Techniques in scene and evidence preservations, used during discovery and display at trial. This in-depth roundtable will examine the fast-changing technology available in the area of scene and evidence preservation, as well as how such data and information is used throughout discovery, mediation and trial. Attorneys now have a vast array of data collection possibility at their fingertips — such as laser scans of scenes and evidence, drone scans, 4k video, 360-degree photo and video recordings, 3D models, laser printing and much more. The panel will give real case examples of these techniques and how they are actually leveraged in litigation to the fullest possible extent. We will also look at the cost benefit analysis of each of the various tools and under what situations each might be best suited, as well as the expert foundations necessary for admission of such evidence at trial.
Morgan C. Smith spent most his legal career dedicated to litigating high-value plaintiff cases while a partner at the Arns Law Firm. Six years ago, Morgan combined his litigation background with strong creative and visual communication skills to found Cogent Legal, a litigation graphics company. Morgan’s unique skill set enables him to strategize with other attorneys, while his team creates persuasive visuals to make their case. His guiding principle for any demonstrative is: Strong Advocacy + Great Visuals = Winning Results.
Miles B. Cooper, a partner at Emison Hullverson LLP, represents people with serious injury and death claims. As a cyclist and cycling advocate, bicycling incidents are his passion. In addition to preparing his own cases, he associates as trial counsel and consults on trial matters. He has served as lead counsel, co-counsel, second seat and schlepper over his career and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. His column, Back Story, appears monthly in Plaintiff magazine. Outside his cases, Cooper’s interests include trial presentation technologies and car-free city living.
Jeffrey R. Smith is the managing partner of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP in San Francisco. Jeff represents clients throughout California in complex catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving governmental torts, products liability, premises liability and vehicular accidents. Jeff studied and worked in graphic design before entering the legal profession, and regularly assists fellow attorneys on the topics of technology in the legal profession, the electronic creation of visuals aids, and the electronic presentation of evidence at mediations, arbitrations and trial. While attempting to remain at the forefront of technology, he retains the traditional values of personal attention and hard work on which Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP was founded. Jeff has been chosen as a Rising Star from 2010 through the present by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine.
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