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How Can I Explain How a Machine Works to a Jury?

Many attorneys have been faced with the challenge of teaching a jury how a complex machine works.  This challenge is common in intellectual property disputes, but also appears in personal injury litigation and other matters.  In cases such as these, juror comprehension can be difficult to achieve due to lack of familiarity with the subject […]

How Do I Maximize Jury Comprehension Using Animation?

It’s widely accepted that visuals in the courtroom are a powerful storytelling device. We prefer to say that they can be powerful.  The actual efficacy of any trial graphic, in fact, hinges on an understanding of how people learn from multimedia presentations.  Our clients often ask us why animations and graphics are so persuasive in […]

How Do I Present My Expert Witness in the Courtroom by Video Conference (aka: Skype)?

The ability to present testimony by video conference or video chat has been around for several years, but the ability to use it efficiently, to its full potential, is a more recent development.  This blog will focus on the use of Skype but there are several other platforms (Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google Chat, Facetime, Webex etc.) that will work as well. The first time we video conferenced […]

What Are the Best Techniques for Inserting Video Testimony into Your PowerPoint?

If pictures are a worth a thousand words, videos can be priceless.  There are very few media better at evoking emotion in jurors’ minds than a well-made video.  Videos are an efficient way for trial attorneys to establish credibility, communicate a story, support a narrative, all the while breaking the monotony of a presentation.  And […]

Why Are CAD Files Important in Intellectual Property & Product Liability Cases?

Most intellectual property and product liability cases call for a visual explanation that a jury or judge needs to help them decide the case.  When you need to show how one device infringes on the patent of another (or doesn’t), or how an injury is the result of product misuse and not faulty design, clarity […]

How to Make the Most of Multimedia in the Courtroom

A great trial lawyer who knows how to use words to paint vivid pictures in the minds of the jurors can probably try his or her case without any visuals.  But with growing use of CGI, on-demand media and shrinking attention spans, multi-generational jurors have become accustomed to content delivered in bright bursts of light, […]

Graphics in Pre-Trial Motions & Hearings: An Early Advantage – Part II

In Part I, you learned how metaphors and imagery can be used to help the judge conceptualize difficult and/or abstract case points. So now let’s discuss how clear, concise graphics or animations can be used in technical hearings to ensure that the judge understands all the necessary details of your case: Pre-Trial Graphics to Teach & […]

Graphics in Pre-Trial Motions & Hearings: An Early Advantage – Part I

Graphics aren’t just for juries. While it’s tempting to make your graphics an afterthought to your fleshed-out case themes and talking points, waiting until trial is in sight means you may have already missed multiple early opportunities to use graphics to influence the terms and development of the case – or even stave off the […]

3D-Printed Trial Exhibits: Futuristic Technology, Old-School Storytelling

Let’s go back several decades.  For a moment, picture this:  It’s a hot summer day; windows are cracked in a large, packed courtroom.  We center on an attorney (maybe a Gregory Peck type), unfazed by the heat, of course, mid-case, pacing before the jury box with a confident stride.  Today, in this moment, he’s trying […]

How to Make Video Depositions More Engaging For Jurors

Let’s be honest. Video testimony is notoriously boring. But because it’s so commonplace in trial, and can be a source of crucial evidence, you don’t have the luxury of allowing your jury to nod off. Moreover, you can’t ask a videotape to repeat itself, clarify an answer – or to please stop mumbling; you only […]

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