Cross-examination of the other side’s appraiser or expert in a condemnation case may be the most important part of your case. Appraisers and other expert witnesses often present equally impressive qualifications and expertise. Certainly, some experts testify better than others, so how does one set your valuation experts apart from your adversary’s? How does an attorney persuade the finder of fact that your evidence is correct? The answer is cross-examination. It is by cross-examination that you can establish the fundamental flaws of the other appraiser’s valuation theory, or their out and out bad faith.
This course, taught by veteran condemnation lawyer Joshua Rikon, will teach attorneys to consider the big picture and when it is best to hold key issues in reserve for trial. The program will cover how to impeach an expert on cross-examination with prior reports, as well as the methods to be employed in preparing and researching an expert so that the witness can be successfully impeached.
Joshua Rikon has practiced eminent domain law in New York since 2003 when he was admitted to practice as an attorney and counselor at law. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2002 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in 1999. Prior to being admitted to practice, Joshua completed his law school’s externship requirement at Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen, P.C., one of Michigan’s finest eminent domain, condemnation, and land use law practices.
Joshua is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations as well as the New York City Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. He served as the Vice-Chairman of the Condemnation Committee of the ABA Section of Real Property, he has taught continuing legal education courses, and he is a member of Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers. Joshua has also been designated a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a lawyer rating company.
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