By conveying information or telling a story with visuals, you improve your ability to ENGAGE, INFORM, and COMPEL your audience to act in your favor.
My approach to crafting an effective presentation is to understand your argument as a layman. Then, I can identify ways to enhance, arrange, and present your information so that anyone (especially the jury) can understand it.
Don’t just tell - show. Don’t just print - PRESENT!
- Drew Halton, Owner
$16.2M jury award
Dauphin County, PA
$2M mediation settlement
Dauphin County, PA
$1M response to demand packet
Dauphin County, PA
I. Pre-Production (Plan): $50/hr.
Define the narrative, curate visuals, and prepare to record/document
II. Production (Record): $499
Includes setup, the first two hours of service, and delivery of raw footage
III. Post-Production (Edit): $75/hr.
Review content, consolidate, edit to engage, add visuals to compel, enhance exhibits for clarity, and deliver for team review
EXPERT OPINION AND REPORT
MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGEMENT
MEDIATION / ARBITRATION
damages | personal injuries | wounds and scars | property damage | site inspections | vehicle inspections | location of damages | locations within the story | timelines | interrogatories | eyewitness accounts | reenactments | demonstrations | computer simulations | animations | illustrations| interviews of family & friends | family impact statements | daily life activities and hardships | social media presence | home movies | family photos | scrapbooks | special projects | work experience | community service | education | awards | recognitions | credentials | endorsements | testimonials | the complaint | interrogatories | motions | exhibits | medical records | key document highlights | examinations under oath | deposition highlights | medical expert report | economist expert report | other experts (including opposing reports) | police report | toxicology report | coroner’s report | 911 audio | news coverage | surveillance | emails | e-discovery | metadata | schematics | spreadsheets | graphs | focus group results
Key Legal Video is a boutique video production company in Mechanicsburg, PA that specializes in video deposition, legal videography, and litigation presentation services.
Drew is an Air Force veteran (with security clearance) who served in Qatar, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He later used his G.I. Bill to become certified in audio engineering and media production in Hollywood, California. In 2013, he returned home to Central PA where he started Key Legal Video. Drew has dedicated himself to helping attorneys present their arguments and clients tell their stories through exceptional video litigation support.
The written argument has worked for centuries. Why change now?
Since the invention of that “internet” thing - video has dominated our preferred method for ingesting information because it’s more time efficient, easier to understand, and improves recall of critical details. (YouTube is the world’s second most used search engine.)
What kinds of cases are suitable for presentation?
All types of cases big and small. From personal injury to employment to banking. If it’s important, then it’s worthy of presentation. Your argument is only as strong as your communication.
INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH
To preserve the story before wounds heal, damage is repaired, and memories fade. To leverage your client’s voice to tell their own story for the record. To motivate your opposition to meet your demands. To take command of a settlement conference, mediation, arbitration, or trial and show there is no other side to the story. To bring the case to life. To win.
To craft a more compelling presentation, it’s critical that we identify potential visual content such as home videos, photos, keepsakes, etc. that can help guide the conversation. Visual storytelling creates opportunities for the audience to better understand, emotionally connect, and empathize with the storyteller. Next steps:
Make client introduction and establish rapport
Learn about the client for purposes of storyfinding
Scout and discuss potential conversation locations
Review and select supporting visual content
Scan/copy/download/archive/prepare that content for conversation and presentation
Prepare a presentation outline
Pre-Production determines the Production process which might include the recoding of family impact statements, site inspections, activities of daily living, etc. Let’s talk about your case.
The original family interviews were created 2 years before trial at the family’s home. For those recordings, special camera technology was used to help guide the speakers’ eyes directly into the camera in a natural way. We built a case summary video (125 minutes) used for internal review and trial prep by interposing the mother’s complete story with the following content: highlights from +20 video depositions; family impact statements; site inspection; home videos; family photos; mobile phone photos, videos, and screenshots; news footage; magazine articles; interviews; online videos; social media presence; workplace photos; awards and recognitions; community involvement; key document displays with callouts and highlights; medical records; CV’s; expert reports; graphs; animated timelines; hospital policies; government regulations; nursing notes; laboratory notes; phone records; music accompaniment; custom editing; and more.
The case summary video was then used to create the settlement presentation (54 minutes) that resulted in the successful settlement of half the defendants. The settlement presentation was then refined into this trial presentation (18 minutes) seen here.
At trial, Saxton & Stump (attorneys for defense) objected to the entire presentation on the basis of hearsay. That objection was overruled by The Honorable Andrew H. Dowling. The jury was then excused, and the presentation was viewed to allow for specific objections. Of the many, only five objections were sustained which resulted in the loss of approx. 1.5 minutes of content. The changes were made that afternoon, and the revised trial version (Exhibit 43) was played the next day for the jury. They found in favor of the plaintiff and awarded $16.2M.
EXPERT OPINION & DEPOSITION
1) Finalize the written motion
2) Record on-camera reading of motion
- performed with the assistance of a teleprompter
- can be a professional talent reading