March 02, 2017 Articles

7 Ways to Plan a Winning Case: “The End Is Where We Start From”

By Julia Meister

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
—T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
. . . .
When you look behind you there’s no open door.
What are you hoping for, do you know?
—Diana Ross, “Theme from Mahogany
(Do You Know Where You’re Going To)”

We’re all hoping for a win, with no “open door” available to an appellant or post-verdict movant. What can we do at the beginning? We must think about what we want and need at the end. There are many considerations. Here, I pass along a few.

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