Combating Plaintiffs' Reptilian Tactics in Commercial Vehicle, Premises Liability, Products Liability and Med Mal Cases
Responding to Reptile Techniques During Discovery, Deposition, Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Cross-Examination and Closing Argument
A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide litigators in recognizing and combating the trial strategy leveraging the so-called "reptile theory" in commercial vehicle accident claims, 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
- Pretrial strategies to limit or exclude the reptile theory
- Combating the reptile during trial
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 spot and identify reptile tactics before they occur?
- How can defense attorneys prepare for, defend, and counter the increasing use of reptilian tactics?
Brian J. Pokrywka
Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson
Mr. Pokrywka’s practice is focused on defending commercial vehicle transportation claims from post-accident... | Read More
Mr. Pokrywka’s practice is focused on defending commercial vehicle transportation claims from post-accident investigation through litigation and trial. He manages the firm’s nationwide catastrophic loss response team and has defended a number of high-severity accidents from the initial rapid response notification. Mr. Pokrywka regularly works with motor carriers and their insurers to investigate accident facts, formulate defenses, and protect their interests in litigation. He has taken several cases to trial, including multiple wrongful death cases. Mr. Pokrywka has also worked on catastrophic motor coach accidents that have garnered national media attention. He has specialized training in emerging vehicle technology systems, such as collision mitigation, driver behavior monitoring, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous self-driving vehicles. In addition to commercial vehicle transportation claims, Mr. Pokrywka litigates a variety of other matters ranging from defending products liability claims to business and commercial disputes.Close
David A. Senter, Jr.
Young Moore and Henderson
Mr. Senter is a shareholder at Young Moore and a member of its transportation and logistics team in Raleigh. He advises... | Read More
Mr. Senter is a shareholder at Young Moore and a member of its transportation and logistics team in Raleigh. He advises and represents clients in state and federal court in a number of areas including trucking and transportation, product liability, and business litigation. In addition, Mr. Senter advises health care providers concerning regulatory compliance matters. He has been selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers (2017, 2018, 2019) in the Rising Stars category.Close
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