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Storytelling: A Technique for Juror Persuasion

Storytelling: A Technique for Juror Persuasion

By Phillip Miller | Mar 30, 2021 | Trial Tips

While many lawyers are storytellers[1], some seem to have a “gift.” When these people say, “Let me tell you a story…” everyone gets quiet. They know the story will be entertaining and memorable. It will be a story they would like to tell themselves. Great storytellers may have something special, but for the most part, […]

How to Learn From Failure as a Trial Attorney

How to Learn From Failure as a Trial Attorney

By Mike Campbell | Mar 25, 2021 | Trial Tips

I recall the first time I gave a closing statement to a jury. I represented a farmer who suffered a neck injury years earlier. I got to know this farmer pretty well and spent time with him on his farm. I became friendly with him and his family. As a result, I really wanted to […]

Determining the Value of a Personal Injury Claim

Determining the Value of a Personal Injury Claim

By Travis Holtrey | Mar 16, 2021 | Trial Tips

One of the first things clients want to know is the answer to the question, “How much is my case worth?” The truth is we could talk about this topic for days and not cover all the considerations that must be addressed. However, there are some essential issues every Plaintiff’s attorney must have a good […]

Five Fundamental Skills for Voir Dire

Five Fundamental Skills for Voir Dire

By Phillip Miller | Feb 16, 2021 | Trial Tips

Persuasive skills, world-class experts, brilliant cross-examination, and artful use of technology all fail when the jury impaneled is dominated by defense jurors. No other part of the trial is as important. Effective Voir Dire allows a lawyer to deselect jurors who cannot be fair and who will destroy any chance at justice during juror deliberations. […]

Trial Preparation Checklist for a Successful Lawyer

Trial Preparation Checklist for a Successful Lawyer

By Phillip Miller | Jan 5, 2021 | Trial Tips

Article by Phillip Miller Analyze the Jury Instructions and Your Proof as Early as Possible Using the jury instructions/law for your case list the legal proof required for your claim(s) Chart how your proof meets each element required, including Witness(es) Expert(s) Documents/Exhibits Demonstratives Do SWOT* Analysis as Early as Possible Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats We […]

Understanding the Law of Damages: What Plaintiff’s Attorneys Must Know

Understanding the Law of Damages: What Plaintiff’s Attorneys Must Know

By Travis Holtrey | Dec 8, 2020 | Trial Tips

Article by Travis Holtrey When handling personal injury cases, especially automobile collision cases involving severe injuries or deaths, one must have a basic understanding of the recoverable damages available. Plaintiff’s counsel must also anticipate defense strategies aimed at diminishing and minimizing the recoverable damages. Attorneys must objectively, honestly, and deliberately acknowledge the “downside” of their […]

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