How to Create the Most Effective Demonstratives for Real Estate Cases

The following post is by Dave Nugent, Cogent Legal’s Senior Producer

At Cogent Legal, real estate and land use cases are among our favorite to support. They can offer up rich and tangible imagery to shape for jury scrutiny. We humans seem to be drawn to all things about “land.” Yet most real estate cases are really about contracts, escrows allegedly mishandled, government initiatives impacting developers, insurance coverage, or claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

Not surprisingly, trial teams for such cases, on occasion, come to us focused on a document-centric visual presentation—that is, focused on contracts and emails. In these instances we try to remind them of the following two tips to help win the attention and “discerning bias” of the jury: (more…)

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