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March 11, 2024

ABA book by leading trial expert helps lawyers to improve their trial skills

CHICAGO, March 11, 2024 — The American Bar Association has published “Lessons Learned from a Life on Trial: Landmark Cases from a Veteran Litigator and What They Can Teach Trial Lawyers,” by Dan Small, one of the nation’s great trial lawyers and teachers of trial skills and litigation practice. In “Lessons Learned,” Small draws on stories from landmark cases he has tried over the years to illuminate important learning and insight for trial lawyers. These lessons apply to both the trial itself and to preparation, communication and relationships outside the courtroom that help to shape the outcome. Sharing stories that entertain and draw you in, Small provides invaluable guidance to both new and experienced trial lawyers.    

A partner in Holland & Knight’s Boston and Miami offices, Small is a former federal prosecutor. His extensive litigation practice focuses on witness preparation, government and internal investigations, white-collar criminal law and complex civil litigation. Small has written several books on litigation for the ABA, including “Preparing Witnesses” and “Going To Trial,” which are used in CLE programs he gives throughout the country. He is also a frequent television and radio commentator and newspaper columnist, as well as the host of Holland & Knight’s Powerful Witness Prep and Trial Lawyer’s Handbook Podcast Series.

Title: “Lessons Learned from a Life on Trial: Landmark Cases from a Veteran Litigator and
                                What They Can Teach Trial Lawyers”

Publisher:              ABA Book Publishing
Pages:                   166
Product Code:      1620829
ISBN:                     9781639052190
Size:                      6 x 9 inches
Binding:                Softcover
Price:                     $34.95
Orders:                  800-285-2221 or

Praise for “Lessons Learned”. . .

“This well-written and enjoyable book will fascinate anyone interested in the sometimes-fraught relationship between politics and criminal law in the United States.” — William Weld, former U.S. attorney, assistant U.S. attorney for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice and governor of Massachusetts

“He puts his remarkable skills as a trial lawyer and these great stories of lessons learned together to make him a highly effective and beloved teacher of trail practice.” — Ronald Sullivan, Jr., professor at Harvard Law School; director of Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop and director of Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute

“Dan Small is a great trial lawyer, advisor, mentor and teacher. He does all those things often through his powerful storytelling abilities. Regardless of your age or experience, his “lessons learned” stories will make you a better trial lawyer.” — Wifredo A. “Willy” Ferrer, former U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida; chair, Holland & Knight Global Compliance and Investigations Team and executive partner at Holland & Knight Miami office

“This book, which follows the pathway of that career as it evolved over time, is replete with not only great trial stories, but great insights and lessons learned about courts, witnesses, trial preparation and strategies, that every aspiring and practicing trial lawyers can learn from.” — Judge Robert Cordy (ret)., Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Editor’s note If you would like a review copy or to schedule an interview with the author, please contact Lorraine Murray at [email protected]. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Kathryn Haynes, ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.