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Book Review: The Way of the Trial Lawyer by Rick Friedman
Monday, July 19, 2021
Reviewed by Peter Trieu Originally published in the Spring 2021 issue of The Barrister, a quarterly publication from the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers' Association (ACTLA). One of my favorite classes in law school was “the law and ethics of war and warfare”, taught by Professor Mark Reiff. I remember Professor Reiff telling us that his “war and warfare” class, in particular, is one of the most practical classes we’ll take in our LLB program and it will help us think about how to practice law. At first, I was skeptical about Dr. Reiff’s claims. How could discussions about the use...
Harnessing Moral Energy: Rick Friedman’s new book teaches The Way of the Trial Lawyer
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Reviewed by Beth Bloom Originally published in the July/August 2021 edition of Trial News, a monthly newspaper from the Washington State Association for Justice. Law school teaches us to be tacticians. To think like a lawyer means to identify the relevant facts and apply the law to those facts in a way that supports our client’s interest. A skilled advocate can argue either side of a case. The personal values and emotions of the individual lawyer are irrelevant. Or so we are told. This is the zealous lawyer’s code. Yet after presenting a logical, rational, and compelling case, good lawyers still lose....
A Practical Guide to Nursing Home Cases
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Reviewed by Falin McKenzie Originally published in the July 2021 edition of Trial News, a monthly publication from the Washington State Association for Justice. Nursing Home Cases by Mark Kosieradzki and Joel Smith was an easy to read, logically laid out text, directed toward and written for the practitioner who has never handled a nursing home case before. It is not a primer for a brand new attorney. It is best suited for an experienced personal injury or medical malpractice practitioner who is looking to take on nursing home issues as a new practice area. Many regulations that govern nursing home reporting and...
Book Review: The Way of the Trial Lawyer – Beyond Technique
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Reviewed by Stuart Zanville Reprinted with Permission from Advocate Magazine, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Copyright 2021. I have periodically shared information with readers about new books. I do it only when I come across a book that I believe will have a significant impact on the trial lawyer members of CAALA. Rick Friedman’s The Way of the Trial Lawyer – Beyond Technique, is one of those books. If you are familiar with Rick Friedman, then you know that last statement is redundant; every Rick Friedman book has a significant impact on trial lawyers. His previous books are Rules of...
Book Review: The Way of the Trial Lawyer by Rick Friedman
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Reviewed by Randy Kinnard Originally published in the Spring 2021 of The Tennessee Trial Lawyer, a quarterly magazine from the Tennessee Trial Lawyer Association. Imagine trying all your cases, arguing all your motions with your heart leading the way, instead of worrying about technique. How liberating would that be? In his latest book, The Way of the Trial Lawyer Beyond Technique, this is exactly what Rick Friedman teaches us to do. Lead with the heart. As Rick points out, the best trial lawyers do not hide from their hearts, but instead grow comfortable with them and listen to them. Rick...
Years of Experience Learned in Hours – A Review of Running with the Bulls
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Seeking Product Reviews, Customer Success Stories & Journal Articles
Monday, March 08, 2021
The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Playbook Book Review
Monday, September 21, 2020
Reviewed by Brandon Lacy Originally published in the summer 2020 issue of The Docket, the quarterly publication from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. I have heard many attorneys remark that law school teaches us to think like a lawyer but does not actually prepare us for the daily practice of law. Like many ATLA members, I was blessed with tremendous opportunities for learning how to practice law at the beginning of my career. After graduating law school, I began my career with a defense firm in Little Rock where I was tasked initially with a heavy load of pleadings-related practice and,...
The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Playbook
Monday, September 14, 2020
Reviewed by Nicole Gainey Originally published in the September 2020 issue of Trial News, the monthly publication from the Washington State Association for Justice. Elden Rosenthal is a Pacific Northwest treasure and his Playbook—a succinct yet compassionate beginner’s treatise on the practice of plaintiff’s law—is a bountiful gift to our bar. Rosenthal is a long-time Portland, Oregon attorney and an avid fly-fisherman. He claims inspiration for The Plaintiffs’ Playbook was derived from two sources, one being The Curtis Creek Manifesto, An Introduction and Guide to Fly Fishing by Sheridan Anderson. In the introduction to his book, Rosenthal states that for him, The Curtis Creek Manifesto was a principle source of guidance...
A ‘Brutally Honest’ Approach to Voir Dire and Opening Statements
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Reviewed by J. Nate Bingham Originally published in the June 2020 issue of Trial News, the monthly publication from the Washington State Association for Justice. I will never forget my first time conducting voir dire as a Rule 9 intern. Although I Googled "voir dire" the night before, I had never seen it happen until I had to get up and do it. It went just as poorly as you would expect—I awkwardly asked a bunch of questions while the jurors avoided making eye contact and did their best not to get called on. When it was finally time to exercise peremptory challenges, I had lost track...
From Hostage to Hero Book Review
Monday, July 20, 2020
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: The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Playbook by Elden Rosenthal
Friday, February 28, 2020
Reviewed by Anna Burr Originally published in the Aug/Sept 2019 issue of Trial Talk, the bi-monthly magazine of the Colorado State Trial Lawyer's Association. Becoming a lawyer—especially a trial lawyer—is no easy feat. It requires four years of undergraduate education, three years of law school education, six months or more of bar exam and Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) prep, and successful passage of those two tests. And yet, after all the money, time, study, and stress, one thing is clear after we emerge, blurry-eyed and exhausted on the other side: we still know nothing about how to practice law. Some new attorneys obtain positions...
Demand Letters Review
Monday, January 20, 2020
Review By: Justin Zachary Esq originally published in the Summer 2019 issue of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association's publication The Docket. So often, CLEs, Trial Guides and workshops are geared toward trial skills. How often have you seen a CLE or speaker discuss cross-examination or closing? While those skills are admittedly vital, I was excited to sit down and dive into a different aspect of a trial lawyer’s practice that does not quite get as much attention: Demand Letters. One of Trial Guides newest products is an eight (8) disc collection of some of Trial Guides top speakers discussing in-depth their thoughts on Demand...
Running with the Bulls Book Review
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Reviewed by Megan Hottman Originally published in the June/July 2019 issue of Trial Talk, the bi-monthly magazine of the Colorado State Trial Lawyer's Association. The book I wish I’d owned ten years ago … this interesting, inspiring, how-to-guide to writing your best, most effective demand letters was hard to put down. I mean that. Even the introduction had me hooked. From there, I was challenged to sit down and do some of the exercises in the early chapters—exercises designed to make me as a human consider what kind of money I would consider accepting to have my life forever altered—the exercise that stood out...
Trial by Woman Book Review
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
By Rachel E. Potter Originally published in the Winter 2019 edition of The Verdict for Wisconsin Association for JusticeFrom the day I announced I wanted to be a lawyer, the advice started pouring in. Many wonderful and well-intentioned mentors and colleagues said: “You should watch [insert male lawyer name here], he is the perfect trial attorney, tall and with a loud and authoritative voice that carries effortlessly through any room. He is the perfect lawyer. Be like him.” I have no doubt that many of us have heard similar advice at one time or another. If you want a book...
Book Review: The Lawsuit Guide
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
By Jesse Froehling Originally published in the April 2019 issue of Trial News, the monthly newspaper of the Washington State Association for Justice. Shortly after I sign a fee agreement with a new client, I generally send that person a form letter. The purpose of that letter is to familiarize the new client – most of whom have had zero experience with the legal system – with the ins and outs of attorney-client privilege, sending and receiving discovery, conducting depositions, dos and don’ts during litigation, settlement, and, if it gets that far, trial. My old letter was ten pages long. My current letter...
Embrace Your Strength as a Woman, Don’t Mask it!
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By Isabel A. M. Cole Originally published in the February 2019 issue of Trial News, the monthly newspaper of the Washington State Association for Justice. Having been in three different careers that were dominated by men, I was interested to read this book to find out if it would tell me anything that I didn’t think I already knew. And when I was reading the very beginning of the book, I was thinking, “Nope, I already know this stuff.” But after the basic introductory information (which a lot of women who didn’t live through the sixties and seventies might find new and...
Book Review: Recovering for Psychological Injuries, Third Edition
Monday, March 25, 2019
By Michael Sporer, Sporer, Mah & Co, New Westminster, BC Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of The Verdict, the award-winning publication of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. In his classic 1975 book Trial Advocacy, Professor James W. Jeans wrote, “[t]he most difficult challenge that the plaintiff’s lawyer will face in closing argument is that of presenting an evaluation of the plaintiff’s pain and suffering, past and future.” Jeans, who died in 2006, was one of the leading trial advocacy teachers of his time. He offered various ways to present the pain and suffering flowing from physical disability and disfigurement. But...
Ask, Analyze, and Act
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Ashley B. Fournet reviews Winning Case Preparation: Understanding Jury Bias by David R. Bossart, Gregory Cusimano, Edward H. Lazarus & David A. Wenner Winning Case Preparation: Understanding Jury Bias is a book from which every lawyer can benefit. David Bossart, Gregory Cusimano, Edward Lazarus, and David Wenner use their collective knowledge and experience as trial lawyers and jury bias experts to identify and discuss how to combat anti-plaintiff jury biases. An essential read for trial lawyers, this book provides excellent insights into how to configure your case. Building on their focus group research, the authors describe five common biases jurors may exhibit—suspicion, victimization, personal responsibility,...
The Mindful Trial Lawyer
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Reviewed by Anna Burr Originally published in the Oct/Nov 2018 issue of Trial Talk, the bi-monthly magazine of the Colorado State Trial Lawyer's Association. Of all the trial strategy resources available to attorneys, connecting with the jury may be the most important one. We enter courtrooms as perhaps the least credible of everyone present, and as quickly as possible, we must establish a rapport with the six skeptics in the jury box. Ideally, we accomplish this feat while also crushing defense experts, villainizing defendants, appeasing the judge, and highlighting our worthy clients. It’s a lot. In the new book, The Zen Lawyer: Winning...
Book Review: The Elements of Trial
Thursday, January 31, 2019
By Michael Sporer, Sporer, Mah & Co, New Westminster, BC Originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of The Verdict, the award-winning publication of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. William Strunk (d. 1946) never could have anticipated where it would lead. The Cornell University English professor would hand out a little book he authored, and privately printed, to his students. The slim volume provided basic rules and principles of writing. One of Strunk’s students – Elwyn Brooks White – was handed a copy in 1919. 40 years later, and more than a decade after Strunk died, E.B. White – already famous as a...
Getting the Evidence You Need in a Timely Cost Effective Manner Using 30(b)(6) Depositions
Thursday, January 17, 2019
By Jim Kytle Originally published in the July 2017 issue of Trial News, the monthly newspaper of the Washington State Association for Justice. In the last few years, trial lawyers have received some real gifts of knowledge from experienced practitioners who have been willing to share their wisdom in some great books and videos. The book reviewed here and video are wonderful additions to the knowledge we all need as trial lawyers. The Book “A great case needs great evidence. But you can’t get great evidence if your opponent has it locked up. A well–crafted 30(b)(6) deposition unlocks the door.” 30(b)(6) Deposing Corporations, Organizations...
Preparing for the Only Thing that Matters: What the Jury Will Think
Friday, January 11, 2019
By Rafael Urquia Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Trial News, the monthly newspaper of the Washington State Association for Justice. Good lawyers with good cases lose trials – all the time. What? Impossible! This defies all common sense and reasoning. I’m a trial lawyer. I know how to present case! Good lawyers with good cases lose jury trials because six to twelve community members decide a case not a lawyer or a judge. So, it does not matter if you are the world’s greatest lawyer or you have the world’s greatest case. If you do not effectively communicate...
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
By Charles W. Day Originally published in the February 2017 issue of Trial Magazine. A great sculptor must be an artist, not a mere stonecutter. And a great trial lawyer must be a storyteller, not a mere inquisitor. The traditional view of cross-examination is that attorneys should limit themselves to leading questions to expose contradictions—and then wait until closing argument to lay them bare. In The Fearless Cross-Examiner, Patrick Malone breathes new life into cross-examination. He does not confine himself to leading questions. He does not ask only questions to which he knows the answer. He does not wait until...
Book Review: Don’t Eat the Bruises Reviewed in The Verdict
Monday, November 27, 2017
Don’t Eat the Bruises: How to Foil Their Plans to Spoil Your Case Having a mentor is critical to a young lawyer’s development and growth. Throughout my 18 year career, I have been fortunate to learn from one of the best lawyers in the business-Ric Domnitz. While I will never be able to deliver a summation as effectively as Ric; nor cross-examine a witness as well-nor handle any aspect of the litigation process as well as Ric, for that matter-I have learned a lot from Ric about interacting with people and becoming an effective advocate at every stage of the personal injury...
Book Review: 30(b)(6) Reviewed in Minnesota Trial
Monday, November 06, 2017
By: Nate BjerkeOriginally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Minnesota Trial: The Journal of the Minnesota Association for Justice 30(b)(6): Deposing Corporations, Organizations & the Government All of us who have ever sued a corporation, the government or any organization have, rubbing our temples, stared at stacks of discovery responses filled with objection after objection, but no real substance. We wonder, “Why won’t they just give us what we asked for?” Eventually, you may start to wonder if it’s about you; if you’re not a good enough lawyer to make them turn over what the law says they should. And...
The Razor Edge of Truth at Trial
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Bill DayOriginally published at daylawpractice.com. In my experience, people often do not think of law as a particularly creative pursuit. As Daniel Webster famously observed, “If he would be a great lawyer, he must first consent to become a great drudge.” It is not hard to conjure up an image of the hapless wretch poring over contracts surrounded by crumbling, dust covered, leather bound tomes, even if nowadays it is more often late nights in the pale blue glow of the flat screen. The dreary life of the law student leads to the dreary life of the highly paid corporate...
Show the Story reviewed in Trial News
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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.
Helping Heroes: a Review of Twelve Heroes in Trial Magazine
Friday, October 05, 2012
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.
Storytelling for Lawyers
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Winning Hard Cases with Dynamic Cross-Examination
Friday, July 20, 2012
The True Heroes in the Courtroom - a review of Twelve Heroes, One Voice
Friday, July 06, 2012
Dynamic Cross-Examination reviewed in the Champion
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Case Analysis reviewed in The Champion
Sunday, April 29, 2012
"Trial In Action" reviewed in The Colorado Lawyer
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Authors take "Rules of the Road" further down the road
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Trial In Action reviewed in the Whatcom County Bar
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Trial In Action reviewed in Trial Talk®
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Trial in Action Reviewed in The Champion
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Trial in Action: The Persuasive Power of Psychodrama
Monday, March 07, 2011
Book Review: Grief & Loss - Identifying and Proving Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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.
ATLA review of Rick Friedman's Becoming a Trial Lawyer
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Public Adjustor Reviews Public Version of From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves
Thursday, December 03, 2009
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.
Plaintiff Magazine Reviews Rick Friedman's Becoming a Trial Lawyer
Sunday, October 18, 2009
ATLA review of Polarizing the Case: Exposing and Defeating the Malingering Myth
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Becoming a Trial Lawyer review by Howard Nations
Thursday, October 01, 2009
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.
Trial Guides Points the Way
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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.
The Chicago Tribune Cites Good Hands to Boxing Gloves in Article on Allstate
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
“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.”
Trial Consultant David Ball reviews Rules of the Road
Friday, February 17, 2006
More Reviews for Rules of the Road
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
“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.”
New Reviews for Trial Guides' Rules of the Road
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
“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.”
Buy your copy of Rules of the Road today.