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A VIEW BACK OVER A LIFE TIME AS A TRIAL LAWYER

A VIEW BACK OVER A LIFE TIME AS A TRIAL LAWYER

I’m taking a personal privilege to share facts about my life as a trial lawyer in this post. That’s because, this month, God willing, I will have lived on this planet for eighty-six years. I was born in 1935 on the 21st day of February at the Anacortes Hospital. I was the third born to Mary Babarovich Luvera. My sisters Phyllis and Anita preceded me. My parents owned and operated a family grocery store on Commercial Avenue. Franklin D. Roosevelt…

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DEALING WITH CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE DEFENSES

DEALING WITH CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE DEFENSES

In many of our cases we are faced with a variety of contributory negligence allegations either as jury issues or implied. Learning to deal with these claims is an important part of representing plaintiff clients. The following is a primer of ideas about dealing with this issue.. The laws of the different states often vary regarding both evidence of contributory negligence and the effect of contributory negligence as a bar or reduction in the damages. It’s important to check the…

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COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

Here are some basic principles for communication all trial lawyers should be aware of and practice. What are the “unspoken” questions. Well, the primary one is set out below, but throughout the trial issues come up that jurors don’t always write out in their questions when they are allowed to use questions. Think like a juror. Talk to your paralegals and others in attendance each day to see if they have questions not answered in the case. In major cases…

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