Organization Is Key to Preparing a Litigation Attorney For Trial

One important aspect of trial preparation is organization. It is recommended that a trial notebook be prepared for each trial. An experienced litigation paralegal will manage and maintain the case files in a manner which is logically organized. Also, the case information should be easy to extract the pertinent information in preparation of the trial. An organized litigation paralegal is essential for today's litigation cases.

During the trial preparation process, litigation paralegals are indispensable. It is imperative that a trial plan is created, the entire team is on the same page, and everyone is focused on the tasks they are required to complete in preparation of trial.


Contingent upon the size of a law firm and delegation of responsibilities, a litigation paralegal may perform a diverse multitude of duties such as:

organizing files, exhibits, and trial notebook
coordinate witness and deposition appointments
prepare subpoenas for request for documents and various witnesses
do legal research and discovery
draft pleadings, memorandums of law, and deposition questions for attorney's approval
any other duties required that may be involved in a trial
The more skilled and reliable the litigation paralegal is the more likelihood the attorney may rely on his or her expertise.


As mentioned above, organization and knowing the case is essential for successful litigation. A few steps to follow are:

Keep up with the Case. Ensure there is a trial plan, tickler files, and calendaring is up to date

Communication is the Key. Communicate with the litigation team, clients and attorneys

Retain Records Well. Keep the file in order and documents filed in their respective folders

Know Your Judge. Familiarize yourself and the team about the Judge's preference of document preparation, Memorandums, Briefs, and hearing protocol

Reflect and Analyze. Take the time to reflect on the case file, analyze the case to determine what needs to be achieved, and review the case file with the attorney to ensure you both are on the same page

Create Visually. Many people are stimulated visually which means slide presentations for trial should reflect visual demonstrations to illustrate the point

Mock Trials. An in-house mock trial will allow the attorney to obtain insight on whether he or she is prepared and provides an opportunity to obtain feedback

Body Language in the Courtroom. There are times that body language may hinder the jury's perspective. Therefore, having the attorney partake in the mock trials via video allows him or her to be observant of the message he or she is relaying to the jury prior to the actual trial

Know the Courtroom Layout. Is the jury box on the left or right? How many rows are there for courtroom attendees? Where does the bailiff stand? A litigation paralegal should map out the courtroom for the attorney. Videos or pictures obtained of an empty courtroom are helpful.

An Organized Attorney is a Confident Attorney. One of the most important details is the summation of the litigation paralegal's ability to efficiently organize the trial plan and notebook.
If your attorney is organized at trial, he or she is well prepared for the trial. The attorney will display the confidence needed to represent his or her client to the fullest of his or her abilities. There are no guarantees that an attorney will win a case, but you know that he or she was prepared to provide the best legal representation possible for the matter.

Susan M Signer Services provides both virtual litigation paralegal and in-house paralegal services throughout the state of Florida. If you need our services please call us at 386.898.5015 and we will make every attempt to provide services at a price you can afford.

This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact a qualified attorney who is licensed to practice law in the state you reside in.

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