Cross-Examination Strategies for Hostile Witnesses: Optimizing Technology and Applying Psychology Tools

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Tuesday, May 9, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT


This CLE webinar will provide litigators with tips and approaches for cross-examination, including specific techniques related to hostile witnesses. The panel will discuss applying psychology as an examination technique and utilizing technology as an effective tool.

Description

Cross-examination can be a deciding factor in the outcome of a case. Different approaches apply to corroborative and destructive cross-examination. Other factors are the litigation stage in which the cross-exam occurs and whether the witness is an expert or lay person.

Studies suggest that jurors retain only 20% of what they hear, and the use of multi-media presentations can help. Strategies and preparation involving technology in cross-exam include using social media sites, live web streaming, and video depositions.

Applying human psychology in cross can also be effective, such as invading personal space, leveraging the witness’ ego, and asking loaded questions. Understanding juror perceptions of cross-exam is critical. Counsel must carefully balance controlling the cross-examination and appeasing the jury.

Listen as our authoritative panel of litigators discusses key techniques in cross-examining expert and lay witnesses during depositions, hearings and trials, and best practices for using technology and applying psychology when conducting the cross-examination of a hostile witness.

Outline

  1. Cross-examination techniques at deposition, hearings and trial
  2. Strategies for cross of expert and lay witnesses
  3. Technology in cross-examination
  4. Using psychology during the cross-examination

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How can technology tools be used most effectively during cross-examination?
  • How can human psychology be leveraged in conducting a cross-examination?
  • What are best practices for preparing to cross-examine an expert?

Faculty

Daniel M. Gilleon, Partner
The Gilleon Law Firm, San Diego

Mr. Gilleon focuses his practice on personal injury law, wrongful death, employment law, business litigation and civil rights. He is a an experienced plaintiff's civil trial attorney, and a recipient of the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award” given to him by peer attorneys. His extensive trial experience has led to several significant verdicts. He is often called on as a legal analyst and commentator by ABC, NBC, CBS and the Fox Network, where many of his cases have received expansive coverage.

Kevin T. Shires, Partner
Lueder Larkin & Hunter, Alpharetta, Ga.

Mr. Shires focuses his practice on cases involving automobile liability (PIP/PD/BI/UM), commercial and common carrier liability, construction and construction defect litigation, coverage and declaratory judgment actions, FELA & railroad defense, general and premises liability, Jones Act, and vertical transportation defense (elevator/escalator). He has extensive experience in jury trials on both the state and federal levels and has authored several appeals.

Trang Q. Tran, Managing Partner
Tran Law Firm, Houston

Mr. Tran's practice is primarily focused on civil litigation involving commercial disputes and employment law. His practice involves all aspects of employment litigation and counseling. He has arbitrated, litigated in federal and state courts, with a focus on prosecuting claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and failure to accommodate a disability. He also has significant experience prosecuting wage and hour class actions. He counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters and has litigated claims concerning restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements and trade secrets.


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