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Thought Leadership in Personal Injury


As thought leaders in our practice, we regularly write and speak in our areas of expertise. This includes writing a monthly practice column, Back Story, in Plaintiff magazine. We believe in sharing our knowledge with other lawyers – when we help each other, everyone is better served in their efforts to obtain justice. We’re providing some of our articles below. If you see anything that may help you – either as a lawyer handling a case or as a person with a claim – please contact us. We usually have more briefing and material on those subjects and we are happy to share it.

A Child’s Eyes

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“Why is that man sleeping there?” We were hosting my four-year-old niece. She had been wanting a sleepover at her aunt and uncle’s house in the big city for some time. We had her over during Christmas. She lives in the suburbs. Nice place, the suburbs, but the suburbs don’t have the City’s bustle. Nor do they have the same…

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Duty calls: Jury service – a learning opportunity

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I unlocked the front door. Laying in the mail pile on the floor – an official envelope. A real one, not one of the fake “official business” envelopes. A jury summons. Most people grumble when they receive a summons – trial lawyers included. I’m no different. Taking time from work – significant time – can cause consternation. How long will…

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Read it and weep: Inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents during discovery

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The lawyer read in disbelief. The memo, on defendant’s letterhead, crucified the defense. It was part of defendant’s production responses (and for reasons that will be talked about later, the fact that it was not electronically stored information is significant). The document had also been floating around for years. The defendant gave it to the police during the initial investigation….

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Under Pressure: Managing back to back to back trials as a small firm practitioner

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The stars aligned. Back to back to back trials for the plaintiff’s lawyer. A good thing. Trial dates resolve cases. The pressure of a courtroom helps. “It changes everything. Pressure. Some people, you squeeze them, they focus. Others fold,” said Al Pacino’s John Milton in The Devil’s Advocate. Devil or not, an apt observation. (If I’m spoiling the movie, too…

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Chance favors the prepared

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The lawyer finished rebuttal and sat down. He looked at his watch. Two hours and fifty-four minutes – for his opening, witnesses, and closing. Only six minutes shy of his three-hour time limit. He knew the expedited jury trial timing would be tight, but wow – that was tight. His estimates paid off. The only thing remaining – the jury’s…

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Deserve’s got nothing to do with it

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The lawyer sat with his unhappy client at mediation. The defense’s final offer: generous in light of trial’s risks. But the client was not pleased. “After costs and your attorney’s fees, and that medical lien thing you were talking about, there’s not enough to take care of me. I need more!” The lawyer started explaining the significant risks trial posed…

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