The Illinois Trial Lawyer Association is an organization dedicated to providing help to citizens with their legal matters. The ITLA has more than 2,000 members who are passionate about giving a voice to those who were wrongfully harmed. Mark Prince, the immediate past president for ITLA, was invited to St. Louis on September 27, 2019 for a seminar called “Telling the Story from Beginning to End.” His topic was “Making Your Plaintiff a Stellar Witness—Great Deposition and Trial Testimony Preparation,” and he spoke to other plaintiff’s lawyers about preparing the client for trial.
Any client may feel nervous in the courtroom, and understandably so. There are people listening and evaluating what they’re saying. The client knows how they present themselves can influence the outcome of their case. This is a lot of pressure. Mark Prince provided insight and tips about getting an injured plaintiff ready for trial so they can clearly present their case.
Speaking to a packed crowd of lawyers from Missouri and Illinois, Mark said the key is getting to know the client and finding ways to put them at ease in the courtroom. When the client is at ease, the jury will be more likely to trust them. If a client seems nervous when they’re testifying, the jury may be skeptical of their story because the client’s demeanor may make them seem less trustworthy. A lot of hard work, thought, determination, and diligent preparation need to go into getting your client ready for a trial. While this will take time and effort, it’s how you can maximize your client’s one chance to convey their story during their trial.
Prince Law Firm assists Illinois citizens who have sustained injuries because of the negligent actions of others. If this has happened to you or a loved one, get in touch with our office today. We’re ready to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you need through settlement or jury verdict.