Size Up Your Adversary

ThinkstockPhotos-494299501When it comes to litigating a case, your client’s objectives are only half the story. If you want to gain an advantage, you’ll also need to successfully assess your adversary’s goals, capabilities, and willingness to fight. Continue reading

4 Questions to Ask Before Moving for a Discovery Protective Order

153000711In California, civil discovery is “self-executing,” i.e., a party demanding discovery doesn’t need prior court approval, and the responding party may object instead of providing the requested information. An objection often ends the matter, but sometimes it doesn’t, and the party resisting discovery has to consider moving for a protective order. Continue reading

Should You Use Tactical Dismissals?

84215043As plaintiff’s counsel, you always want to analyze how best to present your client’s case in the most efficient and persuasive way. Sometimes doing that means dismissing certain parties or causes of action. But such tactical dismissals aren’t without risk. Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to dismiss. Continue reading

5 Things to Do to Prepare for Voir Dire

78724287When next faced with preparing for jury voir dire examination before trial, consider these five practical suggestions. Continue reading

8 Things to Consider Before Opposing a Motion to Consolidate

532203529In response to a plaintiff’s motion for consolidation, the court can combine two or more separately filed lawsuits for simultaneous disposition. This promotes efficiency, but there are very big downsides for a defendant in a consolidated case. Here are 8 things defense counsel should consider when faced with a motion to consolidate.

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Come Together? 10 Things to Consider Before Moving to Consolidate

515961369Consolidation can be a useful efficiency technique because it allows the court to combine two or more separately filed lawsuits for simultaneous disposition. This efficiency is not without danger—consolidation may produce an incomprehensible case that the jury can’t handle fairly or understand.

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Tentative Rulings: Contest or Concede?

200368976-001When the tentative ruling is against you, you’ve got two choices: contest or concede. Here’s the spoiler: One of these choices is generally the way to go. Continue reading

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