May 21, 2014, 6:59 PM EDTLaw360, New York (May 21, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT) -- Direct examination is not the sexiest part of a jury trial — it rarely has the drama of a cross-examination, the novelty of the opening statement, or the punch of a closing argument. But the direct examination is critical. It is nothing short of how you make your case to the jury and the court. Follow these strategies for before trial, and during trial, to ensure your direct examination is the best that it can be.
1. Start with the Big Picture