2023 Renaissance Symposium XVII

December 1, 2023
New York, New York

This event is now full and registration is closed at this time. If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please contact Beth at Beth.Rich@Litcounsel.org

The Renaissance Symposium XVII continues the LCA’s exclusive advanced trial series on Friday, December 1, 2023, at the Harvard Club of New York City, where you will have the opportunity of speaking before and learning from your elite peers in a small group setting. In addition to a unique learning experience and valuable networking opportunities, you will come away with an impressive credential for your bio, e.g., “William A. Jones, Cross-Examination of Experts, Litigation Counsel of America, Renaissance Symposium XVII, New York, NY, December 1, 2023.”

There are only 15 speaker slots for this event, which is designed to allow for personal interaction and discussion on all of the presentations, and 15 additional slots for observers/contributors. Observers/contributors will participate in the discussions, but will not present a topic of their own.

The format is fifteen speakers, each allocated thirty minutes, speaking on any trial topic desired that will add to the superior trial strategies and tactics of Renaissance attendees. Best of all, you select your own topic with the only requirement being that it has to be something valuable you have divined about courtroom work that is so good you would pass it on to your most trusted friend in the legal community. The Renaissance series has been built around the idea of actual trial tactics and strategies, and less about pre-trial or preparation, so that everyone comes away with a variety of trial presentations, angles, tools and devices.

Renaissance Symposiums are not typical seminar programs where you can speak and leave. RSXVII is a full day of immersion in dialogue and discussion between you and your peers: trial lawyers with years of experience, successes, and verdicts. Fellows come to exchange trial tactics and techniques of the highest order. This type symposium only works if everyone is committed for the entire event. This is not a “drive through” or a “speak, greet, and go” event. Those who speak early should stay until day’s end out of respect for the process and for those who speak later. If your schedule does not allow you to be present the entire day, then perhaps it will for a future Renaissance Symposium.

The Renaissance concept is the brainchild of J. Ric Gass (1943-2019), 2012 President of the Litigation Counsel of America, who was one of the five founding members of Gass Weber Mullins LLC, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who tried more than 300 cases to verdict.

We hope you and your guest can join us immediately following the Symposium for a cocktail party at the Harvard Club at 4:00 PM. Guests are welcome to join us for the cocktail party for $140 including drinks and hors d’oeuvres (registration is required).

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Beth Rich by email Beth.Rich@litcounsel.org or by phone 212.724.4128.

There is a $995 registration fee to attend (covering breakfast, lunch, the cocktail party, meeting space, and AV for the speaking sessions).

The Renaissance Symposium Cocktail Party fee is $140 per person and open to Symposium attendees as well as local Fellows and their guests. The cocktail party is complimentary with Symposium registration.

There are no written materials required and CLE credits are not guaranteed. We will, however, provide you with a Certificate of Attendance which you may submit to your state bar association(s) for possible approval.

The Agenda for the event will be distributed once all of the speakers have submitted their presentation titles.

7:30 AM Breakfast

8:20 AM Welcome & Introductions

8:40 AM Presentations

12:30 PM Lunch

3:45 PM Closing Remarks

4:00 PM-6:00 PM Cocktail Party


Business Casual attire is required throughout the Harvard Club for Fellows and their guests for the Symposium and the cocktail party. This includes no jeans. Collared shirts are required for men (jackets and ties are not required) and the equivalent standard for women.

NOT PERMITTED: Gym clothes, t-shirts, sweats, torn clothing, leggings, shorts, and beach attire are not permitted anywhere in the Club, except when a person is going directly to overnight rooms or athletic floors. Hats are not permitted, except for religious purposes and medical reasons.

I understand that the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) has scheduled an in-person educational program. By registering for the program, I acknowledge and agree as follows:

  • By participating in or attending the program, I risk becoming exposed to or infected with COVID-19 (a/k/a the novel coronavirus) as a result of my actions, omissions, or negligence, or those of other attendees or participants, including without limitation, LCA staff, volunteers and other members.
  • LCA is not responsible for the Venue’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts (or lack thereof) or any negligence by the Venue or its staff relative to such precautions.
  • The program will be photographed by LCA staff. I expressly grant LCA permission to record my voice and/or my image by videotape and/or still photography during the event, and I hereby give permission to LCA to distribute such images or recordings.
  • I acknowledge and agree that I am participating in the program voluntarily, and at my own risk, and that I release and waive any claim I might have against LCA and its officers, directors, members, and staff for any and all liability or responsibility for any illness, damages, or injury that I may incur in connection with my attendance at the Program.


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