8 Ways to Make Calling Witnesses More Dramatic

As a trial attorney, never forget your role as director of the courtroom play. Consider these staging decisions when it comes to calling witnesses. Continue reading

FAQs about Redirect Examination

After the other side has had a chance to cross-examine your witness, you get another bite at the apple—redirect examination. Knowing when and how to do redirect is key. Continue reading

Trial Logistics: 4 Things to Set Up Before Heading to Court

Any trial strategy should incorporate the mundane. Not only must you get to court on time, but everything you need to try the case also has to be there, at your fingertips. Here are four things you should consider and arrange for before you head to court. Continue reading

Order Your Witnesses for Impact

witness_78724356A trial should be like any well-choreographed event: strategically order your witnesses for maximum impact. Continue reading

Find a Theme to Guide the Jury

court_78468376Trials are stressful, fact-filled, and laced with legal issues. Don’t become so obsessed with detail that you miss the essential case. You should be able to pick out two or three major themes that you can use to guide the jury’s thinking. Continue reading

Catch a Catchphrase

During the election season we all get a bit tired of  slogans and catchphrases, but these tools can be very useful at trial. Keep alert for any catchphrase that comes up at trial or during discovery and be prepared to exploit it for all it’s worth. Continue reading

10 Cross-Examination Tips from a Master

Cross-examination of a witness is a critical part of trial. An effective cross-examination can strengthen your case by bringing out favorable information, undermining and/or attacking the witness, and getting fresh discovery (particularly in criminal cases).

Master trial attorney James Brosnahan offers these ten tips for acing cross-examination:

  1. Use short, simple, leading questions with four to six words. “You wrote the letter, didn’t you?” Continue reading