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View from the Hot Seat - Five Winning Courtroom Tips From a Trial Technician's Vantage Point
View from the Hot Seat - Five Winning Courtroom Tips From a Trial Technician's Vantage Point

Having seen more trials than probably anyone in the courtroom, excepting the judge, I most definitely possess knowledge as to how a presentation could be made more persuasive. Here are five courtroom techniques that prove successful.

Creating a Technical Tutorial for a Judge - Learning from Hollywood
Creating a Technical Tutorial for a Judge - Learning from Hollywood

In order to reach the necessary level of subject matter proficiency a case requires, a judge often asks for, and relies on, the technical tutorial submitted by the parties. Learn how to create technical tutorials that can be likened to creating a Hollywood movie. 

5 Notable Advancements in Presentation Technology
5 Notable Advancements in Presentation Technology

As devices become more sophisticated learn how digital technology advancements are making trial preparation and presentation easier and more effective.

Design With Purpose: Preparing for an ITC Hearing
Design With Purpose: Preparing for an ITC Hearing

Paul Roberts shares key challenges and insights for presenting an effective case at the International Trade Commission.

Maximize Your Value When Working With Trial Consultants
Maximize Your Value When Working With Trial Consultants

Valuable tips to make working with trial consultants easier and more efficient.

Flash Is Not a Dirty Word
Flash Is Not a Dirty Word

Carolyn Webster and Aaron Stienstra explain how Adobe Flash can be a powerful ally in the organization and presentation of your argument in the courtroom.

The Art of Sculpting an Expert
The Art of Sculpting an Expert

Guy Grogan shares insights into how to transform your expert’s testimony into the compelling story your jurors need to hear and see.

Expert Witness Graphics: Dispelling Myths and Maximizing Effectiveness
Expert Witness Graphics: Dispelling Myths and Maximizing Effectiveness

Expert witnesses can be crucial in trials involving highly technical topics, such as banking, technology, engineering, medicine or insurance.

Building a Trial Team
Building a Trial Team

The Focal Point reviews what it takes to get your trial support team ready for fighting in the trenches.

Cures for the Common Closing
Cures for the Common Closing

Guy Grogan discusses the cures for turning a common closing summary into a powerful and persuasive argument for your case.

Trial Tech Not Just For Juries
Trial Tech Not Just For Juries

Michael Skrzypek explains how visual presentations and technology can be very effective with judges, focus groups, and mocks.

Texas Two Step: Litigating in Marshall and Tyler, Texas
Texas Two Step: Litigating in Marshall and Tyler, Texas

Scott Hilton, veteran of many IP trials in the Eastern District of Texas, shares the dos and don’ts of successfully trying cases in Marshall and Tyler.

Fooled By Numbers: Why People Think 24 Months Takes Longer Than 2 Years, a Review
Fooled By Numbers: Why People Think 24 Months Takes Longer Than 2 Years, a Review

Paul Roberts reviews Mario Pandelaere’s theory on the relationship between how quantitative information is displayed and how it impacts the judgments and decisions people make.

Impeaching With Technology
Impeaching With Technology

Tips from our Trial Presentation consultants on how to impeach a witness on cross for maximum effect with the jury.

Beyond “Clip Art”: How Good Design Can Help Your Case
Beyond “Clip Art”: How Good Design Can Help Your Case

Design rules to elevate your trial graphics beyond clip art to effective visual persuasion.

Lights, Camera, Trial: Directing Your Trial Team
Lights, Camera, Trial: Directing Your Trial Team

Leading a trial team is like being the director of a feature film. Here are key tips for directing a successful trial.

Making a Case for the Trier of Fact
Making a Case for the Trier of Fact

In the wake of the Casey Anthony verdict, Chris Ritter explores how the justice system works and how juries do their job.

Engaging the Jury: Lessons From a Museum
Engaging the Jury: Lessons From a Museum

How to engage your jury and succeed at teaching and persuading in the courtroom.

Successful Trial Logistics
Successful Trial Logistics

Essential tips on organizing and running your war room to support your team’s success and sanity in trial.

Passages: Managing the Three Stages of Your Career
Passages: Managing the Three Stages of Your Career

Mike Rosen talks to lawyers around the state—including The Focal Point's Chris Ritter—about how to remain fulfilled at each stage of your career.

Appreciate Your Juries
Appreciate Your Juries

Jurors, more often than not, get it right. Here are four steps to help them down the right track.

Mind Your Markman Manners
Mind Your Markman Manners

How to succeed in Markman hearings and other social obligations.

Houston...the Blagojevich Jurors Have a Problem
Houston...the Blagojevich Jurors Have a Problem

Five simple rules for helping your jury reach a verdict.

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us
We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us

Blame the messenger for muddled presentations, not the medium.

Five Tips To Avoid Over-Lawyering Your Trial Graphics
Five Tips To Avoid Over-Lawyering Your Trial Graphics

Five tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes we see lawyers make when designing graphics.

Making the Complicated Simple
Making the Complicated Simple

Attorney David C. Sarnacki reviews Chris Ritter’s new book Powerful Deliberations for the Michigan State Bar.

How to Create a Winning Trial Database
How to Create a Winning Trial Database

Invaluable tips on how to build the most effective trial database and use it in the courtroom.

Three Rules of Time and Space
Three Rules of Time and Space

Maximize your time and space in the courtroom and help your jurors stay focused on your case.

On The Clock: Optimizing Courtroom Presentations
On The Clock: Optimizing Courtroom Presentations

Learn how to use time limits, particularly in rocket docket districts, to your advantage.

Mining the Mind for a Case’s Gems
Mining the Mind for a Case’s Gems

Discover a proven process for developing compelling case themes, stories, and trial graphics.

The Perfect Fit: Tailoring Courtroom Technology to Win Cases
The Perfect Fit: Tailoring Courtroom Technology to Win Cases

Trial-tested tips for integrating graphics and trial technology effectively into your courtroom presentation.

Like Billboards, Trial Graphics Require <br/>A Simple and Strong Message
Like Billboards, Trial Graphics Require
A Simple and Strong Message

Use the principles of information architecture to create the most persuasive courtroom presentations.

Attention-Seekers
Attention-Seekers

Transform jurors from passive observers into active advocates for your client’s side!

Lawyers Who Understand the Jury System <br/>Can Make It Work for Them
Lawyers Who Understand the Jury System
Can Make It Work for Them

Learning to appreciate the jury system makes you better in front of one.

Making Waves for the Jury Pool
Making Waves for the Jury Pool

Keep your jurors organized and focused during trial.

Graphics Can Help Remove Cloak of Invisibility <br/>From the Courtroom
Graphics Can Help Remove Cloak of Invisibility
From the Courtroom

When you need more than words—turning a tough concept into a tangible picture.

Story Selling
Story Selling

Learning to tell a good story is crucial to convincing the jurors you are right.

Seeing Is Convincing
Seeing Is Convincing

Tips from the experts on courtroom graphics and how they can powerfully influence your jurors.

In the Dog House
In the Dog House

How to conduct yourself in the courtroom and other powerful skills you need to be successful.

Simplify, Simplify: <br/>A Mantra for Transcendentalists and Litigators Alike
Simplify, Simplify:
A Mantra for Transcendentalists and Litigators Alike

There are several ways you can simplify your case to make it potent, palatable, and persuasive.

It’s War! Tips on Preparing and Running a Litigation War Room
It’s War! Tips on Preparing and Running a Litigation War Room

Key ingredients to keep you on top of your game in the war room.

Gold Mine
Gold Mine

A step-by-step process to go beyond your analytical skills and give deeper material a chance to emerge.

Developing a Trial Graphics Strategy <br/>Is No Last-Minute Endeavor
Developing a Trial Graphics Strategy
Is No Last-Minute Endeavor

Trial graphics are not just an end in and of themselves—how to use your courtroom graphics to develop and organize your case.

Getting Jurors to Give a Damn
Getting Jurors to Give a Damn

Help jurors and get them to lobby for your side during deliberation.

To Win, Litigators Need to Leverage Jurors’ Commonalities
To Win, Litigators Need to Leverage Jurors’ Commonalities

The secret to making you a better teacher for your jurors and a better advocate for your client.

Courtroom Crazes
Courtroom Crazes

Courtroom developments you need to be aware of if you are going to continue to be effective and successful in trial.

Teach Your Jurors Well
Teach Your Jurors Well

After years in the courtroom, we know what makes jurors sit up, listen, and understand.

Courtroom Analogies Are to Lawyers <br/>As Weapons Are to Soldiers
Courtroom Analogies Are to Lawyers
As Weapons Are to Soldiers

How analogies can be used as the key to winning over your jurors.

Q&A With The Focal Point’s G. Christopher Ritter
Q&A With The Focal Point’s G. Christopher Ritter

Thoughts from the expert—tips and trends in patent litigation and courtroom presentations.

Listening for the Yikes! Alarm
Listening for the Yikes! Alarm

A toolkit to get your jurors to understand your case and keep them engaged.

The Benefits of Flash in the Courtroom: <br/>Two Years Later, a Progress Report
The Benefits of Flash in the Courtroom:
Two Years Later, a Progress Report

Real-world observations for those contemplating using Flash in the courtroom.

The Medium Is Not the Message
The Medium Is Not the Message

Using your presentation materials to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and storytelling.

Trial Strategy Experts Account for Complexity
Trial Strategy Experts Account for Complexity

From Lucille Ball to accounting fraud—trial strategy is key to presenting accurate and persuasive.

More Than Pretty Pictures
More Than Pretty Pictures

Having the facts on your side isn’t enough—you also have to present relevant information in a clear and concise manner.

Tourists to Florida Get Warning as Greeting
Tourists to Florida Get Warning as Greeting

The New York Times covers the partnership between The Focal Point and The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Wake Up Your Juror
Wake Up Your Juror

Everything you need to know to keep your jurors’ interest and attention.

The Benefits of Adobe Flash in the Courtroom
The Benefits of Adobe Flash in the Courtroom

Flash technology is revolutionizing courtroom presentations.

Images of Conviction
Images of Conviction

The San Francisco Chronicle article about The Focal Point’s role in the verdict of the dog mauling trial.

Top Lawyers: G. Christopher Ritter
Top Lawyers: G. Christopher Ritter

Chris Ritter is recognized as being one of the top litigation strategists around.

The Unofficial Rules of Evidence
The Unofficial Rules of Evidence

Why it’s important you understand and use the right form of technology in the courtroom.

Is Your Case Worth Displaying?
Is Your Case Worth Displaying?

Thinking about your case–an ill-conceived message does not get better because of high-end technology.

Comparing and Contrasting Evidence <br/>In Product Liability Cases
Comparing and Contrasting Evidence
In Product Liability Cases

Powerful tools to give your jurors with the confidence they need to make informed decisions.

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