Practical Advice: Basics of Civil Motions Practice in Virginia (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit : 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designation Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 06/30/2025


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the May 2022 webcast, Practical Advice: Basics of Civil Motions Practice in Virginia.

Topics Covered

  • Understand how to engage in successful pretrial, trial, and post-trial motions practice
  • Review sample pretrial, trial, and post-trial motions in detail, including some of the latest developments in spoliation, discovery, and the use of experts

Explore the basic rules of this critical trial skill.

Top litigators know—motions can make or break a case!

A motion—making a compelling request of the court for a particular ruling in your favor—can be as important to winning a case as a brilliant cross-examination or a compelling closing argument. Every successful litigator must know and understand the vast array of types of motions available at any given time during the course of a case and be ready to utilize them at the correct time before, during, and after trial.

Motions to dismiss. Motions to strike evidence. And what the heck is a Motion in Limine?

This seminar shines a welcome light on most of the motions that typically arise in a civil case in Virginia. Leading litigator Nathan Schnetzler provides countless tips regarding the purpose, prerequisites, content, and timing of motions; and counsel you as to how and when each is used. He also discusses how to counter motions made by your opponent. Among the motions discussed:

  • Motions in limine
  • Motions for summary judgment
  • Motions for attorney fees
  • Motions concerning experts
  • Discovery and spoliation motions


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Nathan H. Schnetzler, Frith Anderson + Peake, PC / Roanoke

Nate Schnetzler focuses his practice in civil litigation, particularly in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, local government and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 litigation, Title IX, and labor and employment matters in federal and state court.

Mr. Schnetzler graduated magna cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with honors, and a minor in public service. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law. After graduating from Washington and Lee, Mr. Schnetzler clerked for the judges of the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit of Virginia in Roanoke, Virginia, and then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski, United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia.

In 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, the rating service Super Lawyers® recognized Mr. Schnetzler as a Virginia Rising Star®, a selection reserved for just 2.5% of attorneys 40 or younger or having been in practice 10 years or less. In 2019, Virginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, recognized him in its annual class of “Up and Coming Lawyers” who are making a mark in the profession within their first 10 years of practice and will be leaders of the profession in the future. In 2021, Best Lawyers recognized him in its inaugural class of “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.”

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