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Shane Read is the Best-Selling Author of Winning at Deposition (4.8 of out 5 stars: http://amzn.to/2dOMosb) and Winning at Trial (4.8 of out 5 stars: http://amzn.to/2cUR3rg) both of which I have read and highly recommend every law student and member of the bench and bar read. These two books have proven invaluable to me in my litigation practice and I put Turning Points at Trial in their rare company.
Turning Points at Trial is Mr. Read’s highly anticipated new release taking the reader inside the mind of some of the best trial lawyers in America at the most critical stages of actual cases.
This book flawlessly compacts many decades of litigation experience from these best-of-the-best litigators into an accessible and practical resource that every law student, lawyer and judge will learn from.
Mr. Read artfully demonstrates how the outcome of actual cases turned on the application of litigation techniques in opening statements, cross-examinations, and closing arguments. If experience is the best instructor then reading Turning Points at Trial is the next best thing--guaranteed. Don’t go to trial without first having read this masterpiece!
This is probably the most entertaining (and at the same time practical) book that I have read on trial practice. I could not put this book down once I started reading it. I learned more advanced techniques in presentation than any other book I have read on the subject. Especially loved the parts on Opening Statements and Cross-examination (the Mark Lanier section on opening alone would be worth the cost of the book, but there is so much more). Maybe the best part of this book is that the author explores not only how these attorneys would present large interesting cases, but also asks the attorneys about skills that can be used in everyday smaller cases. Great Book, with no filler. You will not regret this purchase!
I’m not sure there’s a better trial advocacy book out there and I’ve read just about all of them. First, I was skeptical at how “good” this book really could be. But then I read it. It’s not a quick how to but rather an intimate look at the trial technique, style and psychology of the worlds best lawyer minds. Mark Lanier needs no introduction but the chapters on his cases alone make this a must read. Dr. Read is an incredibly talented story teller and shares these trial tribulations in ways that not only kept me reading but I was actively taking notes to apply the lessons to my current cases.
Just over a year after ordering and reading this book I attended the Lanier Trial Academy and saw Mark Lanier first hand. He’s in a league of his own. By sheer chance, I looked to my left and I was sitting next to Dr Read himself. He is incredibly humble and gracious and I really enjoyed getting to speak with him so intimately. For a whole day and a half I thought he was just some regular guy because he was so polite and humble. I told him I’d read his books and that I wish I had known he was coming so I could have brought my books for him to sign. He said had an extra copy of Turning Points book and signed it and gave it to me! I recommend any book by Dr Read but this one is a must read for any trial lawyer. It will change the way you try Cases for the better in every capacity.
One sign of a great teaching tool is that you can refer to it and each time gain a fresh insight. This is that kind of book. I've already told my friends to buy it and that if they don't like it, I will pay them the money back; I think my money's safe.
Read features descriptions of, and transcripts from, actual cases tried by many lawyers, some famous (Alan Dershowitz, Mark Lanier, Robert Bennett) and some less famous but equally accomplished. Each chapter includes excerpts from one of the lawyer's major cases, spliced together with interviews and explanations. It's an ambitious book that, contrary to its title, covers more than just trials; there are major chapters on depositions and appellate arguments.
To use a sports analogy, it's like sitting down with the Super Bowl winning QB and coach, and walking through the game film of every important play in the game, so that you understand what was done and why each step of the way. It's a fantastic way to learn.
Excellent -- I read it cover to cover in basically a day. It would be worth a read just for all the good ideas and pointers from the all-star lawyers who are profiled, but there is also a lot of good explanatory material by the author which makes the book much more than just a collection of trial war stories.
No one can tell you how to be a great trial lawyer. So Shane Read shows you how the greats do it. His examples illustrate an overlooked point--that many trials are not won as wars of attrition but rather by winning one critical battle. His examples show how one critical exchange at trial not only shores up your credibility but also reframes the rest of the case around your narrative.
On top of that, let's face it: great trial stories are extremely entertaining. So expect to finish the book entertained by the great stories and armed with a better sense for creating great moments at trial.
As someone who isn't a lawyer, I found Turning Points at Trial to be an extremely interesting read. The author interviews well-known attorneys and simplifies what can be learned from his most intriguing trials. The cases were so compelling that I felt it read like a novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any lawyer or individual looking for a thought-provoking read.
This book pulls back the curtain on what makes for a successful trial lawyer. It not only includes excerpts from actual trials, but also tips and strategies from the lawyers themselves based on the author’s interviews. I’m excited to apply the techniques in my own trial practice. I recommend the book to law students, practitioners, and anyone interested in the art of advocacy. It is a pleasure to read.
Shane Read has done it again; he has written another must-read book for lawyers and law students. Read’s latest book is Turning Points at Trial: Great Lawyers Share Secrets, Strategies and Skills. Turning Points at Trial delivers exceptional trial strategies and techniques in an effective and highly readable fashion. This new work is on a par with his prior award winning books Winning at Deposition and Winning at Trial.