Alex Wheeler

The Parris Firm

Alex joined the Parris Law Firm two years out of law school in 2007 and he was made partner at the firm in 2012. Alex has a diverse practice, including Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Insurance Bad Faith, and Class Action litigation. Alex has been a Southern California Super Lawyer since 2019 and was a “Rising Star” from 2012 to 2018. Alex has achieved seven- and eight-figure jury trial verdicts. Courts all over the country have appointed Alex as Lead Class Counsel in class action cases. All told, Alex has obtained over $500 million in verdicts and settlements for PARRIS clients. Alex speaks frequently to large groups of lawyers at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the country. He speaks on taking effective and trial-focused depositions, all aspects of trial practice and – using and applying what he has learned from firm founder R. Rex Parris – applying cognitive science to the creative practice of law. Alex is on the Board of Advisors at Pepperdine University School of Law and was a faculty member at the Law School, where he taught “Advanced Trial Practice.”

Alex WheelerKhail Parris
Alex Wheeler · Khail Parris

The Perfect Opening

Structuring the perfect opening to tee up your case

If you deliver an excellent opening statement, you tell the best story, you gain credibility, you frame the story your confidence surges, and you gain huge moment going into the case.

What you will learn:

  • Why preparing your opening script sets you up to be the most prepared lawyer in the courtroom
  • How to prepare your opening
    • Short, punchy, factual sentences.
    • How to start with the most persuasive fact adverse to the defense
  • Elements of a great opening
    • The well-framed story, set up the key witness testimony, introduce the harms, confront the defense arguments, and plant the seeds for the Verdict Form questions.
  • Delivering a great opening
    • Live examples
Alex WheelerJason Fowler
Alex Wheeler · Jason Fowler

Judicial Hour

The Defense Lawyer in a Robe - Managing Difficult Judges intent on ruining your case

What you will learn:

  • How mastering the Evidence Code and procedural rules wins these judges over
  • Use the In the Line of Fire techniques to field tough questions from your trial judge
  • How to master “Verbal softeners” that allow you to argue your case, make your record, all while maintaining a “good” relationship with your judge
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R. Rex Parris · Alex Wheeler

Becoming a Master Trial Lawyer

In this participatory 2-hour session, you will go beyond your limits and discover your potential as a Trial Lawyer.

  • Speaking Like A Person, Not A Lawyer
  • The Power of Inflection
  • Persuasive Storytelling
  • Bonding Jury To Your Point of View
  • Beyond Eye Contact: The Jury is your partner
  • Guiding the Jurors’ Emotions
  • Making Your Quote The Jurors’ Quote
  • The Structure and The Rhetoric of Argument
  • Controlling Witness/Attorney and Witness/Juror Relationships
  • The Use of Open-Ended Questions
  • Restraint VS Going In For The Kill

TLU Live HB Agenda

Pre-Event Party
5/16 — Tues. — 6:00pm

Pre Event Party at the Presidential Suite, Pasea: Drinks, Appetizers, Poker Tournament. Hosted by: Priority LawRank, Smart Advocate

Cabana Pregame Poolside
5/17 — Wedn. — 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Hosted by Nick Coulson and Jose Robles

Jury Duty
5/17 — Wedn. — 8:00am - 5:00pm

You're invited to sit in as a juror and give feedback to presenter

Registration & Opening Pary
5/17 — Wedn. — 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Sponsored by Parris Law Firm, Claggett & Sykes, Priority Responsible Funding, Lee Isaacs Band sponsored by Walker Advertising