From Hostage to Hero Reviewed by Jason Skuda
“Jurors are, for all intents and purposes, hostages.” This concept begins Sari de la Motte’s advice on approaching jury trials. As hostages, jurors are the trial’s first of two “victims.” They arrive unhappy, discombobulated, and, more often than not, scared. The plaintiff’s lawyer must free the jurors by creating a safe space for jurors to express themselves in voir dire and to act on the plaintiff’s behalf when they deliberate.
Book review of Show the Story in Trial News:
Veteran Seattle trial attorney William S. Baily and his brother Robert W. Bailey, a California-based trial consultant, have produced Show the Story, an indispensable guide to visual presentation during trial. They teach attorneys how to think in pictures and diagrams—as well as words—in order to present their case in the most compelling manner possible. To do so, the Baileys mine their own extensive trial experience, but they also turn to other experts for added insights: plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges, law professors, graphic-production artists, and consultants. The result is a compendium of advice on what works visually in a trial setting and, just as importantly, what does not.
Book Review by Kathleen Nastri in Trial Magazine (July, 2012)
Trial lawyers committed to their craft will be taken to the next level by Twelve Heroes, One Voice: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts. Carl Bettinger’s book acknowledges some of the best resources on trial practice and then takes another step. He shows us how to use our storytelling skills and passion to make convincing presentations and win jurors’ hearts.
help lawyers of all experience levels better understand their client’s grief and emotional suffering and, in turn, enable them to better communicate that pain to a jury.
Book Review by Public Adjustor Jonathan F. Sadick, SPPA
"One of the questions I’ve been routinely asked over the past quarter century as a public adjuster is some variation of, “Do I believe that insurance companies intentionally shortchange insureds?”
My diplomatic reply has generally been along the lines of, “Not necessarily, although insurance carriers look for ways to minimize claim payments, while the objective of my profession is to find ways to have them maximized.” After reading a review of David Berardinelli’s book, From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves, in BusinessWeek, I probably should revise response.
Review of "Becoming a Trial Lawyer" by Howard Nations in AAJ's Trial Magazine:
Trial attorney Rick Friedman’s latest book, On Becoming a Trial Lawyer, offers useful advice to those who wish to pursue success as a trial lawyer without forfeiting a fulfilling life as a family member, friend, and member of society. The book has value for the prospective lawyer as well as the trial attorney who wants to better understand and cope with increased professional and personal pressures.
I have started going to more seminars, reading more books, watching more video—trying to get beyond "the law" and generic trial techniques, and focusing specifically on how to win plaintiffs’ personal injury trials. It soon became apparent that a new publishing company predominates this niche, publishing and distributing some of today’s most important plaintiffs’ trial materials—Trial Guides.
“Allstate Corp., fresh from fending off criticism about its response to policyholders affected by Hurricane Katrina, faces another potential storm, this one from an author [David J. Berardinelli] who claims the insurer is forcing policyholders to accept prompt but lower payouts or risk time-consuming and expensive litigation...The book [tells how and why] the nation´s second-largest home and auto insurer treats some policyholders with ‘boxing gloves’ during their time of financial and personal duress, rather than the reassuringly familiar “good hands” highlighted in its advertising.”
“Friedman and Malone have given trial lawyers a road map to success. It make the reader re-evaluate how a case should be prepared and triad, and emphasizes how the trial begins in discovery. The book helps make complete lawyers even better and, believe me, these authors are complete lawyers.”
“Two preeminent trial lawyers share their powerful insights and practical techniques in a lively and rewarding guide through case analysis, discovery and trial. This essential source is packed with valuable advice and lucid examples certain to help win the difficult liability case.”
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