Trial attorneys Sam Gregory and Ken Montgomery share their guidelines at KCCBA meeting

President Darran Winslow (center) and the Kings County Criminal Bar Association hosted Samuel Gregory (left) and Kenneth Montgomery (ideal) for a CLE on trial method.
Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Trial lawyers Samuel Gregory and Kenneth Montgomery pressured the worth of being geared up, seeing other individuals, and building a narrative for the duration of their Continuing Legal Education and learning seminar in front of the Kings County Criminal Bar Affiliation on Nov. 17.

The a single and a 50 % hour lecture was very well attended and held at the Brooklyn Bar Affiliation in Brooklyn Heights. KCCBA President Darran Winslow expressed disbelief that two of the very best trial lawyers in Brooklyn are also two of the borough’s ideal people today.

“I could converse about our presenters tonight eternally as trial lawyers, but the turnout in the place tonight displays how highly regarded they are,” Winslow claimed. “Instead, I’ll say that if currently being a fantastic individual is a important component of what we do — these are two of the best people today you will meet. Neglect their demo competencies, they are far better people today, and that is mirrored in the work they do outside the house of the apply of law. You are an inspiration to us.”

From still left: Christopher “Thief in the Night” Wright, Paul Hirsch, and Andrew Rendeiro. Eagle photograph by Robert Abruzzese

Just after short opening remarks, the two lawyers commenced going back and forth all through the CLE as you might expect a perfectly-seasoned legal professional to. Gregory recalled a situation he attempted almost 30 yrs ago, talked about some of the problems, how he overcame them, and all the when Montgomery picked his mind about how he arrived to all those decisions.

“Our challenge has gotten more difficult because we dwell in a pretty pro-prosecution society and trials are acquiring more and more tougher with engineering,” Montgomery claimed. “You have to technique them in a different way than when I started off. In this profession, you have to get greater each prospect you get. You never just go out there and say to oneself, nicely this is how I did it last time. You have to bring a little something unique to it.”

Gregory reported that around the many years he has tried a lot more and far more situations in federal court, where, he suggests, lots of of the prosecutors have a improved educational history than him and a lot more sources. Even so, he counterbalances that by currently being ready and recognizing the scenario inside of out.

Pictured from left: Gary “the Boxer” Farrell, Jonathan Laskin, Samuel Gregory and Luis Hernandez. Eagle photograph by Robert Abruzzese

“We’re stepping in to help men and women who are in some of the most severe cases that they’ve been in for really some time,” Montgomery claimed. “The improvement of narrative is what we’re there to do.”

In the circumstance Gregory mentioned Thursday evening, understanding it inside and out, and building his narrative began with using his client to lunch a single afternoon.

“I’m making an attempt to get the dude to cop out, we have satisfied two times and it was a hostile romantic relationship so I advised we go to lunch,” Gregory stated. “We sit down, we get started conversing, he begins eating with his remaining hand. Nicely, the online video of the robbery reveals that the perpetrator held the gun with his correct hand and I realize that I had a thing below.”

Gregory also explained that even immediately after 38 a long time as an attorney, that it is critical to hone your demo expertise, and increase strategies to your instrument belt. He discussed that even to this day he usually goes and watches other lawyers just before his own trials.

From still left: Stacey Richman, Hon. Michael Farkas, Heather Stepanek, Jay Schwitzman, and Adam Bolotin. Eagle image by Robert Abruzzese

For Montgomery, the most vital part of a trial is the narrative. He stated that without the need of a fantastic narrative that reveals that the prosecutors might not understand the full tale can really support a situation, but a bad narrative makes an lawyer look like just an additional piece of home furnishings in the courtroom.

“The feds, because they’re so hugely geared up, it’s like a armed forces procedure with how they technique these instances, and if you really do not locate your narrative of what happened past them you’re just a element of the course of action,” Montgomery said. “It’s nearly like you are a clerk. Jurors experience that so I have used a large amount of time striving to determine out what definitely happened. Since generally what the U.S. Legal professional is saying, they are just repeating what the informant reported, and the informant is stating what he thinks he requirements to say.”

Both equally attorneys felt like, regardless of the sources and backgrounds of many prosecutors, a fantastic protection legal professional that receives to know their circumstance inside of and out can defeat the downside.

Damien Brown and Allana Alexander. Eagle image by Robert Abruzzese

“If you glimpse at the acquittals in the EDNY and SDNY a significant share have come from people in this area — not the Bronx, not Manhattan, not Queens, not federal lawyers, but legal professionals that arrived out of this room,” Gregory mentioned. “Chris Wright is like a thief in the evening. They should rename him due to the fact he just quietly steals acquittals from the governing administration. Gary Farrell is an case in point of an individual who just retains having greater for the reason that he is like a fighter who picks up abilities in just about every fight.”

The Kings County Criminal Bar Affiliation is co-sponsoring a Satisfy and Greet with U.S. Legal professional Breon Peace, from the Jap District of New York, on Wednesday, November 30. That celebration is no cost for KCCBA and Brooklyn Bar Affiliation users. Go to for a lot more details on that event.

KCCBA Vice President Arthur Aidala will be honored at the approaching Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Annual Dinner at El Caribe in Mill Basin on Monday, December 5. President Winslow inspired associates to demonstrate up to that meal to assistance Aidala.