Episode #204 - The Anatomy of a Defense Verdict in a High Profile Case

Guest: Will Stute, Partner - Orrick

Will Stute, Partner at Orrick, joins Steve Wood, Ph.D. to discuss the work he did on Gee v NCAA in which he won a defense verdict. Will provides some personal background and ways he has honed his craft and then relates his experience with defending mass tort cases. He gives an overview of the strategy behind this bellwether case (Gee v NCAA) he worked on, plus his insights on leveraging jury research for his cases and his approach to jury selection. Will and Steve talk about how best to leverage objections, the feedback that jurors in this case provided after their verdict, and also the media coverage and cameras in the courtroom for this trial. Lastly, Will and Steve discuss the importance and process of preparing witnesses for testimony.