Top 10 Articles About Trial Tech and Hot-Seaters

December 2nd, 2019|The Litigation Consulting Report (A2L Consulting)|

In recent months we have published lists of A2L Consulting's top articles related to various trial-focused topics. These articles include our very best insider tips plus 30 years of observed best practices pertaining to opening statements, mock trials, litigation graphics, and trial preparation generally. One additional topic that deserves special attention is the use of trial technology and how best to use a trial technician or hot-seater. As experienced trial professionals know (or even long-time readers of this publication), if you fail to use the right trial technology set-up or trial technician/hot-seater, you can inadvertently damage your credibility. In most

Adapt to Evolving Attention

December 2nd, 2019|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: You’ve probably seen the claim, but is it really true that our attention spans are becoming shorter than that of a goldfish? Last year, the presentation software company called Prezi released its 2018 State of Attention Report, focusing on the question of what is going on with the attention span of typical Americans. As covered by an article in in Entrepreneur Magazine, the report makes the argument that attention spans aren’t actually shrinking, they’re evolving. The report begins by posing the riddle of why we’re okay binging a show like Stranger Things for six hours or more, but we still struggle to

Thank Your Jurors…Just Don’t Go Overboard

November 28th, 2019|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: I remember once sitting in court early into the defense opening statement, and the attorney was busy thanking the jurors, again. Even though they had already heard the spiel from the other side, and from this attorney’s colleague during voir dire, they were receiving another explanation of just how much the attorneys and the clients appreciated these citizens for doing their duty and showing up for jury service. From those on the panel, the non-verbal responses could not have been any more clear: “You’re welcome…. Now, get on with it!” Thanking the jurors for their service

Blue Intake Forms

November 28th, 2019|2's Company - Magnus Insights|

As someone who thrives on forms and checklists, I also know that it is critical to improve them, as well as update them. I learned this practice from my photography mentor, Jon Peters. I’ve adapted what I did as a photographer, that is, providing a service to clients, to what I/we do as trial consultants, providing various services to clients. There are lots of details to track about a particular case, and about all active cases. One is a form/checklist for case intakes I created for another employer and then modified and improved for Magnus on day 1 – way

The Top 15 Articles About Litigation Graphics and PowerPoint

November 26th, 2019|The Litigation Consulting Report (A2L Consulting)|

I’ve been in the litigation graphics consulting business for 30 years. In that time, I’ve witnessed technology transitions from printed trial boards to laser disks to PowerPoint and much more.However, the most important transition I’ve seen involves a shift in belief. Top-tier trial lawyers who once viewed litigation graphics as optional now understand they are essential. Note that I say “understand” rather than “belief.” That’s because the need for high-quality and well-designed litigation graphics is rooted in science, not in a belief system. Study after study in the last 50 years authoritatively prove that litigation graphics are a requirement --

Let the Judges Judge (and Not Settle Cases)

November 25th, 2019|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: You’re heading to trial and there is one last hurdle: the mandatory settlement conference that your judge is gunning for. He has signaled at every opportunity that he thinks this is a case the parties should resolve prior to trial, and that nothing would please him more than to have this one off his calendar. And, of course, you and your clients would just as soon have it justly resolved as well. But there’s the rub: As far as the two side’s offers being in the same ballpark, if their offer is in Dodger’s Stadium, yours