In April, Feldman Shepherd presented a sold-out “Supersize Your Verdicts: Creative Tips for Maximizing Jury Verdicts” CLE program in New Jersey. Moderated by Ezra Wohlgelernter, the program was held on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ.
Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann and Edward S. Goldis began the seminar by presenting on their use of mock jury trials for the purposes of developing case themes and strategies, testing theories of liability, evaluating expected defenses, assessing case value, identifying unanticipated issues, and determining characteristics of jurors who are favorable (or not) to a case.
Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano then spoke about using a plaintiff’s documentary film to maximize recovery. Their presentation included snippets from actual films to demonstrate how testimonials from experts along with images of the plaintiff debunk the fictions perpetrated by the defendant and his or her experts.
Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina addressed the utilization of shadow juries to gain an advantage over the opposing side and increase the likelihood of a substantial plaintiff’s verdict. Their presentation also discussed the critical information provided by shadow juries that can be used in deciding whether to settle or go to verdict.
John M. Dodig and Jason A. Daria presented practical tips to increase the amount of the jury’s compensatory verdict, concentrating on both economic and non-economic damages. Their presentation included techniques for humanizing clients, demonstrating the catastrophic effect of injuries and presenting closing arguments that highlight the loss of life’s pleasures, pain and suffering, and other damages.