John Himmelstein Relishes The Daily Routine of a Trial Lawyer

A Typical Morning At The Office

John Himmelstein has 35 years’ worth of experience and has a thorough understanding of what life is like as a Boston trial lawyer. When he’s not in a courtroom, he is often researching and updating current developments.

Preparation Methods

Preparing for trial takes patience and a knack for detail. By thoroughly researching the case and meeting with the client, lawyers have increased knowledge on how to conduct the case.

  • control the courtroom
  • project confidence in their client
  • understand every aspect of the case
  • connect with the jury

The Pre-trial Process

Before trial, many lawyers must wait inside the courthouse before meeting with a judge. This can take a significant amount of time, and some attorneys find themselves waiting for multiple hours. A judge can also issue a continuance or a postponement of the case. Continuances can happen for several reasons listed below:

More Preparation Needed

Defendants may need more time to hire their own attorney. If they cannot hire their own lawyer, legal aid can be requested. Depending on the state, there is usually a minimum amount of time between entering a plea and going to court. If a defense is not adequately prepared, their counsel has the right to ask the court for a continuance.

An Arraignment

The first court appearance usually includes a judge reading the charges and asking for a plea. If a defendant has not secured counsel, they can be granted time to find an attorney. If this continuance is granted, the defendant has a specified amount of time to hire an attorney before they are appointed a public defender.

Securing a Witness

Occasionally a defense witness can disappear or suddenly become unavailable. If that occurs, the defense can ask for more time in order to locate the witness. The court will need to be convinced that the witness’s testimony is important.

Dealing with Publicity

In certain cases, defendants can ask for a continuance because prejudicial publicity has become an issue. The judge will assess whether the publicity is widespread and what type of impact it has on the case. This can involve changing the case to a separate venue or postponement.

The Courtroom

Trials can be an exciting and lucrative event for a lawyer. Although it can often be an emotional experience with high tension, the work can also take extreme energy.

When Is The Day Done?

This question evolves over time. Depending on the case, some days are lighter than others. Many lawyers work approximately 40 hours per week, but this can easily change. Before going to court, every case must be thoroughly researched. Experienced lawyers can handle multiple cases at the same time.

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John Himmelstein

John Himmelstein

John Himmelstein is a Boston born trial lawyer who went to law school in Boston. He has been practicing law for 35 years.