CLE Course on Deploying Expert Witnesses


Expert witnesses are retained to take the stand and share their specialized knowledge with the court – specialized knowledge that may help the judge and jury better understand the facts, issues and theories in the case. As technology has permeated almost every aspect of society over the last few decades and legal cases have become increasingly more complex, expert witnesses have come to play a central role in almost many phases of litigation.

How you handle expert witnesses – whether it’s your own expert witness or the opposition’s expert – can significantly affect the outcome of your case and the results you achieve for your client. Failing to prepare or improperly examining your expert at trial can be the difference in winning or losing your case and can cost your client millions of dollars.

In this highly informative and practical two-hour CLE course, trial attorneys Mark Adams and Isaac Zfaty teach attorneys how to best prepare and utilize expert witnesses for depositions and trials. The main phases that the course focuses on are pre-trial, depositions, qualifications hearings & proceedings, direct examination, cross-examination and strong vs. weak experts. To access the course please click here: Fundamental Principles for Expert Witnesses.

Topic of discussion in this CLE course include:

  • The expert’s skills & expertise
  • The engagement
  • The runaway expert
  • Communications with your expert
  • FRCP 26 & the expert’s written report
  • Trial & deposition preparation
  • Emotional expectations at the deposition
  • Keepin’ it classy
  • Depo-speak
  • The “list all” questions
  • The Daubert hearing
  • Dealing with objections
  • What to say when “yes” or “no” won’t work
  • Just say “no”
  • Saying “I don’t know”
  • Silence is golden
  • Jujutsu – the “gentle” “technique”
  • Inflammatory questions
  • Rapid fire questions
  • The lifeline
  • The last word
  • Using clean crisp sentences
  • Body language
  • Owning the opinion

Isaac R. Zfaty specializes in business litigation, partnership & corporate disputes, and general real estate matters. He has tried cases throughout Southern California and provided legal counsel in numerous other states, Europe, and the People’s Republic of China. Isaac also acts as general counsel for a number of small to mid-sized companies in Orange County, California. One of the most successful trial practitioners in the state, Isaac was responsible for two of the fifty largest jury verdicts in California in 2009. Mark S. Adams focuses his practice on business litigation – including contracts, products liability, corporate and partnership disputes, and hospitality litigation. On behalf of hotel and resort owners, Mark has successfully litigated the termination of long-term, no-cut, hotel management agreements, franchise agreements, fiduciary duty issues, TOT assessments, investor-owner disputes and more. He also has significant litigation experience in representing real estate developers and real estate investors.

This CLE course is currently offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA MCLE.