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Proven Techniques To Control Difficult Witnesses During Cross-Examination at Trial and at Depositions (In-Person Or Online) Part 4 of the 4-part “Cross-Examination In Three Venues”

Total Credits: 1 including 1.5 General

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General |  Practical Skills |  Trial Practice
Roger J. Dodd, Esq.
Course Levels:
1 Hour 31 Minutes
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In a series of four 90-minute webinars, Roger Dodd presents a completely integrated cross-examination system taught via learnable concrete principles. In each webinar Roger illustrates key principles and techniques of cross-examination to implement at trial and at depositions (in-person or online). His examples are based on dozens of real-life examples. Even if you don’t take the whole series, you will immediately be able to put to use important cross examination skills that Roger shares. 

This webinar (Part 4 of the series), is headlined by 21 proven techniques to control difficult witnesses in all three venues. There are variants for each venue. Some techniques work better with experts. Those are identified. Most lawyers dread the ‘I don’t know’ and the ‘I don’t remember’ answers from witnesses, especially at depositions.  You will learn practical techniques that will turn these witnesses into your favorite types to cross examine.  “Trilogies” round out this webinar.  Trilogies is an ultimate oratorical technique which can be consistently added to cross-examination, as well as to opening statements and closing arguments.

  • The ‘I don’t know’ Witness
  • Trilogies
  • 21 Techniques to Control the Difficult Witness in All Three Venues 



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Roger J. Dodd has active offices in Park City, Utah (Dodd & Kuendig), Valdosta, Georgia (Dodd and Burnham), and Jacksonville, Florida (Spohrer and Dodd) where he practices trial work of all types. This includes personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, and domestic relations. He has been listed in Best Lawyers for more than 20 years. He is one of a handful of lawyers nationally who are listed in Super Lawyers in more than one state simultaneously (Georgia, Florida and Mountain States (5). He was Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Practice for more than 20 years and was a Board Certified in Criminal Trial Practice for more than 20 years. He acts as co-counsel all over the United States and in select foreign countries.

He also coaches individual lawyers in individual cases.

He has lectured and taught lawyers and judges in all 50 states, and multiple foreign countries. TV and legal credits include CourtTV, TruTV, CNN, ABC, CBS, and cable TV.

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Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 29


Stephen B - Topsham, Maine

"Elimination technique"

Jenna F - St. Petersburg, Florida

"I will use the triology method to help get my theme across throughout the trial when appropriate. Also, the tips to use in deposition were helpful. "

Geoffrey F - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Raising my hand to stop an unruly or unresponsive witness."

Kimberly V - Tigard, Oregon

"Have a pocketful of synonyms"

Rick F - Saint Petersburg, Florida


Mary Ellen W - Cape Elizabeth, Maine


Travis M - grants pass, Oregon

"The theme of explaining things in Threes (trilogy), and shorting questions to drive the point home"

Gregory S - Cumberland, Maine

"How to box in the "I don't know" answering witness"

Mercedes G - Old Town, Maine

"The suggested questions for dealing with talkative witnesses were very good"

Peter R - Portland, Maine

"All of them!"