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Author: Matt Heimlich and John Risvold

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“On Trial” takes a deeper look at the world of trial lawyers. Hosts Matt Heimlich and John Risvold explore the various aspect of trial work from case intake to closing argument and everything in between. Discover cutting edge legal strategies from the hosts and their interviews with prominent attorneys, consultants, physicians and others who have expertise and perspective on the issues affecting those who practice in this exciting area of law. Learn about the updates in case law and statutes that lawyers need to know to stay ahead of the competition. Topics include: communication with clients and jurors, examining witnesses, winning liability and damages arguments, law practice productivity, legal marketing strategies and others. Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Malman Law in Chicago, Illinois. Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here. Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois. He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. He spends the majority of his practice helping victims of catastrophic injury obtain justice. As a trial lawyer, John works tirelessly to get the best outcome for his clients and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He has tried cases to verdict in Illinois and handled cases throughout the country. Prior to joining The Collins Law Firm, John defended large multi-national corporations in multi-million dollar litigation, giving him a unique insight into how cases are handled by the companies and individuals responsible for catastrophic injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
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This episode was worth the wait!  Sara Davis, partner at Cogan & Power in Chicago goes through what it takes to win a $51 million verdict in a conservative county during a pandemic.  Sara shares trial tips, techniques for proving up catastrophic damages, and what she learned from her trial experience.  Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Malman Law in Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
Our guest Jesse Wilson is a nationally renowned trial consultant, author and communications expert.  He has helped countless trial lawyers tell their clients' stories to juries in an effective and human way, and has been "behind the scenes" of numerous multi-million dollar verdicts.  Learn techniques for formulating your case's narrative, language and themes.  Explore proven methods on how to illustrate your client's damages to the jury.  Examine your role as the storyteller and how to connect with an audience, whoever that audience may be.  This episode has it all!Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Malman Law in Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
This episode we welcome Patricia Gifford of Malman Law who provides incredible insight into the business of running a law firm.   Learn about actions she has taken to solidify and improve firm leadership, values and operations that have been key to Malman Law's expansion and continued success during COVID.  This unique episode shines a light on how to take a vision for a firm and put it into practice.Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Malman Law in Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
Jordan Powell of Passen & Powell in Chicago joins us to discuss his recent jury trial in DuPage County, Illinois.  He provides invaluable information about trial logistics, jury selection and lessons learned him his experience.  This is a must-listen episode as the courthouses continue to open up and we begin trying cases again!Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Malman Law in Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
John and Matt return to discuss techniques for taking effective depositions of defense medical experts.  Learn tips and tactics for discrediting expert opinions, undercutting common defenses, qualifying your medical testimony and more!Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Malman Law in Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
And we're back!   After a long (too long) break, John and Matt return to discuss mediation tips, tactics and tried and true methods to get your clients maximum results.Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Malman Law in Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
On this episode, John walks us through what he did to achieve a settlement of more than 3 times the insurance policy limits on the eve of trial.   He goes through how to set up insurance companies for bad faith, use that leverage to open up the policy and get full value on cases with big injuries and small insurance limits.  Take notes and follow John's steps to unlock the potential in your cases when insurance companies aren't treating your clients fairly!Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, with offices in Wheaton and Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, motor vehicle collision, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
On this episode, we turn back the clock to 2019 to reflect on a verdict achieved by Matt Heimlich and his firm on behalf of an 84 year-old nursing home resident who suffered a fall and hip fracture due to the facility's failures in  care.  John and Matt discuss the strategy behind some of the key decisions made before and during the trial that ultimately led to a successful outcome.  What worked?  What didn't work?  What are the takeaways that you can apply to your practice?  Listen to find out in this in-depth discussion on the application of tactics and advocacy in a real trial setting.Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, with offices in Wheaton and Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, motor vehicle collision, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcast
Class actions and mass torts often grab headlines due to their profound impact on large numbers of people.  On this episode, John and Matt are joined by David Neiman and Bryce Hensley, both of Romanucci and Blandin in Chicago for a roundtable discussion about all things aggregate litigation.  This is a must-listen for anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes of some of the biggest cases out there.Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, with offices in Wheaton and Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, motor vehicle collision, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcastIf you like what you hear, please rate and subscribe on your preferred podcast platform.  
Join us for a conversation with attorney Christopher Norman, a true subject matter expert in the area of birth injury litigation.  Chris touches on everything from what to look for during a case intake and evaluation, to the various experts that need to be retained to prove all the elements of your case and everything in between.  For anyone involved in this high-stakes subset of medical malpractice, this is a must listen!Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, with offices in Wheaton and Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, motor vehicle collision, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcastIf you like what you hear, please rate and subscribe on your preferred podcast platform.  
In our latest episode, John goes in depth attorney Jay Stefani about all things regarding commercial motor vehicle and trucking litigation.  From the importance of acting quickly upon retention to preserve evidence to proving your case using federal regulations and state CDL manuals, Jay provides tremendous insight into this complex area of injury law.Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, with offices in Wheaton and Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, motor vehicle collision, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcastIf you like what you hear, please rate and subscribe on your preferred podcast platform.  
Join Matt and John for a discussion on the ins and outs of nursing home litigation!  Topics include dealing with arbitration clauses, investigating claims, frameworks for care, how to properly plead your case and more!
On today’s episode, we are joined by Margaret Battersby Black, partner at Levin & Perconti in Chicago, who shares with us her insights on how to maximize the effectiveness of your depositions.  Listen as she details proven techniques on how to deal with unexpected deposition answers, anticipating and undermining defenses, establishing systemic failures, eliciting damages testimony from defense witnesses and more!
Join us for a conversation with Patrick Salvi II, managing partner of the Chicago office of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.  Learn techniques and lessons from one of the best young trial lawyers in the country about presenting your damages case, sequencing your evidence, digging into the details of your damages, effectively using your jury instructions, the importance of your visual presentation, pushing the envelope on your ask and more!
Welcome to On Trial!

Welcome to On Trial!

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Welcome to On Trial!  In our first episode, hosts John Risvold and Matt Heimlich have a free-flowing discussion about working remotely during coronavirus, starting and specializing your personal injury practice, how our experiences as defense attorneys have improved our ability to represent injured plaintiffs, and more! Host Matthew Heimlich is an attorney at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, with offices in Wheaton and Chicago, Illinois.  Matt’s law practice is focused on the representation of injured victims and their families in nursing home negligence, motor vehicle collision, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.   Host John Risvold is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., with offices in Naperville, Illinois.  He has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.  A link to his firm’s website and biography and be found here.  Email us at ontrialpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @OnTrialPodcastIf you like what you hear, please rate and subscribe on your preferred podcast platform.  
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