Federal Court Practice: Responding to Complaints

Program Number: 2702

Program Date: 02/14/2017


Being sued in federal court is an unenviable experience that can distress even the most prepared defendant. Understanding the fundamentals of responding to a lawsuit can alleviate some of that stress and can also help you select the right path forward to have the best chance of successfully defending the case. Join our presenters as they discuss the nuts and bolts of responding to complaints in federal court. What are the deadlines for responding? Is it better to file a motion or answer the complaint? And what should you consider as you decide whether to counter sue? These questions and more are addressed in this informative program that is geared toward in-house lawyers who want a better understanding of the litigation process and young law firm practitioners seeking an advantage in their next case.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - Experienced Attorneys Only, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for Experienced Attorneys Only in NY


Laura Jane Durfee, Esq.

Jones Day

Laura Jane Durfee, Esq. is an associate at Jones Day, where she is a trial lawyer experienced in complex commercial litigation. She has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the country litigating breach of contract, fraud, negligence, False Claims Act, toxic tort, deceptive trade practice, state and local tax, consumer class action, health care, employment, defense contractor, director and officer liability, privacy, warranty, and oil and gas disputes. She also represents clients in internal and government investigations, including matters involving the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Durfee has been listed by Texas Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2015-2016).


Mark W. Rasmussen, Esq.

Jones Day

Mark W. Rasmussen, Esq. is a partner at Jones Day, where he represents companies, corporate officers, and directors in a variety of matters, including securities and shareholder litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, FCPA compliance, merger litigation, contract disputes, antitrust, ERISA, trade secret claims, and bankruptcy litigation. He has significant experience handling regulatory and internal investigations for corporations and corporate officers and he has investigated and defended matters involving allegations of accounting improprieties and false disclosures, conflicts of interest, FCPA violations, and other misconduct. Mr. Rasmussen has been listed by Texas Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2016).