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Post Asset Search Legal Tools

Conducting an asset search on a subject is the first step for businesses and individuals to receive payments that are due to them. Most thorough asset searches cost less than $300.00 and provide existing assets of a subject...more

Why and When to Conduct an Asset Search

Asset Search services are one of those areas that most people know little about until they need them. For years personal injury attorneys have conducted asset searches to satisfy their due diligence in determining the nature...more

How Interactive Timelines Build and Strengthen Opening Statements

Employment, business and personal injury cases are ideally suited for laying out the facts in chronological order to enhance jury understanding. we generally recommend attorneys start with an interactive timeline that shows...more

What Litigators Can Learn From Some of the Coolest Graphics in Construction

The ability to make powerful, high-quality trial graphics was extremely limited by the software available in the early 1990s. I was reminded of how far we’ve come in the area of visualization and modeling when I recently had...more

Opioid Painkiller Overdose Cause Thousands of Deaths Each Year

Patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers by their doctor - including drugs such as the fentanyl pain patch, hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, methadone, and morphine - may be at risk of an overdose or other serious...more

How to Use Technology Effectively in Mediation

Recently, I co-presented a CLE webinar on "Technology for Better Mediation" along with two San Francisco trial attorneys, Miles Cooper of Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, and Jeff Smith of Abramson Smith Waldsmith. This post...more

Mock Trial Arbitrations and Mediations: A New Approach To Case Resolution

In many cases, the stumbling block to settlement is the parties’ polar opposite views of what the likely jury verdict will be. Impasse is typically reached in these situations when the parties dig their heels in, often...more

Mock Trials and Focus Groups: How Are They Conducted?

The goal of the trial lawyer in using a mock trial or focus group in his or her case is to obtain objective information from a group of individuals demographically similar to the real jurors. Consequently, the mock trial or...more

California Net Verdict Calculator for the iPad

One of my first posts on this blog discussed all the complications involved with calculating a verdict in California for personal injury cases, especially when a workers’ compensation lien and/or prior settlement must be...more

How Storyboards Helped Make a Complex Case and Could Help Yours, Too

This post spotlights one of the best and most convenient types of litigation graphics: Storyboards. What I mean by a “storyboard” is basically a series of images that are used to show how an incident occurred, what could have...more

What Attorneys Need to Know About the Cal. Supreme Court’s Important Ruling on Animation Admissibility

On Monday, the California Supreme Court issued a thoughtful opinion that finally provides strong guidance on the use of animations in trial, affirming their proper place in supporting expert testimony. The decision People v....more

Why You Should Join the Growing Number of Attorneys Using iPads

I found the comprehensive study released by the ABA on attorneys’ use of technology very interesting. Kevin O’Keefe summarized the study done by Jeff Richardson as follows: In 2012, 33% of all attorneys report using a tablet...more

Keynote for Attorneys: Tips to Try This Alternative to PowerPoint for Case Presentation

In my mind, there is simply no question that Keynote is superior to PowerPoint for many reasons, including: (1) it’s a Mac program, so it’s well integrated with all aspects of the Mac laptops and iPad; (2) it embeds videos in...more

The Beauty of Data: How to Use Adobe Illustrator with Excel to Show Complex Data for Litigation

Most people don’t find data beautiful, but it really can be. I am definitely not talking about endless pages of numbers, but rather about data that is visualized in an appealing manner, which actually can be an exciting and...more

What Trial Lawyers Can Learn From a Songwriter to Strengthen Their Case

At the American Society of Trial Consultants annual conference in New Orleans last week, I had the opportunity to be on a panel discussion about social media and blogging for the legal profession. There, I saw one of the...more

Law Firm Marketing and Design Lessons Learned While Redoing My Website

Earlier this year, I embarked on a months-long process of building a new, more sophisticated and customized website, which I’m happy to unveil at cogentlegal.com. This post will share some of what I learned about website...more

When and Why Your Case Needs an Animation for Litigation

More often than not, litigating a case boils down to persuasively explaining your theory of what happened. The best way often is to create a 3D animation. Nothing is more powerful to enhance the visualization and...more

Demonstrative Evidence: Half the Battle Is Keeping Out the Other Side’s

Generally speaking, there are two ways to prevail at trial: (1) have better evidence and demonstratives than your opponent, and (2) keep your opponent’s evidence out. This article describes a couple of Cogent Legal's recent...more

Creative Investing Through Alternative Litigation Funding

As stated by the American Bar Association, “alternative litigation finance” (ALF) refers to the funding of litigation activities by entities other than the parties themselves, their counsel, or other entities with...more

How Attorneys Should Use Graphics in a “David v. Goliath” Case

Having myself been a partner at a small five-attorney plaintiff firm for years, I certainly know the feeling of going against the big firms on cases that can attempt to overwhelm you with discovery, but that often have more...more

How Big Infographics Can Make a Big Impact in Litigation

This post spotlights three informational graphics that Cogent Legal created and describes how we wrestled with a mountain of data to present a large amount of information in a way that is instantaneously understandable and...more

e-Briefs on the iPad: An Exciting New Tool to Give Attorneys an Edge

There’s been a lot of hype about the iPad’s apps for the legal profession. I’m going to add to it with a prediction that may seem far-fetched, but I believe stands a strong chance of coming to pass: The iPad will...more

4 Tips to Use “Show & Tell” to Improve Your PowerPoint for ADR or Trial

Many trial or ADR PowerPoint presentations could benefit from recapturing the craft of the “Show & Tell.” Too often, what we should be “telling” we put on the screen. And sometimes, what we should be “showing” we ignore all...more

Litigation Tip: The Best Way to Get Demonstrative Evidence Admitted at Trial

I always want to support attorneys using demonstrative evidence and trying new things in terms of design and tech. Demonstrative evidence is pretty much any evidence other than testimony that is presented during the course of...more

How to Find the Best Court Reporting Services in Houston

When looking for court reporting services in Houston, Texas, an attorney has a wide range of options to consider. Do they want to hire a freelance court reporter, or will a larger litigation support firm provide the best...more

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