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$1.65 Million Verdict During Covid-19 Using Don't Eat The Bruises

On April 1, 2021, amidst COVID-19 precautions, a jury returned a verdict for $1.65 million for a pelvic prolapse with symptoms that first appeared five months after a wreck. Mild to moderate prolapse had been noted at various times in the years before the wreck. Attorney Dirk Vandever used methods from Keith Mitnik’s book, Don’t Eat the Bruises, which once again proved their effectiveness. Find out more about how Vandever obtained the verdict.
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$3.42 million Noneconomic Damages Verdict in Hidalgo County, Texas

$3.42 million Noneconomic Damages Verdict in Hidalgo County, Texas

In Hidalgo County, Texas, attorneys Michael Cowen and Malorie Peacock of Cowen Rodriguez and Peacock obtained a just multimillion-dollar verdict for the widow of a man who died during a trench collapse. Read more about how they obtained the verdict.

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An Interview with Trial Lawyer Randi McGinn

An Interview with Trial Lawyer Randi McGinn

The following is an interview with one of America's greatest trial lawyers, Randi McGinn. She is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates an invitation-only group of the 100 best trial lawyers in America, and author of the Trial Guides book Changing Laws, Saving Lives.

Randi McGinn on Changing Laws, Saving Lives

Trial Guides: What made you want to write Changing Laws, Saving Lives?

Randi McGinn: I didn’t think there was a book out that gave you a feel for what it’s like to be in a case as a lawyer. And so, it was written for lawyers who are just starting out, lawyers who are experienced (because it has advice for them too), and people who think they might want to be lawyers.

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Patrick Malone on Winning Medical Malpractice Cases With The Rules of the Road Technique

Patrick Malone on Winning Medical Malpractice Cases With The Rules of the Road Technique

The following is from an interview of Trial Guides author Patrick Malone on his book Winning Medical Malpractice Cases Using the Rules of the Road Technique:

Trial Guides: What made you want to write your book Winning Medical Malpractice Cases with The Rules of the Road Technique?

Patrick Malone: This is one of those areas where the old days are so different from the modern era. In the old days a plaintiff’s lawyer was worried about getting a top expert and then once you have the expert, you’ve got a case. Within the last 10-15 years it’s just been one horror show after another where people with good cases keep losing...

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"Your Jurors, Your Heroes" an article based on "Twelve Heroes, One Voice"

"Your Jurors, Your Heroes" an article based on "Twelve Heroes, One Voice"

The following article is adapted from Carl Bettinger’s Twelve Heroes, One Voice: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts.

All too often, the question “What is your case about?” is met with responses filled with jargon, medical terms, and professional indifference:

      “It’s a med-mal case for failure to diagnose breast cancer.”
      “It’s a birth-injury case with CP.”
      “My client is charged with being a felon in possession.”

We choose this language because it contains familiar shorthand that other attorneys will understand. But our courtroom audience is not a sophisticated legal audience; it’s a mishmash of teachers and tech writers, grandparents and grad students: people for whom common courtroom terms like plaintiff and defendant are often intimidating and ambiguous.

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