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Litigation Boot Camp

Are you and your Associates prepared for trial? Stay at the cutting edge of developments in our industry by gaining the tactical know-how to use legal action as a means of debt collection.
This seminar is designed especially for the young or new attorney, or any attorney looking for a refresher in the nuts and bolts of litigating creditor claims. This intensive 6-hour program will cover the entire lifecycle of a claim, including pleading mechanics, pretrial practice, depositions, trial practice, evidence, examination of witnesses, and defensive concerns, all presented by National Creditors Bar Association’s faculty of experienced trial attorneys.
For questions, please email or call (202) 861-0706.

“National Creditors Bar Association’s Litigation Boot Camp is a fantastic opportunity to up-train Associates on their collection litigation skills. I sent two Associates to Litigation Boot Camp and they both still talk about how much they learned and how valuable attending was for them.”

Yale Levy

Levy & Associates, LLC

President, National Creditors Bar Association


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Litigation Boot Camp is sponsored by:


October 2019 Litigation Boot Camp
At the NCBA 2019 Fall Conference
Marriott Marquis,Washington, DC
Saturday, October 19, 2019


An Incredible Educational Value!

National Creditors Bar Association Attorney Member: $265

Non-Member Attorney: $305

Appearance Counsel: $290

Government: $244

Collections Staff (Non-Attorney) National Creditors Bar Association Member: $200

Collections Staff (Non-Attorney): $225

Prices include lunch.



9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

9:05 - 10:05 a.m. Pretrial Practice

  • Sarah Saunders, Randolph, Boyd, Cherry and Vaughan

In this session, our presenters will introduce the basics of commencing litigation. Included will be the theories upon which collection litigation can be brought, drafting pleadings that meet legal requirements and the administrative elements of filing suit, including fees, costs and service of process.

10:05 - 11:05 a.m. Initial Litigation Events

  • Jon Gelber, Gelber & Associates, PLLC

What to expect after filing a complaint? This session will cover the range of possible consumer responses, including informal disputes from pro se consumers, answers, preliminary objections, counterclaims, and associated responses and hearings. Why and what types of discovery might be used and discovery basics will also be discussed. 

11:05 - 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Evidence I – Overview of Evidentiary Concepts

  • Michele Gagnon, Lyons, Doughty & Veldhuis P.C. / P.A.
  • Charles Gormly, Rosenthal Gormly Chartered

Rules of evidence are critical, even in the relaxed environment of some small claims courts. This introductory session will cover common evidentiary concepts of admissibility, judicial notice, introducing evidence into the record, hearsay and its exceptions, all essential elements to proving claims based on unpaid debt. 

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Break and Lunch Served

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Evidence II – Introducing Business Records

  • Michele Gagnon, Lyons, Doughty & Veldhuis P.C. / P.A.
  • Charles Gormly, Rosenthal Gormly Chartered

Almost every collection case will rely on business records. It has become common for courts to require complete documentation when litigating a claim. This vital session will include advice on the evidentiary predicate for the admission of business records in both motion practice and trial, especially those originating with remote account holders. The session will also provide effective techniques to help the debt purchaser prevail at trial and at the appellate level.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Evidence III  – Examination of Witnesses at Trial

  • Reiss Wilks, Reed Smith LLP

The essence of every trial attorney’s practice is the ability to effectively examine live witnesses. This session will cover the who, what, how, when and why’s of witness examination. Direct and cross examination, and use of prior witness statements are core tools that will be covered in this session.

3:00 - 3:20 p.m. Break 

3:20 - 4:20 p.m. Avoiding Ethical Minefields: Being Mindful of Where You Step

  • Bradley Canter, The Law Offices of Ronald S. Canter, LLC
  • Ronald S. Canter, The Law Offices of Ronald S. Canter, LLC

Collection litigation can generate ethical issues, especially in today’s climate where attorneys can be placed in conflict with their clients by regulatory requirements. How much of a consumer’s personal information can be included in pleadings? What attorney conduct in the course of litigation could lead to allegations of an FDCPA violation? Interactions with pro se debtors and considerations when counterclaims are filed, and more will all be addressed in this session.


4:20 - 4:30 p.m. Conclusion




National Creditors Bar Association is now working with the American Bar Association (ABA) to provide your Certificate of Completion or CLE credit.

The Litigation Boot Camp includes a possibility of (6) credits. The amount of credit may vary from state to state.

If you have attended a NCBA Education Litigation Boot Camp, sessions at a NCBA Conference, or other regional educational events and you are requesting a Certificate of Completion or CLE credit, please email specifying the event and date(s) you attended, and the state(s) you are eligible to receive credit.    

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to attend a NCBA Conference. Financial Assistance would cover the registration fee only. All travel expenses would be the responsibility of the applicant. Five financial assistance slots are available for each conference. Applications may be submitted to and must include an affirmation by the applicant that sets forth their financial need. Approval will result in a 50% reduction in the registration fee and currently unemployed attorneys may be considered for a full fee waiver. Please complete the form and email to NCBA at

Click here to download the Financial Assistance Application.

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