O'Connor's Federal Rules * Civil Trials 2015

Current Stock:

  • Become a procedure expert in minutes. Simple to use, whether you’re researching in the office or arguing in the courtroom. Information is presented in a logical order.
  • File with confidence. Explains all the procedural issues—from the mundane to the most complex—in straightforward, plain English and provides quick answers to common questions about pleading and motion practice.
  • Stay on top of new developments in discovery, including e-discovery. Includes a chapter dedicated to the procedures for discovering and protecting paper documents, electronically stored information, tangible things, and more.


  1. Introduction—Rules for filing, service, hearings, and preserving error
  2. Plaintiff’s Lawsuit—Including injunctions and declaratory judgments
  3. Defendant’s Responses & Pleadings—Defendant’s answer and all FRCP 12(b) motions
  4. Removal & Remand—Removal to federal court and remand to state court
  5. Pretrial Motions—Including pretrial conference and motions for continuance, to recuse, and to exclude an expert
  6. Discovery—Comprehensive discovery coverage, including discovery about and from experts and e-discovery
  7. Disposition Without Trial—Nontrial disposition, including default and summary judgment
  8. The Trial—Covering trial procedure from jury selection to final argument
  9. The Judgment—Motion to enter judgment, the judgment, and costs and attorney fees
  10. Postjudgment Motions—Covering all motions challenging the judgment

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (annotated)

FRCP Appendix of Forms

Supplemental Rules—Admiralty & Maritime Claims

Multidistrict Litigation Rules

Federal Rules of Evidence (annotated)

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

FRAP Appendix of Forms

Advisory Committee Notes to Rules

United States Code – Title 28

U.S. Constitution

The Hague Convention on Service Abroad

The Hague Convention on Taking Evidence Abroad



Charts and Examples

  • Deadline – Filing or Service?
  • Computing Deadlines to Respond
  • Place of Compliance Under FRCP 45
  • Rule Interpleader vs. Statutory Interpleader
  • Diversity Jurisdiction
  • Summary of Defendant’s Responses & Pleadings
  • Specific Jurisdiction
  • General Jurisdiction
  • Diversity Jurisdiction for Removal
  • Degrees of Relationship
  • Examples of Judicial Notice of Adjudicative Facts
  • Methods of Discovery
  • Modifying Discovery Procedures & Limits
  • Pursuing an Adverse Ruling
  • Postjudgment Motions


  • Pleadings and Pretrial-Motions Schedule
  • Pretrial Disclosures & Conferences
  • Discovery Status Sheet
  • Removal & Remand
  • Temporary Restraining Order & Injunction
  • Request to Clerk for Default Judgment
  • Motion to Court for Default Judgment
  • Summary Judgment
  • Appeal of Civil Trial

New in the 2015 edition:

  • A revised discussion on standing based on the Supreme Court’s recent decision of Lexmark Int’l v. Static Control Components, Inc., ___ U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 1377 (2014).
  • New content based on the Supreme Court’s recent decision of Mississippi v. AU Optronics Corp., ___ U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 736 (2014), and multiple recent circuit opinions, which address jurisdictional issues under the Class Action Fairness Act.
  • Revised and new content based on the Supreme Court’s recent decisions of Walden v. Fiore, ___ U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 1115 (2014) and Daimler AG v. Bauman, ___ U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 746 (2014), which discuss specific and general jurisdiction.
  • New content on the removability of a suit when neither 30-day period to remove is triggered.   
  • A revised discussion on evident partiality when seeking to vacate an arbitration award. 
  • New content addressing the December 1, 2014 amendments to FREs 801 and 803, and expanded content on introducing evidence and impeaching witnesses. 
  • New notes throughout the commentaries to alert readers to the proposed amendments to the FRCPs that would take effect December 1, 2015. The notes were added because these amendments are particularly significant.