The Opening Theme of Your Case

Every good Jacksonville injury lawyer knows to select opening trial themes carefully, and only after detailed examination of a particular client’s case. The right theme narrows the focus of the case in a way that portrays the client in a positive light. The purpose of the theme is to catch the jury’s attention and pave the way for the lawyer’s argument. Take a look at the following opening theme examples: It Was Supposed to Be a Routine Procedure This theme helps jurors remember that harmful events occur all around us and could happen to anyone. It reminds them that they could well be in your client’s shoes one day and fosters a feeling of identification and empathy with your client. This Is a Case About (E.g., a Guardrail) This theme tends to do well in cases in which your Jacksonville injury lawyer needs to convince the jury to disregard distracting details (such as a client’s behavior) and focus on a simpler cause to an accident. The Sign on the Store Read “Welcome” Your Jacksonville injury lawyer may use this theme to show how businesses violate the implicit trust customers have in entering to do business. This can be useful in a slip-and-fall case. A Skilled Jackson Injury Lawyer Knows What to Do John Fagan has what it takes to fight tough injury cases. When clients are hurting and need money for both physical and financial recovery, they benefit from his experience and skill. Call him at 904-278-1000 today to schedule a consultation.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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