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The 'Go BIG' Method for Closing Arguments

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 07:30

Robert Vaughan of Kim Vaughan Lerner uses the "Go BIG" acronym to describe his way of starting closings with a "grabber" and then incorporating the burden of proof, jury instructions and the grounds for getting a jury to go his way.


Miami-Dade Administrative Judge Jennifer Bailey Says More Remote Participation By Unrepresented Litigants 'Means Better Justice'

Tue, 03/08/2022 - 07:30

"The quality of justice, I would propose to you, may be significantly better on remote than it was in the good old days of the cattle calls," said Bailey during a forum sponsored by the Legal Services Corporation.


Litigation Leaders: Desmarais LLP Founder John Desmarais on the Firm's Early Focus on Trial Strategy

Mon, 03/07/2022 - 07:30

"While patent cases are complex technically and legally, they must be presented to everyday people on juries in terms that make sense to them."


Litigators of the Week: Quinn Emanuel Gets a Vital Win on Gene-Editing Patents at the PTAB

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 07:30

Ray Nimrod, Matt Robson, and Zach Summers of Quinn Emanuel persuaded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that their client, the Broad Institute, invented the use of the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 in plants and animals before two scientists who won the Nobel Prize in 2020 for work on it.


Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 07:25

Our first runners-up this week are the plaintiffs' teams who pursued claims against Allianz Global Investors tied to losses racked up by its Structured


Trial Lawyers Have a Reputation for Being Generalists. What If Going to Trial Is Their Specialty?

Thu, 03/03/2022 - 07:30

"I actually think the act of taking a case to trial, preparing it for trial, and executing a trial is itself a specialty," says Karen Dunn of Paul Weiss.


Gibson Dunn Litigation Co-Chair Veronica Moyé: 'You Can't Let the Risk of Losing Drive Your Whole Strategy'

Wed, 03/02/2022 - 07:30

Moyé, who went in-house as the general counsel of a healthcare client for about three years in the mid-2000s, said there are long-term consequences for continuously settling cases for less than defense costs.


As Firm Financials for 2021 Start Flowing In, A Couple of Observations on Litigation Micro-Trends

Tue, 03/01/2022 - 07:30

Even though the transactional sides of large law firms seem to be the primary drivers of record profits across the industry, litigation-heavy firms have so far posted strong returns — especially Texas firms busy handling the litigation fallout from Winter Storm Uri.


Director's Cut: Taking Cues from Cinema When Conducting Direct Examinations

Mon, 02/28/2022 - 07:30

Veronica Finkelstein, an assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, says the attorney's role during direct testimony is very much akin to that of a movie director.


Litigators of the Week: AIG's Trial Team at Quinn Emanuel and Mayer Brown Get a Defense Verdict in Delaware Insurance Coverage Trial

Fri, 02/25/2022 - 07:30

After just two hours of deliberations, jurors sided with Michael Carlinsky and Maaren Shah of Quinn Emanuel and Robert Harrell of Mayer Brown by denying the policyholder's claim for $27.5 million worth of coverage tied to a settlement with the state of Texas.


Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 02/25/2022 - 07:25

Runners-up this week include litigators from Wilkinson Stekloff; Wachtell; Arnold & Porter; Cleary; Winston & Strawn; Mayer Brown; Latham and Kirkland.


Do Smaller Firms Full of Trial Junkies Have a Better Chance of Attracting and Retaining Future Trial Junkies?

Thu, 02/24/2022 - 07:30

Selendy Gay Elsberg founder Faith Gay and managing partner Maria Ginzburg discuss some of the advantages firms like theirs have in the war for future trial talent.


How Pro Bono Lawyers at Paul Weiss Contributed to Sandy Hook Families' Historic Settlement with Remington

Wed, 02/23/2022 - 07:30

"When you get a window into an adversary that has basically operated in complete darkness, without any scrutiny — not even regulatory scrutiny — you can imagine how unguarded people are," says Chris Boehning of Paul Weiss.


Litigators of the Week: Lawyers for Sandy Hook Families Reach a Landmark $73M Settlement with Remington

Fri, 02/18/2022 - 07:30

"What they lost can never be remedied," says Josh Koskoff of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder of the nine families he and partner Alinor Sterling represent. "But despite their grief, and through their courage and their persistence, they have won a measure of accountability."


Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 02/18/2022 - 07:25

Runners up this week include teams at Boies Schiller, Ballard Spahr, Cooley, and Kirkland.


'The Art of Storytelling': Jan Dodd of Carlton Fields on the Crossover Skills from Broadcast News to Trial Practice

Thu, 02/17/2022 - 07:30

I am the son of a former TV news reporter. My dad worked for the local NBC affiliate in Paducah, Kentucky, until I was nine. I grew up around


Cooley's Mikes—Rhodes and Attanasio—on the 'Barristerization' of the Big Firm Trial Bar and What to Do About It

Wed, 02/16/2022 - 07:30

"I think if you had more lawyers who understood the trial dynamic and could really meaningfully assess risk at trial and were willing to do that, you'd have more clients willing to go to trial," says Attanasio, the chair of the firm's global litigation department.


Meet the Plaintiffs Team Pursuing the Price-Fixing Lawsuit Against 16 Elite Universities

Tue, 02/15/2022 - 07:30

Lawyers at Berger Montague, FeganScott, Gilbert Litigators & Counselors, and Roche Freedman accuse the universities of participating in a price-fixing cartel that artificially inflated what students who receive financial aid paid for undergraduate studies.


Litigation Leaders: To Debevoise's Maura Monaghan, a Largely 'Homegrown' Partnership Leads to Tight-Knit Litigation Teams

Mon, 02/14/2022 - 07:30

"Debevoise is a true partnership; we try to cooperate as fiercely within the firm as we compete fiercely outside it. We really like working together, and our clients tell us that comes through in our relationships with them."


Litigators of the Week: The Latham & Watkins Duo Who Paved the Path for Mallinckrodt to Exit Bankruptcy

Fri, 02/11/2022 - 07:30

Despite objections from the U.S. Trustee, the SEC, the state of Rhode Island and others, Latham's Chris Harris and Betsy Marks were able to get judicial sign-off on the pharma company's reorganization plan, including a $1.7 billion settlement of opioid-related litigation.