F.B. Jackson and Associates Law Firm, PLLC
The firm is dedicated to zealously representing all of its clients whether the matter is large or small.
Once a strategy is set, the strategy is pursued aggressively whether it is taking discovery and proceeding with a trial or pursuing an amicable (or not so amicable) settlement whether in direct negotiation with opposing attorneys or formal mediation.
Our firm places an emphasis on Thorough preparation before trial. As a general rule of thumb for every day spent in Court, there are two days of preparation. This preparation includes locating and interviewing witnesses, taking discovery from the other side, practicing with our clients (within the realm of truthful testimony) as to how to answer questions they may receive in Court or in a sworn deposition. The firm has various handouts on these topics, but often the attorneys will role play with the client with one lawyer assuming the role of the opposing attorney and the other asking non leading questions on a direct examination. We have on occasions used focus groups or mock juries to obtain outside opinions as to issues going to “credibility” and apparent accuracy of proposed testimony. The focus group and mock juries are usually utilized for jury trials and are generally not helpful in bench trials. We emphasize credibility of clients as the “pole star” of preparation whether a jury trial or bench trial.
In most of our cases, there will be at least two people following the case. At a minimum this will be an attorney and legal assistant. In most of our complex cases, we are able to bring to bear on the opposing side a team consisting of a senior attorney, one or more associates, and one or more legal assistants. We believe that maintaining the overhead to be able to utilize these personnel gives us a competitive advantage against the firms that operate on the basis of one attorney with a scheduling secretary. Our team approach is not a guarantee that we will prevail in the case, but it gives our clients a better chance at a good result.
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