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David Mann is a story specialist who teaches leaders and attorneys how to make an impact by clarifying their message. He has combined his decades of experience as an actor, director, and playwright with the needs of attorneys and business leaders to help them win cases for their clients and grow their businesses.

David has taught story construction and presentation to lawyers nationwide for over a decade. He has worked with plaintiff and defense teams to develop their stories for trial and oral argument in matters ranging from medical malpractice to trade secret theft and securities fraud. He has taught at Loyola School of Law in Chicago since 2012, and he has created innovative programs for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).




As a story specialist, David has helped lawyers find, build, and tell a persuasive case story in the following matters: securities fraud, personal injury, medical malpractice, sexual assault, defamation, trade secret theft, and wrongful termination. He has served as consultant on both plaintiff’s and defense sides to craft openings, closings, witness examinations, oral arguments in motion practice. 



In 2012, David created a unique, specialized course for Loyola School of Law in Chicago that is focused expressly on story construction and presentation for court. The two-credit course is two full days in length,  and David has taught it over 30 times. He has also created a similar program for NITA that has been offered as both a live course and an online program.

Legal Bio



David has presented his full-day, six-hour CLE program in 14 states. The program provides lawyers with the tools they need to construct persuasive case stories, create concise opening statements, and to present them with lasting impact. David has also been the keynote speaker for state bar conferences nationwide, and he has presented shorter versions of his program in Canada and Northern Ireland.

Representative Client List


Alston & Bird

Warner Norcross

Baker McKenzie

Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)

Faegre Drinker

Shook, Hardy, & Bacon

Fish & Richardson

Gordon Rees

Hinshaw & Culbertson

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Loeb & Loeb

Robins Kaplan


Larson King


Miller Johnson

Pomerantz Law

Greene Espel

Fellerman & Ciarimboli


Loyola School of Law, Chicago


US Securities & Exchange Commission

US Marines Special Forces

US Department of Justice

US Department of Labor


California Dept. of Transportation

Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny Co.

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

The Gault Center


Hillman Advocacy Program


LSU Law School

Washoe County District Attorney

MN Defense Lawyers Assn.


Pennsylvania Bar Assn.

Georgia State Bar

Alaska State Bar Assn.

State Bar of Nevada

New Jersey State Bar Assn.

Wyoming State Bar

Illinois State Bar Assn.

State Bar Assn. of North Dakota

Missouri Bar

State Bar of Michigan

Massachusetts Bar Assn.

Arkansas State Bar Assn.

Minnesota State Bar Assn.

Indiana State Bar

Ohio State Bar Assn.

Lancaster Bar Assn.

Law Society of Northern Ireland

Law Society of Manitoba

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