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A litigation war room does not have to make everyone battle-weary; as trials grow more complex, paralegals take on a bigger role in the courtroom; for a firm that’s all about litigation, a one-stop support center keeps costs down and improves efficiency; and, think jury consultants should be hired only for the big cases? If you limit hours and focus on single issues, you can end up with good advice for less.
• Gear Up for Great War Rooms A properly planned litigation war room can become a respite from the day-to-day grind of trial, a place where, in addition to everything else, you can brainstorm new ideas and strategies with your fellow trial attorneys. • Paralegals’ Growing Trial Role Historically, it was the rare and fortunate paralegal who was granted the opportunity to attend trial in any capacity. In recent years, though, paralegals have become trial specialists, as they’ve taken larger roles in both preparing for and assisting during trial. What changed? • Keeping the Work In House Howrey has built an in-house litigation and trial support center to provide help to its trial lawyers and advocates across the United States, Europe, and Asia. • Jury Advice on a Small Scale As companies become more concerned with litigation costs, they are asking their attorneys to keep their budgets as lean as possible. As a result, some attorneys feel they can do without any kind of jury consulting.

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