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Linda McGrath-Cruz

Linda has been a paralegal since 1997 and currently works as a litigation paralegal in the Risk Management department at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. She previously worked at Arnstein & Lehr from 2010 through 2015 and prior to that at Zarco & Pardo, which later became Pardo & Gainsburg, where she worked from August 1997 through October 2010. Linda specializes in products liability, wrongful death and medical malpractice defense. You can learn more about Linda on her blog, Perfectly Paralegal Resources at

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About this Course

Seasoned trial paralegal Linda McGrath-Cruz provides a comprehensive lesson on trial binders and paralegal toolkits. In this course, we’ll discuss the following:

  • The purpose and importance of the trial binder.

  • The various formats you may want to consider and the pros and cons of each.

  • We will provide a step by step explanation of exactly what should be included and the critical information needed to transform a so-so trial binder into a case changing gold mine of information.

  • We will go into detail about witness information necessary, whether its contained within the trial binder or in separate witness binders.

  • To make sure you are ready for every scenario, we will go over juror notebooks as well.

  • Finally, we’ll discuss what you should and should NOT include in your paralegal toolbox.

You will walk away with the confidence and skills needed to prepare a trial binder that your trial team will be impressed with, even if you’ve NEVER made one before!


You will also receive copies of my personal trial preparation tools including: trial binder index, general and master trial preparation checklists, trial toolkit contents list, exhibit log, over forty potential jury questions, jury summary forms and seating charts, witnesses binder index, witness checklist, information sheet and subpoena letter and lots more. You will receive all of these valuable materials in Word format so you can get a jump-start and wow your trial team!

Continuing Legal Education

NALA: This seminar is approved by the Certifying Board of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) for one (1) hour of continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP or CLA credential.

FRP: As approved by NALA, this seminar meets the requirements under Rule 20-6.1 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar for one (1) hour of continuing legal education credit required to maintain the FRP credential.

Instructions for posting credits from this program with NALA and The Florida Bar will be included in your materials.