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Mr. Dominic J. Gianna

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Dominic J. Gianna has long been regarded as one of America’s outstanding teachers of advocacy, persuasion and trial techniques. He has been recognized with the Hon. Robert Keeton Award from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) as one of the most outstanding teachers of trial advocacy in the United States. He is a member of NITA’s national faculty, and has served as a team leader for NITA national and regional programs. He is the founder and director of the Gulf Coast Regional Advocacy and Deposition Training Programs.

Gianna is a founding partner in the law firm of Middleberg, Riddle & Gianna, with offices in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas. He is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, has worked on both sides of the bench, and has represented clients from both sides of the courtroom.

Gianna has tried cases throughout the United States, including products liability, toxic tort and mass class actions, employment law, and commercial matters for both corporate and insurance defendants and plaintiffs. He has served as a special master in complex civil mass tort class actions, has experience as a district judge pro tem by appointment of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and has served as arbitrator and mediator in complex matters.

Gianna is the author of the definitive treatise on the art of opening statements, Opening Statements, 2d.: Winning in the Beginning by Winning the Beginning (Thomson West, 2004). He teaches in the fields of advocacy, persuasion and trial technique.

Gianna serves as director of trial advocacy at Louisiana State University School of Law. He has worked as a visiting faculty member of the trial techniques faculties at the law schools of both Emory University and Tulane University. He is also a commentator for CourtTV.

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