Finishing A Cross Examination With “Zing”, Vince Colella Nails A Cross Examination

Vince Colella is one of the finest, most thoughtful and aggressive personal injury lawyers that I know.  He loves good cross examination and is a proponent of killer cross examination, my style of cross examination. He shared a story of a recent cross examination with me in which he used an opposing lawyer’s attempt to […]

Dynamic Cross Examination Of A “Victim”

During direct examination, he cried, stuttered and had difficulty getting his words out.  He appeared truly traumatized.   Undeniably, the young man on the stand had been injured and injured badly.  He was making a compelling case while testifying and he was sympathetic as well.  What kind of cross examination would be effective?  A dynamic […]

Textbook Cross Of The Interrogating Detective | Several Lawyers Have Called This Cross “Brilliant” And Insisted On Publication

Sometimes, a cross examination of a witness flows so smoothly, is so powerful and so totally destroys the witness’s testimony that even the opposing side is left in awe.  Most lawyers never accomplish such a cross examination.  Some of the top lawyers, experience this feat several times.  The best of the best know this feeling […]

Answer The Question

It has been too long since my last installment of killercrossexamination. I’m sorry about that. Lot’s going on…new website (www.rockindlaw.com), new award (Leader in the Law), television appearances (WDIV), etc.  Still, there is no excuse for not writing about my passion – great cross examination.  So here is a short but fun piece on “getting […]

Catching A Snitch (Jailhouse Informant) In A Lie

Jailjouse informants.  Every criminal defense lawyer in a major case in which his/her client is in custody in jail fears one of these low-lifes coming out of the woodwork.  These informants seek favor from the police and government by offering testimony against someone with a case pending.  They are sketchy, unreliable and unfortunately, dangerous witnesses. […]

Straight Answers — The Line That Helped A Great Personal Injury Lawyer Depose A Tough Doctor

“Are you going to give me straight answers?”  A rather simple question, right?   Opposing experts in civil and criminal cases often do anything but give straight answers.  Long, twisted, curvy and evasive answers are what experts typically give to lawyers cross examining them.  How to tackle the problem?  A colleague of mine, Vince Colella […]

An Excerpt Of A Cross Examination Of A Witness Cooperating With The Prosecution

The cooperating witness has many names:  cooperator, informer, snitch, turncoat, benedict arnold, betrayer, etc.  Many lawyers are afraid to confront the cooperating witness.  A killer cross examination is necessary to undermine the reliability of the witness and at the same time, undermine the prosecution’s case. A young lady referred to two local judges in a […]

Anticipating A Witness’s Testimony And The Setup Of A Witness’ Testimony Where Physical Evidence Or Logic Contradict The Witness’ Testimony | Killer Cross Examination

A key component of a killer cross examination is to identify and isolate moments where a witness testifies to a fact that is contradicted by physical evidence, photographs and/or common sense and logic.  While some lawyers choose to cross examine a witness without regard to the witness’ testimony (yes, there are several lawyers who actually […]

Using Real Time “In The Moment” And Common Sense – Critical Elements Of A Killer Cross Examination

Neil Rockind, author of killercrossexamination.com, shares tips and real world examples of cross examinations to help lawyers develop a Killer Cross Examination | Using Real Time Many trial teachers and instructors teach students to be “in the moment” yet having watched many of the lawyers who were educated in this fashion ply their trade, I […]

Controlling The Witness | A Key To A Killer Cross Examination

Killer cross examination tips by Neil Rockind, author of killercrossexamination.com — Controlling The Witness Many cross examination experts implore or recommend that lawyers “keep control” of the witness during a cross examination.  Generally speaking, this is true.  Adverse witnesses that testify for the state and government often times want to testify adversely to the accused […]