Firm Partner Ravinder S. Bhalla recently served as a featured speaker during the New Jersey Association of Justice Educational Foundation, Inc. Boardwalk Seminar 2016 in Atlantic City.
Mr. Bhalla, an experienced federal and state court litigator who focuses in the areas of civil and criminal litigation, shared success stories and best practices as part of the “Rising Stars: Some of the Best Trial Lawyers Share Secrets of Their Success” panel.
During his remarks, Mr. Bhalla emphasized the need to engage in the discovery process with the expectation that every case will eventually go to trial. As Mr. Bhalla explained, often times seemingly minor or routine decisions or representation during discovery can have a major impact on the scope of witness examination or other trial issues.
Mr. Bhalla also provided a striking example of why the diligent preparation of attorney notes can be useful during a trial. In this example, during the discovery process an adversary indicated certain critical information was unavailable for production, but more than two years later, proceeded to use the material as part of the cross-examination of his client at trial. Mr. Bhalla was able to demonstrate that the information was willfully withheld only because of attorney notes that were prepared and retained from two years earlier, resulting in the exclusion of the evidence and a curative instruction to the jury. The trial resulted in a successful conclusion for Mr. Bhalla’s client.
Mr. Bhalla has handled numerous matters involving criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and cutting-edge civil rights litigation and has tried numerous cases to successful verdict. Mr. Bhalla has been lead counsel in trials in both state and federal courts, and in both civil and criminal litigation.
Mr. Bhalla’s trial experience includes the successful defense of a corporate executive at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in a criminal prosecution involving alleged environmental crimes under the New Jersey Water Pollution Act. He has also received national recognition serving as lead counsel in a successful challenge to the New York Police Department’s policies that restricted his client’s religious practice as a Sikh-American officer.