I received the much anticipated Opening Statements by Don Keenan yesterday and immediately read the book. I was not disappointed. The book is very well laid out and easy to read. The material included is extremely clear and understandable. Upon reading the different openings I quickly saw the integration of the Reptile. The use of statistics, rules, facts, undermining and individual style is an awesome guide to Reptile openings. This is not a cookie cutter type book , allowing you to drop in your client's name, but a informative guide to constructing effective Reptile openings for your case from lawyers who have traveled the road.
Each of the openings provides an insight on how to construct an opening with Reptile concepts using the facts of the case. Having been to many colleges and working as an instructor, the information is a huge benefit to becoming better at our craft. The beauty of the book shows how different Reptile lawyers intertwine their own personal style in their openings. Clearly , there is not one way to skin the Black Hat, but many ways, following the Reptile strategies. As Papa Don says, "Be authentic".
I would recommend this book to all Reptile lawyers to sharpen their swords.
Reviewed by: Rob Clements from Dallas, Texas.