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The Top 15 Litigation E-Books & Webinars of 2015

Posted by Ken Lopez on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

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Founder/CEO
A2L Consulting

Every year we publish several free e-books and conduct several free webinars focused on litigation, trial graphics, persuasion, and winning cases, both before and after trial. These are among our more popular products. Thus far in 2015, readers have downloaded a piece of content from our collection of more than 30 e-books and webinars more than 10,000 times.

There is something for everyone in these e-books and webinars, from the latest insights in storytelling to the art of making a great presentation, from how to get a jury to reject junk science to the best way to conduct voir dire. These are not bland marketing materials; they represent the state of the art in our profession, and they are full of useful tips and strategies that lawyers can use.

Our books are typically made up of hand-curated articles culled from over 500 that the team members of A2L Consulting have published over the last five years. 

A2L's webinars are like free mini-CLE courses -- except that they are much more interesting than your typical CLE event.

Our newest type of material is the podcast. These are showing serious promise as more and more readers learn about them and download them. We now have three podcasts available – again, totally free for download. They are: Twelve Things Every Mock Juror Ever Has Said, Five Ways to Maximize Persuasion During Opening Statements, and Storytelling in Litigation.

Here are the top 15 litigation e-books and webinars of 2015, ranked in order of the number of times they have been downloaded. It is possible to share each of these resources with your colleagues on Twitter and LinkedIn by clicking the buttons below.

15. How To Find and Use Trial Technicians and Trial Technology

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14. Storytelling as a Persuasion Tool Webinar

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13. The Patent Litigation Toolkit 3rd Ed

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12. The In-House Counsel Litigation Toolkit

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11. Using and Creating Litigation Graphics to Persuade

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10. Winning Your Case BEFORE Trial Webinar

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9. Combating Junk Science E-Book 2nd Ed

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8. Top 75 Articles of All Time E-Book

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7. Litigation Support Toolkit E-Book

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6. The Complex Civil Litigation Guidebook

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5. How To Use and Design Trial Timelines

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4. Storytelling for Litigators E-Book 3rd Ed

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3. Maximize Persuasion During Opening Statements Webinar

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2. The Opening Statement Toolkit

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1. The Voir Dire Handbook

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20 New Litigation Realities (to Celebrate Our 20th)

Posted by Ken Lopez on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 @ 07:19 AM

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Founder/CEO
A2L Consulting

Today is the 20th anniversary of the founding of A2L. We literally started in a closet not long after I finished law school. First, we were Animators at Law. Then almost five years ago, we became A2L Consulting to reflect the fact that litigation graphics were now less than half of our business. Jury consulting, trial technology support and litigation advisory services are now a bigger part of what we do.

Twenty years later, we're a national litigation consulting firm and arguably, the very top litigation consulting firm in the country. That's not mere puffery. We're consistently voted #1 in local and national legal industry surveys.

To celebrate our 20th, here are 20 new realities that litigators, in-house counsel and litigation support professionals should consider.

1. The New CLE: It is a rare CLE seminar that does not put us all to sleep. I think that modern formats of continued learning like our Litigation Consulting Report blog and other litigation blogs, including those recognized by the American Bar Association, are the best places to go for continued learning. It’s time for the legal establishment to agree.

2. The power of storytelling: The science behind the effectiveness of storytelling as a persuasion device is just now coming into view. It is critical for litigators to study this field and to understand the insights it has developed. See, Storytelling for Litigators E-Book 3rd Ed.

3. Big firm litigators rarely try cases: As a result of this new reality, litigators must get a new kind of help - help from trial tested litigation consultants. These courtroom experts may participate in 50-100 trials per year. It just stands to reason that they can help a litigator who is in court far less frequently. See, With So Few Trials, Where Do You Find Trial Experience Now?

4. Using PowerPoint incorrectly does more harm than good. Most lawyers will actually design slides for themselves that will reduce overall persuasion - but they don't have to. See, How Much Text on a PowerPoint Slide is Too Much?

5. Juror expectations are on the rise: Jurors expect litigators to wow them a bit with graphics and to keep them interested. They know what can be done in the form of graphics and at a lower price than ever before. See, Will Being Folksy and Low-Tech Help You Win a Case?

6. The ability to test is on the rise: The often high price of mock trials scares off many, but almost every case deserves some form of testing. To make this possible, our firm and others have developed a wide range of testing methodologies that can fit every budget. See, Introducing a New Litigation Consulting Service: the Micro-Mock™

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7. Persuasive visuals are everywhere. From White House press releases, to the courtroom, to advocacy organizations, the world is waking up to the power of persuasive graphics. See, Persuasive Graphics: How Pictures Are Increasingly Influencing You

8. All filings use visuals now. It used to be incredibly rare to see persuasive litigation graphics used in court filings, but now it is commonplace. See, 14 Places Your Colleagues Are Using Persuasive Graphics (That Maybe You're Not)

9. Law firms will become even more like businesses: Law firm marketing, business development and PR were unheard of 20 years ago. Law firm pricing strategies are a new and emerging field. Yet all of these areas are normal functions of even small businesses. Increasingly, law firms will look more like businesses going forward, embracing more transparency and developing sales teams. See, 24 Things to Know About The "New Normal" of The Legal Economy

10. Courtrooms are more electronic, but there are not all there yet. We still bring equipment into most trials. There are many things you need to check with the court. And a great deal still depends on the predilections of the judge. See, Trial Technicians, Hot-Seat Operators and Trial Technology

11. The science of persuasion is real science. Neurological research has shown that particular regions of the brain are activated when a person is persuaded by an argument. New findings are constantly emerging. See, 8 Videos and 7 Articles About the Science of Courtroom Persuasion

12. For a small trial, you can use an iPad and TrialDirector (for free). It's not something you want to try in a document intensive case, but for a case with a handful of documents and just a few video depositions, this is now a reasonable strategy to consider. See, 5 Tips for Using TrialDirector and Trial Technicians Effectively

13. Mock hearings are routine. From mock Markman hearings, to mock Federal Circuit appeals, trial consultants can and do provide mock sessions that hone litigators’ skills and show them what to expect. See, 11 Surprising Areas Where We Are Using Mock Exercises and Testing

14. Graphics in depositions. We are increasingly being called upon to create demonstrative evidence to be used during depositions. See these deposition articles generally.

15. Animation is used selectively. Once, animation was the be-all-end-all of the demonstrative evidence industry. 3D animation at least is now only used in big ticket cases involving complicated mechanisms that must be seen from multiple angles or anytime we want a jury to experience "seeing is believing." See, What Does Litigation Animation Cost? (Includes Animation Examples)

16. Animation is more PowerPoint than Pixar. These days, we create a lot of animation, but almost all of it is done in PowerPoint. Now, don't be fooled, you can do some pretty sophisticated work in PowerPoint now. Have a look: 16 PowerPoint Litigation Graphics You Won't Believe Are PowerPoint

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17. Voir dire testing is real science not gut instinct. There was a time when jury consultants were a lot of flash, bravado and gut instinct. Those days are now gone. Now, the great jury consultants let data based on testing speak about how best to conduct jury selection. See, 12 Insider Tips for Choosing a Jury Consultant

18. Judge expectations. Just as juror expectations have risen so have the expectations of most judges. They are not looking for CSI. Rather, they are looking for a much more efficient presentation of the evidence through the use of well thought through litigation graphics and even the design of ipad-compatible hyperlinked briefs. See, Hyperlinking Briefs: Be More Persuasive Using The iPad

19. The use of litigation consultants as coaches is on the rise. I know I'm biased, but if I were in-house, I would insist that my outside litigators worked with a firm like ours. With so much at stake and so few trials occuring, getting a third-party view of a case has enormous ROI in a big-ticket case. See, 25 Things In-House Counsel Should Insist Outside Litigation Counsel Do

20. Great litigation consulting firms endure, adapt and grow. Our firm was founded as an animation for lawyers firm, then it became a graphics for lawyers firm, then a litigation consulting firm (as far as I know we coined the use of that term in 1998), then a trial technology and litigation graphics firm, then a jury consulting and litigation graphics firm, and now our work advising in-house counsel about how to get great results from outside litigation counsel is taking A2L into new areas still. We'll keep adapting and growing, and I hope you'll join us in that effort. 

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10 AmLaw 100 Firms That Love to Learn

Posted by Ken Lopez on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

 

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Founder/CEO
A2L Consulting

There is a lot to learn from data, and these days data is everywhere. For better or worse, data can be available for everything from the number of steps you walked today to how long you took to read a particular Web page.

I recently took the time to assess how the AmLaw 100 law firms were interacting with our site, particularly with the articles on this blog. Some law firms are very active, and some hardly visit at all — and I think this information tells us a great deal about these law firms.

This data is interesting to me for many reasons. First, I’m interested in making sure that our articles appeal to the AmLaw 100 law firms, as just about every one of them has been a client of A2L Consulting at some point. However, I’m also interested in what the data says about the law firm itself. Is the firm interested in learning?  Is it serious about litigation? Is it set in its ways?

After more than 20 years of supporting top litigators, I find that there are litigators who like feedback from the courtroom experts on our staff, and there are litigators who simply want to do things their way. We work with both types, but our favorite is the former -- those litigators who say, “A2L, you're in court 50-100 times a year, and maybe I make it once a year, but it's not usually even that often any more. What advice do you have based on working with others like me, in similar cases and in this venue?”

In my experience, the litigators who present themselves and their cases this way are the ones who win most often. They have their own way of doing things, to be sure, but they are also open to taking a different approach when a high-quality idea is presented to them. Indeed, they solicit high-quality ideas and create an atmosphere where creativity happens.

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Our blog is written for people like that -- litigators who love to learn and want to improve their courtroom game. As an in-house lawyer said to me recently, “Many lawyers are trying cases the same way they did 30 years ago, but juries are deciding cases differently than they did 30 years ago.” Adapt or lose is the new mantra for high-end litigators.

If I were hiring litigators, this data would give me something to consider. After all, do you want the type of litigator who is flexible and staying up with the latest trends, or one who is set in his or her ways? Do you want one who is reading top litigation blogs with trial tips, or one who is satisfied with the old approach?

Below are two lists that rank the AmLaw 100 firms by the number of times that firm has watched one of our webinars or downloaded one of our litigation e-books. The second list shows how many verified and known visitors from that firm there have been.

Before telling you what the data reveals, I have some caveats. I’m only including data from verified visitors to our site whose identify we are sure of, based on their download history and other activity with our site. So the raw data is really a small sample of those who visit our site each month, since the vast majority of visitors have not left their name with us yet. Thus, the raw data understates the number of page views and visits considerably, probably by a factor of ten times or more. Since you have to provide your email, the number of downloads is quite precise and actually more telling except when someone has used Gmail. What is useful and interesting is how the law firms compare to each other. This data reflects about four years of visits.

These ten AmLaw 100 firms have downloaded more e-books and watched more webinars than the other 90 firms in that comparison group.

  1. Greenberg Traurig
  2. Jones Day
  3. K&L Gates
  4. Kirkland & Ellis
  5. Fish & Richardson
  6. Ogletree Deakins
  7. Kilpatrick Townsend
  8. Jackson Lewis
  9. Fox Rothschild
  10. Lewis Brisbois

These ten AmLaw 100 firms have viewed our site more than any other of their peer firms.

  1. Greenberg Traurig
  2. Fish & Richardson
  3. Haynes and Boone
  4. Kirkland & Ellis
  5. Jones Day
  6. Ogletree Deakins
  7. K&L Gates
  8. Pillsbury
  9. Latham & Watkins
  10. Bryan Cave

Interestingly, there was only one AmLaw 100 firm that showed no verified visitors, no downloads, and no one subscribing to our litigation blog (there are 6,600 subscribers). It's a big DC firm that we have a 100% win rate against in repeated cases over many years. Correlation? I sure think so.

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7 Litigator-Friendly Conferences Worth Attending

Posted by Ken Lopez on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

 

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Some of the most valuable learning opportunities are provided through educational forums such as conferences or webinars. These forums allow for litigators to learn skills directly from individuals with expertise on everything from presentation styles to issues with expert witnesses. Many of the articles on the A2L Website offer advice and examples on how to improve your overall skills as an attorney. Several articles also address how to approach cases involving topics from product liability to patent litigation. While reading these articles is helpful, it is equally helpful to learn about these topics in-person or via streaming video. Indeed, A2L's consultants are frequent speakers at conferences and at on-site firm CLEs.

The conferences and webinars listed below address various topics that are meant to assist all attorneys, regardless of what types of cases are typically handled by your law firm. Attending these conferences or webinars will allow attorneys to expand their knowledge base in their respective areas of litigation, as well as improve upon their overall skills as trial attorneys.


1. The Presentation Summit:
Oct. 12-15, 2014

Description: Creating successful presentations is about more than just software. It is about crafting sharp messages, creating intelligent presentation design, employing efficient techniques with PowerPoint and other apps, and realizing natural and genuine delivery. Our annual conference for the presentation community delivers all of this at levels you won’t find anywhere else on the planet.

At A2L, we often write about PowerPoint and delivering great courtoom presentations. It is a topic we are both expert in and passionate about.
 

2.  Cheap Talk: Witness Payments and Conferring with Testifying Witnesses: October 22, 2014

Webinar

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Description:

Witness compensation evokes a slew of ethical traps for litigators. Avoid these traps by broadening your understanding of the ethical rules regarding witness compensation and conferring with testifying witnesses. This webinar will cover:

    • When "compensation" crosses over to "inducement to a witness"
    • How lawyers can avoid sanctions under Model Rule 3.4
    • Just how much the lawyer can consult with their witness during deposition or trial testimony breaks under Model Rule 1.1

This webinar will be extremely helpful to both civil and criminal attorneys who oftentimes need to pay expert witnesses for their services. It can be sold as a refresher on ethical guidelines and how to ensure that attorneys are compensating witnesses appropriately. Be sure to read our articles on experts such as 7 Things Expert Witnesses Should Never Say and The Top 14 Testimony Tips for Litigators and Expert Witnesses.


3. 
Using Social Media in the Jury Selection Process: October 15, 2014

Webinar

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Because social media is so pervasive, lawyers need to understand how to ethically incorporate social media review into their litigation practice. Join our panel of experts as they:

    • Analyze ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 466
    • Review best practices
    • Discuss the successful use of social media in securing impartial and fair juries

 Description: Because social media is so pervasive, lawyers need to understand how to ethically incorporate social media review into their litigation practice. This 90-minute webinar will provide background and in-depth analysis of ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 466 on reviewing juror social media and will note state opinions on the same subject. Best practices will be highlighted, including how to educate the judge about social media and work with opposing counsel to develop social media protocols. Finally, learn from fellow lawyers who have successfully used social media to help their clients secure an impartial and fair jury.

This webinar directly relates to several articles on the A2L website regarding the use of social media in jury selection and research. It covers the ethical guidelines and how social media relates to these guidelines, and also suggests helpful ways in which social media can be used.

  

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4.  30th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference: March 25-27, 2015

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Rd North Bethesda, MD 20852-2785

Description: In a world where value is key, every IP practitioner needs avenues for their own innovation. Come and experience the 30th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Bethesda, MD, offering three days of premiere CLE programming and networking events.

Gain knowledge and insight from IP experts and practitioners from around the world who will discuss the most critical issues in IP law.  

    • Stay Current on Issues Critical to Your Practice
    • Refine Your Knowledge & Skills
    • Expand Your Network
    • Fulfill Your MCLE Requirements

The 30th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference provides cost effective value—offering over 40 dynamic CLE programs and an incomparable opportunity for networking.

For A2L clients who are involved or interested in intellectual property law, this conference in Bethesda will delve deeper into issues that will affect litigators in the near future, as well as offer advice on how to approach litigation in this particular area. As with all conferences, it will also allow for networking opportunities.

 

5.  32nd National CLE Conference: January 7-11, 2015

Vail, Colorado

Description: 8 Programs/Tracks Available

    • Bankruptcy
    • Civil Litigation
      • Effective Expert Attacks – Methods and Techniques for Investigation and Cross-Examination
      • Mass Tort Perspectives: Plaintiff v. Defendant – Panel
      • Ethics and E-Discovery: Recent Developments and New Challenges for Litigators
      • And others…
      • Employee Benefits
      • Environmental Law, Land Use, Energy, and Litigation
      • Family
      • Health
      • Intellectual Property
      • Labor & Employment

Perhaps the most valuable of the conferences, this CLE program allows litigators to choose from several different tracks, according to the type of litigation typically covered by their firm. Each track includes 2 day’s worth of presentations from esteemed judges and attorneys. Highlighted is the Civil Litigation track (as most of our clients try civil cases), where 3 of the presentations offered are listed. The conference is also family-friendly and offers activities for children and spouses.
 

6.  Masters Conference for Legal Professionals: eDiscovery Hot Topics: Predictive Analytics, Social Media, Mobile Devices, & FRCP Changes: Oct. 21, 2014

The Masters Conference for Legal Professionals is held in regional locations throughout the U.S. Each event will last from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and is followed by a happy hour until 7:00 p.m. Each event offers two educational tracks that will allow attendees to learn from corporate and law firm thought leaders.

Locations include:

    • Washington, D.C.: Oct. 21, 2014
    • San Francisco: March 24, 2015
    • Chicago: May 19, 2015
    • Philadelphia: July 21, 2015

Description: Whether you are dealing with e-Discovery in a new, socially networked world, find your company expanding globally and thus facing international discovery issues, or planning for the future of e-Discovery in your firm or company, you know there’s a divide between what is in practice today and where your firm needs to be in the near future. Legal professionals must develop strategies for spanning this e-Discovery divide before it expands further across traditional borders, whether physical or technical.

Litigation support professionals and attorneys have a new forum to gather the latest information on e-Discovery, data protection, records management and more: The Masters Conference for Legal Professionals. 

This conference covers various issues and aspects of eDiscovery. It will allow litigators to learn more about this particular type of discovery and how it may affect future litigation conducted by their firms.

 

7.  DRI 2014 Annual Meeting: October 22nd – October 26, 2014

San Francisco, CA

Description: Join us for DRI’s 2014 Annual Meeting—“DRI for Life”—October 22 - 26, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Cosmopolitan flair, spectacular scenery, and cultural diversity make San Francisco one of the top destinations in the world. Perennial favorites include Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, the cable cars, Golden Gate Bridge, and the nearby wine country. The city is acclaimed as home of the world’s best restaurants and its shopping hub, Union Square, anchors a who’s who of world-famous stores just steps from the Marriott Marquis. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a city full of life, attend stellar educational programs, and visit with friends and colleagues, new and old.

This conference offers CLEs over the course of 4 days, and covers a variety of topics, including: product liability, drugs and medical devices, health care law, and torts and environmental law, among many others. The conference is meant to provide comprehensive insight into various topics faced by litigators in multiple aspects of defense litigation. We have always felt DRI publishes the best materials on LinkedIn and their conferences share similar value.
 

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17 Topics We Would Absolutely Love to Speak to Your Group About

Posted by Ken Lopez on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

 

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Founder/CEO
A2L Consulting

My colleagues and I at A2L work hard to be thought leaders in the litigation consulting and visual persuasion industries. So, it is fortunate that we are invited to speak at quite a large number of events every year. Not only do we speak at the legal conferences you'd probably guess we do, but we also have the opportunity to speak at CLE's, litigation lunches, partner retreats, online webinars and even non-legal industry conferences.

In the past several years, I have participated in many such events in the legal industry. However, some of the most interesting events for me have been speaking at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference about professional services firms using salesforce, HubSpot's Inbound marketing conference about how to get started with content marketing, and one event I'm looking forward to in particular is a commencement address for the graduate campus of the University of Mary Washington next month.

My colleagues and I enjoy speaking, because we love what we do. Speakers at A2L Consulting include business experts, marketing experts, jury consulting experts, witness prep experts, visual persuasion experts, experts at communicating about science to lay audience, experts in PowerPoint usage and much more.

Using a combination of traditional travel and modern videoconferencing, we speak at events around the world. For the vast majority of events that we participate in, we do so at absolutely no charge. In general, law firms, government agencies and corporations will cover out-of-pocket costs for CLE registration and travel where applicable. I think these events are a win-win for everyone involved.

Below are 17 topics we would absolutely love to talk with your group about: 

1. Using PowerPoint Litigation Graphics to Win at Trial: We have a CLE already approved in a number of states related to this topic. We also recently conducted a webinar version that is similar to the CLE. Watch the webinar PowerPoint litigation graphics webinar anytime here.

2. Building Persuasive Visuals: For many years, we have been creating persuasive visuals outside of the courtroom environment. These visual persuasion devices are being used in lobbying presentations, to help motivate executives to take action, to influence the general public and much more. To learn more about building persuasive visual presentations, download our e-book, How to Build Persuasive and Engaging Presentations.

3. Storytelling for Litigators: There is good science that supports the use of stories when persuading an audience. It's something that great litigators know intuitively, and it is something that any litigator can learn. We recently conducted a free online webinar called Using Storytelling as a Persuasion Tool that can be watched free anytime.

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4. How to Make and Use Powerful Trial Timelines: We have released a free e-book called The Litigation Guide to Trial Timelines, and this is a topic no courtroom-focused professional can avoid. Timelines are used at almost every trial, and making a good one is quite hard.

5. Patent Litigation Graphics: Patent litigator Ryan Flax amazes new and veteran patent litigators by showing what works in patent litigation demonstrative evidence. He is a visual persuasion expert and contributed to more than $1 billion in jury verdicts while practicing. He recently conducted a free online webinar called Patent Litigation Visual Persuasion Techniques that can be watched here anytime.

6. Communicating Scientific Concepts to a Lay Audience: We work with leading scientific consultants frequently. In a soon-to-be-announced free webinar, we'll discuss how to pick the best experts and how to communicate scientific concepts to judges, juries and the general public. In the meantime, we have a great e-book called Using Science to Prevail in Your Next Case or Controversy.

7. Antitrust Litigation Graphics: As we recently wrote about in the just released Antitrust Litigation Guide to Trial Prep and Trial Presentation book, antitrust is a very challenging area for juries. The challenge of explaining economics, charts, graphs and equations is frequently underestimated by antitrust litigators - even in bench trials.

8. Environmental Litigation Graphics: We consult on a lot of environmental litigation at A2L. There are common challenges from case to case that mostly have to do with helping experts in their testimony. We cover these topics and more in a related e-book The Environmental Litigation Trial Presentation & Trial Prep E-Book.

9. Labor & Employment Litigation Graphics and Trial Consulting: Some of our team will be speaking to a government agency about this topic this week, and they are looking forward to it.

10. Construction Litigation Graphics: It's been a few years since we presented at the Construction SuperConference, but our work in construction delay and defect cases has continued unabated. Here are some related construction litigation blog articles.

11. How to Use Jury Consulting in a Valuable Way: Jury consulting is a misnomer for describing what we do. Our work frequently includes mock bench trials, mock appeal hearings, and witness preparation in addition to the traditional jury selection and mock trial services. Learning about how best to use trial consultants is a very valuable topic for litigators. We discuss many of these topics in our free Trial Consulting Handbook for Litigators.

12. Life in the New Normal Legal Economy: We have written articles about alternative fee arrangements that we use, suggestions for in-house counsel on setting up preferred litigation support vendor programs, penned a series of articles targeted at emerging midsize litigation law firms, and have released a book about the New Normal Legal economy. It's a topic we clearly enjoy speaking about even when sometimes it makes us all a bit uncomfortable.

13. Why Are So Many Opening Statements Ineffective: They don't have to be long to be strong, you should never say "I'll talk about that later," and what has to be accomplished in the first 5 minutes or you'll likely lose your case are all topics we are passionate and knowledgeable about.

14. How to Really Assess and Prepare a Witness: We write about witnesses often, both lay and expert. Getting either prepared is something our people have done for decades. We have thousands of accumulated hours preparing witnesses and a correspondingly long list of tips and secrets to share. I think this article and this one do a good job describing our feelings about witness prep and witness testimony.

15. How Important it is to Look at Non-Verbal Behavior in the Era of the Video Deposition: I am still stunned by watching the performances in these depositions, particularly the Justin Beiber depo. Learn how to manage your client from our experts. Sometimes it is easier, better and cheaper for an outsider to prepare the witness, and we'd love to discuss what we have learned from those experiences.

16. Why Lawyer-Generated Graphics Don't Work: We don't want artists to practice law any more than we want lawyers preparing graphics. There are dozens of reasons for this, and we are happy to share them. Here's a blog post to get the ball rolling on lawyer-prepared graphics though.

17. E-Briefing and Brief Writing in the Era of the iPad: Did you know that the way people read a page of text has changed in the last ten years? If you are still writing briefs the same way you did fifteen years ago, you're missing some easy opportunities to persuade quickly. Take a look at this discussion about ipads and hyperlinked e-briefs.

If you would like to discuss a member of A2L's team speaking at your next event or have any other questions, please contact A2L's Director of Operations, Alex Brown at brown@A2LC.com or 800.337.7697 x121. We try to say yes to everything that we can given our hectic schedules. Whether it is a litigation lunch via video conference, an in-person CLE or whether it is a conference speaking opportunity, we would love to hear from you.

 

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CLE Instruction from A2L's Litigation Consultants

Posted by Ken Lopez on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 @ 11:40 AM


cle a2l litigation consultants webinarForty-five states may have mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirements for attorneys – but all litigators and litigation support staff, wherever they are located, have a duty to stay informed and maintain their skills. Whether you are a first chair litigator or a litigation paralegal, given the pace of change in trial technology and trial strategy, it can be a challenge just to keep up with the latest trends.

One of the benefits that we enjoy as litigation consultants is that we are in trial more or less every day of the year. In contrast, even a major litigation law firm will find itself in trial perhaps a dozen times a year, and that is across the entire firm. These days, an attorney can make partner at a litigation law firm without ever participating in a jury trial.

Given the amount of trial experience that we have and our exposure to a variety of litigators, corporate counsel and litigation support staff, our litigation consultants are among the first to learn new styles and new techniques in the courtroom.

With this in mind, A2L Consulting has offered free CLE courses both live and in person over the last 17 years. Our litigation consultants take great pleasure in the work they do, and they are happy to teach others what works and what doesn’t work in today’s courtroom.

We have state bar accredited CLE programs already available in a number of states.  If one does not exist for your state, we are normally able to obtain approval in a short amount of time. 

We are happy to provide these CLE seminars free of charge and will teach them either in person, online or via a combination of the two techniques.  The topics of our programs include:

If there is a need to cover another topic, whether graphics or trial technology related or not, please let us know.

We have presented our CLE programs at top law firms throughout the country. Over the last several years, these have included such firms as Williams & Connolly; Greenberg Traurig;  Williams Mullen; Dickstein Shapiro; Wilmer Hale; McGuire Woods; Arent Fox; Holland & Knight; Becker Poliakoff; White & Case; Seyfarth Shaw; Baker Botts; Finnegan Henderson; Foley & Lardner; Bean, Kinney & Korman; Stein Sperling; and Middleton Reutlinger.

We have also presented programs for the U.S. Department of Justice and for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).

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Ken Lopez founded A2L Consulting in 1995. The firm has since worked with litigators from all major law firms on more than 10,000 cases with over $2 trillion cumulatively at stake.  The A2L team is comprised of psychologists, jury consultants, trial consultants, litigation consultants, attorneys and information designers who provide jury consulting, litigation graphics and trial technology.  Ken Lopez can be reached at lopez@A2LC.com.


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Tony Klapper joined A2L Consulting after accumulating 20 years of litigation experience while a partner at both Reed Smith and Kirkland & Ellis. Today, he is the Managing Director of Litigation Consulting and General Counsel for A2L Consulting. Tony has significant litigation experience in products liability, toxic tort, employment, financial services, government contract, insurance, and other commercial disputes.  In those matters, he has almost always been the point person for demonstrative evidence and narrative development on his trial teams. Tony can be reached at klapper@a2lc.com.


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Laurie R. Kuslansky, Ph.D., Managing Director, Trial & Jury Consulting, has conducted over 400 mock trials in more than 1,000 litigation engagements over the past 20 years. Dr. Kuslansky's goal is to provide the highest level of personalized client service possible whether one's need involves a mock trial, witness preparation, jury selection or a mock exercise not involving a jury. Dr. Kuslansky can be reached at kuslansky@A2LC.com.

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