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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
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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TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVED VIRTUAL COMMUNICATIONS

TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVED VIRTUAL COMMUNICATIONS

Since the adoption of remote trials and depositions there are improved techniques and ways of communicating virtually. Some of these include the following: 1. Ordinary witness preparation is insufficient. It now requires increased preparation involving basics such as background, camera distance and camera angle needed. Background screens are increasingly inexpensive and can be delivered to the witness. In addition, systems such as Zoom have built in backgrounds. 2. Communication should involve more exhibits and visuals. 3. Examinations should be shorter…

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