I travel all over the state of Missouri. In the last year, I've done cases in 16 different counties. I think that helps give me perspective on different types of judges, prosecutors, and even clients.
I've been successful in large cases (including the largest identity theft and fraud cases in the state's history), small cases, and everything in between in Circuit and Municipal courts.
Every case and client needs a different strategy, but I try to employ a combination of three different strategies:
1. Detective work - Helping to gather good evidence and making my client's position at trial or negotiation stronger. This happens through legal methods like depositions, but also by conducting internet searches, hiring private investigators, and plain old fashioned talking to witnesses.
2. Humanizing my client - for the most part, my clients are good people accused of doing a bad thing. But, most people should not be defined by their actions in their worst moment. Convincing judges, prosecutors, and juries that my clients are redeemable and/or good is a huge part of the battle.
3. Thinking strategically - This is what people typically think of with lawyers. Filing motions, doing research, and making arguments. Sometimes the government just makes mistakes that need to be exploited.