Section Newsletter Articles on Litigation
Trial practice in municipal code enforcement matters
, October 2011
The second and final part in this series addressing how improper actions by municipalities through their employees can lead to liability. This article reviews some tips relative to handling of high volume ordinance or statutory violation matters.
Winning chances? Client relations, math, and ethics
, June 2011
Clients and others often ask attorneys for the chances of winning a dispute. Attorneys often answer, but they should not. Mathematically the wrong question is asked; numerical answers likely violate legal ethics by incompetently providing incorrect and often deceptive information. A better response provides both valid case evaluation and client emotional support without fabricating false certainty.
Litigating like a professional in federal court
Young Lawyers Division
, June 2010
The Standards for Professional Conduct Within the Seventh Federal Judicial Circuit are completely different from the Illinois Supreme Court’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Make sure you learn them and apply them to your practice.
Practical jury trial tips to improve your litigation practice
Bench and Bar
, February 2010
Jury trials come in all shapes and sizes. Since the players, facts and awards differ, attorneys must approach each case anew. Never assume you can “wing it” because you have over 20 years of experience in the courtroom, or a partner told you not to worry about it. Too many cases are won or lost because of an attorney’s lack of preparation, or worse, lack of knowledge about the law.
Electronic discovery in antitrust litigation
Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law
, September 2008
As the scope, volume, and use of electronically stored information in day-to-day life has increased, so too has electronic discovery become an increasingly prevalent and expensive part of litigation.
Better visuals via brainstorming
Legal Technology, Standing Committee on
, May 2006
Two things we all recognize about demonstrative evidence: it’s potent and it’s expensive.