ATTENTION TO AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES! In my trial consulting practice, I’ve found that plaintiff’s attorneys pay disproportionate attention to the complaint and the response, if any, to the affirmative defenses is an afterthought. This is a dangerous oversight, particularly if the case doesn’t settle. Consider the following:
In this episode Mark shares his insights about attaining work/life balance and how to evolve from being a great trial lawyer to a market leader.
In this episode Joe discusses his experience as a respected products liability litigator as the springboard for an in-depth discussion of the Daubert case and its implications for all expert testimony.
In Part 2 of a two-part episode, Ted describes his approach to examining expert witnesses and how a funeral home’s mishandling of dead infants inspired him to seek justice as a trial lawyer.
In Part 1 of a two-part episode, Ted tells his fascinating career story, including his encounter with destructive armadillos, and his theme-based approach to jury selection.
In this episode Matt discusses “the good, the bad and the ugly” of using demonstrative exhibits, tips for novice trial attorneys and his experience working alongside the late great Johnnie Cochran.
In this episode Bob discusses his experience and takeaways as a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, the intersection of trial and chess strategy and his unique approach to trial preparation and presentation.
The best trial attorneys know that focus groups and mock juries can offer invaluable insight into case valuation and client performance. They use trial simulations to test trial graphics and case themes. They know that the feedback from real-life jurors may sometimes be the only means to control unrealistic client expectations.
Trial law makes a distinction between improper jury experiments and a jury’s permissible “testing” of the evidence.
Civil trial lawyers in Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco counties) may soon be subject to a new set of rules governing pre-trial procedures.