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5 Tips For Delivering An Effective Direct-Examination

Law360, San Diego (April 28, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT) -- Direct examination of a witness gives trial lawyers the chance to share their client's side of the story, but to make that testimony believable and ensure it resonates with jurors in the deliberation room, experts say attorneys should keep the spotlight on the witness, use documents to guide the story and deal with any bad facts upfront.

While cross-examinations are widely perceived as more exciting to watch because of the confrontational dynamics at play between the lawyer and the opposing side’s witness and the potential for gotcha moments, directs can be just as dramatic, according to Paul Hastings LLP employment partner...

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