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How truck lawyers can give an effective opening statement

Written by Steve Gursten Posted July 31st, 2015

Truck Roundtable Co-Founder Michael Leizerman speaks at Trucking Litigation Group for the  American Association for Justice 2015 Annual Convention in Montreal

Truck accident attorney Michael Leizerman

Roundtable Co-Founder Michael Leizerman presented to the American Association for Justice 2015 Annual Convention in Montreal this month at the trucking litigation track. He spoke before the  Truck Accident Litigation Group, and his topic was about teaching attorneys how to give a powerful opening statement in a trucking  case.

Michael gave examples from two of his recent trucking trials, recreating a portion of one of them that he performed live for the packed audience. He also discussed strategic use of visual aids and exhibits during opening statement and trial.

The goal of an effective opening statement is to include the jury, so they understand the devastating impact a truck wreck has had. And so the crash resonates with the jury so they’re motivated to fix the harms and losses that have been suffered.

Michael Leizerman was the first chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, a national group that teaches accident lawyers how to properly litigate truck accident cases.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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