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Rick Friedman Speaks at Pepperdine Law School (video)

Rick Friedman spoke at Pepperdine Law School on January 26th, 2019 in Malibu, California. Below is a video of the inspirational keynote address that he gave to the lawyers and law students at the event.    Shop all of Rick Friedman's products here.   

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Book Review: The Elements of Trial

Book Review: The Elements of Trial

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...

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Trial Guides 15th Anniversary, a word from our Founder

Fifteen years ago this month, I turned down offers from three major legal publishers and published the first two books for Trial Guides. The books were on one of the auto insurance industry’s secret weapons—the Colossus software used to evaluate bodily injury claims. At the time, I had only been practicing law (starting my own solo firm) for three years. I had very little experience as a lawyer, no experience in publishing, and I had no interest in starting a legal publishing company. But because of the sensitivity of the material, carefully written and cited with over three years of...

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Getting the Evidence You Need in a Timely Cost Effective Manner Using 30(b)(6) Depositions

Getting the Evidence You Need in a Timely Cost Effective Manner Using 30(b)(6) Depositions

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...

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Preparing for the Only Thing that Matters: What the Jury Will Think

Preparing for the Only Thing that Matters: What the Jury Will Think

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...

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