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
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.
- Reptilian tactics in litigation—explanation of theory and current trends in its use
- 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?
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
Beth C. Boggs
Boggs Avellino Lach & Boggs
Ms. Boggs concentrates her practice in civil litigation involving construction defect, insurance coverage, employment... | Read More
Ms. Boggs concentrates her practice in civil litigation involving construction defect, insurance coverage, employment law, premises liability, transportation, defense of pharmacy cases, civil rights defense, professional negligence, toxic tort defense, asbestos exposure defense and insurance defense. She is a frequent author on a variety of insurance and trial topics and speaker at national conferences on trial-related topics. Ms. Boggs was selected to be a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society honoring the top one-half of one percent of American lawyers.Close
Melissa L. Loberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Loberg applies her expertise in research methodology to the planning and implementation of focus group and mock... | Read More
Dr. Loberg applies her expertise in research methodology to the planning and implementation of focus group and mock trial studies, as well as the development and analysis of jury supplemental questionnaires and post-verdict juror interviews. Additionally, she applies her training and education in Clinical Psychology to the preparation of witnesses in anticipation of both deposition and trial. She provides CLEs to attorneys regarding ways to defeat the plaintiff Reptile theory, effective use of jury supplemental questionnaires, the ability of mock trial research to inform settlement decisions, and neuropsychological approaches in witness training.Close