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What is a Settlement Conference?

A settlement conference is an opportunity for both sides to meet with a trial judge. What happens in a settlement conference is, your attorney and the defense attorney meet in the chambers of the trial judge, and the three of them discuss your case. Your attorney’s job is to maximize your case; the defense attorney’s job is to minimize your case. Your attorney’s job is to present your case in the light which is most favorable, to talk about how the injuries so affected your life; the defense’s job is to minimize your injuries, to put some of the blame of the accident on you. The judge will discuss the potential value of the case and what the potential jury verdict will be to try and sway both sides toward a middle ground. A settlement conference typically happens at a later stage in the case, after all the depositions are completed and after all the discoveries are completed, and right before trial.

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