News — Courtney Rowley

A ‘Brutally Honest’ Approach to Voir Dire and Opening Statements

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...

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Six-Figure Settlement on Zero Offer Case

Get a copy of the demand letter Glenn used here. Glenn Fair Jr., of Oakmont Law Group P.C., was kind enough to share a success story regarding a recent nearly half a million dollar settlement he obtained on a zero-offer case with disputed liability using lessons learned from Running with the Bulls by Nicholas Rowley and Courtney Rowley. Our congratulations to Glenn and his team, read below to learn more about how Glenn was able to obtain a just result for his client. Six-Figure Settlement on Zero Offer Case: About two years ago, our firm received a copy of the...

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Running with the Bulls Book Review

Running with the Bulls Book Review

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...

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Trial by Woman Book Review

Trial by Woman Book Review

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...

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$1.5 Million Verdict on $0 Prelitigation Offer

Trial Guides wanted to let you know of a record-setting verdict obtained in a conservative county, in the hope it will help you in your cases. In this case, trial great Nick Rowley’s fifteen-year-old client was seriously injured when the vehicle she was in rolled over. Her nose and cheekbone were broken, her ear was torn off, and she received permanent nerve damage to the right side of her face. Her medical bills were just under $60,000. Nick’s team alleged that the vehicle had been negligently maintained and operated. Despite the plaintiff’s life-changing injuries, the insurer offered $0 for eight...

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