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Tips for Better Presenting Photographs in Court

NikonWell-presented photographs are powerful tools for litigators. In this post, I’ll share some samples that show how we’ve helped litigators use photographs in court, along with a number of tips for getting the most from your photographs in litigation.

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The sample above illustrates several of our tips at once, in particular:

Tip 1: Use many photographs to tell a visual story. In planning for the use of photographs, think broadly about using many images that set a scene for the jury rather than simply focusing on photographs that are essential to the elements of your case. Images help jurors understand and retain information. If you’re talking about a company in opening, then show pictures of its offices and logo. If you refer to a machine, show a picture of that machine. These visual elements help keep your jurors engaged.

Tip 2: Accompany photographs with maps and diagrams to provide context. The board above illustrates how a site map can be used with photographs to provide important context. [Continue reading]

Best Courtroom Presentation Provider, Once Again

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We're honored and thankful that The Recorder has recognized Cogent Legal as "Best Courtroom Presentation Provider" in its 2014 Annual Survey. This is the second year in a row that Cogent received the honor. If you're one of the people that voted … [Continue reading]

How Storyboards Helped Win a Multimillion-Dollar Verdict

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A recent case Cogent Legal worked on highlights how storyboards can be a great option for your case presentation. The name "storyboard" comes from animated movies where the entire plot of a movie is made in images, generally drawn by hand, … [Continue reading]

Beautiful Graphs of Large Data Sets for Litigation

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Numbers, and the interpretation of numbers, play a big role in litigation. Presenting numerical data in court often requires a good graph of the numbers to show changes and trends in the numbers. Litigators or litigants may be able to make simple … [Continue reading]

Step by Step Development of an Animation That Helps Settle a Case

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We all know the power of a well-done animation in front of a jury. Such animations can help visually explain concepts in moments instead of in hours. However, they can also be instrumental in settling a case. This fact was true in a recent case … [Continue reading]

Remote Tech Help for Busy Attorneys


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke I’ve recently been using a cool new tool at Cogent Legal, remote conferencing software from Adobe Connect. The software allows me to share computer screens … [Continue reading]

The Need for Animations to Show Injury in PI Cases

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At Cogent Legal, we create graphics to visually convey concepts for business cases, patent cases, employment and more. One the most useful things we do, in my view as a former litigator who handled numerous PI cases, is create animations that show in … [Continue reading]

Supreme Court Creates Copyright Uncertainty in Aereo Decision

In today’s 6-3 ABC v. Aereo decision, the Supreme Court made a mess of copyright law and sowed uncertainty for technology companies by trying to plug a loophole. As Justice Scalia put it in his dissent, the Court put in place "an improvised standard … [Continue reading]

Supreme Court: Computer-Implemented Abstract Ideas Were Not Patent Eligible

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Today, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision limiting the scope of software patents in the case of Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank. In the opinion, a unanimous court held that the patent claims involved the abstract concept of … [Continue reading]

Easy Dictation for Attorneys: a Demo of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Voice Recognition

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Bottom line: I heartily recommend voice recognition software to busy attorneys who have fairly new computers (e.g. no more than 3 years old). —Ernie Svenson of Paperless Chase in his blog post reviewing Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I … [Continue reading]