The Ancient Art of Jury Persuasion

By Neale deGravelles  From lectures at local CLEs to intensive week-long getaways and seminars that offer the latest techniques of persuasion, litigators spend countless hours perfecting their craft. Books, DVDs and how-to manuals offering supposedly cutting-edge theories in how to reach and move jurors are also wildly popular. From Reptile to Psychodrama, authors tout the […] Learn more...

Trucking Cases: What Every Attorney Needs to Know

By Neale deGravelles  Trucking Cases: What Every Attorney Needs to Know It may seem like trucking cases have much in common with regular auto cases, but trucking cases involve special safety regulations, unique industry safety and operational standards, a complex array of insurance issues, more complex crash dynamics and reconstruction issues, and a whole lot […] Learn more...

Why Decorum in Court Proceedings Matters Now More Than Ever

By Neale deGravelles During the coronavirus pandemic, the highest court in the land has been holding oral arguments via telephone and live-streaming the proceedings. In the oral arguments in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. began the proceedings by warning everyone to turn off their cellphones. He neglected, […] Learn more...

How Legislative Changes Will Impact Trial Law in 2021

By Neale deGravelles The Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, House Bill 57 (“HB57”) passed by the Louisiana legislature took effect January 1. The so-called tort-reform bill reduces the jury threshold from $50,000 to $10,000 and requires the party seeking a jury trial to post a $5,000 cash bond before the trial. It also made […] Learn more...