Featured Pro: David Pitre, Esq.

Last summer, Louisiana Advocates Magazine published an article “DIY Courtroom Tech for the Trial Lawyer” by today’s Featured Pro, trial lawyer, David Pitre. We saw it (you can read it here), and had to talk to David, ask him about how he uses TrialPad, and get a few additional tips and tricks for our readers like you. Here are three standouts from David’s article, and our conversation:

1) DIY
When we spoke with David, one of his keys to an excellent DIY presentation is the DIY aspect itself. When a lawyer can present the case for themselves, they are fully in control, whereas there is an inherent delay in asking someone else to bring up a particular page, and then tell them to either go to the next page, highlight a paragraph, etc. David knows this from experience - both his own previous experience in electronic trials, and his more recent experience watching various opposing counsels’ presentation delays. DIY helps David present evidence smoothly and seamlessly as he talks to witnesses, judges, and juries.

2) Software
David chooses to use TrialPad because it lets him hold his entire case on a device the size of a legal pad, and gives him the power to put up a document, zoom, callout or annotate it as he discusses it. He also chooses TrialPad because it is straightforward, and easy to use. In fact, David says using TrialPad is “effortless”. 

3) Equipment
Because David brings his own equipment to the courtroom, and uses it to practice in the office beforehand, he avoids the possible pitfall of being unfamiliar with the physical presentation equipment. Bringing his own equipment means scheduling a setup time in advance, taking a look at the courtroom he’ll be in, finding the outlets, and testing the equipment. Some courts have equipment installed already, and plugging in and testing ahead of time is a good idea for those courtrooms too. Even still, David also also always has a backup plan. Should a cable go bad, he has another. By being prepared, David can be assured that when it is trial time, he can focus on the art of the trial itself, with little concern for the technology.

While presenting your case well is an achievement, sometimes the best parts of a trial come at the end. In David’s case the best parts include more than the verdict he hoped for. On many occasions judges, juries, and even opposing counsel have complimented David’s presentation style, and the seamless use of technology to present his case. Preparation, and the right tools are some of the keys to his success. Take a look at his article, and download TrialPad today.

David is a partner with Silbert, Garon, Pitre & Friedman, and practices exclusively in the area of personal injury and wrongful death for accident victims and their families throughout the Gulf-South region. David is based in Gulfport, Mississippi.

How To Transfer Files Using iTunes File Sharing

iTunes is not just for music! iTunes has a File Sharing feature that allows you to quickly and easily transfer files back and forth between your computer and our apps on your iPad. Read on, and see the screenshots below!

On your desktop computer, launch iTunes, and connect your iPad to the computer using the Lightning to USB cable that you use to charge your iPad. Once connected, a small iPad icon will appear in the top left of the iTunes screen. Click on this icon to see various information about your iPad, then click on File Sharing under the Settings section to see a list of apps that can transfer files between your iPad and computer. Click on the name of the app on the left side to reveal the [AppName] Documents area on the right side.

To copy files from your computer to the selected app on your iPad: Drag your files from your computer into the [AppName] Documents window. You can drag individual files, a group of selected files, or a folder of files. (Please refer to the app's User Guide for details on the supported file types.)

To copy files from the selected app to your computer: Drag your files from the [AppName] Documents window to the desktop of the computer. (Windows users need to select the files, then click on the “Save to…” button to move files to their computer.) 

If you’re copying a lot of documents you’ll see a progress bar showing the files being copied. Allow the transfer to complete, then disconnect your iPad from the computer.

If you transferred files from your computer to the iPad, the next time you launch any of our apps you’ll see the New Files (X) indicator in the top left of the main Cases Screen. Tap on this New Files button to select the documents, then choose a Case Folder to import them into.

NOTE: The same iTunes File Sharing process can be used to copy an Archive of an entire Case Folder, complete with its organizational structure and document annotations, from your iPad to a desktop computer. This is useful to create a backup of a Case Folder, or to duplicate a Case Folder on another iPad.

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Just Like Winter, Subscriptions Are Coming

LIT SOFTWARE has always been committed to creating great software that allows our users to do more with less. In creating great software, we've never seen ourselves as merely selling apps, but instead as providing solutions to problems, and streamlining difficult tasks, with a better user experience than currently exists on any platform. Our maintenance and support has always been included, and we have some of the best documentation available for any app. We've also constantly and continually updated our apps to add new features and improvements based on our users' suggestions. We plan to continue that well into the future. 

The only way any development company can competently make plans for future development is to have a business plan with a clear path forward. Many software companies have turned to subscriptions to give them the capital needed to continue to develop, and to continue to exist. But as Lee Rosen points out so well, while subscriptions are good for the developer, they are equally, if not more beneficial to the consumer. And for that reason, just like winter, subscriptions are coming. 

With the (rapidly obsolescent) traditional software purchasing model the consumer buys a piece of software, installs and uses it until they choose to buy an updated version, or until it no longer works on their hardware and they are forced to abandon it or buy again. Depending on the category of user, a new version is released for sale every year or two, and the developer uses sales revenue to continue to work on compatibility updates, bug fixes, and new features and capabilities. 

At first blush, this model works well for the consumer. But time and technology has changed the relevancy of the old model so that today there are several drawbacks for both the consumer and the developer. Subscriptions seem to be the answer to most of the drawbacks, and that's why they're imminent. 

Problems with the old model include slower development timetables, compatibility issues, and inevitable product bloat. Developers in the traditional model often felt it appropriate to hold new features or capabilities "hostage" for the next version to justify charging an upgrade fee. Holding back features for a big update gave them something to market, and encouraged year-over-year income for their business. New features and upgrades were offered yearly (or more), and required another purchase. 

Asking users to pay again often had the effect of users sticking with the old software until they felt they had to update it. But, if users waited too long to upgrade, or upgraded only their hardware, it could mean lost data and loss of work, or even a non-functional piece of software. Developers found themselves supporting multiple versions on multiple platforms — a support nightmare that also required extra work in compatibility patches. So, they started charging yearly maintenance fees on top of the cost of the software. Users paid again and still felt the frustration of software bugs, and not being able to use something that was supposed to make life easier. 

The problem compounded when developers continued to add lots of new features to the same software. Doing this created software that was no longer feature rich, but bloated and confusing. Everyone has seen this kind of software. It has tools that no one uses, multiple confusing drop down menus, and resultantly requires training — another source of revenue to the developer and a software training cottage industry. 

The end result of the traditional software model was often bloated, expensive software, with yearly maintenance fees, per seat costs, associated hardware like servers, and a need for training. All of that became so expensive that many solo law firms couldn't contemplate the privilege of dealing with all that complication because of the high cost. 

Subscriptions fix both the software and cost issues. They allow developers to add features that users actually want, and delete the features that are no longer used. This is good for the consumer because it means leaving behind ugly, complicated, applications and replacing them with clean and nimble apps that you'll actually use. Subscriptions allow users to budget on a consistent basis, and guarantee the latest version all the time, rather than having to decide between paying a big upfront cost to upgrade or just stick with the old version every year. There's no reason for yearly required maintenance anymore, and good developers can make sure that their software stays feature rich without requiring extensive training. If the consumer stops using the app they don't pay for it, and if they decide to use it again at a later date it will be compatible with the latest hardware and OS, and will still be eligible to get the frequent updates. 

And speaking of frequent updates, on the developer side, subscriptions provide a constant and predictable revenue stream so that they can keep up with the lightning speed of modern hardware and OS development. When the traditional software model was taking form, it didn't have to contemplate rapid changes in hardware development, or constant and free operating system upgrades that are commonplace today. Users could, and did, hold onto old operating systems and computers for years at a time. With the iPad, the hardware and the iOS are overhauled every year. Additional new and significant iOS features are also released throughout the year. Developers must keep pace with that development speed, or their apps potentially die. 

If a developer isn't able to keep up, and the app dies, that's disappointing when the app in question is a game, but it is potentially devastating if the app is a key part of your practice. With the advent of iOS 11, many apps created and sold on the App Store will cease to work without a significant update as they were initially created as 32-bit apps, and iOS 11 requires 64-bit apps. iPad users are not going to hold off on hardware and software updates so that their favorite apps will continue to work on their devices, nor should they. Instead app development needs to keep up the rapid pace that makes apps so nimble in the first place. 

As iPads become commonplace to lawyers, our users have gotten much more sophisticated, asking for features and capabilities that require significant development effort and resources. Many of the features and capabilities we are working on now have taken months, even years to develop. Our users deserve to have software that is cutting edge, that works when and how they need it, and they need our company to consistently deliver that high-quality software into the foreseeable future.

We plan to continue adding new features and improvements to our apps, and developing new apps. To do that effectively we may need to change our pricing model in order to stay current, competitive, and profitable. Many developers are moving to subscriptions, not just for themselves, but to better serve their users. As we plan for the future, we may go the subscription route as well. Just like winter, subscriptions are coming. 

Featured Pro: Ian Unsworth, QC

Ian Unsworth, Queen’s Counsel, has been at the Bar for 25 years, and has been a Silk for 7. His practice is mostly prosecution work for the Crown, but also includes defense work. In his many years at the Bar, Mr. Unsworth has handled some of the most complex trials in England, from murder to bank robbery. The trials usually involve enormous volumes of evidentiary data, including documents and photos, as well as CCTV footage. Of late, he’s depended on TrialPad to present it all.

Mr. Unsworth spoke with us a few weeks ago to discuss his recent experiences with TrialPad, and started with some interesting background information. Several years ago, the Crown Courts of England and Wales began a Criminal Justice Service Efficiency Programme, which is an effort to add technology at every step of the legal process in the hope of also adding significant efficiency. Part of the program is called the Crown In Court Presentation Project, which worked to make every courtroom in the Crown Courts System a place where evidence could be presented electronically from a laptop or tablet. As a result, every courtroom has a dedicated WiFi network to which barristers are given access, as well as a system which wirelessly connects barristers’ devices to screens throughout the courtroom to display digital evidence  including CCTV footage, digital images, audio recordings, and documents.

Lawyers in the Crown Courts System are encouraged to work from their laptops or tablets, and many have chosen iPads as they are light, portable, and reliable. Outside the courtroom all documents in the Crown Court Digital Case System, the official evidence database, are electronic and available to view or download by barristers involved in the matter, virtually eliminating paper throughout the legal process. This has increased efficiency within the Courts, and also pushed barristers toward using laptops or tablets as a regular part of their practices. Inside the courtroom, barristers typically use the built-in wireless presentation system to share their computer screens, but zooming in or highlighting documents is limited to the abilities of the PDF program they are running, and callouts or comparing two documents side by side is not possible. Enter Mr. Unsworth and TrialPad.

Mr. Unsworth’s first use of TrialPad was for a large and complex criminal trial. The case involved six defendants and a lot of evidence, including many documents and photos, secret recordings and their associated transcripts, and closed circuit footage of the defendants blowing up banks (yes, literally). During what would be a four month trial, Mr Unsworth relied on TrialPad to display all of that evidence through the Court’s wireless system. He described TrialPad’s performance during that time as flawless. The ability to not only display documents, but to quickly call them up, then highlight and callout portions where focus or emphasis was needed made his presentation much faster and more effective, resulting in Mr. Unsworth’s opposing QC downloading TrialPad a few days into the trial. Later, the presiding Judge even remarked that every trial ought to operate the way Mr. Unsworth conducted his presentation of evidence. There have been several trials since then, and Mr. Unsworth has brought TrialPad to every one.

While part of his presentation success is found in his significant experience at the Bar, part is also now due to TrialPad working seamlessly with technology that is built into every courtroom in England and Wales. Because the same exact setup is found in every courtroom, the technology portion of legal presentation is simplified and streamlined to great effect. Mr. Unsworth can be confident that the only equipment he needs to present in any courtroom throughout the entire system is his iPad and TrialPad. He merely has to turn up and plug in. One cannot present more efficiently than that.


A side note for US Lawyers: If we in the United States are honest with ourselves, we know that our Federal Court System has made somewhat of an effort in allowing electronic presentation of evidence. But, we have 50 states, and a few territories, all with tens, sometimes hundreds of counties, each with very disparate capabilities. Unlike in the Crown Courts System, walking into a courtroom is a mystery in terms of the technology in place, and often the technology the judge will allow to be brought in. The resulting legal expenses incurred by lawyers and their clients because of this inefficiency, coupled with necessary equipment purchases, rentals or vendor costs, is incalculable.

In England and Wales the Crown Courts System expects lawyers to use technology for the efficiency it brings, and supports them by providing it in a uniform and consistent way. As a result, a barrister can walk into any court in England or Wales, confident in what equipment he or she will find there, and with the knowledge, ability, and expectation that they will use it to the benefit of their client or the Crown. When will lawyers in the United States be able to expect the same?

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Featured Pro: Joseph P. Tunstall, Esq.

After reading an excellent article in the October 2017 issue of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s Trial Briefs magazine, LIT SOFTWARE decided to feature the author, Joseph P. Tunstall, Esq. as our latest Featured Pro!

Mr. Tunstall, of O'Malley, Tunstall in Raleigh, North Carolina, started using TrialPad after his laptop froze during a trial back in 2010. He had heard about other people using only their iPads to try cases. Within the next year he saw a presentation from an attorney who used only an iPad and Apple TV and was hooked. Mr. tunstall has now tried over 20 cases using only his iPad. He told us, "I’ve used a TV and I’ve used a projector, but I will always use TrialPad."

TOP TIP: "Put EVERY document that you may think you may want to use into the system, because you can then find and use it VERY quickly during trial."

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Featured Pro: Chase Ware

Chase Ware is the owner of The Trial Group based in Arlington, TX. Though he is based in Texas, his firm does trial support work all over the country. Most of the trials he handles are asbestos cases involving huge document productions and several weeks of trial at a time.

He has personally been in courtrooms in Boston, Chicago, Iowa and beyond. In his travels, Chase often finds himself in a courtroom with other trial presentation companies that are typically using older PC-based trial presentation programs.

Chase has been doing trial presentation for many years and can instantly recognize which software the opposing counsel’s company is using. In fact, he owns and can use that software himself. Still he chooses TrialPad for his clients. Why? 

One: Pre-trial preparation is streamlined. Part of this is just the way Chase runs his company. He preps all documents and graphics with the attorney on the front end. Instead of dumping them into a program, they are properly named for easy organization within TrialPad, making finding an exhibit or creating an exhibit sticker and applying it to a document a very simple proposition. 

Two: The entire courtroom presentation is smoother with TrialPad. With other programs, there are interruptions from barcode scanning or the occasional spinning circle on screen while the entire courtroom waits for a document to load. 

Three: The physical technology part is also easier to setup and lighter to transport. While PC software is ideally used with an extended monitor as well as a presentation screen, TrialPad is plug and play. The annotation tools in TrialPad are easier to find and use, and without a mouse and other necessary peripherals, the presentation kit itself is considerably smaller. Multiply that presentation kit times two (because every good trial presentation company will have a backup of everything), and there are significant savings in pre-trial setup time and cross-country equipment shipping costs.

Easy to use technology works well for presentation professionals and legal practitioners alike. No matter your case or level of technology experience, you can use TrialPad for your next trial presentation. Download it now - or hire a pro like Chase at The Trial Group to present it for you.


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Featured Pro: Brandon Osterbind, Esq.

Brandon Osterbind is a Personal Injury and Civil Litigation lawyer from Central Virginia. His firm is a family firm, and his personal injury case load at one time is about 75 cases, all with several depositions each. 

To manage that volume, and keep organized, Brandon uses TranscriptPad for every deposition transcript. Brandon says that using TranscriptPad is “1,000 times easier than reading it with paper and doing summaries.” Creating custom issue codes, and exporting PDF summaries couldn’t be easier. To easily keep all testimony he may wish to read in at trial, he simply adds a “Trial Testimony” issue code, marks the portions and can print or bring it up on the iPad at trial to read to the jury. There is no more cutting and pasting, or carrying around several pounds of paper transcripts. 

Using TranscriptPad is 1,000 times easier than reading it with paper and doing summaries

Brandon tells us that any time he’s presenting, he’s using TrialPad. He uses TrialPad in depositions by wirelessly hooking up to TV in the deposition conference room via Apple TV. There he can pull up all exhibits and photos on the TV, allow a witness to annotate it, then quickly add an exhibit sticker and email or print to wireless printer.

In the courtroom his preference is also TrialPad. He states that “The problem with a computer is that everyone sees you fumbling - no matter how good you are, or think you are. With TrialPad you don’t. TrialPad lets you play videos, callout and highlight portions of documents, and everything is very smooth and easy.”

The problem with a computer is that everyone sees you fumbling - no matter how good you are, or think you are.

Pro tips from Brandon:

  • Court reporters like to send PDFs - make sure you request a TXT transcript.
  • Using the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is awesome. A whole different experience. 
  • Know how to use the Blank button when presenting in the courtroom. It takes everything off the screen without leaving presentation mode, and can be used to remove a distracting item during examination, or to give you time to find a different document before pressing Present again. 
  • Practice!

Brandon’s firm, Osterbind Law, can be found at www.osterbindlaw.com . He also authors a blog, On Demand Law Office, and has featured TrialPad and TranscriptPad in a post called “The Top Five iPad Apps Every Lawyer Should Have”. You can read it here: www.ondemandlawoffice.com/top-5-ipad-apps-every-lawyer-should-have .

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Featured Pro: Evan Kline, Esq.

Evan Kline of Katherman, Briggs & Greenberg, has been using LIT SOFTWARE apps for about three years. He focuses his practice in helping people with complex injury claims involving serious injury. Here at LIT SOFTWARE we've also gotten to know Evan personally through the ABA TECHSHOW, where he's a knowledgeable part of the faculty and great company at the famous Taste of TECHSHOW dinners. Evan regularly speaks on legal technology, and also authors 40Tech.com. He recently helped create one of the best and most relatable trial technology tutorials we've ever seen, and which fortunately was captured for posterity and posted to YouTube: https://youtu.be/giI2t4Gj_sg

Evan has made LIT SOFTWARE apps a part of his daily practice, and that has aided him in becoming an expert. We spoke a few weeks ago, and he agreed to share some of his tips for using TrialPad and TranscriptPad in the real world. Here they are for your edification:


  • Practice, Practice, and Use These Apps in Your Practice

Evan has incorporated TrialPad and TranscriptPad into his day to day practice, using TranscriptPad for trial preparation, and TrialPad for client meetings to review their cases, similar cases, and case results. 

By using the apps daily, he finds that not only do the apps stay familiar to him, but the features and functions be located and employed with muscle memory.*

*You want to use software that lets you use muscle memory. Here's why. Perhaps you remember when you had to use the slide bar to answer your iPhone? The first time you might have had to think about it, maybe the second and third time too, but after a little while muscle memory kicked in. This will be true with about any software with an intuitive design. If you have to practically bend over backward to find something (i.e. right click and dropdown menu and find and select your tool), muscle memory will most likely not figure in your use of the software. In fact, non-intuitive dropdown menus led to keyboard shortcuts you are probably familiar with. So instead of menu, dropdown, select "Save", a keyboard shortcut allowed people the simplicity of CTRL+S, and the ability to employ that good old muscle memory.

  • Use TrialPad to Present Anything, Not Just for Trial

Evan thinks TrialPad could more aptly be named PresentationPad. He uses it to present to potential clients, to discuss a case with a current client, to bring up a document in depositions, to make his case in mediation, to present at court, etc. The reason isn't just that TrialPad is easy to use, and makes for a beautiful presentation. It's also practical. In practice Evan has found that you can't count on someone's undivided attention anymore, be they clients or juries. And with the knowledge that retention of visual presentations is much better than anything merely written or heard, and that people are accustomed to getting their information from screens, TrialPad became the best solution for imparting information in nearly any setting.

  • Use TranscriptPad for Trial Preparation

Evan uses TranscriptPad frequently, and believes it was critical to his case organization in a recent case with about 30 depositions. When we spoke, Even mentioned the idea of Impeachment Reports for TranscriptPad (not for the first time). Little did he know we'd been working on them, and Impeachment Reports are now available for your use in our most recent update.

  • Get to the Courtroom in Advance of Trial

In York County, PA, where Evan regularly is in trial, the courtrooms are pre-wired for plug-and-play presentation. In fact, each courtroom even has an Apple TV for wireless presentation. But that's not the case in every courthouse, or even in the courthouses in the counties that surround York. Going to the courtroom in advance lets you know what is already in place, and gives you a chance to test it as well. Just testing in your office isn't enough, as the actual hardware in place in the courtroom will likely be different.

Evan gave us a couple sub tips in this category: (1) When presenting wirelessly have a backup connection like a VGA cable or an HDMI cable just in case. (2) Create a travel kit with key hardware components for your presentation, this allows you to plug in your own equipment and present no matter what courtroom you're in.

  • Use TrialPad With iPad Pro, and an Apple Pencil

When it comes to trial presentation, bigger is better and the iPad Pro 12.9" (though smaller than a legal pad) offers the real estate you need when presenting. Evan uses the Apple Pencil as his default interface method for precision, and a polished professional appearance. 

For more on Evan and his practice, you can follow him on Twitter (@40Tech), find him online at his firm (resultsyoudeserve.com) or his blog (40Tech.com). Thanks for sharing your tips, Evan!

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TranscriptPad UPDATE!

As of June 12, 2017, you can update to TranscriptPad 2.3.0! This free update includes two new, and much requested, features: 

Impeachment Reports
With TranscriptPad 2.3.0 you can now create an elegantly designed landscape orientation "Impeachment Report". The report can be created with a white background, or a beautiful new black background, and includes deponent name, date and volume of deposition, and page:line source designations. This PDF report is designed to quickly be exported to TrialPad for presentation. Great for impeaching a witness!

Chronological Sort Order
Previously our reports automatically sorted by Issue Code, but with TranscriptPad 2.3.0 you'll also be able to sort your report chronologically. This allow you to see your Issue Codes and designations in the context of the surrounding testimony.

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Featured Pro: Todd Werts, Esq.

Todd Werts is an attorney hailing from Columbia, Missouri. He's in a small firm in the Midwest, but that doesn't mean he doesn't make big waves in the litigation world. Todd's practice consists of mostly class action wage and hour cases. These are the prototypical David v. Goliath cases, and as an early adopter of LIT SOFTWARE apps, he regularly uses each of our three apps to knock down the Goliaths of the corporate world.

I spoke with Todd about the latest case he's handling. He was careful to avoid specifics as the Goliath he is currently fighting is a household name, and its reach across our country means his practice has had to follow. Currently involved in multidistrict litigation, with 3 million documents and counting, his first stone against this giant is DocReviewPad. Pulling large subsets of documents onto his iPad, Todd can review and respond while in transit. He finds the search tool especially important, using it to pinpoint the exact document he needs when he needs it. As for a DocReviewPad pro-tip from Todd - one of the most important things in huge cases is collaboration, and this all comes together with the understanding that you're not just marking up documents for your own use. 

Trial itself is still a while away, TrialPad will be there, and will be the third stone in Todd's arsenal. He was an early adopter of TrialPad, and by now it's an old friend and ally. Already impressed with TrialPad, Todd bought TranscriptPad as soon as it was available on the App Store, and it rapidly found itself prominently featured in his litigation practice. As Todd puts it, TrialPad is the app that everybody talks about. TranscriptPad gets the work done. 

TranscriptPad is stone two, and the favorite stone in the arsenal against Goliath. When we spoke, Todd's case had 160 defense witness depositions, 250 plaintiff witness depositions, and counting. It wasn't always that many depositions, and TranscriptPad had initially been used just for organization, but as the other lead lawyers started using it they just fell in love with it. Better still, it was indispensable in a federal court hearing in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. All the deposition designations had to be submitted with color coding so that the judge could rule on them. This was too difficult to do in PDF, not just for the limited highlighting capabilities in Acrobat, but also for collaboration purposes. Exporting a report or the full case to another attorney can be done in seconds. Using TranscriptPad, the plaintiffs marked their designations in yellow and the defendants marked theirs in green. The whole transcript was exported and given to the judge, with the green and yellow lines clearly delineating each party's decisions. 

Todd uses TranscriptPad as a regular part of his depositions, motion preparation, and in trial. Just like in DocReviewPad, the Search tool is a key to it all. In deposition, searching for an important word can easily reveal which other witnesses used it the most, and with one tap, he can see exactly what they said. Search is also an excellent tool for preparing a motion. Finding a citation among hundreds of depositions, and simply emailing it, or copying and pasting it into the motion you are writing used to take several minutes, whereas TranscriptPad gets it done in seconds. In fact, TranscriptPad is so fast that in trial, where an extra three seconds can be agony in front of a judge and jury, Todd comfortably uses TranscriptPad for on-the-fly impeachment. 

Even in enormous cases, like what Todd Werts regularly handles, all three apps can deliver a powerful punch. Download them today to knock over your own giant - no matter how tall he stands.


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Featured Pro: Jacob Flesher, Esq.

Jacob Flesher is a California attorney in a boutique practice that represents railroads, property owners, insurance carriers, and small businesses. He wrote us recently to tell us about using TrialPad in a five week trial that ended in a jury verdict in his client’s favor.

Here are some tips from Jacob for using TrialPad:

- Use TrialPad yourself. Having an associate or trial presentation consultant in court isn’t necessary with TrialPad. Turning around and communicating what you want displayed on screen with someone across the courtroom causes unnecessary interruption, slows the flow of trial, and adds unnecessary colloquy to the court record. With TrialPad, you’ll have the right exhibit already in front of you during your presentation or witness examination. And TrialPad’s design is so intuitive that presenting yourself allows you to walk a jury through a document very naturally, while highlighting or calling out the most important parts as you go.

- For opening and closing, make slides in PowerPoint or Keynote and export them as PDFs, then present them using TrialPad. This will allow you to go back to a slide on the fly if you feel you need to reinforce it with the jury, without awkwardly flipping back and forth on the screen, and also allows you to annotate or call out sections of the slide for emphasis.

- Create folders in Key Docs for each witness and add documents you may want to use with that witness to the folder before and during trial. As the case, and your examination outlines change during the course of trial, it is easy to respond to issues you want to raise with the witness when you have everything organized in their folder.

In this past trial, Jacob told us that the jury loved it, and that they made a point of saying so. They didn’t notice that he was using the iPad, as he brought it up to the lectern and simply plugged it in. But they did notice that his presentation was much smoother than the presentation they saw from the other side. The documents were clearer, the annotations and call out animations were crisper, and there was no communication delay during the presentation.

Actually, opposing counsel loved it too, and downloaded it during the trial!

Thanks for reaching out to us, Jacob.

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Featured Pro: Scott Grossberg, Esq.

Meet another Featured Pro -  Scott Grossberg. To say Scott is an expert on litigating with Apple products would be an understatement. He’s been paperless and Mac based for many years, and was one of the first users of LIT SOFTWARE’s apps. Based in California, Scott has done iPad for Lawyers seminars with Apple, but perhaps most importantly he quite literally practices what he preaches. Which is exactly why what he preaches is so valuable.

At Grossberg & Hoehn, where Scott is the Grossberg, all lawyers have iPads, and using Scott’s example, they are all paperless, mobile, and very effective. The firm didn’t move to iPads for the cool factor – they moved to iPads for efficiency. As Scott puts it, they are a “huge timesaver.

With TranscriptPad (he) can do in one hour what used to take half a day.” The OCR searchable reports can be stored and easily found in the cloud. In fact, Scott claims TranscriptPad fundamentally changed they way they work at Grossberg & Hoehn.

"If a lawyer using any kind of technology can't find and bring something up in under 30 seconds, the technology is worthless."

In the courtroom Scott uses TrialPad as well, and has come up with a metric for determining whether a specific technology will be effective in that setting: “30 seconds”. “If a lawyer using any kind of technology can’t find and bring something up in under 30 seconds, the technology is worthless.” That may seem harsh at first, but a modern jury just doesn’t have the patience to watch anyone fumble with a program for more than 30 seconds. TrialPad elegantly addresses the short attention span of juries by allowing the lawyer to find, present, annotate, and callout important parts of a document or photo rather than communicating with someone else to bring it up and do the same thing. It also allows the attorney to modify the presentation on the fly, easily responding to a question from the judge, or cue from the jury.

"I don't think a lot of lawyers understand the value of what they are getting (with LIT SOFTWARE's apps)."

Scott reached out to us recently to let us know he’d had a very favorable verdict in a one month trial using TrialPad. It met the 30 second rule, and, with the help of a couple simple VGA adapters, worked seamlessly with the technology already in place in the new San Bernardino Courthouse where trial was held. TrialPad performed so well that the court staff complimented him on his efficiency and professionalism in presentation.

Scott told us “I don’t think a lot of lawyers understand the value of what they are getting (with LIT SOFTWARE’s apps).” His business has grown, as clients are happy with his firm’s efficiency, and that same efficiency has allowed the firm to take on more work. The true value of the apps is not just in using them, and seeing what they can do for a judge and jury. The true value is in what they can bring to your practice. Scott and his clients know that – and now you can too.

Check out Scott's technology seminars here: http://www.thinkingmagically.com/technology-at-work

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