Combating Plaintiff Reptilian Tactics in Complex and High-Stakes Litigation: Transforming Perception of the Company
Strategies for Discovery, Voir Dire, Opening and Closing Argument, Direct and Cross-Exam
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will provide guidance to litigators on combating the emerging trial strategy commonly known as the “reptile theory.” The panel will discuss the increased use of reptilian tactics by plaintiffs’ attorneys throughout the life of the case and how defense counsel can strategically confront the strategy.
- Reptilian tactics in litigation—history of theory and current trends in its use
- Defense strategies—from discovery through closing argument
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What is the underlying basis for the strategy often described as reptilian?
- How are plaintiffs’ attorneys leveraging so-called reptile tactics to influence jurors’ view of their cases?
- How can defense attorneys counter the increasing use of reptilian tactics?
Jedidiah M. Bernstein
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Mr. Bernstein focuses his practice on defending manufacturers, suppliers and distributors against product liability... | Read More
Mr. Bernstein focuses his practice on defending manufacturers, suppliers and distributors against product liability claims. He defends companies located internationally and in the United States against a wide range of personal injury and property damage claims. He has successfully defended clients against allegations of manufacturing and design defects, strict liability, failure to warn and breach of warranties. He also litigates class-action lawsuits arising from products subject to national and international recalls. He co-authored an article on defending against the reptile theory, published in The Transportation Lawyer.Close
Paul E. Wojcicki
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
Mr. Wojcicki concentrates his practice in two primary areas, litigation and business counseling. His... | Read More
Mr. Wojcicki concentrates his practice in two primary areas, litigation and business counseling. His litigation practice includes complex commercial and consumer disputes, including class actions, products liability claims, and warranty and service contract actions. He represents companies large and small across a wide variety of industry sectors in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country. He frequently speaks on emerging legal and business topics including litigation strategies and tactics, risk management, developments in products liability and warranty law, and authored an article on the Reptile Theory, The Reptile’s In Our Midst – Defending against the “Triune Brain” trial strategy.Close