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Legal Education

Our lawyers share their knowledge and demonstrate their commitment to client services and the legal profession by publishing useful articles on a variety of topics.

NeuroPersuasion: Emotion Trumps Logic
A paper accompanying a presentation at the Nevada Justice Association conference in Vancouver, September 2016

“In over 40 years of criminal and civil trial experience I found that only two things are required to win a case. First, get the judge or jury to want to decide in your favor. Second, show them how…”

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Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Quantifying Loss of Earning Capacity
An article published in the Summer 2016 edition of the Verdict

“Quantifying personal injury damages is about predicting uncertain events, both past and future. The lay person turns to her counsel who…forecasts a range were both past and future lose of earnings ought to fall at trial.”

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Prosecuting Highway Maintenance Cases: Best Principles
An article published in the Winter 2016 edition of the Verdict

“Prosecuting highway maintenance cases are tough and expensive. It is important to compile the evidence, obtain your expert(s), and refine your theory of liability…”

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Future Cost of Care in Canada: Justice Requires Something Better
An article published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Verdict

“Money is a barren substitute for health and personal happiness, but to the extent, within reason, that money can be used to sustain or improve the mental or physical health of the injured person it may properly form part of a claim…”

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The (Once Presumed Dead) Three Day Jury Trial
An article published in the 2009 edition of the Verdict

A behavioural study commissioned by Lloyds TSB Insurance reveals that the average attention span is now just five minutes and seven seconds, compared to more than twelve minutes a decade ago.

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Jury Trials 2009: Skills and Tips to Demystify the Trial by Jury
From a presentation at the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia conference, Jury Trials, 2009

Jury research shows that by the time of closing submissions, the vast majority of jurors believe they have already made up their minds.

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Jury Openings: Persuading Without Advocating
From a presentation at the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia conference, Jury Trials, 2009 in Vancouver.
Published in the October 2009 edition of the Verdict

How do you maintain the interest of the jury in the age of Google, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook?

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Talking to Juries in Brain Injury Trials
From a presentation at the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia conference, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation: Medical and Legal Issues, 2008

A wise man once told me that there is no real difference between how you put together and present a big case, and how you put together and present a small case, except for the number of zeros after the result.

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Following up on your examination for discovery: Where do we go from here?
From a presentation at the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia conference, Successful Trial Tactics, 2007

For years, in my practice, the weeks and months following my client’s examination for discovery were a key time frame in my personal injury cases.

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The Insurer's Duty of Good Faith And Fair Dealing
An article published in the October 2002 edition of the Verdict

“…The insurer’s exclusive power to settle can entice the insurer to gamble with the assets of its insured. Can the insurer gamble with impunity or does the law impose an affirmative duty on the insurer to settle for the policy limits where an excess judgment is likely?”

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Vicarious Liability of a Lessor Under The Motor Vehicle Act
An article published in the December 2001 edition of the Verdict

“In motor vehicle accident cases where the plaintiff has suffered serious injuries, the damages will often exceed the third party insurance coverage…”

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