Effective Witness Preparation Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide
Witnesses are vital in the success of a trial. The credibility or incredibility of their testimony can significantly impact the outcome of the case. It is, therefore, important that lawyers prepare them before they give a deposition or take the stand.
Listen as a panel of distinguished practitioners and thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with techniques on how to prepare witnesses to make them more effective. Speakers will also discuss the commonly found risks and pitfalls at trial or during a witness deposition.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Witness Preparation: Deposition vs. Trial
- Real-World Examples
- Common Risks and Pitfalls
- Witness Preparation Techniques
- What Lies Ahead
Kimberly Almazan, Special Counsel
- Explaining to the witness the purpose of a deposition and how the transcript can be used at trial
- Explaining that the aesthetics matter (e.g., how videotaped depositions are used at trial, how opposing counsel is gauging how effective the witness be in front of a jury, the importance of body language)
- Pitfalls to avoid (e.g., saying “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” too often, answering more than what the question asked, getting into a rhythm with opposing counsel, letting opposing counsel put words into your mouth)
- Explaining to the witness how to handle his/her counsel’s objections
Giel Stein, Member
Clark Hill PLC
- Preparing your lay witness for their deposition.
- Preparing your corporate representative for their deposition.
- Preparing your expert witness to testify at trial.
- Preparing your client for direct examination at trial.
- Preparing your client for cross examination at trial.
Nicholas A. Rauch, Attorney
Larson King, LLP
- Preparing your witness to answer reptile questioning.
- Preparing your witness to handle abrasive/argumenative questioning.
- Preparing witnesses for confrontation with opposing counsel.
- Preparing expert witnesses for cross-examination.
Who Should Attend:
- Trial Attorneys
- General Counsel
Kimberly is special counsel in the litigation and arbitration team.
She concentrates on general and complex civil litigation, art law, environmental litigation, and trade secret matters. Kimberly handles actions filed in state and federal courts throughout the State of California.
Her commercial litigation experience covers a broad assortment of business disputes, including breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, and fraud. She has also managed a large number of cases involving breaches of fiduciary duty matters, arising out of various relationships such as trustee/beneficiary, employer/employee, and real estate agent/purchaser.
Kimberly is special counsel in the litigation and arbitration team. She concentrates on general and complex civil litigation, art law, …
Giel Stein is a Member in the Litigation group of Clark Hill’s Chicago office. Giel is a trial lawyer. A former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Giel has tried cases before federal district courts, federal administrative bodies, federal panel arbitrators, and in state courts. Giel has also argued in state and federal appellate courts. He has effectively led complex public and private sector internal investigations. Giel’s trial skills are complemented by his credentialed mediation abilities, which he honed as a mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, the Center for Conflict Resolution, and the Federal Executive Board. Giel teaches trial advocacy and civil discovery at Northwestern Law School and the University of Illinois Law School.
Giel Stein is a Member in the Litigation group of Clark Hill’s Chicago office. Giel is a trial lawyer. A former …
Nick Rauch is an attorney at the Larson King law firm in St. Paul, Minnesota where he focuses his practice on trucking and logistics litigation, professional liability, and oil and gas defense. Nick currently serves on the steering committee for the DRI Litigation Skills committee and is the Chair of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association diversity committee. Prior to working in civil litigation, Nick gained voluminous trial experience with the Polk County Attorney’s Office in Des Moines, IA. For his efforts, Nick received the 2018 Excellence in Prosecution Award from the Iowa County Attorneys Association.
Nick Rauch is an attorney at the Larson King law firm in St. Paul, Minnesota where he focuses his practice …
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