During opening statement and throughout the entire trial, you must be the guide that jurors can trust to keep them safe during trial

Be the Guide They Can Trust

If you’ve never seen a hippopotamus up close before, you’re missing a memorable experience.  In cartoons, they’re portrayed as peaceful, docile creatures that wouldn’t harm a fly.  In the Hungry Hungry Hippos game, they’re colorful, cute, and cuddly.  But that’s not quite true.  They’re huge, temperamental creatures, capable of biting a man in two.  And…

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How to get what you want in the courtroom

Are You (REALLY) Asking for What You Want?

You’ve heard it a hundred times before: “Ask, and ye shall receive.” And each time, you probably said, “Yeah, right. If that was true, I’d have won the lottery last week!” But what if that statement was actually true? Believe it or not, there’s significant truth to that statement. (Maybe that’s why it’s been around…

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Trial Lawyer First Impressions

What image are you projecting?

Image matters. It’s not just what you do, it’s how you do it, and how you convey your image to the public. For example, let’s talk about the hotel/motel industry. At its core, the industry is based upon a simple premise: you give us your money, we’ll give you a temporary place to stay. But within…

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Improve your jury selection with better questioning

Your jurors might not have a clue!

If you want to improve your jury selection skills, consider following the example set by the best doctors in your town. Years ago, when I was looking for a new doctor, my Dad gave me some great advice: “Whatever you do, don’t take health advice from a fat doctor, or from a doctor who smokes.”…

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How to avoid looking like a liar

Do You Look Dishonest?

Let’s start with a few assumptions about the witness in your next case. First, let’s assume that your witness saw everything relevant to the case. Second, let’s assume that your witness has a good memory and a good vocabulary, so she’ll be able to remember and describe everything that she experienced. And finally, let’s assume…

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