Trial work is analogous to an extended chess game – success depends upon experience, strategy, knowing the strength and weakness of your evidence, anticipating the moves of your opponent, and using effective counterattacks. Like chess, trial work is both challenging and rewarding. I have been a trial lawyer for decades (but it doesn't seem that long!) and I love my work. I am appreciative of the trust clients place in me to help with issues important to them professionally and individually. Not all disputes, however, result in trials as more cases are resolved by mediation and/or arbitration. Success in either forum, however, depends upon the same skill set – knowing the facts and law; understanding each side’s position, and being able to simplify facts and law in a way that a mediator or juror will understand.
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