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How to Discredit an Opposing Witness

 

Discrediting an opposing witness can help your chances in a trial.

Effectively discrediting the opposing witness is a critical part of developing a winning trial strategy. Many a trial is lost because a jury likes, respects, or believes an opposing witness. So how do you plan to attack a likeable, credible, or highly qualified witness? This topic will lead you to four proven methods of discrediting an opposing witness, including: undermining the subject matter of the witness; neutralizing the credibility of the witness; negating or diminishing the impact of the witness testimony; and countering the effectiveness of the witness. There will be a bonus discussion on the topic of modifying your questioning style to match the method of your attack of an opposing witness. Be prepared to expand your trial strategy and sharpen your cross-examination skills in discrediting opposing witnesses.

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D. Scott Hurley, Esq.

D. Scott Hurley, Esq.

Hurley Law Firm, P.C.

  • The Hurley Law Firm, P.C. Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 35 years of experience in civil litigation and trial practice
  • Has obtained multiple seven-figure verdicts in personal injury, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation cases
  • A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Litigation Council of America
  • Frequent speaker at seminars involving trial practice, jury selection, opening and closing statements, expert witness strategies, trial strategy, witness preparation, and direct and cross-examination techniques
  • Has obtained and preserved on appeal major verdicts against institutional defendants, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Can be contacted at 865-523-1414 or [email protected]
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