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Skills for Effective Openings: Tips and Helpful Hints

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Produced on June 06, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

The value of an opening at trial cannot be taken for granted. Trial lawyers must be ready to tell their client's story effectively when they have the jurors attention the most, which is in the beginning of trial at opening statement. One must prepare the story ahead of time, focusing on giving the jury what they need to begin finding in favor of their client.

Join trial attorney Justin Blitz as he takes a deep dive into the most effective ways to give an opening statement. Mr. Blitz will discuss the use of demonstrative evidence in opening, PowerPoints, and videos, and will explore how to effectively discuss damages and money to the jury in an effective manner. He will explore the rules for opening statements as well as making connections with the jury so they begin favoring you, your case, and your client. He will also discuss the concept of setting the scene for the jury, putting them in the moment, and becoming your client using the first person perspective. Finally, Mr. Blitz  will talk about the use of language, body language, eye contact, and preparing the jury for the witnesses they will hear at trial.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Use the opening statement as a way to sway the juror in your clients’ favor and present what they will hear at trial in a cohesive organized and effective manner
  2. Identify strategies to discuss damages, injury, and medical evidence that will be heard at trial
  3. Address the use of evidence during opening statement
  4. Discuss tips on refuting the defendant's arguments and addressing the bad facts of your case in a way that will take the bad facts and make them useful to your case
  5. Effectively use demonstrative evidence and broach the topic of money during opening statement

Credit Information

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Justin Blitz

Schulman Blitz, LLP

Justin Blitz, Esq. is a partner at Schulman Blitz, LLP. He focuses on litigating all types of civil cases from inception to resolution. An experienced trial lawyer and skillful negotiator, Mr. Blitz is a tenacious adversary who consistently gets great results for his clients regardless of the case or the challenges presented.

Mr. Blitz has tried cases throughout the state of New York and obtained many substantial jury verdicts. He believes that the best results are achieved when every case is meticulously prepared for trial and this philosophy has enabled him to obtain scores of favorable settlements in all kinds of actions. Mr. Blitz has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for people who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

Mr. Blitz has over a decade of experience of successfully managing a large caseload of complex and high-profile negligence actions. He became known as an able trial lawyer and expert negotiator who successfully resolved hundreds of cases in arbitration, mediation, courtroom negotiation, and trial. 

Mr. Blitz has established himself as one of the "go to" trial attorneys for other New York lawyers in the State that seek trial counsel on their most severe injury cases. Many law firms throughout the State hire Mr. Blitz to try to verdict their most catastrophic injured clients' law suits. This is due to his superb track record and prior verdict results.

Mr. Blitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). He is a past chairman of NYSTLA’s Young Lawyers Committee. In addition to NYSTLA, Mr. Blitz is a member of several other bar associations, including the American Association for Justice.

When not in the courtroom, Mr. Blitz lectures at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the country. He has lectured on a variety of topics including courtroom technology, trial tips and techniques, and strategies for maximizing the value of personal injury lawsuits. Mr. Blitz's lectures have over 20,000 views from Attorneys who have taken his courses for continuing legal education credit. The reviews of his lectures have made him a renowned speaker across the State in regards to personal injury legal topics. 

Mr. Blitz has been selected to the “Super Lawyers” list of “Rising Stars” for the years 2014 and 2015 and 2016 and has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2017 and 2018.

Many of Mr. Blitz's cases have been chronicled in the New York media including articles and stories in The New York Post, The New York Times, CBS News, Telemundo and Noticero.

Mr. Blitz is a native of New York City and a graduate of Columbia Prep High School and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He received his legal training at New York Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

At Schulman Blitz, LLP, Mr. Blitz litigates a wide variety of civil suits with an emphasis on motor vehicle collisions, negligent security, municipal liability, medical malpractice, labor law, negligent supervision and all types of premises liability.


Jonathan C.

This was one of my favorite CLE through Lawline. The delivery was a bit odd at times, and the written materials were not on par with most of your classes. I mention these things because the value of the class was not marred by that. And, in fact, with a couple typos in the materials (improper punctuation; improper capitalization) it made them more accessible--more like a communication from a real person to me, another real person.

Elizabeth H.

Some very useful tips were given which I had not thought of before.

Howard W.

Really animated!

Ify U.

Excellent presentation

Julie A. B.

Enthusiastic and spirited delivery of useful practice tips.

Jennifer L.

Mr. Blitz did an excellent presentation. Great CLE.

Grant O.

Very passionate instructor

David Z.

Excellent program!

Paul Z.


Erik K.

My favorite CLE of the year.

Victor Q.

Excellent Tips! Thank you Counselor!

Robyn B.

Good course

cindy m.

thank you!

Cheryl O.

His described technique is obviously effective ... the hour presentation zoomed by. Thanks to Mfr. Blitz for showing as well as telling us .

Wendy W.

excellent speaker

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