Opening Statements

Opening Statements

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  • Overview:This book contains verbatim opening statements given in actual cases where don keenan has been lead counsel together with some of the finest lawyers in the country who were referring attorneys in these cases.

  • Softcover
  • 120 pages

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Attorney
This book is a must read and careful study for all Reptile attorneys. This book provides excellent examples about how to present an opening statement using the Reptile method.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Lafayette,. on 5/17/2017
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Attorney/instructor
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. Rob Clements
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Reviewed by:  from Dallas, Texas. on 5/12/2017
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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.
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Reviewed by:  from Tyler. on 7/3/2017
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5 Stars
Attorney
If you are the learn-by-example type, as I am, you will enjoy this book. But this book has a secret as well. On the surface, it illustrates the application of the current evolution of the opening template to several different types of cases. While that is great, we all know that when we deliver an opening statement these days, the black hats have seen the template and will use motions and objections to try and derail it. Baseless though their arguments may be, sometimes the Court buys them. The openings in this book have been through that and if you read carefully you will see many plan Bs and how they were used to get around those motions and objections. Each opening has been through at least 15 focus groups. The book is no substitute for the seminar, KBC college, and listserv critiques. It is a good place to start.
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Reviewed by:  from Houston. on 6/5/2017
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Attorney/ Trial consultant
This compendium is outstanding. It provides real time examples of the KBC Openings in several different ways using the core format taught at the College. It also records the opening in Boston in which Don and David had to switch gears because of court rulings. Just a great resource and help in crafting our own openings.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Baltimore Md. on 6/3/2017
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