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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 in with inflated expectations about the outcome of their potential case.  Getting those expectations under control is one of the most important client-relation tasks you will face. Clients with […]

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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 and corporate communications.  Employment litigators need to obtain the client’s personnel file, disciplinary documents and the like.

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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 for the presentation of evidence.  Whether your audience is the judge or jury, these tools can flush out game playing and streamline your case.  Consider the following. 1. Attack […]

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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 begin assembling a trial notebook sufficiently in advance of trial – arguably months before the docket call.

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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 previous article, I described the process of creating witness outlines as the foundation for all other trial preparation. This process necessarily forces a trial attorney to identify exhibits that […]

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Scripting A Trial: Part 1

Scripting A Trial: Part 1

Trial lawyers with a “barrister” mindset know that early trial preparation is a key to success. How early? To have a winning edge, you should begin this process before the completion of discovery. The process I will describe below will reveal evidentiary problems with witness questioning that you’ll still have time to solve before it’s […]

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RE-THINKING LITIGATION EVIDENCE MANAGEMENT: PART TWO

RE-THINKING LITIGATION EVIDENCE MANAGEMENT: PART TWO

Litigation document management is central to a trial-ready law practice. In a previous article, I proposed that trial lawyers need to think about the stages of that process and not simply let documents and data meander through the practice and get lost along the way.

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