In almost any lawsuit, after the initial pleadings are filed, and before the trial, the parties engage in an extended period known as “discovery,” where each side demands and receives information about the other side and its case. In business cases parties typically ask for all of the contracts, communications and financial information that pertain to the issues in dispute. Businesses are generally quite reluctant to share internal business information with any third party, especially a litigation opponent. However, the law favors broad pretrial disclosure of information that has any potential relevance, and thus the volume of information exchanged in the discovery process could be great. read more
I recently read that the greatest obstacle to clear persuasive writing is for the author to forget what s/he knows, and write for the eyes of the reader, who likely has no prior knowledge about the subject.
A similar process must be undertaken when evaluating with a client how a jury is likely to see the conduct of the parties at trial.
I often have clients ask me whether, at trial, the jury or judge will see the “truth” as they know it. The clients have lived the underlying controversy. They have packed into their memories many more conversations, thoughts and writings than could ever be admitted into evidence at trial. read more