Trial Lawyer Q&A Series - On the Stand - McDermott Will & Emery

On the Stand: Trial Lawyer Q&A Series



Step into the mind of a trial lawyer with On the Stand, a Q&A series. McDermott’s cross-practice trial and appellate lawyers reveal what drives their passion for the courtroom, preparation techniques, advice for junior lawyers and other valuable insights garnered from years in front of the bench.

In Depth

On the Stand with Justin Murphy | September 18, 2023: Justin Murphy, a former federal prosecutor, represents corporate and individual clients involved in government enforcement cases, including complex antitrust matters, fraud allegations and all phases of white-collar criminal and related civil proceedings. In this Q&A, Justin shares what he’s learned from being both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, how he prepares his clients for trial, and why empathy and compassion always play a role in his strategy.

On the Stand with Sarah Chapin Columbia | August 21, 2023: Sarah Chapin Columbia, a fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, has led 17 patent infringement, trade secrets and invalidity trials in federal courts across the country. She counsels clients on overall IP strategy and positioning in several industries, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology, semiconductor, medical device and manufacturing. In this Q&A, Sarah shares why she became a trial lawyer, what common issue she sees her clients face in patent cases and how she uses her differentiated skill to overcome that issue and win.

On the Stand with Michael SheehanAugust 7, 2023: Michael (Mike) Sheehan is the global head of the Firm’s Employment Practice Group. He focuses on unfair competition litigation and has tried dozens of cases to verdict involving large-scale raiding, inevitable disclosure of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and noncompete agreements. In this Q&A, Mike shares what he’s learned from history’s great trial lawyers and golf, how he prevailed through his toughest case and why he always puts his team first.

On the Stand with Paul HughesJuly 24, 2023: Paul Hughes serves as co-head of the Firm’s practices focusing on Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation as well as Government & Regulatory Litigation. He has argued 10 times at the Supreme Court of the United States and more than 70 times in federal and state appellate and trial courts across the country. In this Q&A, Paul shares his career highlights, advice for junior trial lawyers and preparation tactics.