Procedures : Getting Started
Ready to begin working? Here is a list to consider that will help us provide you the best trial presentation services possible!
previewing your case
It is helpful for us to have a general idea of your case before our meeting. Please send us a copy of a prepared brief or complaint for the case at least 2 or 3 days before the meeting.
These meetings generally run about an hour in length. We will cover your case needs and requirements, show you applicable samples from our portfolio and briefly demonstrate our digital trial services. Additional meetings may be necessary to create and revise complicated exhibits.
exhibits to support your arguments
Prior to meeting with us, we suggest that you make a list of all arguments that you intend to make to the Judge or Jury along with the evidence that you have to support them. Not only will you have a tool for helping prepare your case, but this list will also allow us to work more efficiently and effectively with you and reduce the need for organizational meetings.
Consider the key point of your case and see if you can sum it up in ten words or less. What did the other side do wrong? What did your client do right? Was there a problem for a long period of time with repeated inaction or wrong action? Was there bad planning from the start? Why should your side prevail in trial or arbitration?
do you need a timeline?
In many cases a chronology or timeline is helpful in explaining what happened to the jury. The best timelines have concise (10 word or less), neutral descriptions of only the key, relevant events. You want the jury to be able to read your timeline. If it has too many events or is complicated and wordy, they won't want to read it.
To save time and money, please provide us with the typed timeline source text via e-mail or on disk. We can read text files, Rich Text (RTF), MS Word and Word Perfect documents. 1.5 pages of type-written text is the maximum amount that will fit on an effective one-panel timeline. Multiple-panel timelines correspond to this guideline as well (1.5 pages per panel).
If you have photos that you want to use in your exhibits, please have them available for us to review and recommend which ones to scan and/or enlarge. If you must submit your photos digitally, please ask our design consultants about requirements for photo delivery, scanning and resolution. We also offer location and evidence photography services.
digital trial presentation systems
Sanction and Trial Director are specialized computer applications that organize your documents, exhibits, video clips and/or animations and present them on command, simply by scanning a "bar-code" with a scanning gun. It's a point and click system. The trial computer is hooked up to a projector, so the jury and judge can clearly view your exhibits on a display screen. When working with document exhibits, the software allows you to zoom in on portions of the document, highlight them, and even show 2 documents on the screen at the same time, and all of this can be done "on-the-fly", during the trial. These applications are very user-friendly and easy to learn. We can train you and your staff to use them and we will set up the equipment in your assigned courtroom. Alternatively, one of our trial technicians can run the system for you at an additional cost.
After the initial meeting, we will prepare a preliminary cost estimate of our work for your review and approval. In most cases, you should receive the estimate in 1 or 2 working days after our initial meeting. After you have reviewed the estimate, please initial the approval box and fax it back to us. We will then begin working on your case.
Invoices for jobs are generated monthly. If you would like us to bill your clients directly, please have the billing contact information in writing before the meeting. If you have a limited budget, please let us know; there are things you can do to keep your bill manageable. For instance, if you are able to meet at our office, you will reduce our travel expenses (billable at $150 per hour).
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