Litigation Risk Management

Law 509






Modern litigation is an exercise in planning and risk management. Lawyers must help clients identify and mitigate risks associated with the litigation itself (i.e., the potential recovery and/or liability); risks associated with managing relations with liability insurers; risks associated with employee retention and conflicts of interest; risks associated with managing the expectations of employees, customers, and financial markets; etc. This course explores how litigants and their lawyers manage these risks across a range of practice settings. It is primarily simulation-based; there is no exam. Working individually and in groups, students must identify a topic of interest (with the help of the instructors) and complete a variety of practice “modules.” As examples, in past classes students have prepared a plan for conducting an internal corporate investigation, advised a client whether to acquire a disputed claim with the intent of pursuing a recovery through litigation, and designed a strategy by which the rightful owners of artwork stolen during war might seek to recover this property from a museum owned by a foreign government.


P. Drescher (Adjunct), M. Weidemaier

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