Keynote Address: Optimal Case Preparation for Officers and Experts
Properly preparing your officers and experts is a key part of maximizing your chances for success at trial. Knowing how to prepare, what to look for and the best ways to address problematic issues is often a challenge, but there are things you can do to put yourself in the best position to win. If you are a lawyer, you need to know the best way to prepare your officers and experts. If you are an officer, there are things you can do to help prepare yourself and assist your counsel in preparing your case. If you are an expert, you need to know how to work with counsel to best focus your analysis and target your testimony. Mr. Brente will walk you through the preparation process and will share his thoughts and tips that lawyers, officers and experts should consider as they prepare to go through the litigation process.
An attorney for the last 34 years, Mr. Brente has spent the last 27 years representing LAPD officers in state and federal court jury trials involving the alleged use of excessive force, false arrest and other constitutional violations. As a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, he supervises the Police Litigation Unit and its thirteen attorneys whose sole mission is to represent and defend LAPD officers in civil lawsuits alleging police misconduct. In addition to his litigation and trial work, Mr. Brente advises the LAPD on a variety of issues and is a standing member of the Department’s Tactics and Training Review Committee and the Command Level Working Group on best practices and constitutional policing. Mr. Brente also regularly provides training for LAPD officers on a variety of topics focused on civil liability including the litigation process and what officers can expect as a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging police misconduct and civil liability issues related to the SWAT crisis negotiation process.