Hon. (Ret.) Ken E. Adair
Get the Skills Your Client Deserves
In practical terms, the stakes could be a simple monetary settlement where the only real dispute is the amount. Yet, for your client, a jury trial can feel like a matter of life or death. From their perspective, an important aspect of their future hinges on the outcome of a trial. And they entrusted you, their attorney, to achieve an outcome in their favor.
With so much on the line, the client is not just asking for your best effort — the client needs the best effort, whether or not you have the experience, skill, time and ingenuity to put on the very best case. It is a lesson only the most humble attorney can appreciate without learning it the hard way — at a client’s expense.
It could be a criminal trial with the highest stakes, such as death penalty case, or a civil trial where the results could be financially disastrous. In any scenario, the pressure is on you to deliver success. Handling a complex matter on your own leaves room for more error than your client can afford to lose. Fortunately, for client’s with so much at stake, there is another way.
Tilt the Scales in Your Favor
When everything is on the line, it is sometimes just not enough to have just one attorney at the counsel table. Sometimes your trial team needs another attorney. And you don’t have to limit your client to only those attorneys associated with your practice. Retired Judge Ken Adair has dedicated his legal practice to standing by otherwise well-qualified attorneys as co-counsel in the most difficult trials
The ability to win at trial is dictated by a mix of skills, including the ability to make the law work for your client, presenting the evidence in the most advantageous manner for your client, or rebutting disadvantageous evidence. An attorney’s skill with the jury — or their lack of courtroom rapport — can turn a case even when the evidence seems otherwise incontrovertible. Any one of these crucial components can make or break your case. Each is a potential minefield of opportunity for error. When the stakes are high, you need backup.
Working with another attorney who has years of experience and success in the courtroom not only helps share or shift the burden, it also provides you with invaluable insights that benefit your client. That’s why you should strongly consider Ken as a first or second chair co-counsel to improve your odds of success in a high-stakes litigation.
The First-Chair Co-Counsel Role
With Ken Adair as first chair co-counsel, you benefit from having an experienced courtroom professional ensure all aspects of your case are strongly presented and you client’s story is optimally presented to help ensure your client has the strongest case possible. From mapping out case strategy to investigating the smallest but relevant details, first chair co-counsel can help set the tone for the trial and negotiations with opposing counsel.
Working to make a case narrative heard by the jury, first chair co-counsel will help set the easily understandable and relatable narrative that shows your client in the most favorable light possible. For those who have less experience trying cases in front of a jury, first chair co-counsel can quickly get up to speed and navigate the treacherous waters that engulf any case, especially one with serious consequences. This allows the original attorney to stay involved in the case and use the benefit of his or her experience in service of the client’s case.
The Second-Chair Co-Counsel Role
Second chair co-counsel services can also be a reliable path to the success at trial. With co-counsel in the second chair, you have an ally able to reinforce an already strong strategy and case direction. Supporting the lead attorney, second chair co-counsel and conduct depositions, interview witnesses, go to scene of the crime and understand events, and other services.
Second chair co-counsel can stand in for the first chair by conducting jury voir dire, examining or cross examining witnesses in open court, or taking charge of the closing argument. Additionally, second chair can prepare for a more specific role focused on arguing motions and keeping track of more mundane matters. No matter the scope of the role envisioned, second chair co-counsel can be a vital team member in support of a winning case.
No matter the support you need to present the case in the best light possible, both first chair and second chair co-counsel services are vital to improving the outcome of the matter at hand. Whether the services take the form of trial strategy as first chair co-counsel or a dedicated attorney to handle and argue crucial motions, the second set of eyes another experienced attorney brings to the table can bridge gaps in your strategy, putting your client in the strongest position for a successful trial outcome.
Start Building Your Co-Counsel Relationship Now
When you need extra talent on your side, contact retired judge Ken Adair. Skills learned working with an experienced Oklahoma trial attorney will remain with you long after the jury returns a verdict in the matter at hand.
To help you better determine if co-counsel is the right approach, Ken offers initial consultations at no cost to you or your client. There’s no obligation. If co-counsel is not the best fit, Ken can tailor a package of trial preparation or jury trial consulting services to fit the need. For complex or difficult trial matters, focus groups and mock-jury sociometrics can help steer your trial strategy toward the stories that will best explain your client’s circumstance to jurors.
After learning details of your case, and considering any doubts or concerns you have about the case, Ken can advise you as to what he considers the best approach. If you are confident in the first chair, Ken gladly works productively in a collaborative, supporting role. If you want to step back and let Ken lead, he brings decades of experience to the table.
Contact Trial.Win today to learn more about co-counsel services provided by Hon. (Ret.) Ken Adair. Call (918) 984-9359.