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“It’s very easy to work with Jeff. He is super organized and he works with a great team. Jeff forces you to whittle down your case to the main points to prep for a focus group. To see the guts of your case 6-8 months before trial gives you a huge advantage. ...” - Joel Cunningham, Luvera Law Firm
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“I’ve worked with Jeff on a number of cases, and each time I’ve been impressed with his ability to quickly get to the heart of the matter. A trial lawyer himself, he’s aware of how juror bias takes shape, and from his experience, he gets where we’re coming from. ...” - Keith Kessler, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan
“Jeff is exceptional at what he does. He is intuitive, extremely professional and thorough. Jeff’s experience and background as a trial attorney make him uniquely qualified. ...” - Brad Moore, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan
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BTC E-Mail Newsletter Archive

Issue 1 – How to Deal With an Evasive Witness

Every trial lawyer faces the challenge of a witness who won’t answer the questions they are asked. I recently heard a highly-credentialed political researcher from Harvard talk about an interesting study that I believe has a lesson for trial lawyers. The subject of the study was politicians who “dodge” questions; those who when asked questions in interviews or debates give answers that are not responsive to the questions.

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Issue 2 – Juror Questions in the Age of the Activist Juror

At the dawn of the jury system, jurors not only decided questions of fact, but personally investigated the facts and then decided what the law should be. As time went by, juries were stripped of their right and power to investigate the facts, and eventually were told that they had to apply the law as given to them by the court. They became passive observers of the courtroom drama, instead of active participants in the process.

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Issue 3 – Jurors as Expert Witnesses

When was the last time you had a trial where an expert witness went back to the jury room to deliberate with the jurors? The answer may surprise you.

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Issue 4 – Using Focus Groups to Discover and Meet the Needs of the Jury

Lawyers who represent people who have been harmed by the acts of others have to look into their hearts and decide:

  • Do I believe in the jury system?
  • Do I trust jurors?

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Issue 5 – “Accidents” Don’t Happen

There is a word you need to purge from your vocabulary. You should delete it from your firm’s written materials, from your pleadings, and from your blogs; it should be banished from your very thought process. That word is “accident.”

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Issue 6 – D-I-S-C: Who’s Your Jury Going To Be?

When planning case themes and deciding what evidence you are going to introduce in your trial, you should be asking yourself “What kind of people will likely be on the jury at the end of jury selection?”

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Issue 7 – What’s Your Chorus?

What do Uptown Funk and The Battle Hymn of the Republic have in common? Unforgettable choruses. While “Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)” may not be the moral equivalent of “Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!,” both songs are unforgettable because they have short statements, repeated frequently, that capture the soul of the song.

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