(Correction noted below)
Savannah trial lawyer Stephen Lowry calls himself a “huge podcast fan” who dreamed of producing one himself.
“I run a lot and listen to a lot of podcasts while I run,” he said. “I got to thinking that it would be really interesting to have a podcast where you talk to trial lawyers about the trials they have had, how they won them, what their strategy was.”
So, Lowry, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton, decided to just do it. He teamed up with Yvonne Godfrey, an associate at the firm’s Atlanta offices, to produce what the duo hopes will be a weekly podcast on America’s greatest trials.
The Great Trials Podcast makes its debut Jan. 1, and Lowry said he and Godfrey already have more than two dozen ready for release. The podcasts are free and available through iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or the duo’s website. He and Godfrey say they hope to produce a new one every week. “The first year, in theory, we will have 52 shows,” he said.
Lowry said the podcasts—which have so far featured interviews solely with plaintiffs lawyers like himself and Godfrey—are about an hour long. “We pick one case to talk about,” he said. “I won’t say we would never have a defense lawyer on. I think that would make for some interesting podcasts. But we haven’t had one yet.”
Each podcast is presented as a conversation, he said. “We don’t do much editing.”
Godfrey said she and Lowry approach their interviews differently. Lowry wants to know nuts-and-bolts questions like how other lawyers handle voir dire, how long jury selection lasted, how to deal with apportionment of responsibility questions, what sort of exhibits or illustrations other lawyers use in making their cases, “all the hurdles” they faced. Godfrey said she is interested in lawyers’ individual styles, how they relate to a jury, who their mentors were.
Lowry said that, so far, he and Godfrey have picked the lawyers they wanted to interview and let them select a case they wanted to talk about.
“It’s been cool,” Godfrey said. “A lot of them have a case they really want to discuss, a case that really meant a lot to them or that was different or unusual. Sometimes it’s a case we expect; sometimes it’s not.”
“It’s something we really enjoy, talking to all these lawyers from all over the country, their different strategies, the difficulties they faced,” Lowry echoed. “It’s an opportunity to talk to really great lawyers. … You talk to people who really fought hard for their clients. You always leave them feeling kind of inspired. ”
“We are obviously very strong believers in the civil jury system and trying cases to a jury,” Lowry added. “A lot of these cases show the importance of that and show the strength of our trial system. That’s obviously important to us. But, at the end of the day, we really just enjoy talking and learning from other lawyers.”
Some of the podcasts include:
- Atlanta attorney Adam Malone and his father, Tommy Malone, on Yamada v. Northside Hospital, a $16.5 million medical negligence verdict.
- Jeff Harris and Andy Sherffius of Atlanta’s Harris Lowry Manton on Sasser v. Ford, $47.7 million.
- Atlanta attorney Laura Shamp, Engle progeny tobacco litigation.
- Russ Herman, of Herman, Herman & Katz in New Orleans, Scott v. American Tobacco, $591 million.
- John E. Parker and Ronnie Crosby, of South Carolina firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, Murphy v. Jefferson Pilot Communications Co., a defamation case on behalf of two attorneys against a local television station.
- Albuquerque attorney Randi McGinn, Sowards v. Biotronik, $67 million;
- Palm Beach attorney John Romano, Adams v. the Imported Car Store, $28.5 million.
- Des Moines attorney Roxanne Conlin, McFarland v. Rieper, $3.25 million after an adopted son was reclaimed by his father and then slain.
Editor’s note: The initial version of this story misstated that Tommy Malone died in February. He is alive and living in Florida. The Daily Report regrets this error.