The Nuts & Bolts of Voir Dire


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

A practical step by step approach to preparing for and conducting voir dire. Participants will learn how to develop a jury selection strategy that is relevant to their case. They will draft an outline for voir dire and construct questions designed to get jurors talking. Then we will discuss what steps to take in the days leading up the trial. What questions should be asked to the judge and the Bailiff? We will demonstrate how to document the hundreds of things said by jurors and how to make sense of the explosion of information we all receive in those three hours. Finally, we will discuss how strike and back strike in a way that builds the best jury for your case.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Planning Voir Dire
•   Questioning jurors
•   Picking the jury

Date / Time: January 27, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: June 17, 2019

Brian Barakat, Esq. defends businesses and business owners from suit. He began his career as a Prosecutor in Miami Dade County. While there, Mr. Barakat worked in the Economic Crimes Division of the Special Prosecution Section. His experience in investing financial frauds gives him a unique prospective on business disputes.

Mr. Barakat’s experience in Commercial Litigation includes the full gamut of cases from complex class actions to small business disputes.

J.D., Temple University, 2000
B.S., Finance, Drexel University, 1996.

Professional & Bar Association Memerships
Business Law Section of the Florida Bar
Chair – Restrictive Covenants Task Force
Chapter 607 Sub Committee
Litigation Committee

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
Incoming Chair 2020
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Florida Bar Grievance Committee
2006 – 2009

Business Networking International (BNI)
Chairman of the Franchise Advisory Board 2013-2015
President 2019, 2008
Treasurer 2013-2019

Boy Scouts of America
Assistant Scout Master

League of Prosecutors

Miami-Dade County Bar Associate

Coral Gables Bar Association

Jordan Lewin, Esq. is a former Miami-Dade Prosecutor who has achieved widespread recognition representing individuals in high profile and complex cases, including corporate executives, police officers, politicians and other public figures in highly-charged trials throughout South Florida. He founded Lewin Law in 2005, which is one of South Florida’s premier criminal defense law firms and he has tried over 100 trials in federal and state court over his career. Lewin Law handles criminal investigations, litigation preparation, jury trials, appeals, post-conviction motions, probation and supervised release violations, as well as the filing of extraordinary writs. Mr. Lewin’s trial practice focuses on white-collar fraud cases, narcotics offenses, and violent crimes involving weapons charges. His prior experience as a managing attorney and homicide prosecutor uniquely allow him to analyze his cases from both parties’ perspective and often lead to him being able to exploit his opponents’ weaknesses. Two decades of criminal litigation experience ensure that he can challenge all of the evidence he encounters in each and every case.  

Professional Association Memberships
Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of Florida
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, past board member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Civil Liberties Union
League of Prosecutors

Recognition for Criminal Defense Excellence
South Florida Legal Guide, 2008-2019
Florida Super Lawyers 2008-2019
Florida Bar Grievance Committee
2008 – 2011

Published Opinion
Brandreth v. McRay, 930 So.2d 846, (Fla. 3rd DCA 2006)

J.D., University of Miami, School of Law, 2000
B.S., New York University, 1997

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Section I. Setting Goals

Section II. Planning a voir dire outline

Section III. Pair voir dire topics with case strengths and weaknesses

Section IV. Crafting Questions and Topics Designed to Accomplish our Goals

Section V. Managing client’s expectations

Section VI. Preparing for the Day of Trial

Section VII. Organization and Documentation

Section VIII. Striking Strategy