Gilmer, Hales Speak at Federal Court Practice Seminar


Robert J. Gilmer Jr., a member of the Firm, and Janet E. Hales, of counsel, were part of a panel of attorneys at the 2007 Nicholas J. Walinski Federal Court Practice Seminar. They spoke on the topic of civil practice and procedure. Discussion encompassed filing new cases, pretrial procedure, electronic discovery, case management, disclosure, alternative dispute resolution and trying cases in federal court. Mr. Gilmer was the panel's moderator.

Sponsored by the Toledo Bar Association, the Walinski Federal Court Seminar's purpose is to educate attorneys about practice in the federal courts in the Northern District of Ohio.

Both Mr. Gilmer and Ms. Hales have practiced in the federal courts for a number of years. Mr. Gilmer, who concentrates his practice in the areas of employment, commercial and professional liability litigation, has represented business clients in complex litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Ms. Hales has litigated a wide variety of cases in trial and appellate courts, including employment, contract, insurance coverage, tax appeals and civil rights cases. She has represented clients before administrative agencies as well and has substantial experience in asbestos defense as national discovery counsel for a large manufacturing client with multiple product lines.

Eastman & Smith Ltd. encourages its attorneys to promote the practice of law as well as participate in the education of others. For more information on this seminar or to speak with Mr. Gilmer, please contact our Toledo office (419-241-6000).