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Contact: Morgan C. Smith

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An E-Brief Reading Guide to the Latest Decision in Apple v. Samsung

As a patent attorney and an iPhone addict, I spent yesterday morning reading the latest decision from the Federal Circuit in the patent war raging between Apple and Samsung. Because I am a tech geek as well as a patent geek,…more
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How to Help Jurors Understand Spatial Relationships

Good visual presentations enhance juror attention, cognition and retention in the courtroom. By providing comparisons and reference points familiar to the juror, demonstratives can help communicate difficult concepts and data…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Law Practice Products & Services, Toxic Torts

How to Guide the Jury Through the Verdict Form in Closing Argument

In closing argument, it can be effective to show the jury the verdict form and tell them how you hope they fill it out. This technique is particularly important when the jury will face a complicated, multi-page special verdict…more
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Building the Visual Foundation of Your Construction Defect Case

A few weeks ago, I published a post based on my presentation at the Melvin Belli Seminar on Tort Practice, which focused on a three-step process for attorneys to develop graphics from the very start of their case to “build the…more
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Building the Visual Foundation of Your Construction Defect Case

A few weeks ago, I published a post based on my presentation at the Melvin Belli Seminar on Tort Practice, which focused on a three-step process for attorneys to develop graphics from the very start of their case to “build the…more
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Simplify and Emphasize in Litigation Graphics

In oral argument, a litigator has very limited time—she needs to hit the high points and move on. She must communicate enough information to convince the judge or jury of her argument, yet must avoid getting mired in details…more
| Electronic Discovery, Intellectual Property, Law Firm Marketing, Law Practice Products & Services, Personal Injury

How to Build the Visual Foundation of Your Case

We all know by now that we live in a world in which information is delivered visually, and that people learn best when they have visual aids. Attorneys who head to court with demonstratives to show as well as tell their case are…more
| Business Organizations, Law Firm Marketing, Law Practice Products & Services, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology

Sipping From the Fire Hose: Techniques for Managing E-Discovery and Evidence in Litigation

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at noon Pacific Time, I will present a webinar for SFTLA entitled “Sipping From the Fire Hose: Techniques for Managing E-Discovery and Evidence in Litigation.” If you are reading this post before that…more
| Elections & Politics, Electronic Discovery, Intellectual Property, Law Practice Products & Services, Science, Computers, & Technology

Animating the Hypothetical Negotiation of a Reasonable Royalty in Patent Litigation

Good litigation graphics convey a message quickly and clearly. The example animation in today’s post supports an argument that plaintiff’s claim for a “reasonable royalty” in a patent case was unreasonable because the claim…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Electronic Discovery, Intellectual Property, Law Practice Products & Services, Science, Computers, & Technology

Displaying Patent Language in Patent Litigation

As lawyers, we are always arguing about documents, and we often need to display those documents in court. In patent cases, displaying documents is particularly important because the patent’s language describes the invention. In…more
| Business Torts, Intellectual Property, Law Practice Products & Services, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ideas and Advice for Demonstratives In Employment Litigation

I recently had the pleasure of giving a presentation on demonstrative graphics for the State Bar of California’s Employment Law Division in San Francisco. In giving this presentation, I wanted to make sure it was not simply an…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Law Practice Products & Services, Science, Computers, & Technology

My Log of Blogs: Recommendations for the ABA Top Blawg List

For the seventh year, the ABA Journal is compiling a list of the Top 100 Law Blogs, which they call “Blawgs.” Given the glut—probably thousands—of law-related blogs online, landing a spot in this Top 100 is quite an honor, and…more
| Law Firm Marketing, Science, Computers, & Technology

Timeline Design for Litigation: When to Use a Static Timeline

“I need a timeline.” This is how litigators often start in asking for legal graphics. This start to the graphics conversation makes sense because timelines are perhaps the most common type of legal graphic, and the most familiar…more
| Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law, Law Practice Products & Services

Try E-Briefs As Part of Your Hearing or Trial Presentation

For your next trial or important hearing, you should seriously consider using an e-brief to help the judge (and the judge’s clerk) navigate and understand your argument. Cogent Legal recently helped a team of patent litigators…more
| Business Torts, Intellectual Property, Law Practice Products & Services, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

How to Create an Opening Statement Using Graphic Immersion

My part in a recent presentation to the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association concerned opening statements, and I wanted to share a highly graphically immersive style of opening that allows an attorney to persuasively convey a…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology
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