December 13, 2018
Much has been written about trial lawyers adopting storytelling techniques in order to best present their client’s case.

Storytelling for Trial 101

Much has been written about trial lawyers adopting storytelling techniques in order to best present their client’s case.  Indeed, it makes sense to boil down complex […]
November 29, 2018
Identifying Your Worst Juror: A Key to Case Improvement

Identifying Your Worst Juror: A Key to Case Improvement

Trial lawyers are responsible for helping their clients look beyond the “case bubble,” to identify weaknesses in their case.  While some cases are “slam dunks” and […]
November 7, 2018
A ‘Barrister’ Approach to Mediation

A ‘Barrister’ Approach to Mediation

In earlier articles, I’ve proposed that trial attorneys adopt a “barrister” mindset (i.e. a trial-focused practice that intakes cases that will be tried unless a favorable […]
October 30, 2018
5 Tips for Overcoming Document Games

5 Tips for Overcoming Document Games

Sooner or later, every trial lawyer encounters an opponent playing games with document production.  Ethically, we can’t tolerate that.  Zealous advocates look for “smoking guns” and […]
October 18, 2018
Controlling Client Expectations: A Core Trial Lawyer Skill

Controlling Client Expectations: A Core Trial Lawyer Skill

In many markets, legal advertising nearly saturates the airwaves.  In an overcrowded market, competitors urge consumers to hire a “pitbull.”  Not surprisingly, many potential clients walk […]
October 4, 2018
Cataloging Case Documents: A Core Trial Lawyer’s Skill

Cataloging Case Documents: A Core Trial Lawyer’s Skill

Virtually all civil cases are driven by documents.  Personal injury lawyers must gather and manage medical records and damages documentation.  Business litigators must collect company records […]
September 25, 2018
Thinking Outside the Evidence Box: FRE 404(b) and 608(b)

Thinking Outside the Evidence Box: FRE 404(b) and 608(b)

One of the most important trial lawyer skills is the ability to think outside the box.  It’s just as true when planning your presentation as when […]
August 23, 2018
Five Procedural Tools for Plaintiff Trial Lawyers

Five Procedural Tools for Plaintiff Trial Lawyers

While trial lawyering is hard, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence furnish tools that can help advocates cut to the chase and simplify issues […]
August 7, 2018

Essential Case Perspectives: 5 Things You MUST Consider

There is no getting around it – the process of learning a case is hard work. It means taking the time to interview the client and […]
July 31, 2018
CASE NOTEBOOKS: AN ORGANIZATIONAL TOOL FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

CASE NOTEBOOKS: AN ORGANIZATIONAL TOOL FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

Much has been written about trial notebooks as an organizational tool to house all the important information for use at trial. Undoubtedly, a trial attorney should […]
July 17, 2018
BECOMING A TRIAL ATHLETE: 4 Tips for Maximum Legal Performance

BECOMING A TRIAL ATHLETE: 4 Tips for Maximum Legal Performance

Trial lawyering is a contact sport. To succeed, you need a level of endurance and mental toughness made possible only to those who take care of […]
July 12, 2018
Scripting A Trial: Part 2

Scripting A Trial: Part 2

Jury trials don’t simply happen. Trial presentations are the product of months of preparation and planning that some refer to as “scripting a trial.” In a […]
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