Slow and steady wins the verdict

Although he enjoyed the human-centric position of his prosecutorial practice, Keith Goman finds the slower pace of civil trials more suited to his personality.

Goman, who likes to put emphasis on method and preparation, tried scores of cases in his five years as a prosecutor in the 1st Judicial District. Now in civil defense with a focus on transportation, he says his caseload is closer to three to four trials a year — much more his speed.

“I found I had a lot more confidence walking into the courtroom when I knew what the witnesses were going to say and what I thought the other side was going to talk about as opposed to just shooting from the hip,” Goman said.

The slower pace also allows the Hall & Evans member to cultivate cases that allow him to focus on areas he excels in: attention to evidence and deliberation in approach. Once he’s in front of a jury, he’s less interested in stepping into a persona one might expect from a litigator but rather out of the way so the jury can see the evidence he has been scrutinizing for months.

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