A Cross-examination Principle that is Wrong

One of the worst strategies on cross-examination is to make subtle points with the “brilliant” idea…


Cross-Examination's Greatest Myth

Cross-examination occurs after the attorney who has called the witness to trial has asked her…


A Bottom Line Message that Wins at Trial

Do you know what your most important case is really all about? Probably not. Can you boil down all…


The Qualities of Great Trial Lawyers

The Qualities of Great Trial Lawyers To become a great trial lawyer, you need eightBelow is an…


The Six Factors that Determine a Trial's Outcome

Every lawyer can remember two factors that were discussed in the first days of law school: “If you…


The Reason Why Direct Examination is So Difficult

Direct examination is the part of trial when an attorney usually asks favorable or neutral…


Trial Advocacy Techniques (Part II)

In Part II of this Trial Advocacy Techniques series, I want to share some tips on opening statement…


Trial Advocacy Techniques (Part I)

This post explores some of the most important trial advocacy techniques of great trial lawyers that…


"Secrets of Great Trial Lawyers" (Part 1)

In my latest trial advocacy book, Turning Points at Trial, I interviewed thirteen of the greatest…


Five Reasons Not to Take a Deposition

Most lawyers decide to take depositions out of habit without ever thinking through the consequences…