THE IDEAL QUALITIES OF A TRIAL LAWYER: VISUALIZATION

THE IDEAL QUALITIES OF A TRIAL LAWYER: VISUALIZATION

THE IDEAL QUALITIES OF A TRIAL LAWYER: VISUALIZATION

When searching for an individual to represent you in a court of law, what characteristics should you look for? Someone successful, for sure; but not in terms of how big the lawyer's bank account is. When we say successful, we speak in terms of the qualities to which we aspire. Robert T. Eglet wrote a piece in The Trial Lawyer this past summer, and we feel these idealistic qualities are worth sharing. After all, we are all works in progress seeking to better ourselves daily. Why not use a road map?

VISUALIZATION

"If you do not know what your desired destination is, it is impossible to draw a map of how to get there." Robert T. Eglet.

The first ideal quality of a trial lawyer is the ability to visualize the entire trial from start to finish, but the successful lawyer does not start at the beginning. The successful lawyer begins with the end in mind; the final verdict he or she wants to see being read at the end of a trial. By visualizing every aspect of a trial from opening statements to cross examinations to closing arguments, the successful lawyer plans for the unexpected and is prepared for surprises. Visualization prepares the mind, developing a roadmap around common trial pitfalls: uncooperative or combative witnesses, objections, even surprising jury reactions.

By continuously visualizing the scene, seeing the verdict you want being returned, you will make your vision a reality. After all, seeing is believing.