On Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Reed Smith Partner Diane Bettino will speak to a national audience as part of a select panel of national mortgage litigation practitioners on mortgage litigation strategies and techniques. This conference, entitled “Anatomy of the Mortgage Trial Series Part 2: Trial and Post-Trial Phases,” is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. The program will examine a variety of crucial mortgage litigation issues, such as: proper authentication of mortgage and loan documents, appropriate remedies (damages or equitable relief), overlap with the regulatory process, direct and cross-examination strategies, use of expert witnesses at trial, developing and preserving the record for appeal, trials in arbitration and appellate options, developing a theme for your case, overcoming jury bias, motions in limine, pattern jury charges, forms of appeals and appropriate appellate remedies, timing considerations, and written and oral arguments and applications for rehearing.

With the dramatic rise in the number of residential mortgage foreclosures, and increased pressure from federal and state regulators – and the courts – to review and reform foreclosure practices and procedures, navigating the mortgage litigation process has become more precarious than ever. Moreover, with the increase in actions by federal and state regulators, multiple attorneys general, and class action plaintiffs’ attorneys, mortgage lenders and services need to be able to identify and utilize the most appropriate trial strategies and techniques for any given situation. This program will help in-house counsel, as well as outside advisors, to stop the key issues to avoid potential pitfalls down the road.

For more information on registration for this important program, contact Ninah Moore of the ABA at ninah.moore@americanbar.org. For substantive information or questions regarding any of the topics listed above, contact Diane Bettino at dbettino@reedsmith.com.