Are you a trial lawyer with an unblemished record of courtroom victories?
Do you tell your client’s story so passionately and convincingly that the jury hangs on every word you say, mesmerized as they watch you perform your craft?
If they could speak back to you from the jury box, would they be exclaiming, “Of course! That’s so true.”
Or, are you a presenter who gives such riveting presentations that your audience gives you a standing ovation every time you walk off the stage?
If not, consider the possibility that it’s not the jury system, or a bad judge, or a hostile witness, or a tough audience that is the problem.
Maybe you need to take a new look at what *you’re* doing — both in and out of the courtroom.
These expert discussions and insider tips will show you how to present, persuade, and prevail.
About Mike DeBlis III, Esq
As a former public defender, Michael has spent nearly eight years cutting his teeth on some of the most serious felony cases to pass through the state courts of New Jersey. He combines a unique blend of left-brain thinking with right brain artistry that is desperately lacking in today’s courtroom.
Michael is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), where he trained under some of the best-known criminal defense attorneys in the country. That experience has taught him that justice for a person accused of a crime is only won through a full understanding of the client and the case. To that end, Michael attempts to understand each client’s case as a convincing narrative, not just as a set of innocuous facts and arcane legal rules.
While he didn’t know it at the time, Michael’s experience at NCDC was to lead him on a journey of self-exploration that helped him to discover a passion for the theater. He has pursued that passion by enrolling in one of New York’s finest acting conservatories.
Along the way, he began to see how the tools and techniques of actors could be used in the courtroom to bring the human element to the jury and to help lawyers connect with jurors on an emotional level. Michael has taken this knowledge and shared it with other attorneys at conferences and CLE events across the country. This has made him a highly sought-after speaker.
Michael is a prolific writer and a passionate blogger. He has written articles that have appeared in leading tax journals such as CCH Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, Global Tax Weekly, and ABA News Quarterly. He has also been featured on the media affiliates of several major media networks, including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and CNN.
Michael is excited about the opportunity to connect with his audience through the rich medium of podcasting: “There is a different kind of vibe between you and your audience when they can hear your voice than when they are reading you on the page. It’s more spontaneous and in the moment.”
Michael is a living example of the tremendous power that comes from combining passion, preparation, persuasion, and positive communication in the courtroom. His courage and relentless work ethic have earned him a reputation as a zealous advocate and one of New Jersey’s rising stars of the legal profession.