Menu

Reading List

Reading List

This a list of recommended books for lawyers and anybody interested in persuasion, presentation and story.

Trial Guides

Culture Code

Clotaire Rapaille

Find


David Ball on Damages 3

David Ball

Find


Grief and Loss

Robert T. Hall and Mila Ruiz Tecala

Find


Moe Levine on Advocacy

Moe Levine

Find


Persuasive Communication

Eric Oliver

Find


Polarizing the Case

Rick Friedman

Find


Reptile

David Ball and Don Keenan

Find


Rules of the Road

Rick Friedman and Patrick Malone

Find


Show the Story: The Power of Visual Advocacy

William S. Bailey and Robert W. Bailey

Find


Trial in Action

Joane Garcia Colson, Fredilyn Sison and Mary Peckham

Find


Twelve Heroes, One Voice

Carl Bettinger

Find


General

Litigating Truck Accident Cases

Michael Jay Leizerman

Find


The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande

Experts must have a checklist, literally. Like Malcolm Gladwell, Gawande is a contributor to The New Yorker who uses examples from his field of medicine, but which are applicable to law. I hate the checklist idea of law. Anybody who has seen me at trial or deposition knows that I hardly ever use notes, and certainly never a deposition checklist. And yet I believe that I can do this because I am so prepared because I’ve gone through the checklist of case preparation before getting to these critical stages.

Find


Drive

Daniel H. Pink

Find


In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions When it Counts

Jerry Weissman

Find


Just Listen

Mark Goulston

Find


Made to Stick

Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Find


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Carol Dweck

Find


Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)

Carol Tavris

Find


Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell

Find


Predictably Irrational

Dan Ariely

Find


Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell

Find


The Logic of Failure

Dietrich Dorner

Find


Rick Friedman On Becoming a Trial Lawyer

Find


The Influentials

Ed Keller and Jon Berry

The idea of The Influentials is that critical mass for ideas and products come from one in ten Americans who are “influentials.” A great example of this is the Jones Family in the mediocre-but-thought-provoking movie The Joneses. You can identify Influentials through 11 questions.These 11 questions have successfully predicted the fore-person of several of my juries.

Find


A Sense of Urgency

John P. Kotter

Find


Win Your Case

Gerry Spence

Find


Influence

Robert Cialdini

Find


Blink

Malcolm Gladwell

Find


Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman

Find


Working with Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman

Find


Social Intelligence

Daniel Goleman

Find


Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Shunryu Suzuki

Find


Richard Bandler’s Guide to Trance-Formation

Richard Bandler

Find


Language

Words that Work

Frank Luntz

Find


If You Want to Write

Brenda Ueland

Find


Garner on Language and Writing

Find


Marketing

The Zen of Social Media Marketing

Shana Hyder Kubani

Find


Marketing Metaphoria

Gerald Zaltman

Find


Story

The Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell

Find


The Hero With a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell

Find

Visual Presentation

Presentation Zen

Garr Reynolds

Find

Word Processing

Formatting Legal Documents with Microsoft Word 2010

Jan Berinstein

Find

It’s all in the eyes

Studies in cognitive neuroscience have shown that fear, surprise, happiness and other emotions trigger the amygdala in the brain based on the the amount of white in the eyes. While the orbitofrontal cortex and other parts of the brain decode complex facial expressions, the amygdala is quick and simple and responds based on just one thing--how much eye white is showing.

Signup

Register here to receive information from Michael including:
  • upcoming seminars
  • using Aikido and Zen in your trial practice
  • a regular trial lawyers book club
  • his upcoming Trial Guides’ book

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

 I am a practicing member of the legal profession.

Comments (optional)