A Brief Guide to Pre-Existing Conditions and Pre-Existing Disabilities And How to Craft a Proper Jury Instruction

By Jeremy H. D’Amico and Michael A. D’AmicoJanuary 2019 What is the difference between a pre-existing “condition” and pre-existing “disability”? The distinction has significant implications for your client when improperly lumped into the pre-existing disability category when she actually suffers from a pre-existing condition. Often the terms are mistakenly used interchangeably. Civil Guide Jury Instruction … Read More

Lying Under Oath Undermines the Authority of our Judicial System

By Michael A. D’Amico and Brendan FaulknerNovember 2015 Lying under oath is a crime against justice and undermines the authority of our courts. There can be no greater blight to the pursuit of justice. Unfortunately after decades of practicing civil trial law, it is apparent that some witnesses do not take the obligation of an … Read More

Legal Focus Groups: An Essential Trial Preparation Tool

By Mike A. D’Amico, Esq.February 2011 Focus Groups: An Essential Trial Preparation Tool: Early on in my career I did not routinely use focus groups prior to trial. Now it is rare that I try a case without one. I have found them to be invaluable in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a case … Read More

Piercing the Corporate Veil In Connecticut

By Brendan Faulkner*September 2009 From practical origins more than 4,000 years ago, the veil gradually became the most meaningful article of clothing. Badge of prestige, symbol of modesty, signifier of oppression, it has had many meanings to different cultures across the globe. In the law, the veil is a standard metaphor for limited liability protection. … Read More

Closing Argument and Requests to Charge

By Mike A. D’AmicoJanuary 2005 I have found that most importantly to closing argument, as with the rest of trial, is to forget that you are a lawyer. This of course does not mean that you should ignore the rules of law or fail to remember all necessary steps to legally protect your client’s interest … Read More

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