Skilled Trial Lawyers Rely on Experience to Select Juries

Choosing a jury requires years of experience to determine:
  • What kind of juror would be best to serve on a particular case
  • What kind of questions should be asked of the jury panel to learn what you need to know about potential jurors and choose the best available panel for your case.
  • What type of jury instructions should be requested that will advance your theory of the case abed help guide the jury in making a fair, yet favorable, verdict.
  • It is impossible to know exactly what will happen in a trial.
  • Even if you think you know what a witness will say, there are often surprises.
  • Unexpected legal issues may appear from out of the blue.
  • Judges may make unexpected rulings that hurt or help your case.
  • Appellate courts may make a ruling near or during a trial that changes the law that applies to an aspect of your case.

Not all lawyers are trial lawyers.

  • Experienced trial lawyers not only strive to win the client's case using the knowledge learned in the courtroom over many years, but strive to build a safety net.
  • Appellate courts do not review a case to see if they would have decided it differently, they review  error.
  • Legal errors are legal mistakes that judges make in ruling on motions, ruling on the admissibility of evidence or jury instructions for example.
  • If the case turns out badly for the client in the trial court, good lawyers have preserved questions of law during the litigation that provide a path to undo the unfavorable result in the appellate courts.

Experienced Trial Lawyers are in the best position to evaluate your case

  • Experienced trial lawyers are in the best position to properly evaluate a client's case.
  • This means the experienced trial lawyer has the ability to realistically predict what might happen as the case proceeds through the trial court.
  • This seasoned judgment gives the client the ability to weigh whether to accept a plea offer or not, and make other important decisions about their case.

Experienced Trial Lawyers can create Safety Nets

  • Most lawyers do not go to trial.
  • A small percentage of lawyers regularly try cases in court to judges and juries. These are trial lawyers.
  • Like most work and professional specialties, it takes years of experience to be a proficient trial lawyer.

Being charged with a crime is arguably the most horrific experience a person will have in life. Deciding to initiate a lawsuit comes in a close second.

Having an experienced trial lawyer to assist you through the process makes all the difference in the result you want to obtain.

Ralph E. Ellinwood Attorney at Law PLLC is ready to put that wealth of experience to work for you.

Below are a few reasons why it matters to have an experienced, skilled trial lawyer representing you in your case.

Trials can be unpredictable, so experience counts.