The Beyond the Basics Brown Bag series is geared to mid-level and senior
associates who have mastered the fundamentals of litigation and would benefit
from a discussion of strategic considerations and procedural nuances that arise
in each stage of the lifecycle of a Massachusetts state civil litigation.
Each Brown Bag in the series will be interactive, and attendees are encouraged
to share their own thoughts and experiences on each topic presented to further
enhance the learning experience of the group. Part 1 focuses on initial
pleadings and dispositive motions, including complaints, answers, motions to
dismiss, and motions for judgments on the pleadings.
This Brown Bag would be useful for attorneys who find themselves pondering,
• Should I have my client verify all or part of this
• What are my options if I only want to partially move to
• Can I rely on any documents at all to support a motion to
dismiss or am I really stuck with the four corners of the complaint?
default has already been entered against my client. Now
• Should I move to dismiss or answer and move for judgment on the
pleadings? Does it matter?