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Joe Liffrig

Joe is a mediator, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, husband and father. He lives and works in the Denver metro and is passionate about making our legal system more efficient so people can end disputes and get back to what matters.
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Powerful, Cost-effective Jury Research - Introducing Three Hour Trial by First Court

Dec 14, 2018 9:54:22 AM / by Joe Liffrig posted in jury trial, innovation, jury selection, Focus Group, Jury Research, Jurors, three hour trial, online jury research

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We have helped thousands of clients win better outcomes in their lawsuits using our Private Jury Trial service over the last three decades. Woven into that success, we have heard two needs from our clients that we cannot meet with an all-day, in-person trial: 1) It's not cost effective for smaller cases, and 2) Because of the cost and time commitment, it's likely they can only do it once in a given case... even as the case evolves and new questions arise. 

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What could you accomplish with 10 free hours?

Dec 13, 2018 10:54:58 AM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Online Dispute Resolution, Settlement, ADR, Settle, 1 Hour Mediation, Settlement Case Studies

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 Settling a six figure personal injury case in an hour probably seems impossible to those in the legal profession who have not yet enjoyed the benefits of First Court's 1 Hour Mediation

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Last call for 2018 Settlements

Dec 7, 2018 4:40:12 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Online Dispute Resolution, Case Submission, Settlement, 1 Hour Mediation, Settle

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Everyone involved in a lawsuit has some incentive to settle before the end of the year. Whether it's holiday closure (and cash) for injured parties, cash flow and tax benefits for law firms, or cleaning up the books for insurance carriers - our clients of every type tell us this time of year is a good inflection point to try to resolve open cases. 

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How to choose compelling experts

Nov 29, 2018 12:20:36 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Testimony, Witness, Jury Research, Jurors, Experts

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You pay a premium for expert testimony. Why? To persuade jurors. But do you have any way to know if you are investing in the right expert(s)? There is no single rule to pick the best experts for each case, but we have had the chance to measure the effectiveness of thousands of experts over the years, and have identified a handful of key traits we see in expert witnesses that achieve their desired effect – persuading jurors.

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How Good People Go Ugly When Testifying

Sep 17, 2018 12:04:27 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Witness, Deposition, Prep4Dep, Testimony, Advocacy

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I imagine you have been in this situation: Your key witness is a good man. You know he is honest. In all your discussions he is down-to-earth. Likeable. Not a whiff of arrogance.

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Pros and Cons of Online Mediation

May 30, 2018 3:49:47 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Settlement, ADR, Settle, 1 Hour Mediation, Online Dispute Resolution

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Any lawyer or insurance professional who has spent time attempting to settle a case through traditional mediation (both parties working with a mediator at the same facility) has likely been frustrated. It is difficult to find a day and time when all parties can meet. It is inconvenient to spend a day (or days) away from the office and life at home. It is expensive. But, perhaps most frustrating, it is inefficient. Between the posturing and delays, parties often leave mediations with little to show for their efforts.

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