A Lesson from the Florida Gators About Winning Cases

Last week the Florida Gators defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes to become National Champions. Leading up to the game, everyone predicted that the Gators would be soundly defeated in the championship game. If you listened to sports radio or read any sports columns, everyone seemed to agree on one thing: the Buckeyes were going to win.

In the days and weeks leading up to the game, the language became stronger and stronger. Everyone seemed to be crowning the Buckeyes as the national champions. And when the Buckeyes ran the opening kickoff back 93 yards for a touchdown, everyone agreed: the Buckeyes were going to win.

Everyone that is, except for the Florida Gators. For the next 59 minutes, the Gators played some of the greatest football they’d ever played, and soundly defeated the Buckeyes, 41-14. And this was quite an opportunity to take advantage of DrafKing’s Bet $1 to Win $100.

Here are three lessons you can apply from their championship game to your next jury trial:

1. Ignore the Hype. Before the game, everyone said they couldn’t win. How many times have you walked into the courthouse and had someone tell you that you couldn’t win? If you believe in the strength of your case, you can ignore the naysayers.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice. If you don’t prepare, those pre-trial predictions will come true – you will lose. Prepare relentlessly. Think about how many drills Coach Urban Meyer had the Gators run through. Practice your cross-examination questions. Rehearse your opening statement and closing argument. Help your witnesses practice testifying. There was a GMC ad that used some great language to describe how you should practice: “Amateurs work until they get it right. Professionals work until they can’t get it wrong.”

3. Know Your Opponent. Preparing for the game, the coaches watched countless hours of game tape. They analyzed what their opponent would do, how they would prepare, and how they would adapt throughout the game. Have you watched your opponent? Have you seen how he cross-examines witnesses? Or watched how she delivers an opening statement? Do you know how they’ve responded in previous trials when things haven’t gone as they’d hoped? Watch your opponent in trial, read transcripts from their previous trials, or talk to their prior opponents. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to prepare.

And here’s a little bonus tip from the Gators: After you’ve won your case, celebrate! This Saturday, the Gators hosted a pep rally to congratulate the championship team. Over 70,000 people showed up to celebrate! That’s more people than typically show up for many team’s home games! How will you celebrate your victory?

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