In Episode 17 of Trial Lawyer View, host and Synergy CEO Jason D. Lazarus spoke with Mark Avera of Avera & Smith. The podcast touched upon several interesting topics such as his journey from working as a sheriff’s deputy to following his father’s footsteps as a trial lawyer. They discussed the various challenges he faced in this transition and how his experience as a deputy sheriff helped him become a better trial lawyer.
The conversation then shifted towards Mark’s upcoming work with Trial School, where he is passionate about teaching young lawyers to be ethical and effective trial attorneys. The program focuses on teaching trial advocacy skills to aspiring attorneys, including everything from trial preparation to case presentation. Mark emphasized the importance of providing support and mentorship to young attorneys as they embark on their legal careers.
Mark’s philosophy of “Courage with hope” also emerged as an essential topic of discussion. He believes that courage is essential in the legal profession and it is necessary to maintain hope even in the face of adversity. Mark has represented several clients who were struggling with personal injuries and wrongful death. In such cases, he finds that hope is an essential part of the healing process.
The podcast also explored Mark’s litigation against the tobacco industry, which he pursued with tenacity and dedication. Mark shared his thoughts on the challenges of taking on an industry as large as tobacco, and how he was able to obtain justice for his clients through relentless determination.
Furthermore, Mark talked about how the Wiederhold v. Domino’s Pizza case had a profound impact on his career. This case involved a young man who was struck and killed by a pizza delivery driver. The case highlighted the need for businesses to be responsible for their employees and ensure that they are adequately trained and equipped to do their jobs safely.
Overall, the podcast was an engaging discussion of Mark Avera’s journey as a trial lawyer and his insights into the legal profession. It provided listeners with a glimpse into the passion and dedication that goes into representing clients and seeking justice in the courtroom.
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