Moe Levine was a pioneer in educating fellow trial lawyers on trial strategy, issue framing, and the mastery of forensic medicine. He has provided inspiration to many of the nation’s leading lawyers. His ideas are timeless, and apply as much today as when he used them over thirty years ago. This collection of his publicly available lectures and trial transcripts is the most complete book ever produced on the winning strategies of Moe Levine. Since his death in 1974, the nation’s leading trial lawyers and jury consultants have passed down Moe Levine’s teachings through their own trial work. Now, for the first time in over thirty years, you can learn these winning trial strategies directly from Moe Levine.
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- Foreword by Don C. Keenan
- Foreword by Russell Corker
- Part I: Lectures on Advocacy
- Percepts of Persuasion
- Thesis of the Whole Man
- Damages for the Destruction of Dignity and Pride
- Aggravation of Prior Condition
- Economic Replacement
- Impairment of Intellect
- An Evaluation of Pain
- The Psychology of the Closing Argument
- Part II: Lectures on Anatomy and Physiology After Trauma
- Skeletal Structure
- Brain Injuries
- The Five Primary Senses
- The Skin, Muscles, and Nerves
- Psychological Injuries
- The Heart and Internal Organs
- Summation Using the 'Whole Man' Concept
- Part III: Lectures on Medical Malpractice
- Investigations and Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case
- Part IV: Closing Arguments
- Death of an Alcoholic
- Damages for Burns
- Psychological Consequences
- Previous Illness, Difficult Liability
- Unemployment, Not Disability
- Damages for Second Injury Resulting from First
- Jenny O'Neal
- Double Amputation Case
- Afterword by Louise E. Schwartz
What Legal Leaders Are Saying
— David Ball, PH.D., Author of David Ball on Damages
Trial Guides again trumps the big guys. In this continuing era of ‘tort-reformed’ jurors, the hard lesson is that the old ways no longer work, and we need something else. So we invent new things. But no less important is the precious trove of Moe Levine’s ways. What he did and taught way back then is dead-on what we need now. How so prescient? He dwelled at the intersection of mind and heart, the place that determines the outcome of every case. And he teaches you how to live there, too.
— Dennis Donnelly, immediate past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates
Only a handful of plaintiff’s trial lawyers have managed to claw their way to the mountaintop of full justice over and over again; only to come back down and share the secrets of their success with their colleagues. Moe Levine was one, and it is fitting that Don Keenan, another titan and teacher, should write the introduction for the most complete collection of Moe Levine’s teachings ever published. Trial lawyers everywhere can now stand on the shoulders of two giants of the plaintiff’s trial bar.
— Rick Friedman, Author of Rules of the Road, Polarizing the Case, and Becoming A Trial Lawyer. Member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and recipient of the 2004 Steven J. Sharp award
A trial lawyer who has not read Moe Levine is like a poet who has not read Shakespeare. You may get the job done, but you are missing out on joy and inspiration—and are not truly educated. In the past, lawyers have had to search through used book stores and libraries for bits and pieces of the wisdom Moe shared with his contemporaries. Trial Guides has pulled it all together in one book that you will return to again and again.