On March 27, 2017, Bennett & Belfort P.C. partner David E. Belfort again chaired and presented at a seminar entitled “Proving & Valuing Damages in Employment Cases” at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s (MCLE) Boston conference center. Joining Attorney Belfort on the panel were his respected colleagues Attorneys Robert S. Mantell, Esq. of Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP, Mary E. O’Neal, Esq. of Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP and Honorable Kenneth W. Salinger of the Superior Court, Business Litigation Session. Mr. Belfort moderated the panel and presented an overview of employment law damages, proving wage and hour cases and issues involved with spousal testimony as to emotional distress injury.
Here is a list, of general topics, that were discussed at the Seminar:
- How to Value a New Case and Identify Claims That Have Potential for High Awards/Exposure-and Manage Client Expectations Concerning Damages;
- Whether and How to Effectively Use Financial or Medical Experts at Trial;
- How to Effectively Introduce Damages Evidence in a Failure to Pay Wages Case;
- Effective Strategies for Advancing and Rebuffing Attorney Argument as to Specific Monetary Damage Amounts (MGL c231 s. 13B);
- Dealing with Front Pay Damages-How Long is Too Long;
- Proving Emotional Distress-The Efficacy of Spousal Testimony;
- How to Deal with an “eggshell” Plaintiff and the Admissibility of Plaintiff’s Psychiatric History;
- When Should Counsel Seek to Bifurcate a Trial to Separately Address Liability and Damages- and How Should Employee Advocates Respond?
- How to Minimize the Impact of Damning Liability Evidence When It Comes Time to Defend on Damages? Are There Ways for Defendants to Avoid or Minimize Punitive Damages?;
- How to Craft a Favorable Jury Verdict Questions;
- Should Unemployment Benefit Payments be a Set Off to a Damages Award?;
- Tips for Filing and Opposing an Attorneys’ Fee Petition; and
- How to Advance or Oppose a Motion for Remittitur.