismiss, electronic discovery and drafting interrogatories. Additional articles can be found in the newsletter archive.


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February 19: Free Roundtable

Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST

Early Case Assessment and Other Initial Stages of Complex Litigation

The early stages of complex litigation are often the most important in delivering a successful result for your client. This presentation will go through the critical preliminary steps litigators should take to ensure that their case gets off to the right start. Topics will include applying early case assessment techniques, initial data collection and preservation issues, managing client concerns, best tactics for dealing with opposing counsel, and identifying potential early motions and other strategic options.

Register now to secure your spot at this roundtable and learn valuable practical tips.

This roundtable is presented by the Young Advocates and Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committees, and is co-sponsored by the Securities Litigation, Commercial & Business Litigation, and Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committees.

Please email your questions to Mor Wetzler.

Publish an Article!

Do you have an article idea for the committee newsletter or website? We are always looking for new, interesting, timely content to publish. Please contact our newsletter editors, Adam Braveman, Angela Fetcher, Tracy DiFillippo, or Mor Wetzler if you have something you would like to contribute.

We Want to Hear from You!

Do you have ideas for future committee activities? Do you have ways we can make this committee a more valuable resource for you? Do you have suggestions about our committee website, newsletter, or listserv emails? We value your feedback—please send an email to one of our committee cochairs, Jeffrey Close, Bobby Poundstone, or Jessica Hew with your suggestions.

Message from the Chairs

The Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee has had a productive year. Our website has added some interesting new news & developments pieces, which provide up-to-date information on the latest developments in pretrial practice and discovery issues. We also published another outstanding newsletter with our Spring 2014 issue, which includes articles on general personal jurisdiction, summary judgment, and depositions.

We continue to be very active in conducting CLE programs for the ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference and the ABA Annual Meeting. In the past year, we have conducted the following programs:

  • For the Record, from Start to Finish: Your Case on Appeal Can Be Greatly Improved by Focusing on Potential Appellate Issues at Every Step of the Litigation Process
  • iLitigation: Essential Apps and Websites for Litigators
  • The Data Abyss: Clients, Where Do Your Documents Go When the Case Is Closed?
  • Disruptive Innovation and the Legal Services Market: Are Upsets on the Horizon?

If you have an idea for a CLE program or would like to assist with programming, our programs subcommittee chairs, Kevin Broughel and Ann Hill, would love to hear from you. We are also looking for volunteers to produce written materials for our committee. If you are interested in writing an article (750–2,500 words) or a news & developments piece (100–750 words), please contact any member of our content subcommittee: Tracy DiFillippo, Mor Wetzler, Adam Braveman, Angela Fetcher. If you would like to interact with our committee members firsthand before deciding in which of our many subcommittees you would like to be involved, we would be more than happy for you to participate in one of our monthly committee teleconferences. Please contact one of us for the call-in information.

Finally, we are excited about coming to the Big Easy for this year’s Section Annual Conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on April 15–17. It is a great opportunity to attend some first class CLEs and to network with members of our Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee. Please join us in New Orleans and stop by to say hello during the committee expo.

Jessica Hew
Jeffrey Close
Bobby Poundstone

Cochairs, Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee



Our active subcommittees include:

  • Books
  • Content
  • Membership/Diversity
  • Motion Practice and Discovery
  • E-discovery
  • Emerging Issues and Distance Learning/Podcasts
  • Programming
  • Roundtable
  • Regional Meetings


Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:



Pretrial Practice & Discovery Leadership

Cochairs Content Subcommittee

Jessica Hew

Orlando, FL

Jeffrey Close

Chicago, IL

Robert Poundstone

Montgomery, AL

Adam Braveman

New York, NY

Tracy DiFillippo

Las Vegas, NV

Angela Fetcher

Louisville, KY

Mor Wetzler

New York, NY