Employment Litigation: Summary Judgment Motion Strategies

Leveraging Discovery Tools, Statement of Facts, and Timing in Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Claims

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

Conducted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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This CLE webinar will provide employment counsel with strategic techniques for pursuing or defending summary judgment motions. Our panel of experienced employment litigators will outline their perspectives and approaches to refine and improve summary judgment motion practice.


Summary judgment is one of the most critical stages in employment litigation. An employer's successful summary judgment motion can save millions in litigation costs. For plaintiffs’ counsel, defeating a summary judgment motion is equally important.

To effectively advocate for clients, employment counsel must be well versed in summary judgment practice and plan strategically to bring or defend against motions from the very outset of the case. Boilerplates and templates are far from adequate for summary judgment motions of any kind, but particularly with the nuanced challenges presented by employment claims. This requires an advanced understanding of motions practice unique to employment litigation.

Our panel will also provide you with the tools to use the statement of facts to your client's advantage in employment cases, which are usually fact-intensive.

Listen as our distinguished panel reviews the federal procedural rules and substantive techniques. They will provide attendees with litigation strategies on  timing and the use of discovery. Employment counsel will be equipped with the knowledge to assist in saving employer clients a great deal in litigation costs or pursuing plaintiff clients’ claims.



  1. Procedural framework
    1. FRCP 56
  2. Substantive framework
    1. Employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation
      1. Direct vs. circumstantial evidence approach
    2. Affirmative defenses
  3. Practice techniques
    1. Discovery
    2. Timing
    3. Form of motion
    4. Statement of facts


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What strategies should be implemented in planning for a motion for summary judgment?
  • What are the procedural requirements?
  • What are the substantive considerations to be made in planning the motion?
  • How does discovery affect the outcome of a motion for summary judgment?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Alex S. Drummond
Alex S. Drummond

Seyfarth Shaw

Mr. Drummond represents management in employment litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial...  |  Read More

David W. Garland
David W. Garland

Epstein Becker & Green

Mr. Garland is Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Steering Committee. He defends clients in employment...  |  Read More

Johanna T. Wise
Johanna T. Wise

Seyfarth Shaw

Ms. Wise represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law with an emphasis on instituting...  |  Read More

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