Behind The Trial A podcast series featuring in-depth discussions with the nation’s most iconic trial lawyers

How do the most celebrated trial lawyers of our generation convince 12 strangers? What are their secrets of persuasion and tricks of the trade? "Behind the Trial" will take you to the front lines and reveal how it all works when lives, fortunes, and reputations hang in the balance.

Presented by "Benchmark Litigation" in association with McKool Smith, the Behind the Trial podcast series features in-depth discussions with the nation's most iconic trial lawyers.

Behind the Trial captures the unique voice and style of each trial star by covering their best practices for presenting to a jury or judge, pitfalls to avoid, and the art of persuasion.

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Episode 7

Diane Sullivan – Weil, Gotshal & Manges

  • Join us on Episode 07 of Behind the Trial to hear our conversation with Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Diane is one of the most prominent trial lawyers in the United States, having secured defense verdicts in high stakes trials for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, ESPN, GE, Merck, and Philip Morris. Read More...

Episode 6

Judge William Alsup - Northern District of California

  • Episode 06 of Behind the Trial features an interview with United States District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California. Nominated to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 1999, Judge Alsup has presided over newsworthy cases such as Oracle v Google and Waymo v Uber. Read More...

Episode 5 (2 of 2)

David Boies – Boies Schiller Flexner

  • Join us for part two of our interview with iconic trial lawyer David Boies, Chairman of Boies Schiller Flexner, as he goes Behind the Trial with Courtland Reichman to discuss how to deal with morality plays, preloaded conceptions of the jury, the use of jury consultants, and other best practices in the courtroom. Read More...

Episode 4 (1 of 2)

David Boies – Boies Schiller Flexner

Episode 04 of Behind the Trial features iconic trial lawyer David Boies, Chairman of Boies Schiller Flexner. David has handled some of the nation’s biggest cases and trials, including representing Vice President Al Gore in Bush v. Gore, and the plaintiffs in a case that led to California’s ban on same-sex marriage being overturned. Read More...

Episode 3

Elkan Abramowitz - Morvillo Abramowitz

Episode 3 of Behind the Trial features Elkan Abramowitz of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC, one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers and a giant in the white collar defense bar. As a prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer, and... Read More

Episode 2

Evan Chesler (part 2) - Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Our second episode features part 2 of our conversation with Evan R. Chesler, Chairman of Cravath and one of the nation’s most accomplished trial lawyers. Evan went Behind the Trial to discuss the significance of the jury trial to American democracy, the limits and... Read More


Episode 1

Evan Chesler - Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Episode 1 features Evan R. Chesler, Chairman of Cravath and one of the nation’s most accomplished trial lawyers. Evan went Behind the Trial to discuss the keys of persuasion, common traits of an effective trial lawyer, the significance of the “people factor,” and... Read More

Episode 0

Introduction/preview
Behind the Trial, an in-depth discussion with the nation’s most iconic trial lawyers, from McKool Smith and brought to you by Benchmark Litigation. Read More

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Diane Sullivan - Weil Gotshal
Diane P. Sullivan is a partner in the Litigation Department in Weil’s New York, NY and Princeton, NJ offices where she specializes in trial of complex commercial litigation, class action, and mass tort cases. More...

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