Editor's note: The lawyers featured in The National Law Journal's 2008 Winning special report share a knack for artfully swaying judges and juries and taking risks when they see the opportunity to seize an advantage in the courtroom. We chose the victors of 10 cases from scores of nominations offered from firms of all sizes from just about every state in the union. The basic criteria required that nominees have at least one significant win within the past 18 months, and a history of noteworthy wins during the past several years.
THE 2008 WINNERS
|HENRY 'HANK' ASBILL |
An attorney's client testifies — for more than 40 hours — to connect with the jury.
|EUGENE F. ASSAF |
Using 'video flashes' to show witness contradictions scores with jurors.
|JERE L. BEASLEY |
Using a company's own people to 'make our case.'
|JAMES P. BENNETT |
Facing the jury with a coherent story, a chart and humanizing pictures.
|LORI G. COHEN |
The counsel for corporate giants works hard at relating to the jury.
|JAMES J. CULLETON |
The attorney for an officer in the Sean Bell case bets on a bench trial.
|CHRISTOPHER M. CURRAN & J. MARK GIDLEY |
Risking a backfire, two attorneys take the offensive in an antitrust case.
|ERIC R. HAVIAN |
A dry whistleblower case on water and power rates yields a $224M prize.
|RONALD J. SCHUTZ |
A jury listens to advice about words and action, returns a $66M verdict.
|MICHAEL G. YODER |
The art of building an infringement case without appearing to overreach.