The general rule in organizing statements presented to the jury is the same used by teachers with children: Tell them what you’re going to tell them; tell them; and then tell them what you’ve told them.
Direct examination can look deceptively easy when all of the effort has gone into the preparation. Here are some ways to make your carefully-planned direct even better. (more…)
Photographs are an important tool in personal injury cases. Photos can have a great impact on the jury—they may even help jurors understand the issues more clearly than any words you can speak. (more…)
The content of an opening statement and closing argument is largely determined by the law and evidence. But don’t underestimate how much your presentation style is integral to the persuasion process. (more…)
You offer evidence at trial and opposing counsel jumps up and objects. Maybe you expected that particular objection, maybe not. But a well-prepared attorney always has responses to objections ready. (more…)
If you want to get punitive damages for your client, you need to hone your argument to the jury and prepare yourself for common sticking points. And don’t forget to remind the jury of the deterrent effect of punitive damages or, as they say in England, “the sting of the shilling.”
You’ve taken depositions and got some great testimony for your case. Unfortunately, the jury wasn’t in the deposition room to hear it. So now that you are at trial, it’s your chance to make effective use of the deposition testimony in front of the jury. But how do you do that?
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When you want to object or argue an objection but you don’t want the jury to hear, you may want to ask the judge’s permission to approach the bench. But beware: the judge may not like it and the jury could get annoyed. (more…)