Opening to Win

Seven tips for delivering an effective opening statement.

, New York Law Journal

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David R. Marriott, a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and Richard Sullivan, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, write: While the opening statement occupies a small portion of most trials, it is difficult to overstate its importance in a jury trial. Done well, it can shape the way jurors receive the evidence and create a lasting positive impression. Done poorly, it can put counsel at an early disadvantage from which it may be difficult to recover.

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