Combating Plaintiffs' Reptilian Tactics in Commercial Vehicle, Premises Liability, Products Liability and Med Mal Cases

Responding to Reptile Techniques During Discovery and Deposition

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to litigators for recognizing and combating the trial strategy commonly known as the “reptile theory” in commercial vehicle accident, premises liability and medical malpractice cases. The panel will discuss the increased use of reptilian tactics by plaintiffs’ attorneys and how defense counsel can strategically confront the strategy.


The innovative trial strategy known as the “reptile theory” is steadily gaining traction among the plaintiffs’ bar. The theory promotes the use of trial tactics that appeal to the region of jurors’ brains that is sensitive to safety as a tactic to win cases and recover sizable verdicts.

Reptilian tactics are showing up throughout each phase of litigation. Defense attorneys must understand how to identify when reptilian tactics are being used and strategies for combating them.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the growing use of tactics described as reptilian in commercial vehicle accident, premises liability and medical malpractice litigation, and how defense counsel can challenge these tactics to increase their client’s chances of success.



  1. Reptilian tactics in litigation—explanation of theory and current trends in its use
  2. Defense strategies during discovery and depositions


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What is the underlying basis for the strategy known as the “reptile theory?”
  • How are plaintiffs’ attorneys leveraging reptile tactics in their cases?
  • How can defense attorneys counter the increasing use of reptilian tactics?


Bernstein, Jedidiah
Jedidiah M. Bernstein

Hinshaw & Culbertson

Mr. Bernstein focuses his practice on defending manufacturers, suppliers and distributors against product liability...  |  Read More

Boggs, Beth
Beth C. Boggs

Managing Partner
Boggs Avellino Lach & Boggs

Ms. Boggs concentrates her practice in civil litigation involving construction defect, insurance coverage, employment...  |  Read More

Loberg, Melissa
Melissa L. Loberg, Ph.D.
Litigation Consultant
Courtroom Sciences

Dr. Loberg applies her expertise in research methodology to the planning and implementation of focus group and mock...  |  Read More

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