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I often talk about what not to do, but sometimes, I must remember to mention what you should do to achieve success at trial. In honor of leap year 2024, I have written this article offering 29 tips for successful trial preparation and execution. You can use this list as a checklist to compare yourself to your peers. I did not develop these ideas alone. Instead, they come from my experience working with the best of you over the past 30 years. 1. Conduct a mock trial. The very best litigators always conduct a mock trial when at least $10 million is at stake. Mock trials are a critical part of the Persuadius service offerings. If you want to discuss one, I invite you to email me (ken@persuadius.com) or call me (1-800-847-9330) or, ideally, fill out a client conflict check form by clicking the purple button in the upper right corner of this page. Only three people, including me, see those. 2. Conduct more than one mock trial. The ideal number is three, and that's precisely what I have observed the best trial lawyers do. It's not always affordable, but more than one mock is mandatory for cases with $25 million or more at stake. The only thing that varies is the investment in each mock trial. If $100 million or more is at stake, every mock should have every investment possible (i.e., a proper mock facility, a two-day or three-day mock, live witnesses, opening and closing statements, etc.). 3. Collaborate with litigation consultants who bring experience and insights to trial preparation. With a track record of handling hundreds of trials, we have witnessed exceptional and lackluster attorney performances. We aim to share valuable knowledge and advice, not lecture or boast about expertise. Drawing on the collective wisdom of countless cases, we strive to support you in crafting a solid and effective trial strategy. Litigation consultants can be exceptionally helpful when developing your opening statement. 4. Build a solid opening statement. In 30 years, I haven't seen anything to convince me that the opening statement is not the most essential part of the case. Some studies say that 80% of jurors make a decision about who will win after hearing opening statements. When done correctly, it should take months to develop an opening. It should be tested many times in whatever way your client can afford. We've written extensively about this. This topic is wonderfully covered in our opening statement toolkit ebook. See The Opening Statement Toolkit.

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Litigation can be a complex and risky process, and many lawyers have found it beneficial to conduct mock trials to gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their cases, especially in cases with millions or billions at stake. However, there are also some reasons why you may not want to have a mock trial. In this blog post, we will explore 10 reasons you should have a mock trial and 10 reasons you shouldn’t. 10 Reasons You Should Have a Mock Trial Gain Insight into Juror/Judge Perception: Mock trials provide an opportunity to test the waters and gauge how jurors & judges might perceive your case. Identify Weaknesses in Your Case: Mock trials allow you to identify weaknesses in your case that you may not have considered before. Test Your Arguments: Mock trials provide an opportunity to test your arguments and refine them to make them more effective.

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In this blog post, we will explore the significant impact visuals have on a judge's decision and how litigation graphics can influence the outcome of a case. Discover the power of visual storytelling and its role in shaping perceptions and influencing decision-making processes. Understanding the Power of Trial Graphics in the Courtroom Trial graphics play a crucial role in presenting information in a visually compelling and easily understandable way in the courtroom. They have the power to simplify complex concepts, highlight key evidence, and engage the judge's attention. By using visual aids such as charts, diagrams, and timelines, attorneys can effectively convey their arguments and strengthen their case. Moreover, trial graphics can help in organizing information and presenting it in a logical sequence, making it easier for judges to follow the flow of the case. Visuals also have the advantage of leaving a lasting impression on the judge's mind, as humans are naturally more inclined to remember visuals compared to text alone. This makes trial graphics a powerful tool for attorneys to enhance their communication and increase the chances of a favorable outcome. The Role of Trial Graphics in Enhancing Communication Trial graphics act as a bridge between complex legal concepts and the judge's understanding. By visualizing arguments, evidence, and facts, trial graphics can effectively communicate the key points of the case and simplify complex information. They enable attorneys to present their arguments in a clear and concise manner, ensuring that the judge grasps the main ideas without getting overwhelmed by technical jargon.

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