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How to Get Your Witness Over the Testifying Jitters

How to Get Your Witness Over the Testifying Jitters

Question: "How old is your son, the one living with you?" Answer: "Thirty-eight.” Question: "How long has he lived with you?" Answer: "Forty-five years.” Is this your client? Do you struggle to try keeping your witness from looking like a deer caught in headlights?...

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Why Didn’t You Do What I Told You to Do?

Why Didn’t You Do What I Told You to Do?

You drilled your client not to volunteer any information not asked for by opposing council, and yet, here he is, offering up details to the other attorney in deposition who’s politely egging him on. You’re muttering to yourself, “We discussed in the witness prep...

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What Witness Prep and Driving a Car Have in Common

What Witness Prep and Driving a Car Have in Common

Preparing a witness for a deposition is like teaching them a new language. They need to study the vocabulary and how to construct sentences, rules of grammar and eventually be able to speak fluently in that new tongue. Your clients are learning a new language when you...

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JUST STOP TALKING

JUST STOP TALKING

If your client doesn’t appear in front of a judge, jury, or video camera as believable, genuine, and authentic … they’re toast. As you know, your client's credibility is everything and it can vanish in a heartbeat if your client won’t stop talking at their deposition...

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Rick Goldberg: The Art of Witness Preparation

Rick Goldberg: The Art of Witness Preparation

From Nine Tenths of the Law by Mitch Ackal Rick recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Mitch Ackal for his podcast on law, business and a little lagniappe, called Nine Tenths of the Law. Always excited to share some tips with the legal community, Rick...

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