Get Your Expert Involved with the Evidence

Despite the political rhetoric, public confidence in scientists has “remained stable for decades.” You can bring this confidence into the courtroom through expert testimony based on the scientific method, i.e., physical observation and testing, not just untested hypotheses. Experts should be “hands on” when it comes to collecting and investigating physical evidence. Continue reading

Don’t Let Your Witness Look Like a Liar

noseJurors have been bombarded with information about “body language.” This information is joined by common folklore about tell-tale signs of falsehood. Here are five things to practice with your witnesses to keep their body language consistent with their truthful testimony.

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Calming a Client Before Cross

469790631For many people—especially avid courtroom drama watchers—the anticipation of being cross-examined is terrifying. If your client is one of these people, try these calming techniques. Continue reading

Checklist for Preparing Your Witness for Trial

witness_158992082Witness preparation varies from case to case and from witness to witness and there’s no one correct method or simple formula. But there are some things you should always do when preparing a witness for trial. Continue reading

Getting Your Expert Ready to Testify

88366752Don’t skimp on preparing your expert to testify! Start early and work together intensively. Continue reading

10 Things to Cover with Your Witness Before Trial

164142653There are some pretrial tasks you shouldn’t delegate. It’s critical that trial counsel see and hear each witness before trial begins and take the time to carefully prepare the witness to testify. Continue reading

Prepping Your Client for Cross-Examination

witness_158992082Most cases are won by witnesses and evidence, not by attorneys. Preparing your client to tell his or her own story effectively is an important aspect of trial and can make your case. Continue reading