Putting on a case for trial involves a variety of skills and a significant amount of knowledge. The indispensable key to success at trial is to have a strong case on the facts and to present it with professionalism and honesty. The simple fact is that juries hate liars, and they also tend to justifiably deal harshly with lawyers or witnesses who exaggerate or who refuse to deal honestly with issues in the case.
Even a strong case can lose its luster if the lawyer does not have the requisite knowledge and skills. For instance, a trial lawyer needs to know the rules of evidence well enough to anticipate where there will be issues and to phrase questions in ways that will comply with the rules. The lawyer also needs to arrange for testimony from appropriate experts so that you can prove medical causation for your injuries and so that as many of your medical bills as possible can be awarded by a jury or judge. There are also useful methods and costly pitfalls in how the lawyer examines witnesses for the other side of the case.
You want a law firm which has significant trial experience. Not only can such a firm take your case through trial, if that’s necessary, but the firm can also offer better advice and help to resolve the claim for a better recovery without having to go to trial. At Dawson Law Group, we take great pride in offering our clients straightforward advice, even when we have the tell our clients what they don’t want to hear. We can point out as we’re preparing for a trial where there may be issues with evidence, and we can evaluate where we think damages may fall based on having evaluated thousands of cases, and having taken dozens through trial and hundreds through arbitration. Portland is also a small enough town that other lawyers and insurers tend to know who is capable of taking the case to trial if fair settlement offers are not made.
Please bear in mind that none of this means that your claim will go to trial unless you want it to. Especially with our trial experience, we know that trials are risky, extremely expensive, and the source of emotional turmoil for clients and their families. We settle far more cases than we take to trial or arbitration. First, we try to resolve claims with the insurance companies before a lawsuit is even filed. Second, we attempt to continue negotiations once a defense attorney has been hired, and we settle some cases all the way up until a few days before trial. We often hire mediators to try to move negotiations towards resolving a tough case. The bottom line is that if our clients want a case to settle, it will settle. Especially given the unpredictable risks involved in trials, we always support our clients’ decisions to settle.
Bryan Dawson has tried dozens of cases and has taken probably over a hundred cases through arbitrations. He has tried cases in most of the courts in northwest Oregon. Ben Larson is younger but he’s worked closely with Bryan on several trials and Ben has taken several cases through arbitration. Please call us to discuss your claim.
Dawson Law Group P.C.
5695 Hood Street
West Linn OR 97068
Licensed in OR and CA
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated