What Makes a Great Trial Judge? Podcast #3 – Mark Lanier

Published on May 26, 2023
Welcome to the “What Makes a Great Trial Judge” podcast, part of the Lawyer Minds ecosystem. We’ve paired up with Lisa Blue, a practicing psychologist of 46 years and trial attorney of 44 years, to discuss some of the ways trial judges—especially those dealing with trauma-intensive cases—can improve their techniques and social practices, making the litigation experience more meaningful for jurors and litigants alike. So, how do you tell the difference between a great trial judge and one who needs to work on their social intelligence skills? Let's find out.

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Lisa Blue, a lawyer with the Dallas firm Baron and Blue PLLC, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and two master’s degrees from the University of Virginia in Counseling Psychology. After a brief teaching career, she returne …

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In the third episode of “What Makes a Great Trial Judge?”, Lisa Blue interviews Mark Lanier, a trial lawyer and founder of Lanier Law Firm. Mark is a prolific attorney, author, teacher, practicing pastor, and expert storyteller. Over the past 30 years, he’s taken on a massive array of challenging, major cases across the U.S., best known for his passionate work in personal injury and mass torts. His results total comes close to $20 billion in verdicts, and The New York Times has referred to him as “one of the top civil trial lawyers in America.”

Mark’s acclaimed career and success in the courtroom give him a unique perspective when it comes to distinguishing between great judges and less-than-great judges. Known as a preacher in his own right, Mark understands what truly separates the great trial judges from the mediocre.

During the pod, he discusses the qualities that set great trial judges apart, including the ability to properly set up equal boundaries for both lawyers that create and establish the playing field ahead of time and the ability to treat everyone in the courtroom, including the attorneys, witnesses, and jury members, with respect. Other great qualities include punctuality, graciousness, consistency, and preparation.

Tune in to listen to Mark deliver fabulous tips and share insightful stories.