Three Morrison Mahoney attorneys from across the region were selected to participate in the prestigious 2017 IADC Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California. Partner Alan Brown (Boston), Partner Neil Tortora (Parsippany), and Associate Christopher Keenoy (New York) recently attended a seven-day intensive program geared towards learning trial tactics and techniques from some of the best lawyers in the United States.

As one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills, the Trial Academy blends faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation, using the proven “learning-by-doing” method, to teach the right trial skills for defense lawyers.  The faculty consists of leading defense trial lawyers selected on a national basis from different regions of the country. Each faculty member is assigned to a group of five to seven students which allows for individualized attention and instruction.

“As the leading trial firm in the northeast with over 25 defense verdicts this year, it is extremely important that we invest in external and internal resources to support the trial skills of the next generation.  The IADC Trial Academy is the pinnacle of our investment, where our junior attorneys can take what they have learned and practiced, and take it to the next level,” said Scott D. Burke, Managing Partner of Morrison Mahoney. “The firm’s commitment to our lawyers’ professional development and continuing legal education ensures  that our attorneys are well-positioned to deliver superior results at trial and provide exceptional client service to our clients and partners. We are very proud of Alan, Neil, and Chris for the high praise they received from their faculty coaches and for devoting such effort to gaining as much from the program as possible.”

About the IADC

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has been serving a distinguished membership of corporate and insurance defense attorneys and insurance executives since 1920. Its activities benefit the approximately 2,500 invitation-only, peer reviewed  members and their clients, as well as the civil justice system and the legal profession. Moreover, the IADC takes a leadership role in many areas of legal  reform and professional development.

About the IADC Trial Academy

The IADC Trial Academy was initiated by the International Association of Defense Counsel in 1973 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After 31 years at that location, the Trial Academy moved to the prestigious Stanford Law School in Stanford, California in 2004. The Academy provides intensive, comprehensive and participatory education to young defense trial lawyers. Its faculty members are experienced, well-recognized trial lawyers with extensive trial experience. They are drawn from different geographic areas and diverse practices, styles and personalities. Faculties and directors rotate on an annual basis. To learn more about the Academy or to get involved, please click here.