Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys is packed full of practical advice for lawyers who go to court or aspire to go to court and who are willing to learn from the successes and failures of others. All the trial advocacy courses in law school can’t give you what Retired Judge James Kimbler gives you in this book: the insight of over 30 years on the bench.
Whether it is discussing how to get along with judges or what to consider when selecting a jury, Judge Kimbler’s experience and insights will make any trial lawyer a better advocate.
Written in an informal and easy to read style, Judge Kimbler recounts winning and losing moves he has seen firsthand so his readers can take advantage of the winners while avoiding the losers. Offering practical advice, Judge Kimbler’s love of trials and his respect for what trial lawyers do is reflected on every page. His practical advice will make the trial lawyers who read this book better advocates both with judges and with juries. This is a must read for any trial lawyer.
Table of Contents
About the Author x
Chapter 1- Know Your Judge 1
Chapter 2- Know the County Where You Are Trying the Case 11
Chapter 3- Know Your Narrative 21
Chapter 4- Know the Law that Applies to Your Case 29
Chapter 5- Know the Rules 33
Chapter 6- Control Your Client 37
Chapter 7- Be Realistic During Settlement Negotiations 45
Chapter 8- Be Courteous to Judicial Support Staff 51
Chapter 9- Know Your Courtroom 57
Chapter 10- Get Along with the Trial Judge 63
Chapter 11- Preserve Credibility with the Trial Judge 69
Chapter 12- In a Criminal Case Consider Putting the Client on 75
Chapter 13- A Trial is Not About You 79
Chapter 14- Incorporate Visual Media 85
Chapter 15- Avoid Common Hearsay Problems 89
Chapter 16-Five Final Tips 97
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What the Reviewers are Saying!
“Judge Kimbler’s book, Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys, is designed to make lawyers better trial advocates. It does that by providing practical insights and, at times, wisdom. I recommend this book to all trial lawyers, especially those who have a small to intermediate amount of trial experience.” Bill Mann, Kendo Dulaney LLP, Attorneys at Law, Past President, Central Ohio Association for Justice
“Judge Kimbler uses his years of trial experience as a veteran Ohio judge in a way that will help any trial attorney increase the chance for a realistic verdict. This book is a “must read” for any trial lawyer.” John M. Celebrezze, Esq., Host of the cable television series, Law Talk, and practicing criminal defense attorney
“(Retired) Judge Kimbler picks up where law school leaves off. With over 30 years of trial judge experience he translates the theoretical into the practical.” Laurel Letts, Managing Attorney of the Akron Office for Nationwide Trial Division