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5 Reasons The Jury Hates Your Lawyer

 Most lawyers,even experienced ones,  are terrible trial lawyers.  Terrible.  With a capital T that rhymes with LOSE.  Here is list of common problems.

1. Using big words–any legal terminology,scientific mumbo-jumbo,or multi-syllabic jargon–is never a good idea.  One can and should use clear,concise language to express even complicated ideas.

2.  Making the same point over and over.  [...]

Understanding the Convictions and Beliefs of Potential Jurors Helps You Win

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already, but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.” These [...]

California Passes Law for Expedited Jury Trials–It Will Never Work

On January 1, 2011 the Expedited Jury Trials Act goes into effect. It is an attempt by the legislature to shorten the trial process in cases with modest values and it’s really directed at limited jurisdiction personal injury cases that make up a large percentage of civil trials. The act establishes procedures for conducting expedited jury trials, including provisions for a [...]

Five Reasons Why The Jury Hates Your Lawyer

Most lawyers, even experienced ones, are terrible trial lawyers.  Terrible.  With a capital T that rhymes with LOSE.  Here is list of common problems.

1. Using big words–any legal terminology, scientific mumbo-jumbo, or multi-syllabic jargon–is never a good idea. One can and should use clear, concise language to express even complicated ideas.

2.  Making the same point [...]

To Win An Accident Case Requires More Than Injuries You Must Have A Breach Of Duty

Inexperienced attorneys are often lured by serious injuries into taking cases with liability problems.  Clients sometimes believe that liability in accident cases is predicated on the extent of the injuries.  In a recent Florida case the plaintiff got drunk in a bar and then injured himself climbing on an artificial rock climbing wall. Stephen Barrett, then 35, was [...]

Tips For Accident Victims Who Are Being Deposed

The deposition of the plaintiff, the accident victim, is an important event in a personal injury suit.  Don’t wing it.  Be prepared.  Here are a few tips gleaned from Leonard Bucklin’s Trial Notebook. 

Slow down — listen to the question. Pay full attention to the question. Answer the actual question, and stop. Talk with confidence. [...]