Edward Ciarimboli

Fellerman Ciarimboli

When I was fifteen, I met the love of my life. As most high school romances go, we dated, broke up, dated again, broke up again etc. Then at 20 the love of life moved to Florida. I thought we were just on a break. She didn’t. She got married and had three kids. I was very single. We didn’t see or talk for twelve years. She got divorced. I had never dated anyone with children. And then she googled me and we started talking. She came back home for a family wedding, and we decided to meet for coffee. That was seventeen years ago. I was lucky to get a do over with the one true love of my life and I was going to make damn sure that I didn’t lose her again. With the addition of our daughter, we now have four beautiful children that are as close as close can be, a grandson who lights up all of our lives, two dogs, two cats and some wild animals on our farm in Northeast Pennsylvania. 

Our big Italian family loves, laughs, yells, cries, eats and drinks with more passion than words can describe. They are the people that allow me to live this crazy and amazing life of being a trial lawyer and I am forever grateful. So how did I become a trial lawyer? That story is almost as good as my marriage.

I went to college to play basketball, at 5’10” I was obviously a point guard and become an engineer. I got hurt, stopped playing basketball and started bartending where I would meet my law partner. It was the early 90’s and Cocktail was all the rage and yes, we could do all the bar tricks that Tom Cruise made famous. Being a bartender without a doubt was one of the best and wildest times in my life. To this day we still have people that remember us from Market Street Station Square. As for being an engineer, I did an internship at an engineering firm and decided that I could never be an engineer. Around this time, I met a Judge through a local charity organization that I was involved in and worked at the local courthouse for the summer. I saw two trials, one criminal and one civil and I was hooked. I loved every minute of being in trial and decided that I would go to law school. For the next two years I went to school around the clock and graduated with a degree in Engineering and Political Science and a minor in Physics. I went to law school thinking I would go into intellectual property law. Boy was I wrong. 

By year two of law school I realized that I hated intellectual property law. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing trial advocacy teacher and competed in moot court which was the moment that I knew I wanted to be trial lawyer. After three years with a local personal injury firm my partner and I decided to open our practice. Talk about humble beginnings, we had a part time assistant who called off more than she worked and a bookkeeper that enjoyed two martini lunches and would shove our bills in a draw, one of which I just found the other day. Somehow we managed to grow our firm into four offices, Philadelphia, Scranton, Kingston and Honesdale and we get to work with fourteen other talented lawyers that are like family to us. I am board certified in Tractor Trailer Accidents, am passionate about teaching and travel all over the country teaching lawyers deposition and trial skills and for some reason have a lot of zero offer cases which I am sure no one else can relate to. I love a good cigar and great bourbon. I make some pretty good wine with a great group of guys and every now and then enjoy an all night poker game. For me the law has allowed a dirt poor kid from a coal mining town in Northeast Pennsylvania to not only travel the world but to represent some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. 

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Bring Your File

Participants will have an opportunity to work on whatever challenges they are having on their trucking case in a small group setting.

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Advanced Deposition Strategy and Practice

The strategy embedded in your depositions will determine the outcome of your case.

Join Phillip Miller (author of Advanced Deposition Strategy and Practice) as he teaches his techniques for taking depositions that will change the defendant’s perception of its risk, decrease your dependence on expert testimony, create persuasive visual evidence from within the deposition, and address the 5 most common questions jurors want to know about your case.

Deposition College goals:

  • Participants will develop and practice a strategically developed outline of a key deposition in one of their cases.
  • Participants will develop a visual strategy/exhibits to use with their deposition.
  • Participants will practice execution of their plan and have an opportunity to be on their feet and “re-do” portions of the deposition as needed.

While the strategies developed will be case specific, there will be incredible learning and carry over from watching fellow participants.

8:30 – 9:30 am Workshop 4: Practice Session -Establishing Rules From Defense witnesses/Miller Mouse trap - small groups (use your own case)

9:45 – 10:45 am Presentation - Deposing the Difficult/Evasive Witness (including the Mongoose method used to counter Reptile)

  1. “It depends”/”Not Necessarily”
  2. Using Exhaustion
  3. The one fact, one question approach
  4. How to deal with non-responsive answers
  5. Using exhibits for control

11:00 – 12:00 pm Workshop 5: Deposing the Evasive Witness

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Using Exhibits/Visuals in Depositions

  1. Powerpoint
  2. Butcher block paper
  3. Photos
  4. Marked up documents

2:45 – 3:45 pm Workshop 6: Creating/Using Visuals in Depositions (use your own case)

  1. Powerpoint
  2. Butcher block paper
  3. Photos
  4. Marked up documents
  5. Agree/Disagree statements
  6. Yes/No matrixes

4:00 – 4:45 pm Deposing Medical and Other Experts

  1. To Depose or Not to Depose
  2. Silver Bullets
  3. Areas of Agreement
  4. Daubert/FRE 703 Principles
  5. When to depose or not depose experts
  6. The Daubert Outline

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop 7: Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner/Rehearsal of Practice of Areas Chosen by Participant

TLU Live HB Agenda