5 Things To Leave Out Of Your Next Brief

By Jeff Zalesin (November 10, 2015, 2:00 PM EST) -- Lawyers may pride themselves on knowing what to put into a court filing, but knowing what to leave out can be just as crucial to a winning strategy, experts say.

To be sure, there's nothing wrong with making a thorough and forceful argument. But judges are too busy to put up with wasted words, so it's important not to cross the line into excessive detail or even melodrama.

"In my experience, judges who have hundreds of cases on their dockets don't always pay as close attention to what's on page 53 as they do to what's on page two," said John...

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