Last week I shared A2L's top 10 articles of the year based on the visits of our 10,000+ subscribers. In those articles, there are many valuable best practices, useful war stories, and litigation consultant expert tips for trial lawyers and the professionals who support trial lawyers — particularly if you are interested in storytelling, jury consultants, litigation graphics, or trial technology/using hot-seaters.
However, for as valuable as I know these articles are, I think other articles were published over the last year or two that may have been overlooked for one reason or another — and they should not have been. Sometimes the title doesn’t capture the attention of our audience. Sometimes the timing of the release of a particular article is terrible. Sometimes the news of the day simply competes with our publication, The Litigation Consulting Report.
So in that light, here are six articles that I think are really exceptional and useful for every trial lawyer. I believe that when read together, they will improve the performance of both veteran and new trial lawyers alike.
Here are six recent articles that every trial lawyer should read:
- Develop Your Trial Story – Sooner, Not Later: This article by veteran trial lawyer and senior litigation consultant, Alan Rudlin, explains clearly when one should develop their trial narrative. Obviously, the answer is suggested by the title, but hearing the rationale from such an experienced expert will help any trial lawyer prepare for trial more effectively.
- Great Trial Lawyers Behave Differently: Simply put, if the other 99% of trial lawyers really knew how the top 1% of trial lawyers prepare for trial, I believe the 99% would improve their trial prep. This article gets to the heart of the stark difference in trial preparation strategies.
- Netanyahu Persuades and Presents Better Than Most Trial Lawyers: While Netanyahu's fall from grace is noted, it takes nothing away from the fact that the PowerPoint presentation shown here was incredibly well executed. Every trial lawyer could learn something from it.
- 10 Timely Tips For Trial Preparation: This article offers a one-year play-by-play guide for trial preparation based on how the very best trial lawyers do it. It requires clicking through to a dozen or more related articles to really capture the content.
- Connecting With Jurors by Turning Off Your Screen: Many trial lawyers fear PowerPoint will get in the way of their connection with jurors. I think this is a sensible fear. Fortunately, there is a very simple workaround that all trial lawyers should be employing.
- Trial Lawyers and the Power of Silence: Similar to the above article, this post offers a simple trick for enhancing persuasion that every trial lawyer should know and use, particularly during opening statements.