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Alan Rudlin

Alan Rudlin
Alan joined A2L Consulting after trying several dozen major cases in the energy, environmental, mass toxic tort, and class action fields. His particular focus on storytelling as a persuasion tool and the use of litigation graphics attracted him first to work with A2L as a practicing trial attorney and then to join A2L as a Senior Litigation Consultant. He continues to teach law school courses and author various publications in the field.

Over a 40-year legal career, Alan led complex litigation at Hunton & Williams on behalf of clients throughout the country. Some were tried to juries for months. The common denominator for all his cases is that the client’s needs were addressed successfully and efficiently. Some representative cases include:

• Alan was co-national counsel for Georgia-Pacific Corporation defending toxic tort claims filed against it involving pressure treated wood.

• Alan represented the Association of American Railroads, and its individual major railroad members, as national counsel for the defense of claims of exposure to diesel emissions.

• He defended a major pharmaceutical corporation and affiliates for nearly ten years in a wide variety of toxic tort and related claims brought by approximately 2,500 plaintiffs.

• Alan lead the defense of over 2,000 individual plaintiffs in South Carolina, residents and former residents of neighborhoods in the vicinity of a fertilizer plant, as well as former employees of the plant.

• Alan was lead counsel in a series of mass toxic tort litigation claims, involving both individual cases and a class action claim by the residents of a surrounding neighborhood as a result of various environmental air releases at the Kemira titanium dioxide plant in Savannah, Georgia.

He has been a member of the leadership of the American Bar Association Litigation Section for over 30 years and taught and given presentations on a variety of legal topics to clients, bar associations, and law school groups throughout the country.

Among many teaching positions, Mr. Rudlin has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law, William & Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law and the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law. He has lectured at Duke University Law School, American University, Washington and Lee University Law School, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Alan served as editor-in-chief of the ABA treatise, Toxic Tort Litigation. He co-authored chapters for major legal publishers on the jury trial process and communication methods and skills. Mr. Rudlin received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
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The traditional way for trial lawyers to prepare for a new case is pretty straightforward. The first step is to get one’s arms around the basic facts of the case – to understand the facts and the timeline of the case in depth. The second step is to ask oneself what the ideal resolution of these facts would be: What would the client want a fact finder to conclude? The third step is to begin to fit the facts into legal frameworks or algorithms that accord with the client’s view of the case. Often, however, lawyers take these steps, and then, when they are close to trial, probably too close to trial, they begin to ask themselves how a jury would likely view the case that they are putting together. This is the wrong time to ask that question. The right time is much earlier than most trial lawyers think. The story is told of a famous trial lawyer who is walking down the broad front steps of a courthouse. He encounters a younger lawyer walking up those same steps, laden down with piles of books in each arm and obviously feeling the weight. The older lawyer says to the younger one, “Son, what you need is a story.”

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