About Civil Trial Lawyers
What is civil trial advocacy? First, civil trial advocacy may include civil litigation, personal injury litigation, and any other type of litigation that is not criminal in nature, such as property disputes, construction or insurance claims and a wide array of other civil controversies. Second, usually money damages are at stake in civil litigation.
Despite what is seen on television dramas, cases do not always have to go to trial. However, it is impossible to know in advance which cases will settle and which will go to trial, and because settlement amounts reflect predictions about the most likely result if the case is tried, it is wise for people to hire well qualified trial attorneys to handle their claims or defense of claims whether they think the case will be tried or settled out of court. It is important to understand
Trial attorneys must have knowledge,experience, great communications skills and a thorough understanding of group decision making dynamics and persuasion. In trial practice a misstep can end a case, so having a trial attorney who is making his trial debut may be dangerous, especially in a case involving substantial damages.
A good trial lawyer is always thinking several steps ahead. The "what if's" of the case must be mapped out long before the trial begins. Great trial lawyers are ready for surprises and will be well prepared, down to the last detail.
Once a trial begins, each side will be given the opportunity for opening statements and this is where many trial attorneys shine. They say that many a case has been won or lost on the opening statement, so it is imperative that the words be strong, both in their meaning and their delivery.
Think about your first meeting with the trial attorney, were you impressed or did the meeting leave you thinking that the attorney did not have enough experience or education? If you know that your case may go to trial, you want someone who will impress the jury from the first word of the first sentence and will be able to control the situation to your benefit.