Verdict - Spring 2018 - 23

You should be vigilant for any Batson

"How many of you typically accept your

each variable, including your own personality.

challenge opportunities where appropriate.

treating physician's opinion on what is caus-

Trials are about persuasion, which is accom-

Questions asked by opposing counsel, a pat-

ing a particular ailment or condition?"

plished by establishing credibility. That fight

tern of striking persons of an identifiable group,
and pre-textual excuses when such challenges
are made, is crucial.

starts in voir dire. ●
CHAPTER 6 - PAIN AND SUFFERING
Pain and suffering awards have been

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The good news is that most people are not

branded in the public as inflated and illegiti-

Matthew E. Cook is a 1999 cum

racially biased when they are able to observe

mate. If the jury senses at any point that you

laude graduate of Mercer Law

the individual character of a given person. It

are not worthy of belief, that you or your

School. He has handled a wide

is your job to present your client in a way that

client are exaggerating, the pain and suffer-

variety of plaintiff's cases from

reveals the quality of their character.

ing part of your case will be diminished. In

catastrophic trucking injuries to medical mal-

Cobb County, we chose to discuss pain and

practice actions. Kate S. Cook is a 2002 magna

suffering as an element of one's health using

cum laude graduate of Mercer Law School.

the language from the pattern jury charge.

Kate has a broad range of experience in com-

CHAPTER 5 - EXPERTS
In the recent case we tried, Defendants

plicated class actions, construction site inju-

hired a biomechanical expert and an orthopedic surgeon. We relied on the treating
doctors for causation opinions. Jurors understand the role of paid experts and have a
natural distrust for them. You should explore
such opinions.
SAMPLE QUESTIONS:

ries and legal malpractice cases. Matt and

SAMPLE QUESTIONS:
"How many believe that having good health
and being pain free is valuable?"

Kate have tried several cases to verdict obtaining multimillion dollar verdicts in each and

"How many believe that if someone else

every case tried before a jury. They practice

negligently reduces your health or imposes

together at Cook Law Group, LLC in Gainesville,

pain on someone else, that there should be

Georgia and have cases throughout Georgia

some consequences for doing so?"

and the Southeast.

"Has anyone here ever worked as an expert
witness? Has anyone earned any income (or
all of your income) from being an expert wit-

CONCLUSION
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Spring 2018

President’s Message
How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Champion Members
Meet The Experts
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Intro
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - bellyband2
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover1
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 10
Verdict - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Verdict - Spring 2018 - How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 13
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 14
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 17
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 18
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 19
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 20
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 22
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 23
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 24
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 25
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 27
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 28
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 30
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 32
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 33
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 35
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 36
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 39
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 42
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Champion Members
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 44
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Meet The Experts
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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