Opening Statements (2017-2018 Credit)

Published by Virginia Trial Lawyers Association


Watch and learn from some of VTLA’s very best trial attorneys as they demonstrate their trial techniques instead of simply talking about them – techniques derived from their own experiences combined with the most current research on how to reach jurors. After the presentation, there is a discussion with the moderator about how the presenter formulated their arguments or examinations.

Many jury consultants and attorneys believe that cases are won or lost during opening statement. Why is an effective opening so critical, what elements MUST an attorney include, and how should the statements be sequenced? Jeffrey and Chuck will answer those questions when they each present an opening statement showing differing styles and techniques, including those developed and refined over the last five years.
Due to the nature of the program, this seminar is open only to attorneys who exclusively represent injured persons.

Jeffrey A. Breit
Working with a Federal Court Judge in New Orleans while he was in college fueled Jeffrey Breit’s interest in the law. A native of the Tidewater area, his father, brothers and even his wife have all been attorneys at one time or another. In 1988, he...More
Charles "Chuck" J. Zauzig
Chuck Zauzig is President of Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C. and leader of “the crew” in the Zauzig Trial Group. While he started his legal career in criminal defense, he has found his legal passion in medical malpractice and personal injury.He...More

Originally Published

September 12, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Opening Statements - Paper
  • Opening Statements - Video

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Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like.

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