What was your first court trial that you handled by yourself?

Minneapolis, MN investor advocacy attorney F. Chet Taylor talks about the first court trial he handled himself.

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Yeah, my very first court trial that I handled myself it was before Judge Dianna Murphy who actually passed away recently and it was a huge securities fraud case at Frederickson and Byron we represented 75 investors and we had a team of lawyers working on it. And we had a bunch of defendants and we were able to settle out with most of the defendants except for the main bad guy. The main bad guy and his partnerships were the people left in the lawsuit and by the time it got to trial I was a fourth year attorney and they said we think you’re ready to take on a court trial. So this was in US District Court, federal court and I tried the case before Dianna Murphy and got a full result of a $4 million judgment and it was actually trebled to $12 million under the federal RICO Act the Racketeer Influence Corrupt Organizations Act. And so my first time out, $12 million judgment so I was pretty proud of that.