Each and every case should be litigated with summary judgment in mind. This presentation discusses the steps every attorney should take, even in the most complex cases, to maximize the chances of partial or full summary judgment. Even if your case is ultimately tried (i.e., your motion for summary judgment was unsuccessful), these tips and techniques will have narrowed the complexity of the case, committed your opponent to a position and successfully streamlined what is to be presented to the jury.  
During this seminar, you will explore: 

  • Simplifying the issues for summary judgment, trial and appeal 
  • Tips and techniques of initial pleading, motion practice and discovery to build your case for summary judgment and commit your opposition to a position 
  • Missouri Rule of Civil Procedure 74.04 and the procedural framework of motions for summary judgment 
  • The admissibility of evidence forming the basis of a summary judgment motion 
  • Cross-motions for summary judgment 

Speaker: Drey A. Cooley, Capes Sokol, Clayton 


NOTE: This program was originally produced as a telephone seminar and is available on demand in streaming audio. This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for ethics credit.

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Date Presented:
March 29, 2019 12:00 PM Central
1 hour, 40 minutes
2019 Building Your Case for Summary Judgment
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Missouri Bar
Total MCLE Credits: 2.00
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