Press Release
February 9, 2024

ABA Releases New Book by Veteran Litigator Dan Small: Lessons Learned from a Life on Trial

MIAMI (February 9, 2024) – Holland & Knight Partner and veteran litigator Dan Small has authored a new book, Lessons Learned from a Life on Trial, published by the American Bar Association (ABA). The book includes stories of landmark cases that Mr. Small worked on and provides insight on what these cases can teach trial lawyers. The book was released on February 8 and is available to purchase here.

In Lessons Learned, Mr. Small brings together his knowledge of trials and teaching, where his stories of real cases from around the country are entertaining, thought-provoking and enlightening. Mr. Small's teachings are invaluable for both young lawyers and experienced hands, as this book serves as a tool for practicing attorneys to become better trial lawyers and more appreciative students of the process.

Mr. Small, a partner in Holland & Knight's Boston and Miami offices, is a former federal prosecutor. His extensive litigation practice focuses on witness preparation, government and internal investigations, white collar criminal law and complex civil litigation.

Mr. Small has written several books on litigation for the ABA, including Preparing Witnesses and Going To Trial, that are used in continuing legal education (CLE) programs he gives throughout the country. He is also a frequent television, radio and newspaper commentator, as well as the host of Holland & Knight's Powerful Witness Prep and Trial Lawyer's Handbook podcast series.

Praise for Lessons Learned

"This well-written and enjoyable book will fascinate anyone interested in the sometimes fraught relationship between politics and criminal law in the United States."

William F. Weld, former U.S. Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Criminal Division, and Governor of Massachusetts

"He puts his remarkable skills as a trial lawyer, and these great stories of lessons learned, together to make him a highly effective and beloved teacher of trial practice."

Professor Ronald Sullivan, Jr., Harvard Law School, Director, Harvard's Trial Advocacy Workshop; Director, Harvard Criminal Justice Institute

"Dan Small is a great trial lawyer, adviser, mentor and teacher. He does all those things often through his powerful storytelling abilities. Regardless of your age or experience, his 'lessons learned' stories will make you a better trial lawyer."

Wifredo A. "Willy" Ferrer, former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida; Chair, Holland & Knight Global Compliance and Investigations Team; Executive Partner of the firm's Miami office

"This book, which follows the pathway of that career as it evolved over time, is replete with not only great trial stories, but great insights and lessons learned about courts, witnesses, trial preparation and strategies, that every aspiring and practicing trial lawyer can learn from."

Honorable Robert Cordy (ret.), Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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