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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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$6.49 Million Verdict for Severe PTSD and Depression Using Keith Mitnik’s Don’t Eat the Bruises

$6.49 Million Verdict for Severe PTSD and Depression Using Keith Mitnik’s <em>Don’t Eat the Bruises</em>
Washington attorneys Michael Fisher and Daniel Kyler recently obtained a $6.49 million verdict on behalf of a father of eight who was permanently disabled after being exposed to ammonia gas. They were assisted in the case by attorney Tamara Clower. We asked Mike to share a few thoughts on how his team obtained this substantial verdict. The following summary describes how Mike used concepts from Don’t Eat the Bruises by Keith Mitnik to obtain justice for his client.
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Jury Bias Model™ and Bottom-Up Preparation

Written by Winning Works Bias is an inclination or prejudice in favor of or against something, a person, a group or thought when compared to another. Often, it is considered to be unfair. Bias can work for or against you. Everyone has feelings, beliefs and attitudes that color their perceptions of the world. Identifying how potential jurors make judgments, form opinions and explain behavior is critical to the outcome of your trial. When a potential juror holds a bias that is key to the issues inherent to your case, the potential juror cannot be expected to evaluate the evidence objectively...

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Fighting for the People | Gerry Spence at TEDx JacksonHole 2016

Fighting for the People | Gerry Spence at TEDx JacksonHole 2016

Renowned trial lawyer Gerry Spence reflects on justice in a powerful personal retrospective. Gerry Spence has been called the greatest trial lawyer of a generation. Decades of excellence in the courtroom give him an unparalleled vision and continued voice. In fact, the courtrooms of America serve as muse and inspiration for his books, poems, award winning photography and visual art. He continues his journey in fighting injustice through the foundation of his Trial Lawyer’s College, begun in 1994, which educated thousands of warriors dedicated to the pursuit of justice on behalf of real people. This talk was given at a...

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Breaking Tradition

Breaking Tradition

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...

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