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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VOIR DIRE IN EMPLOYEE SUIT vs CORPORATE EMPLOYER

VOIR DIRE IN EMPLOYEE SUIT vs CORPORATE EMPLOYER

The following is an example of a procedure I followed in preparing for jury selection in a trial. The first step was to determine the major and minor issues in the case. That includes both positive and negative issues. Those subjects, issues or facts which will either help or hurt the case in a significant way. They were usually determined through focus studies in which people identified what they liked or didn’t like about the case. It also involved a…

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OPENING STATEMENT IN A MALPRACTICE CASE USING POWERPOINT SLIDES

OPENING STATEMENT IN A MALPRACTICE CASE USING POWERPOINT SLIDES

The last entry in this blog was from a personal injury case opening statement illustrating the use of PowerPoint to assist in the opening statement. This entry is a combination of PowerPoint slides used in the opening statement and final summation of a medical malpractice case. This case was tried to a jury in Seattle. This is a newspaper description of the case facts: “December 8, 2013  Botched surgery will cost hospital. A North Central Washington woman has been awarded a…

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