August 27, 2015 Articles

Closing Arguments in Complex CasesNew

By Sarah K. Rathke

Structuring and delivering an effective closing argument in a complex civil case is a mix of art and science. Delivering an effective closing argument requires a “feel” of the room and an intuitive understanding of what the jury needs to hear to find in your client’s favor. That is the “art” part. But delivering an effective closing also requires a high degree of organization, discipline, and precision to present a seamless and efficient synthesis of complex facts and law in a way that both incorporates and amplifies the “theme” you have chosen for your case. This is the “science” part.

After an effective closing, the jury should understand exactly what they need to do and why they are going to do it.

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