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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
VIRTUAL JURY TRIALS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC

VIRTUAL JURY TRIALS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC

With Covid on an upsurge, many courts are back to jury trials intended to avoid the threat of infection by a significant variety of settings. These revised trial procedures include virtual trials in many variations. David Beninger, a lawyer at my law firm, is an extraordinary plaintiff’s lawyer. He recently obtained an order for a virtual jury trial in one of his cases. In this version, the jurors are at home and connected to the court remotely. The arrangement is…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG OPENING STATEMENT

THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG OPENING STATEMENT

Opening statements are very important because they create the general jury impression of the case. Once formed, impressions are very difficult to change. Therefore, it is important to make a powerful impression in the opening statement. Here is an example of the damages from the opening statement I made in a jury case using PowerPoint and a short video. Plaintiff was injured when replacing a billboard sign and the metal pole he was using contacted the overhead power line at…

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ATTORNEY CLIENT INTERVIEW FORM

ATTORNEY CLIENT INTERVIEW FORM

It is important to be prepared for new client interviews. If you don’t have a check list or an interview form you may forget to ask important questions or get the information you need. In addition, after you accept a case and spend time working on it, you are subject to changing  your initial impression of the client and your evaluation of the time. It is helpful to have a record of your first impressions and evaluation. Here is an…

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