Having the last word on an issue is valuable. This is especially true in a close case. So why do lawyers often treat reply briefs like an afterthought? Lawyers may paint a masterpiece in their opening brief—whether it is in support of summary judgment, an appeal, or a simple discovery issue—but when it comes time to compose a reply brief, they use broken paintbrushes and leftover paint. By following 10 simple commandments you can master the art of writing an effective reply brief and in the process increase your chances of prevailing in any given case.
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