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High Value Verdict Reversals

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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This CLE course will demonstrate to plaintiffs' and defendants' counsel the steps necessary to fortify a successful result (or avert that horrible defeat) while the case is in trial. Without taking proper measures at trial, victory will be fleeting. By examining recent reversals of multi-million dollar verdicts, the panel will provide valuable practice "musts."


When the jury announces a multi-million dollar verdict, the trial lawyers on each side experience extreme emotions--the winner is elated; the other party, deflated. The decision is but one chapter in the narrative of the case that only ends after the appeal.

Although some reversed huge verdicts relate to points of substantive law, others do not. An appellate panel can seize upon counsel’s improper argument or other conduct to invalidate the result at trial. A trial court's failure to properly instruct a jury will doom a great outcome. And the size of the judgment itself can trigger a reversal. In each of these instances, a strategic decision or request that went too far could be the root cause.

Listen as our panel of attorneys who have experienced these massive swings provides instruction and guidance on common issues causing reversals, and how to either avoid them or capitalize on them.



  1. What factors correlate with reversals
    1. Conduct during trial
    2. Failure to properly instruct
    3. Excessive verdict
  2. Case examples; discussions
  3. How to avoid reversal, fix it or use it


The panel will review these and other relevant matters:

  • Identification of factors behind reversals
  • Discussion of large reversals, identifying factors
  • Methods for spotting and correcting--or capitalizing--on those factors


GilBride, Eileen
Eileen GilBride

Jones Skelton & Hochuli

Ms. GilBride leads the firm’s Appellate Department, and focuses her practice on representing clients in federal...  |  Read More

Higgins, Sean
Sean Higgins

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Mr. Higgins is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Appellate and Toxic Tort &...  |  Read More

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