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The Second Chair

Posted in Practice Tips, Trial
Happy New Year! In December, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel published the article I co-wrote with my colleague Phu Nguyen discussing tips for second chairing trials. The article is entitled, The Second Chair.… Continue Reading

April 2009 Website Recommendation

Posted in Discovery, Practice Tips
In addition to doing traditional legal research, I regularly search the Internet.  One of my favorite websites is California Discovery & Privilege Law hosted by Richard E. Best, a retired San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner.  As a bench officer, Commissioner Best presided over discovery disputes for twenty years.  Commissioner Best currently serves as a private… Continue Reading

Know Your Judge

Posted in Practice Tips
The reality in litigation is:  "The law is whatever the judge says it is."  The chances of getting an unfavorable decision reversed by the Court of Appeal are slim.  According to the 2007 Court Statistics Report, the California Court of Appeal affirmed 88% of decisions made by trial judges between 2005 and 2006.  Therefore, it… Continue Reading

Tenacity and Creative Thinking Are Always Rewarded

Posted in Practice Tips
It should not surprise you, but your opponent will play hide the ball and avoid getting pinned down.  Yet many attorneys are not tenacious or creative enough about ensuring victory.  Litigators must think outside the box!  How can you get evidence you need to win your case?  There are always creative ways to locate evidence… Continue Reading