X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

An effective litigation story follows the same literary rules as any compelling story, with two notable differences. Like other stories, a litigation story has characters, setting, plot and conflict, and resolution. The critical differences between an ordinary story and a litigation story, is that the litigator’s story must be based on actual admissible evidence, and must be legally sound and persuasive. The objective of this article, the third in this four-part series, is to discuss how in-house and outside counsel can draft an effective litigation story.

To recap, a successful litigation story includes the following five essential ingredients: (1) it must convey a story about what makes the party deserving, unique, and worthy of justice; (2) it must provide a solid evidentiary basis for the desired outcome; (3) it must be tethered to the law, logic, and common sense; (4) it must carefully weave in the major themes that are central to the case; and (5) it must anticipate the opposing party’s story and legal arguments, and explain why the other party’s position is legally deficient, not credible, and/or unworthy. The litigator’s challenge is taking these ingredients and pairing them with the elements of narrative. To do this well, in-house and outside counsel must analyze the case using the tried and true methods of storytelling.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at customercare@alm.com

Lean Adviser Legal

Think Lean Daily Message

"Nothing gets the hungry lawyer s juices flowing like a big new project, but the temptation to dive in and start lawyering must be resisted. Planning comes before execution. And it is incumbent on the lawyer, not the client, to initiate that planning."

Learn More

 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2018 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.