The Art Of Effective Body Language At Trial

Law360, Washington (September 1, 2015, 8:08 PM EDT) -- Whether examining a witness, delivering an opening statement or sitting second chair, it is always critical for trial lawyers to use calm, natural and confident body language before judges and juries, experts say.

Despite what Hollywood courtroom dramatizations would lead you to believe, flailing arms, encroaching on the jury box and disrespectful eye-rolls at the counsel table hurt, rather than help, an attorney's case.

"You don't want to be rolling your eyes, shaking your head and looking exasperated at the testimony," said Joseph Y. Ahmad, a partner at Houston-based litigation boutique Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing PC. "If you give...

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