Review of Opening Statements
I recently received the book, read it, and took the lessons to heart. I was able to use a reptile opening in an arbitration last week before a single arbitrator. The case involved a dog attack. I had evidence of 3 prior attacks before my client was injured. I also had evidence of two subsequent attacks. My client had extensive preexisting conditions, and the defense argued that there were no new injuries from the attack. I argued in opening that while she did have pre-existing injuries, it was important to send a message since next time the attack could be on a child, etc. The arbitrator, who is a 50-year plus attorney, awarded $200,000 in actual damages and $200,000 in exemplary damages. This was a good result for the client since she only had $50,000 in total medical bills, and much of that was questionable. The information in this book is helpful not only in jury trials, but it also crosses over to arbitrations as well.
Reviewed by: Greg Porter from Tyler.