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The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Playbook

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...

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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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From Hostage to Hero Book Review

Reviewed by Jason Skuda Originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of Trial News, the monthly publication from the Washington State Association for Justice.  “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. To do this, Mr. or Ms. Lawyer, you...

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Black Lives Matter: A Message from Our Founder

These are challenging times, and they become more so every day. As Americans, we need to take the time to recognize those hurting within the Black community and help create solutions for a better future. It is my hope that we can reflect on the racism and injustice affecting our Black brothers and sisters worldwide. And it is my hope that our legal community will have meaningful internal discussions, and work to address how we can do our part to promote justice and equality in our communities.  To that end, Trial Guides will donate 100 percent of our profits on Friday, June 5th,...

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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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