Dave Dolkas
Dave Dolkas

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About MAP a Complex Case

I use the initialism MAP because litigators and trial lawyers responsible for prosecuting or defending a high-risk case Manage, Analyze, and, ultimately, Present the proof points to a judge or jury. The goal in presenting the case is to tell a memorable, emotionally believable, and intellectually honest story presented in a way that is easy for others to visualize.

The book is divided into four parts. Part 1 (Chapters 1 through 6) covers Managing the case. Part 2 (Chapters 7 through 12) covers Analyzing the case record. Part 3 (Chapters 13 through 16) covers Presentation principles. Part 4 (Chapters 17 and 18) offers two approaches for reviewing the case and team performance.

The book progresses in a logical instructional sequence, starting off with chapters on managing, then moving to analysis, then to presentation, and, finally, to review. I wrote each chapter mindful of the previous chapters. But each chapter can also be read as a stand-alone piece—meaning if you need guidance on how to prepare an effective litigation budget, you can read Chapter 9, “Creating the Litigation Budget,” without having to read the entire book. I do, however, strongly encourage you to read every chapter and address the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

The fourth edition of MAP a Complex Case will be available in August 2018. If you’d like to receive notice of its availability, please send me an e-mail (dave@davedolkas.com) and I’ll put you on the list.