Handling Difficult Witnesses in Personal Injury Cases: Direct and Cross Examinations
Tips for Managing Hostile, Evasive, Untruthful, Forgetful and Other Challenging Witnesses
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will discuss strategies for handling difficult witnesses during personal injury litigation. While difficult witnesses will typically belong to the adverse party, they can sometimes be your own. Because of this, it is critical that attorneys know how to handle difficult witnesses in order to present a successful case.
- Overview of common types of “difficult witnesses” in personal injury cases and how to spot them
- How to handle cross examination of difficult adverse witnesses
- How to handle direct examination of your own witness if they become difficult
- Tactics for impeaching and/or rehabilitating a witness on the stand without harming image in front of jurors
The panel will review these and other relevant topics:
- What are some of the common types of difficult witnesses that attorneys will encounter in personal injury cases?
- How should attorneys approach cross-examination of a particularly difficult witness?
- How can attorneys approach direct examinations of their witnesses if they become angry or forgetful on the stand?
Thomas C. O'Brien
Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone
Mr. O’Brien is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in complex civil and criminal... | Read More
Mr. O’Brien is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in complex civil and criminal cases, including some that received national attention. Mr. O’Brien has also taught trial practice for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, University of Michigan Law School, Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is the co-author of Effective Strategies for Cross-Examining an Expert Witness that was recently published in The American Bar Association’s Litigation Magazine, 44 Litigation 26-30 (Fall 2017).Close