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Superman’s powers included flight, super-strength, super-speed, x-ray vision, super-hearing, super-intelligence, and super-breath, which enables him to blow out air at freezing temperatures, as well as exert the propulsive force of high-speed winds.
Wonder Woman is a masterful athlete, acrobat, fighter and strategist, trained and experienced in many ancient and modern forms of armed and unarmed combat, including exclusively Amazonian martial arts. She even uses her Amazon bracelets to stop bullets. Don’t get me started on what she can do with her golden lasso.
The Flash is capable of running faster than the speed of light creating vortexes charged with electricity and, at times during the Silver Age, is described as faster than the speed of thought. When he tried really hard, he could even run ten times the speed of light.
So what’s your superpower?
Truth be told, every single trial lawyer I’ve met has their own and very unique superpower. The problem is that most trial lawyers don’t know this or, they never spend time to find out what it is.
Instead, they focus their attention on duplicating what everyone else is doing. By do so, they never really give themselves a chance to fly, use their Amazon bracelets, or run faster than the speed of light.
So why does this happen? Why are most trial lawyers afraid to tap in to their superpowers?
I think the answer is that they’re afraid. They’re afraid to make a mistake or afraid that the judge, jury or their client will not like what they see or hear. They’re afraid of losing the case.
It’s kind of sad when you think about it.
You see, you already have the ability to be the best trial lawyer in town. All you need to do is be brave enough to discover and focus on your own unique superpower and then use it for good and to battle evil.
Not sure what your Superpower is? Ask a close friend. He’ll tell you. Ask what it is about you that has earned his friendship over the years? What qualities does he see in you that he doesn’t see in anyone else? Why would he trust you to protect him during trial? You might just be pleasantly surprised at his answer.
Once you figure out your superpower, focus with laser precision on doing all you can to improve your superpower. Do what needs to be done to make a small 1% improvement in your superpower each and every day. At the end of the 6 months, you’ll be flying faster than Superman, fighting better than Wonder Woman, and running faster than the Flash.
With your new found confidence and superpower, not only will you be better equipped to fight evil in the courtroom, you’ll also enjoy the experience of being a trial lawyer much more because you’ll be yourself. And that my friend is the greatest superpower of all!
Mitch Jackson has been a trial lawyer for 27 years and is a 2013 California Litigation Lawyer of the Year (CLAY Award) and 2009 Orange County Trial Lawyer of the Year. When he’s not trying cases, Mitch uses social media to help attorneys become better trial lawyers and to show everyone (not just lawyers) how to communicate more effectively. His law firm website is JacksonandWilson.com and his communication tips blog is MitchJackson.com
April 30, 2013 by Leave a Comment
This approach works both during litigation and trial. After all, while litigation is a dance, some trials can be a boxing match. Just as a professional boxer studies the moves and tendencies of his opponent before stepping in to the ring, you too should take the time to learn as much as you can about exactly how opposing counsel tries his or her case.
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April 6, 2013 by Leave a Comment
I’m getting ready for a wrongful death jury trial but wanted to get this quick smartphone video off to you. I use these 5 steps all the time. Hope you find them useful.
April 1, 2013 by Leave a Comment
New York Times bestselling author, Chris Brogan, recently interviewed me about how I communicate as a trial lawyer. Several topics included how I truly try to interact with people and some of the approaches I use to get large verdicts for our clients. During the podcast, I shared my honest thoughts with Chris and I truly hope you find value in the interview.
Please feel free to share this link with young trial lawyers who are still trying to figure things out.
P.S.- The above picture shows Chris Brogan on the left and on the right in an unrelated event, yours truly and California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, during last month’s CLAY Awards in San Francisco.
February 14, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Mitch shares his thoughts about success and having the right mindset to practice law and win jury trials…
March 10, 2012 by 1 Comment
Keep your closing argument in complicated cases simple and easy to understand. Don’t try to cover everything. Focus on the important points.
February 25, 2012 by 3 Comments
Here’s a very simple thing you should do in every trial. Many lawyers just don’t get it!
February 20, 2012 by 1 Comment
Most jurors don’t know what a deposition is or the significance and implications of giving sworn testimony. Lawyers who simply try to impeach the witness by referring to and then reading from a page and line in the transcript are missing a golden opportunity to destroy the witness on cross.
In this video I share a great way use prior sworn deposition testimony to impeach the witness on cross. At the same time, I’m teaching the jury all about the significance of depositions. I’d like to know your thoughts so please share your comments!