May 9-11, 2016 | Location San Antonio, TX | Tuition $985 | Conference Fee $305 What’s this?

From case management strategies and techniques to electronic proceedings and forensic audits, there is a lot that a judge who may regularly have complex commercial cases come before them must know. Make sure you’re prepared for your business court docket and enroll in this course today.

The NJC is offering full-tuition scholarships and up to $500 to offset travel costs for this course. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Bluemer at (775) 327-8269 or

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Why should I take this course?

This program helps judges identify the cases that require extraordinary management efforts and the ethical ramifications that such complex cases present. From case management strategies and techniques to electronic proceedings and forensic audits, there is a lot that a judge who may regularly have complex commercial cases come before them must know.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize and describe the types of cases heard by business courts or as part of a business court docket.
  • Identify a complex commercial case and develop a case management plan.
  • Explain the importance of early evaluation of a complex commercial case.
  • Identify e-Discovery issues that may impact a complex commercial case.
  • Discuss the role of special masters in complex commercial cases and recognize when the court would benefit from appointing a special master.
  • Describe issues involving non-compete clauses, trade secrets, intellectual property, and others that may arise in complex commercial litigation.
  • Recognize the impact a bankruptcy action may have on a complex commercial case in your court.
  • Explain the role of expert witnesses in complex commercial cases.
  • Discuss business damages, how experts calculate such damages, and the law that has shaped business damage measurements.
  • Identify different methods of business valuation that may be used and discuss how to evaluate different valuations for the same business entity.

Who should attend?

Judges who preside in business courts or courts with special business dockets. General jurisdiction judges who hear these case types will also benefit. The National Judicial College suggests completing the two-day Financial Statements in the Courtroom course prior to attending the Complex Commercial Litigation course. If interested in the Financial Statements course please contact the registrar’s office at the NJC for additional information.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members include experienced business court judges, certified public accountants, and attorneys who practice in business courts.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through interactive lecture, hypothetical case study, and class discussion.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

As commerce evolves, so does the nature of commercial litigation. Courts have had to adapt to this evolution with creative solutions like special courts, specialized dockets, or specialized judges. This course will help you enhance the consistency, predictability, and accuracy of decisions in business cases and enhance efficiency through proactive case management, technology, and early alternate dispute resolution.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio

The hotel for this course will be the Sheraton Gunter. Course participants can enjoy being steps away from world-class attractions like the River Walk, The Alamo, the Majestic Theatre, and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The Sheraton Gunter preserves 1900s grace, infusing it with modern amenities to create a special atmosphere where past meets present.

The group room rate is $159 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 16.75%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until April 8, 2016, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (888) 999-2089 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program General Jurisdiction Trial Skills and Special Court Trial Skills disciplines.

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