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What if you could hang out with trial lawyers and jury consultants, ask them about connecting with clients and juries more effectively; then take strategies, tactics, and insights to increase your success? That’s what we do each week on Trial Lawyer Prep. Hosted by Elizabeth Larrick - experienced trial lawyer, trial consultant, and founder of Larrick Law Firm PC in Austin, TX – every episode is an in-depth look at how to regain touch with the everyday world, understand the emotional burden of your clients and juries, and use focus groups in this process. The goal is to help you connect with juries and clients in order to improve your abilities in the courtroom.

Trial Lawyer Prep Elizabeth Larrick

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    • 4.9 • 25 Ratings

What if you could hang out with trial lawyers and jury consultants, ask them about connecting with clients and juries more effectively; then take strategies, tactics, and insights to increase your success? That’s what we do each week on Trial Lawyer Prep. Hosted by Elizabeth Larrick - experienced trial lawyer, trial consultant, and founder of Larrick Law Firm PC in Austin, TX – every episode is an in-depth look at how to regain touch with the everyday world, understand the emotional burden of your clients and juries, and use focus groups in this process. The goal is to help you connect with juries and clients in order to improve your abilities in the courtroom.

    How Can a 1-Hour Virtual Focus Group Help Your Case?

    How Can a 1-Hour Virtual Focus Group Help Your Case?

    Imagine walking into the courtroom armed with insider knowledge that guarantees a powerful impact on the jury – that's the kind of edge you can bring to the table with virtual focus groups. 
    Just one hour can dramatically reshape your trial preparation. This episode is a deep dive into using virtual focus groups to gauge juror impressions, assess client credibility, and polish your visual aids for the courtroom stage. Learn the ways and the way you approach trials, mediations, and depositions will never be the same again. 
    Stepping into our virtual conference room, we dissect the advantages of conducting one-hour virtual focus groups, a practice that has become a cornerstone of successful legal strategies. Learn how you can harness the chat feature to glean unfiltered juror perceptions and refine your opening statements to ensure they strike true when it counts. But it's not just about the prep work – I'll reveal how to use focus group feedback to prepare your clients for the spotlight, safeguarding them from the jarring impact of raw critiques. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Virtual focus groups assessing client credibility
    Client credibility and virtual focus groups
    Exploring alternative legal solutions
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    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know I sent you.
     

    • 19 min
    Amanda Carmody and Connecting with Your Client in Depo Prep

    Amanda Carmody and Connecting with Your Client in Depo Prep

    Every legal case reads like a distinct narrative, and within these stories are the lives of real people bearing their truths. Enter Amanda, a plaintiff's attorney with a history as a paralegal, who brings that very understanding to the forefront of her practice. 
    Our conversation with her peels back the layers of the intricate relationship between attorney and client, exploring how deep trust is cultivated, especially when guiding clients through the stormy seas of recalling traumatic experiences. Amanda's transition into the legal field amid a pandemic, and her innovative use of Zoom to bridge the client-communication gap, offer a glimpse into the evolving landscape where technology meets empathy. 
    The courtroom is more than a battleground of wits; it's a space where human emotions are laid bare. As we unpack the emotional breadth of deposition preparation, Amanda walks us through the careful balance lawyers must strike – acting as legal counsel while providing emotional support. Her candid recounting of a young sexual assault survivor's case shines a light on the profound influence an attorney's belief in their client's story can have. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Learning the ropes of plaintiffs' depositions
    Building confidence and validating client experiences
    The emotional toll of legal work
    Building trust in client depositions
    Connecting with clients and juries
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    Supporting Resources:
    To learn more about Amanda and connect with her go here. 
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    • 47 min
    Guest Brooke Grogan & Her First Focus Group

    Guest Brooke Grogan & Her First Focus Group

    Have you ever witnessed the courtroom magic that a well-prepared lawyer can weave? Imagine the edge a legal team could have by understanding a jury's mind before even stepping into the courtroom. That's exactly what Florida attorney Brooke Grogan and I peel back the layers of in our insightful conversation. Brooke brings to the table her experiences with focus groups, revealing how these mock juries can drastically alter the trajectory of a trial. From honing opening statements to fine-tuning courtroom tactics, this episode is a masterclass for any trial lawyer eager to absorb the tactical know-how of leveraging focus groups for legal victories. 
    Picture this: a tool so powerful it could swing a $3 million verdict in your favor. That's the story Brooke recounts as we delve into how early focus group feedback reshaped her case strategy. We also tackle the virtual evolution of focus groups, discussing the conveniences and complexities of platforms like Zoom. Whether you're a seasoned attorney or just legally curious, our exchange is packed with practical insights that underscore the transformative effects of blending technology with trial preparation. Join us to unearth the art of legal strategy through the lens of focus groups – a truly eye-opening dialogue for the courtroom tactician in all of us.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Brooke's first focus group experience
    Focus group evaluation
    Importance of focus groups in evaluation
    Value of focus groups and input
    Adjustments and progress in focus groups 
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    Supporting Resources:
    To learn more about Brooke Grogan & her practice: https://www.injurylawyers.com/attorney-brooke-grogan/
    To follow me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-larrick-942447101/
    If you have a question or suggestion for the podcast, please email Elizabeth: elizabeth@larricklawfirm.com 
    Episode Credits
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    • 30 min
    Wrapping up 2023 and Launching 2024

    Wrapping up 2023 and Launching 2024

    In this episode, we reflect on a year of trial advocacy growth and gear up for an even more dynamic 2024. Listen in as I share insights from my tenure as president of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, highlighting how organization and balance have become pillars of my practice. I also discuss the surprising dominance of virtual focus groups, with a staggering 44 sessions conducted online, illustrating their continued convenience and efficiency for our busy legal community. 
    Plus, get a sneak peek at future episodes featuring fellow lawyers and experts who will shed light on innovative case development, witness preparation, and the powerful use of medical illustrations and animations in storytelling. 
    As we wrap up 2023, I can't help but share the profound impact certain books have had on my journey both professionally and personally. As I set my sights on devouring 40 business books in the coming year, I extend an invitation for your recommendations. Lastly, we'll explore how experimenting with AI tools like ChatGPT might revolutionize the way we practice law.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    The effectiveness of virtual focus groups (with 44 online sessions highlighted)
    Insights from impactful books for personal and professional growth. 
    Exploration of technology in legal practice, including the use of ChatGPT for brainstorming and content creation.
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    Supporting Resources:
    To learn more about grief listen to Episodes:
    Ep 85: What is Grief?
    Ep 86: Ways We have been Taught to Deal with Grief
    Ep 87: How to Navigate and Assist Our Clients with Grief
    Book Recommendations:
    Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
    The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
    Loving What is by Byron Katie 
    Got a book recommendation? Podcast episode topic? Email Elizabeth: Elizabeth@larricklawfirm.com 
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know I sent you.

    • 23 min
    Guest Justin Starin and His Take on Focus Groups

    Guest Justin Starin and His Take on Focus Groups

    Have you ever wondered how the best trial lawyers prepare for court? Join me as I sit down with Justin Starin of McKenna & Starin, to pull back the curtain on the strategic deployment of focus groups in personal injury law. Together, we venture beyond the traditional mock trial format, navigating the nuances of targeted sessions that dissect specific issues like causation and case framing. Justin's expertise shines as we dissect how focus groups can not only unveil potential juror biases but also refine witness preparation and bolster plaintiff credibility—essential tools for any legal arsenal. 
    We also delve into the art of simplifying complex legal arguments for the lay jury. From revising opening statements to rendering technical evidence understandable, we expose the trials of countering preconceived notions and managing inflated expectations set by the likes of CSI. For legal professionals aiming to cut through legal jargon and connect with a jury, this episode is an invaluable masterclass in strategic case management.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Using focus groups for causation
    Responsibility of testing security systems
    Challenges in investigating a death case
    Expert testimony for defense against blame 
    Focus groups in legal cases benefits (90 seconds)
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    Supporting Resources:
    Justin Starin
    McKenna & Starin
    Justin@mslawmt.com 
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know I sent you.
     

    • 34 min
    Matt Murphy & Managing Client Expectations

    Matt Murphy & Managing Client Expectations

    Communication is the heartbeat of every relationship, and the bond between lawyer and client is no different. Listen in as we discuss the challenges and strategies of managing client expectations in the legal field with Matt Murphy from Montana. Specializing in workers' compensation cases, Matt shares his invaluable experience and emphasizes the importance of being upfront and honest with clients, even when the news isn't the most favorable. We also tackle the complexities of managing expectations in personal injury cases and the pivotal role trust plays in the lawyer-client relationship.
    We highlight the importance of keeping clients in the loop and seeking their feedback, no matter how uncomfortable it might be. Listen to how changes in judges or legal rulings can alter a case's trajectory and the need to involve clients in the decision-making process. Get insights on the importance of transparency and the art of delivering difficult news. Matt shares practical tips on effectively communicating with clients and setting realistic expectations. 
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone in the legal field looking to enhance their client communication skills and build stronger relationships. Learn about the importance of open communication, managing expectations, and maintaining a strong client-lawyer relationship. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    The importance of building client relationships
    Importance of communication and trust
    Challenges with accepting medical treatment choices
    Importance of documentation and contact information
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    Supporting Resources:
    You can learn more about Matt Murphy & his practice by visiting:
    Matt Murphy website profile: https://www.murphylawoffice.net/about-our-attorneys/matthew-murphy/ 
    Murphy Law Firm website: https://www.murphylawoffice.net/
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know I sent you.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Kyle M. Moore ,

Essential For Trial

If you really want to try your best case, listen to this podcast!

Monte Tynes ,

Amazing Podcast

Elizabeth does a fantastic job and every bit of content helps make you a better trial lawyer. Also, her voice and demeanor are wonderful to listen to.

Finerstein ,

Excellent & Enjoyable

Elizabeth is a true professional with a human touch. Not only is this podcast informative, I find her voice soothing and enjoyable. I’d recommend Larrick Law Firm to anyone!

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