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Turning Points at Trial: Great Lawyers Share Secrets, Strategies and Skills by [Shane Read]

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The author, Shane Read, deserves much credit for expertly curating a project of this magnitude. Each of the seven main sections—Opening Statement, Direct Examination, Cross-Examination, Cross-Examination of the Expert Witness, Closing Argument, Deposition, and Appellate Oral Argument—contain two or three chapters featuring selected attorneys and (as promised in the title) critical moments in illustrative cases . . . The range of topics is similarly impressive, from medical malpractice and adoption to SUV safety and the death penalty. The cases studied involve diverse elements, such as the Zapruder film, the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal, and the brutal attack on a San Francisco Giants fan in the Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium parking lot. Read is a master of organization and elucidation, guiding readers point by point through the testimony (with crucial phrases highlighted in boldface), along with practice tips and notable quotes from the profiled attorney set off in the margins and revisited at the end of each chapter . . . Read structures the text for maximum efficiency and impact . . . As an added bonus, Read has created a companion website to house supplemental materials: video, audio, and additional transcripts. Required reading for trial lawyers, but also exceptionally informative for anyone interested in legal proceedings. —Kirkus Reviews


Each chapter is well written and organized throughout the book. . . . Read's mastery of writing in the narrative softens the edges to these academic and complex topics through storytelling, illustrative cases, and transcript excerpts. Great trial attorneys are masterful oral storytellers. Read does the same here, just on paper. The diverse collection of attorneys that Read showcases provides an interesting mosaic of courtroom strategies and skills for attorneys, young and seasoned, to learn from. This is a great reading selection for all attorneys.
--The Texas Bar Journal
Turning Points at Trial is a keeper. . . . This book is like going to an advanced seminar on litigation and listening to a prominent lawyer giving a presentation on a particular subject. . . .
Young lawyers will learn very good techniques on all aspects of litigation, from depositions to appellate oral argument. Even the most experienced trial lawyers will get something beneficial out of each chapter.
--The Wisconsin Lawyer

"Turning Points showcases the work of outstanding trial attorneys using a combination of description, commentary, and transcripts. Through this layered approach, the author has created a superb modeling exemplar and how-to resource for trial and appellate attorneys of all experience levels."
--The Colorado Lawyer

"Shane Read has written the best book I ever read on the trial of cases - including the one I wrote."
--Alex Sanders, Retired Chief Judge, South Carolina Court of Appeals
"Turning Points at Trial kicks a** and takes names. It uses a unique and effective technique to teach trial skills. Shane Read has interviewed some of the best trial lawyers in America on topics from opening statement to final argument. From each legend Read has gleaned the "secrets" to their success and then uses actual trial transcripts to hammer home these "secrets." He wraps up each chapter with a checklist. Turning Point at Trial is one of the best trial advocacy books I have read in my 46 years of practicing law."
--Dicky Grigg, Past President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

"I have seldom, if ever, been very impressed with any legal writing about trial skills or great trial lawyers as they are mostly dull and too elementary. Not any more--Read's book is the best I have ever read and is an amazing work which is interesting and fun to read with so many good ideas on every aspect of effective trial presentations."
--Lewis Sifford, Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates
"Lawyers learn trial advocacy skills by example, and in Turning Points at Trial, Shane Read has showcased an exceptional array of examples from some truly extraordinary trial advocates. These real-world examples are as entertaining as they are instructive, making Turning Points a page-turner as well as a superb trial advocacy textbook."
--Walter B. Huffman, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Texas Tech Univ. School of Law, The 35th Judge Advocate General, United States Army

"Everything is covered from jury selection to evidence preparation to closing argument and even appellate strategy. The checklists will help any lawyer getting ready for a trial, and the stories are vividly conveyed in a readable, interesting style. Highly recommended."
--Paula Sweeney, Past President, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
"Read reveals diverse strategies, tactics, and skills by preeminent plaintiff and defense counsel to persuade decision-makers. His focus on narrative themes and storytelling in the context of actual cases is invaluable for understanding the trial lawyer craft. By examining the architecture, logic, language, and legal structure of how the most accomplished lawyers design their lawsuits, Read has provided a unique collection of roadmaps for litigation success."
--Francis E. McGovern, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law, President, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters

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