Visual Storytelling for Trial Attorneys


Re-Broadcast on December 21, 2017

To keep a jury (or even a judge) engaged and persuaded by your side of the story, you need to tell a story. Telling a story is not an easy thing to do. Few of us are John Grisham and few cases lend themselves to a John Grisham narrative. That said, models for storytelling abound and most of those models in the modern era also require visuals to tell an effective story. This should be no different at trial. In this presentation, you will receive guidance on 1) why stories are important to trial attorneys; 2) how to tell an effective story; and 3) the visual component of storytelling. As part of the presentation, two versions (an average one and a better one) of three brief opening statements will be presented (from real IP, Products, and Antitrust cases).

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Why stories are important to trial attorneys
•   How to tell an effective story
•   The visual component of storytelling

Date / Time: December 21, 2017

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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tony-klapperTony Klapper, Esq. joined A2L Consulting after accumulating 20+ years of litigation experience while a partner at both Reed Smith and Kirkland & Ellis. Today, he is the Managing Director for Litigation Consulting and General Counsel for A2L Consulting. At A2L, Tony focuses on helping litigators communicate their messages more effectively by assisting in the development of a compelling case narrative, a persuasive visual presentation, and helping to tie that together with mock testing in a variety of formats.

Tony is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at American University and for many years has served as a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2013, Tony was honored as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (Commercial Litigation).

Tony received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Law Review and the recipient of the Edwin R. Keedy Award for the most scholarly contribution to the Law Review and the Fred G. Leebron Memorial Prize for the best constitutional law paper. Tony has a Masters Degree from Princeton University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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