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Partner Rick Richmond has been named one of The National Law Journal’s “Winning Litigators” for leading the Jenner & Block trial team that won a $940 million trade secret verdict for client Epic Systems Corp. The honor recognizes lawyers who prevailed when substantial damages were at stake, set a legal precedent or overcame an unfriendly jurisdiction. Earlier this year, the National Law Journal ranked the verdict fifth on its list of the top 100 verdicts of 2016.
In Mr. Richmond’s profile, he explains that the 10-day time limit imposed by the judge during the trial presented the biggest challenge in the case. To meet the challenge, the team had to be creative and decided to trim the number of live witnesses and the length of the videotaped depositions down to the bare minimum and read a dozen stipulated witness summaries out loud to the jury to save time. Mr. Richmond also shares trial tips that have been key to his success. He says that establishing credibility before and during trial is critical. He explains, “Admitting what you don't know, and offering to find answers quickly, helps build that credibility.” In addition, he adds, “Showing courtesy to everyone in the courtroom makes for an atmosphere that can help win over the jury.”
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