Long gone are the days when trial lawyers worried that their trial demonstratives were “too slick” or “too glitzy.” Whether in the form of foam boards, powerpoints, models, animations or other visual media, compelling demonstrative exhibits are an essential component of every trial lawyer’s courtroom toolkit. The best ones are works of art, combining the skills of the graphic artist, the communications specialist, the scientific expert and the courtroom advocate into highly-persuasive exhibits that distill complex evidence into memorable visual images that jurors and judges readily grasp.
In collaboration with leading producers of courtroom graphics, I’ve crafted literally hundreds of compelling demonstrative exhibits for use during opening and closing arguments and expert examinations at trial, oral arguments on motions, and even appellate arguments. Much of my work has helped lay jurors and judges “see” and understand complex matters of science, medicine and technology that oral expert testimony simply cannot convey. Fashioning great demonstratives requires both creativity and teamwork, and I adore working collaboratively with skilled artists, communications professionals, and scientific experts and consultants to design and prepare effective graphics that, in the end, win complex cases.