Dr. Lugosi is a legal architect, able to use creativity, vision, education and experience to understand, analyze, explain and solve complex and novel legal issues. He has actively contributed to winning submissions and cases before both trial and appeal courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the Canadian Supreme Court, a rare accomplishment.
His skill as a trial lawyer has been recognized. In his instructions to the jury in a first degree murder trial involving co-defendants with cut-throat defenses, B.C. Supreme Court Tim Singh made the following comment that resulted in an application for a mistrial and ultimately was the reason a new trial was ordered by the Court of Appeal: “Members of the jury, he [Copeland] was then cross-examined by Mr. Lugosi. I am sure you will vividly recall that examination. It was one of the most forceful, effective, brilliant pieces of work where he attacked Copeland’s credibility … [counsel submission for mistrial]…There is no question that anybody perceiving what it is that your Lordship says is going to take from that that your Lordship’s impression was that he [Copeland] was essentially destroyed on cross-examination. The Court: I still hold that view.” R. v. Copeland, (1999) 141 C.C.C. (3d) 559 (B.C.C.A.) at 567-568.