Litigation Strategy Profiles

Profile in Practice: Tim Hallahan

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile attorney Tim Hallahan:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Tim: I began as a public defender. I liked the dynamic practice of trial work, my colleagues, and working with an underprivileged community. I’ve switched to teaching, writing, and producing instructional software. Almost as interesting and a much better lifestyle.

CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?
Tim: Best: Trial work, dealing with colleagues, courtroom personnel, and jurors. Least: Tension, too much work.
CEB: What CEB book or program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?
Tim: California Trial Objections, California Expert Witness Guide, Effective Introduction of Evidence. All three contain very practical information. I assign portions to my students and refer to them frequently when I’m writing.
CEB: What is the best legal tip you ever received?
Tim: Trial advocacy and legal ethics move along parallel paths. Your credibility with judges, colleagues, clients, and jurors is your most important asset.
CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?
Tim: With the proliferation of information technology, it will become harder and harder to focus yourself and your audience on the essence of the dispute.
CEB: What is the most interesting book you have read (lately)?
Tim: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane.
CEB: What is your contact information?
Tim: 5818 Ross St.,  Oakland, CA 94618;
CEB: Thank you, Tim! We look forward to your guest blog posts starting next week on what you learned from jury duty (part I, part II, part III, and part IV).

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