October 20, 2020 Rōnin Reports

Lessons from a Virtual Litigator

Benjamin K. Sanchez
To excel as a virtual litigator, you must be adept at technology while still being professional and an advocate for your client.

To excel as a virtual litigator, you must be adept at technology while still being professional and an advocate for your client.

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For six months now, the legal work I normally do has experienced a massive change. As a litigator, I routinely attend court, mediations, and depositions. With the COVID-19 pandemic, most of this in-person contact has ceased. Some forms of contact have returned, albeit slowly and with new rules of procedure. Not only have I appeared for court and mediation virtually, I have also engaged in a deposition that was attended virtually by my opposing counsel. Furthermore, one of my cases was selected as the pilot case for an in-person jury trial in a suburban county next to Houston, Texas. From these past six months, I have learned valuable lessons that I would like to share with you.

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