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Author: Paul Luvera

Luvera practiced plaintiff law 55 years. He is past President of the Inner Circle of Advocates & Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Member ABOTA, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy, International Society of Barristers and the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame. Book Luvera on Advocacy available at Trial Guides Publishing Email paul@luvera.org
OPENING STATEMENTS THAT GRAB THE JURY

OPENING STATEMENTS THAT GRAB THE JURY

OPENING STATEMENTS THAT GRAB THE JURY “He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.” Joseph Conrad SOME PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS The legal function of an opening statement is to tell the jury the nature of the case, what the issues are and what the party proposes to prove in support of their claims. It is usually added…

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Sorry for my absence

Sorry for my absence

The explanation for my failure to maintain this blog recently is a Medical one. In early April I was scheduled for a artificial valve replacement which was to have kept me in the hospital a couple of days and return to normal life. However, there was a complication Requiring my return for an open-heart procedure which was totally unexpected. Since that time I have been through recovery and in a coronary rehabilitation process. The good news is that I have…

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ILLUSTRATIVE DAMAGES DIRECT EXAMINATION IN A DEATH CASE

ILLUSTRATIVE DAMAGES DIRECT EXAMINATION IN A DEATH CASE

Dealing with damages in death cases is challenging. There is often aN unspoken feeling on the part of jurors that money won’t bring a deceased back or there is something greedy about asking for money for a dead person. Trying to paint the picture of who the deceased was and reimbursing in money can be difficult. The following is more of an outline of ideas than an outline to question from. It is intended for a close family friend, not…

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