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For your expert witnesses under the gun of
cross-examination, usually the most problematic answer is a flat “yes” or “no.”
Science holds few absolutes to be true, thus most scientists (which is the
majority of your experts) are uncomfortable with an uncategorical “yes” or “no”
in response to many of opposing counsel’s questions.Yet opposing counsel

 Research has demonstrated repeatedly the power of storytelling.
Indeed, it’s easy for most attorneys to tell the story of their injured client
or the malfunction of a product. Stories of individuals, plaintiff or defense,
are also fairly easy to summon. But when it comes to businesses, companies or
corporations, lawyers too often forget the

 Timelines are essential to just about any case. I’ve been
teased by various attorneys I’ve worked with that I always recommend a
timeline, and indeed it’s true.But there is a method to my repeated,“You need a timeline!” The
movement of events across time is how jurors anchor testimony in their minds.
It’s how they

 I consulted on a case where one of the possible witnesses
was an individual in a highly respected line of work. This person had been
involved in criminal activity some 30 years ago, but in the years since had
made a wonderful turn-around, and was a veritable pillar of the community,
loved and respected.The

 Some
courts are lenient with the amount of time allotted for a trial, some are not.
It certainly can seem impossible, sometimes, to jam the amount of evidence and
testimony you have in the number of hours permitted.And yet,
as is so often true of many things in life “Less is more.”On being
debriefed,

 You
spend hours, if not days, honing your opening, crafting your expert examination
questions, drilling down your closing arguments.As
well you should, for there’s nothing like diligent preparation to ensure solid
trial work. However, as important as your preparation is, how the jurors are
going to receive the result of all that intense prep

 How many times in your youth, were
you told by a benevolent, or at the very least, good-hearted, coach or teacher,
“There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” You’ve probably said that very
phrase to your children as well. And yet, when jurors ask during
deliberations to have something explained to them or ask