Again, from the Maryland Daily Record, this quote from a plaintiffs’ lawyer whose client received a $1 verdict at trial after being shot in the back by a police officer.
Plaintiff’s lawyer “did not conduct any pretrial depositions. ‘That’s part of my trial strategy,’ Butler said. ‘The first time [Windsor] got to see me was at trial.’
I don’t know whether taking depositions was warranted in the case, and I hate second guessing anyone’s trial strategy, because you do not know what should be done unless you are there. But I have never had a personal injury case where it was good strategy to not conduct discovery because you want the first time the Defendant to see you is at trial. Humbly, that just makes no sense to me.