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Behind the Trial Podcast with Evan R. Chesler, Chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP [PODCAST]

Behind the Trial Podcast with Evan R. Chesler, Chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

How do the most celebrated trial lawyers of our generation convince 12 strangers? What are their secrets of persuasion and tricks of the trade? "Behind the Trial" takes you to the front lines to reveal how it all works when lives, fortunes, and reputations hang in the balance.

Presented by Benchmark Litigation in association with the trial firm of McKool Smith, the Behind the Trial podcast series features in-depth discussions with the nation’s most iconic trial lawyers.   Behind the Trial captures the unique voice and style of each trial star by covering their best practices for presenting to a jury or judge, learning the pitfalls to avoid, and mastering the art of persuasion. 

Episode 1 features Evan R. Chesler, Chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and one of the nation's most accomplished trial lawyers. Evan went Behind the Trial  to discuss the keys of persuasion, common traits of an effective trial lawyer, the significance of the "people factor," and how versatility is critical in the courtroom (and he was just getting started).

Evan's clients include a who's who of the Fortune 500 from IBM, Time Warner, and Novartis to Alcoa, Xerox, and American Express among others. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chairman of the Trustees of the New York Library, and Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law.

Click below to learn from this trial master.

Click here to listen to part 2 of Behind the Trial with Evan R. Chesler.

Click here to listen to Episode 3 of Behind the Trial with Elkan Abramowitz.

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At McKool Smith, we treat every case as if it will go to trial. Our strength in commercial litigation means we litigate—and, most importantly, try—complex cases involving a diverse range of disputes.

From the very start, our lawyers employ a collaborative thesis development process, through which we identify pertinent legal, factual, and commercial issues. Then, we develop a comprehensive strategy that effectively drives the process from discovery through trial or other resolution.