Shakespeare’s advice about overtrying lawsuits

One of the most common problems of trial lawyers is their tendency to over try their cases. Too many witnesses, too many exhibits, too lengthy examinations, especially over doing cross examination. It’s because they haven’t fully thought out the three main points of their case and are uncertain about which facts or exhibits are more significant then others so they just put it all into the case. The result is a turned off and bored jury. Let’s remember the wisdom of Shakespeare:

"To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper light to see the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful and ridiculous excess."

About Paul Luvera

Plaintiff trial lawyer for 50 years. Past President of the Inner Circle of Advocates & Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Member American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy, International Society of Barristers, member of the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame & speaker at Spence Trial College
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