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By Michael Pezzulli and Charles J. Fortunado

Advanced Evidence and Discovery: Presented to the State Bar of Texas

An uncritical reading of the various opinions dealing with the use of discovery in litigation as “a sword and a shield” might conclude that it cannot be done. Notwithstanding the substantial body of case law to the contrary, discovery and claims of privilege can be used as both a sword and a shield. Indeed, it is often in the client’s best interest to use – or attempt to use – discovery and claims of privilege as both a sword and a shield.

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By Michael Pezzulli and Charles J. Fortunado

How to admit or exclude evidence in Texas litigation when not disclosed to the client in a timely manner: Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course presented to The State Bar of Texas.

An uncritical reading of the various opinions dealing with the use of discovery in litigation as “a sword and a shield” might conclude that it cannot be done. Notwithstanding the substantial body of case law to the contrary, discovery and claims of privilege can be used as both a sword and a shield. Indeed, it is often in the client’s best interest to use or attempt to use discovery and claims of privilege as both a sword and a shield.

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by Michael Pezzulli

How to defend against and prosecute foreclosures of real property in the State of Texas: 4th Annual Advanced Creditors’ Rights Course presented to The State Bar of Texas

This paper will address real property foreclosures and deficiencies under Texas law as compared to other states. Mention is made of the developing trends in this area as well as the current rules concerning non-judicial foreclosures and resulting deficiencies. Judicial foreclosures on real property are not discussed inasmuch as few lenders invoke the assistance of the Court when they can recover the property by trustee’s sale on the courthouse steps without so much as filing a petition in court.

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