Today, I sit down with Michael DeBlis, III, a trial lawyer from Bloomfield, New Jersey and host of Theater of the Courtroom Podcast. Michael and I discuss what it's like going to trial and how in many ways trial and theater are the same. The topics discussed include: Why vulnerability is powerful in the courtroom; How a client's testimony can make or break a case; How being in court is different than most interactions in life; and Why it's so important to be able to tell a client's story through other witnesses. Over the years, I have come into contact with lawyers who think it's all about them. You hear them say - "I won this case" or "I did that", the truth is that trial is all about the client. If it's a criminal matter where the client is not testifying, the client's story must come to life through the drama of the courtroom. If it's a personal injury matter that is being tried, the case almost always centers around the client's credibility. One slip up, one stop over the greed line, one inconsistency in your story and can be used to support a biased juror's position and destroy the whole case.