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Filing Motions to Dismiss


Learn key strategies to understand when and how to file a motion to dismiss.

Litigation can be a long and expensive process. A motion to dismiss is a powerful tool that, when used properly, allows a defendant to dispose of some or all of a plaintiff's claims and avoid unnecessary costs of discovery and trial. To determine whether a motion to dismiss may be an appropriate strategy it is crucial to understand the grounds and legal standards that are applicable.

This program will provide attorneys with an overview of key issues to consider when deciding whether to file a motion to dismiss under Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. You will learn about the legal standards governing a motion to dismiss, the documents that may be considered by a court when deciding a Rule 12 motion, and when a motion to dismiss may be converted to a motion for summary judgment. This program will also address motions for judgment on the pleadings and common mistakes to avoid when filing a motion to dismiss.



Cynthia A. Murray

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Cynthia A. Murray, Esq.

  • Partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation, primarily in the areas of construction, real estate, and the financial services industry
  • Twenty years of experience litigating in federal and state courts in New York
  • Member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Professional Women in Construction – New York Chapter
  • J.D. degree, St. John’s University School of Law; B.A. degree, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Can be contacted at [email protected], 212-973-8000, or Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 140 Broadway, Suite 3100, New York, NY 10005

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