Lawrence Joseph, author of Lawyerland
"'Make no mistake about it - lawyers are storytellers. It is how we make our livings.' Philip N. Meyer tells us, and convincingly proves, in his extroadinary Storytelling for Lawyers. Brilliantly explorying how issues of voice, plot, characterization, language, and narrative structure inform every aspect of the practice of law, Meyer tells a story no one in legal scholarship or practice has ever told before. Everyone, in every area of law, from beginning students to the most erudit scholars and accomplishmed practitioners, will profit substantially from this book."
Neal Feigenson, author of Legal Blame: How Jurors Think and Talk About Accidents
"Readers of the book will come away with a deep appreciation of the possibilities for interplay between stories in law and in the broader culture, beyond anything that they can obtain from any other book with which I am familiar."
"Breathtaking in its sophisitication, Storytelling for Lawyers is an unparalleled introduction to the art of legal storytellin. Meyer leads us through a fascinating and sometimes counterintuitieve exploration of teh building blocks of a good story - characters, plots, themes, and all the rest. Lawyes and law students everywhere sould read this book, mark it up, and keep a battered copy within easy reach."
Linda H. Edwards, author of Legal Writing, Process, Analysis and Organization
James R. Elkins, editor Legal Studies Forum
"No one knows the terrain, the feel, and the reach of stories better than Philip N. Meyer. What he tries to do, and does so brilliantly in Storytelling for Lawyers is to take reades 'inside' the story. It's hard to imagine a storytelling lawyer who couldn't benefit from Meyer's book."
"Lawyers and law students everywhere should read this book."
Reviews & Press Coverage of Storytelling for Lawyers
Michael Asimow, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Meyer’s “Storytelling for Lawyers” is an important contribution to the literature on narration in law practice. We know that successful courtroom rhetoric can best be viewed through the prism of storytelling. But the literature does not contain a practical and detailed analysis of the elements of narration as used in law practice—that is, plotting, characterization, point of view, style, and settings in place and time. Meyer’s book fills this gap. It is blessedly free of jargon and full of practical examples of good legal storytelling. But the importance of this book goes well beyond providing practical assistance to litigators. It serves as a much-needed introduction to the principles of narration for teachers and students of literature, creative writing, and popular culture, who have lacked a readable introductory guide to the elements of successful storytelling.
As noted by Act of Communication, Storytelling for Lawyers is an interesting read.