Practice makes perfect when it comes to trial prep.
The Metier Law Firm in Fort Collins, which specializes in personal injury cases, is making trial preparation a core part of its practice. The firm has expanded within the past few years into a building next to its main office in order to hold mock trials, both for its own cases and to guide other law firms around the country through trial preparation.
Senior managing partner Tom Metier estimated the space now hosts mock trials or other focus groups about three weeks out of four, and he and others at the firm say mock trials are an innovative way to prepare for the courtroom that traditional means such as depositions and briefs alone don’t provide.
Metier teaches at the Trial Lawyer’s College, a trial skills program based out of Dubois, Wyoming, and periodically, a group of attorneys who have gone through the school will gather at the mock trial space to hone their trial skills.