Cameras in the Courtroom

July 20th, 2021|

Now that the courts are beginning to get back to business, will we continue to have remote witnesses and juries? That's a great question, and we'd have a completely different answer had it not been for COVID-19. What we've just experienced is one of the fastest implementations of technology by the legal professions ever.Technology, when used properly, can make you more effective and efficient in trial. It used to be a major strategic consideration whether to use TrialDirector and risk appearing as though you were spending too much money, or had very deep pockets as a defendant. Now, there is

Something Old, Something New

June 28th, 2021|

Trials. Exhibits. In Person. Remote. Hybrid.We have many options, now that we're slowly climbing our way out of a global pandemic. Pre-COVID, we had only a few common options. During the first part of COVID, we literally had none. Rather quickly, the lights began to turn on again, even if most of those were monitors glowing, as opposed to courtroom lights. Now most of us have become proficient in online trials, arbitrations and depos. It took a pandemic to implement technology that has already been available for years. While there are both benefits and drawbacks to remote technology, it is here

Juror Explains Voir Dire Do’s and Dont’s

August 26th, 2018|

During Voir Dire, jurors will be watching you like a hawk. photo © Ted BrooksIf you do jury trials, you're already familiar with the voir dire process and know how important it can be to your case. You can have a jury consultant assist with this process, or you might prefer to handle it on your own, but in either scenario it is the attorney who will be speaking with the jurors. While you might be chomping at the bit to get this trial started, the fact is that it has already begun. Don't ever take voir dire lightly - it is

TrialDirector 360

July 5th, 2018|

TrialDirector 360Although it hasn't yet been officially released yet, here are a few initial thoughts on the new TrialDirector 360, some of which are from my LinkedIn post. If you'd like to follow along, feel free to connect and follow my profile: You will need to set up an Ipro 360 account, which will manage your Ipro software and will eventually serve as another method of creating and working with your cases. Parts of this, along with some features in TD360 are still being finalized. This initial review is on a Beta website, and the locally installed version is you're

2018 – Something Old, Something New

January 1st, 2018|

Y2K with Brobeck (scary times) Beginning with my time in-house at Brobeck (1998-2002), I have enjoyed writing about Legal Technology for many publications. Many reprints were available on earlier versions of the Litigation-Tech website. After some updates and upgrades over the years, these had become "orphaned," meaning they were still available online, but could only be found by running a specific web search. As a Holiday project, I decided to set them up in an archive, so they would be available once again. Although these articles are somewhat "dated," many of them are still surprisingly relevant. The archive is intended

Ten PowerPoint Tips for the Courtroom

December 22nd, 2017|

PowerPoint Tips for the Courtroom(Originally published on ABA Law Technology Today)Since everyone has a different level of comfort and experience with something used as infrequently as PowerPoint, the objective for this list is to approach the topic from several different perspectives, in hopes that each reader might find at least two or three helpful tips. We’ll begin with some very basic design and layout ideas, and move on to some more technical and advanced features. With about 20 years’ experience in trial presentation, these are a few things I’ve seen used/misused most often.1. Slide LayoutIf you’re using PowerPoint slides, you

Who’s YOUR trial tech?

December 15th, 2017|

We work on both sides of the table, and although our primary market is the California courts, we do cover other areas now and then, including a recent New York arbitration we handled in conjunction with the New York office of On the Record. Coincidentally, we recently won an award in New York Law Journal Magazine.We have enjoyed our share of successes in the "W" column for both plaintiff and defense, including a recent Defense verdict in Los Angeles, and an SF Bay Area case in which an elevator was repaired with a zip tie, resulting in a $5.6M verdict. Plaintiff

Litigation Triangle

November 29th, 2017|

Pick any two: Price, Quality, ServiceAlthough it would be difficult to nail down every litigation matter within the boundaries of the Project Management Triangle (see, there are certainly some grains of truth to be found.1. Price – The lowest bid wins!Unless you work for a government agency and are forced to award a contract to the lowest bidder regardless of qualifications and experience, this might not always be the best option. That’s not to imply you shouldn’t be cost-conscious, but there is a lot more to the game than who’s the cheapest you can find? If you’re just looking

Trick or Treat?

October 31st, 2017|

Trial or Settle? Trick or Treat?I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of congratulating a client on settling their matter prior to trial. Many times. Perhaps too many times. While I do have a vested interest in the case going to trial, I can certainly understand any reluctance on the part of a litigant or counsel, given the incredibly high level of stress and risk involved. What are a few of the factors to be considered?1. How have settlement negotiations been going? Are the numbers getting closer together, or does one side expect the other to give it all up? Settlement is not