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The Jury is Out offers insight, experience and mentorship to trial attorneys who want to better serve their clients and improve their practice. Hosted by John Simon, Member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Founder of the Simon Law Firm, and St. Louis attorney Erich Vieth, named one of the Top 30 Appellate Attorneys in Missouri in 2021, The Jury is Out focuses on client relations, trial skills and firm management. Nationally recognized guests add depth and vision to the lively and inspiring discussion.

Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the winningest law firms in America, The Simon Law Firm has obtained more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, personal injury and corporate law since the firm’s founding in 2000. The Jury Is Out is a production of The Simon Law Firm.

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May 29, 2024

EP 509- Office Dynamics Part Three: Trial

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EP 508- Office Dynamics Part Two: Organization

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May 1, 2024

EP 507- Office Dynamics Part One: Communication

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Apr 17, 2024

EP 506- Nitrous Oxide Trial Part Two

Nitrous oxide is primarily used to make whipped cream, so why is it being sold in smoke shops?  That’s what Johnny Simon wanted to know…and his winning argument will help remove this...

Apr 3, 2024

EP 505- Nitrous Oxide Trial Part One

This tragic death case was originally approached as a workplace safety issue. But when Johnny Simon heard the story, he took another approach….contending that the defendant was impaired while under the influence...

Mar 20, 2024

EP 504- Mentorship with Mary Simon Part Two

In part two, we share our mentor’s most impactful lessons and talk about the benefits of building long lasting relationships through mentorship.  No matter if you are the mentor or the mentee,...

Mar 6, 2024

EP 503- Mentorship with Mary Simon Part One

Mentorship improves competence and confidence. John brings his daughter Attorney Mary Simonto the mic to discuss the power of mentorship for personal and professional growth.

Feb 21, 2024

EP 502- Jury Nullification Part Two

We continue our discussion on jury nullification with examples we’ve encountered in recent cases and offer tips on how you can address possible nullification issues through argument, motions in limine or jury...

Feb 7, 2024

EP 501- Jury Nullification Part One

Can a jury render a verdict that is outside the law? And if so, can you encourage them to do so?  We’ll discuss the history of jury nullification, how some attorneys try...

Jan 24, 2024

EP 456- Legal Office Management with Angela Louis Part Two

Management expert Angela Louis discusses the unique challenges facing plaintiff’s firms and suggests key traits every successful office administrator should have.  She also offers tips on how to continuously support the firm’s...

Jan 10, 2024

EP 455- Legal Office Management with Angela Louis Part One

Are you spending more time running your firm than handling your cases? That’s the tipping point when you should hand off those responsibilities to a qualified legal office manager. Angela Louis, the...

Jan 3, 2024

EP 454- Deadlocked

We are seeing more deadlocked juries in which jurors refuse to discuss the facts of the case. Today’s discussion addresses not only the legal implications of a refusal to engage in productive...

Dec 27, 2023

EP 453- Discovery Abuse with Ferne Wolf Part Three

Our final episode with Ferne Wolf of Silverstein Wolf covers your ethical obligations during document discovery, how to respond to a document dump and when to ask for documents in native form.

Dec 20, 2023

EP 452- Discovery Abuse with Ferne Wolf Part Two

In Part Two of our discussion with Employment Law Attorney Ferne Wolf, we take an in-depth look at rule 30B6, issues regarding designating corporate witnesses and how to handle refusals to disclose...

Dec 13, 2023

EP 451- Discovery Abuse with Ferne Wolf Part One

Have you noticed more attorneys objecting to written discovery? Why? In this three-part discussion, Employment Law Attorney Ferne Wolf examines how the rules of professional conduct overlap with the civil rules regarding...

Dec 6, 2023

EP 450- Lawyers in Leadership with Elise Holtzman

Are you satisfied when your firm is “good enough”? Professional development coach Elise Holtzman challenges you to strategically examine your workplace and your personality to improve your business, create more successful communication...

Nov 29, 2023

EP 449- Pillars of Business Development with Elise Holtzman

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Nov 22, 2023

EP 448- Results Don’t Lie Part Six- Update

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Nov 15, 2023

EP 447- Results Don’t Lie Part Five-Verdict

In Episode Five of Results Don’t Lie, defense experts take the stand. But a few things aren’t adding up, and Tim and Johnny discover missing records that could derail the entire defense. Hear...

Nov 8, 2023

EP 446- Results Don’t Lie Part Four- Trial

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Nov 1, 2023

EP 445- Results Don’t Lie Part Three-The Other Side

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Oct 25, 2023

EP 444- Results Don’t Lie Part Two-Building the Case

How do you build a case against a hospital system and a doctor who you claim turned his patient into an opioid addict? The plaintiff’s stories about how this growing opioid addiction...

Oct 18, 2023

EP 443- Results Don’t Lie Part One-Bad Medicine

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Oct 11, 2023

ENCORE EP108 – Selecting Expert Witnesses with Erica Slater

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Oct 4, 2023

EP 442- Show and Tell

After 72 hours, most people remember about 10% of the information they hear, but 20% of what they see. And when we hear and see the same information, we retain 65%. John...

Sep 27, 2023

ENCORE Marketing Without Going Out of Your Way

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Sep 20, 2023

ENCORE Fighting Among Friends with Defense Attorney Tim Gearin

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Sep 13, 2023

ENCORE – Alvin Wolff’s 40 Tips from 40 Years Part Two

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Sep 6, 2023

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Aug 30, 2023

EP 441- Corporate Rep Depositions for Product Liability

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Aug 23, 2023

EP440- Building a Strong Foundation for Product Liability Part Two

Your product liability case isn’t just about a single product. Design changes, comparable models, previous incidents and marketing materials should be carefully examined to find the potential flaw or “profit over people”...

Aug 16, 2023

EP 439- Building a Strong Foundation for Product Liability Part One

 The scope of your pleadings dictates the scope of your discovery, and it’s important to make sure your pleadings are broad enough to allow discovery into all the product issues you need...

Aug 9, 2023

EP 438- Anatomy of a Product Liability Case Part Two

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Aug 2, 2023

EP 437 – Anatomy of a Product Liability Case Part 1

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Jul 26, 2023

EP 436 – Father’s Day: Working with Your Dad Part Two

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Jul 19, 2023

EP 435 – Father’s Day: Working with Your Dad Part One

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Jul 12, 2023

EP 434 – Will technology give me back the years in my life?? Joy Holley Part 2

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EP433 – Ethical AI Integration with Joy Holley Part One

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EP432 – High Profile Cases with Robert Haar Part Two

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EP430- Preparing Your Expert Witness Part Two

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May 31, 2023

EP429- Preparing Your Expert Witness Part One

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EP428- Immigration Law with Javad Khazaeli Part Two

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May 17, 2023

EP427- Immigration Law with Javad Khazaeli Part One

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EP426 – Creativity and the Law with Debbie Champion Part Two

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May 3, 2023

EP425 – Creativity and the Law with Debbie Champion Part One

Have you ever considered bringing 49 massive jars of Skittles to the courtroom, dumping a 3-foot stack of medical records into the trash or placing something that looks like a bloody severed...

Apr 26, 2023

EP424 – Trial Guides with Tom Stewart Part Two

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Apr 19, 2023

EP423 – Trial Guides with Tom Stewart Part One

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Apr 12, 2023

EP422 – Wanna Learn? Teach! with Attorney Tom Stewart

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Apr 5, 2023

EP421 – Preparing for A Civil Trial Part Two

Think you know your case so well you don’t need to write down your game plan? Think again. Part Two of our discussion on pretrial prep covers tips on preparing an order...

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