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Read by the author himself, the Don't Eat the Bruises audiobook gives listeners on-the-go access to one of America's best trial lawyers as he talks them through his case-changing methods.
Keith Mitnik lives in courtrooms. When he’s not in trial, the senior trial counsel for Morgan & Morgan, the largest injury law firm in America, spends his time inventing cutting-edge courtroom strategies. In Don’t Eat the Bruises, Mitnik draws from the hard-won experience of his prolific and innovative career to offer an approachable system for trying and winning cases.
Exploiting juror bias, taking things out of context, and overemphasizing imperfections at trial are all bruises—cheap tricks the defense uses to distract from facts and well-constructed cases. Mitnik offers strategies for dealing with these issues in jury selection, opening statement, and beyond, with a heavy focus on dismantling defenses based on bias, sympathy, and prejudice at the very beginning of your case.
Whether you’re a new lawyer seeking guidance for your first auto case or a seasoned advocate looking for a fresh approach to your next trial, Mitnik’s framework provides you with practical tools to win. His techniques accommodate the nuance of any case—big or small—without the constraints of a soulless, ineffective template.
Dont Eat the Bruises will give you the skill and confidence to get out of your office and into the courtroom to seek full justice on your next case.
CD 01 77:13
1 Title 00:13
2 Dedication 02:05
3 Introduction 24:21
Part I Jury Selection: Cutting Out Bias
4 Chapter 01 - Getting Rid of Bias Lightning-Quick 29:33
5 Chapter 02 - Educating Jurors about Bias 21:01
CD 02 78:32
1 Chapter 03 - Identify Those at Risk for Bias 24:40
2 Chapter 04 - Establishing, Expanding, and Fortifying Cause 31:34
3 Chapter 05 - Nuances and Common Complications 22:19
CD 03 57:33
1 Chapter 06 - Identification and Cause Questions for Car Crash Cases 30:56
2 Chapter 07 - More Identification and Cause Questions 26:38
CD 04 58:35
1 Chapter 08 - Identification and Cause Questions for Medical Negligence Cases 28:32
2 Chapter 09 - Wrapping Up Bias 30:03
CD 05 58:08
1 Chapter 10 - Completing the System after Bias 26:44
2 Chapter 11 - Putting It All Together 31:24
CD 06 55:25
Part II The Untapped Power of Opening Statements
1 Chapter 12 - Getting Ready to Give and Take 28:00
2 Chapter 13 - Owning Their Favorite Facts 27:27
CD 07 65:48
1 Chapter 14 - In Context versus Out of Context 39:39
2 Chapter 15 - The Language of the Case 26:10
CD 08 57:44
1 Chapter 16 - Rounding Out the Untapped Power of Opening 30:02
Part III The Evidence Phase: Keeping the Lead
2 Chapter 17 - Direct-Exam-Building on Opening 27:42
CD 09 59:56
1 Chapter 18 - Cross-Examination-Holding Your Ground 31:11
Part IV Closing: Bearing Fruit to the End
2 Chapter 19 - Finishing in Full Stride 28:45
CD 10 51:50
1 Chapter 20 - Holding All the Cards 30:47
2 Chapter 21 - The Dignity of Damages 21:04
1 Chapter 22 - Damages Models 33:48
2 Chapter 23 - The If-It-Was-Only Damages Model 34:02
1 Chapter 24 - The Power of Analogy 40:39
Part V Burden of Proof: A Brand-New Way
2 Chapter 25 - The Civil Burden of Proof 26:57
3 Conclusion 04:13
4 Acknowledgements 04:16
5 Publisher's Note 02:04
What Legal Leaders Are Saying
— Brian Panish, member of the Inner Circle of Advocates
Don’t Eat the Bruises offers trial attorneys the fruits of Keith’s spectacular career. Full of great analogies and helpful tips, this tasty treat will ensure that you remove all the spoiled and bruised parts of your next case—leaving you with a case that is fresh, crisp, and deliciously effective.