In The Courtroom
Hurley, McKenna & Mertz understands the importance of using technology and visuals to effectively present your case to a jury. Our technological capabilities allow us to organize every aspect of your case and have it at our fingertips in court, where it counts. We work closely with a top-tier visual communications company, Legal Visual Services, Inc., to employ the most effective visual technologies at trial.
Digital Document Display
We take the time to organize and digitize every piece of evidence before every trial. We can sort through thousands of documents instantly and display them in court with the touch of a button. In the courtroom, we use interactive SMARTboards to present documents, video impeachment clips and interactive timelines. And with the touch screen features, we direct the jury’s attention by highlighting and zooming in on key portions of each piece of evidence, and then annotate directly on it.
By using multimedia in the courtroom, we guarantee that we can connect better with our jurors and keep them focused on your case. We routinely use day-in-the-life documentaries, expert video depositions and video impeachment in court to improve your chances of winning your case.
Hurley, McKenna & Mertz will produce a day-in-the-life documentary for cases involving profound brain damage and other severe, permanent injuries. Professional documentary producers spend the day videotaping a typical day in the life of our injured client, showing the reality of living with severe personal injuries. The edited 15 minute piece is played before the jury. This gives the jury the chance to live in our client’s world and understand the devastation of a life without the health so many of us take for granted.
Expert witness depositions are routinely videotaped and played to the jury. We use trial presentation technology to display documents digitally while the tape of the expert plays. We can show our experts interacting with documents – drawing on x-rays and annotating medical illustrations. This technique makes for more interesting and understandable testimony.
Because we videotape most of our depositions, we have the ability to effectively use video to cross-examine witnesses at trial. If a witness lies on the stand we can immediately pull up a video clip of that witness making a different statement at his or her deposition. We find this to be the most effective method of impeachment. Also, because we synchronize our deposition video with the transcript, we have the ability to instantly search through hundreds of hours of video to find the exact testimony we need exactly when we need it.
Graphics & Animation
For opening and closing arguments we rely on interactive graphics to back up and clarify our arguments. Interactive timelines and graphics allow us to clarify the sequence of events and complex ideas.
To stay up with the latest in visual communication we work with Legal Visual Services, Inc., a visual communications company dedicated to the legal industry. For more information about any of the technologies we use visit: www.legalvisualservices.com or contact Legal Visual Services, Inc. at (312) 551-0595.