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Advocacy Masterclass – Opening and Closing Statements at Civil Trial - Part 2

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
20 minutes
Substantive: 1.0
55 minutes
Geoffrey L Keating
John McLeish
Paul Tushinski
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
75 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

Opening and closing statements present Counsel with the opportunity to capture the attention of their audience, deliver key facts, summarize critical evidence introduced at trial, and cement their theory of the case in the minds of the trier of fact. Often identified as the most important components of a trial, it is critical for litigators to ensure that they have the skills necessary to effectively and persuasively open and close their case.

The Advocacy Masterclass – Opening and Closing Statements at Civil Trial program will provide you with the information you need to craft and deliver effective opening and closing statements. Featuring an esteemed panel of trial tested litigators, from both the Plaintiff and Defence perspective, with the additional benefit of views from the bench, participants can expect to receive invaluable insights into how opening and closing statements can be used to maximize their case at trial.

The panel discussion will feature, among other topics:

  • Insights as to the goals of opening and closing statements, and how to achieve those goals;
  • Tips for tailoring your approach for trial in front of judge or jury; and,
  • Discussions on how to properly and effectively deal with opposing counsel.

Agenda re Professionalism Content (45 minutes)

We will discuss the proper way to raise objections and deal with improper comments made by opposing counsel during the course of their opening and closing statements.

We will also discuss what should and should not be discussed during openings and closings. These discussions will focus on ensuring that Counsel ensures compliance with their obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct. As such, the program will deal with the following subheadings under ethical advocacy:

  • Practising with civility in the courtroom or the boardroom (9 minutes for all three speakers)
  • Treating the court, tribunal, opposing counsel, parties and others with courtesy and respect (9 minutes for all three speakers)
  • Refraining from sharp practice (9 minutes for all three speakers)
  • Encouraging respect for legal institutions or authorities (9 minutes for all three speakers)
  • Complying with parameters for communicating with jurors (9


Geoffrey L Keating

Geoff is an associate with Kostyniuk and Greenside Lawyers practicing in the area of insurance defence with a primary focus on accident benefits and tort litigation. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013. He has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Geoff is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and proudly acts as co-chair for the firm’s articling program.

John McLeish

John is a founding partner of McLeish Orlando. He has been practicing for over 25 years and is certified as a special in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. John was chosen by his peers as Toronto’s 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers in Canada. He has been chosen by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

A past-president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, John has been listed in Best Lawyers in Canada for Personal Injury Litigation since 2006. John has recovered the largest personal injury damages award in Canada - $18.4 million for a young brain injured girl and her family.

John is the co-author of four published books on personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance law. Chapters in the books discuss how to properly develop and build a winning case, together with successful settlement techniques, successful mediation techniques, and successful trial techniques. His annual continuing professional development program, “The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation”, provides a comprehensive review of important case law and insightful techniques for lawyers practicing in the area of personal injury litigation.

Paul Tushinski

Paul is the managing partner of Dutton Brock LLP. He has practiced for over 30 years, and has been certified as a special in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1995.

Paul has been included in the Best Lawyers in Canada since 2008 in the areas of commercial insurance law and personal injury. He is a L’expert most frequently recommended leading practitioner area in the areas of commercial insurance law and personal injury.

A veteran of numerous trials, Paul has lectured for the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, The Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, The Toronto Lawyers Association, the Canadian Institute, and Insight.

Paul is a past president and founding member of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, a past president and former trustee of the Toronto Lawyers Association, and a past director of the Advocates’ Society.

Paul is a recipient of the 2016 Lee Samis award for Excellence from the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, and was recognized by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association as a leader in defence personal injury bar in 2016.

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