Dealing with Difficult Witnesses: Evidence and Witness Management in Civil Litigation

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Course Information

Time 90 Minutes
Difficulty Advanced
Topics covered in this course: Discovery & E-Discovery

Course Description

The courtroom does not have to be a scary place. Armed with the right tips, tricks, and preparation, anyone can be an A+ trial lawyer.  While you cannot control the decision that the judge will make, you can control how prepared and ready you are for trial.  This course will discuss the evidentiary rules that every good litigator needs to know, how to make and meet objections, and what to do when you have a difficult witness. The goal of the program is to demystify the courtroom and untangle the complicated world of evidence rules and procedures so that newer attorneys will feel at home in the courtroom and be prepared to tangle with the most experienced litigators. This program is designed to benefit attorneys who are new to civil litigation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the evidentiary rules that every civil litigator needs to know
  2. Make and meet objections
  3. Handle a difficult witness so that the evidence you need comes into the record
  4. Avoid litigation pitfalls and employ tried and true tips and tricks in the courtroom 

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Lisa Campo

Hale Ball

Attorney Lisa M. Campo is an associate at Hale Ball. Ms. Campo has been with the firm since 2007 as a legal assistant before attending law school and as a law clerk during law school working primarily during her breaks from school. Ms. Campo graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. During law school, Ms. Campo was a member of the Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court team and competed in the national competition held at New York Law School. Ms. Campo has special interest in Wills, Trust and Estate litigation and civil litigation.

Kimberley Murphy

Hale Ball

Kimberley Ann Murphy, Esq., has been a partner and principal attorney of the law firm of Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC, in Fairfax, Virginia, since 2005. She had been an Associate with the firm since being admitted to the Virginia State Bar in October 2000. Attorney Murphy concentrates her practice in the areas of Administrative Law (professional license compliance), Estates and Trusts (administration and litigation) and Business/Civil litigation). She has appeared on numerous occasions before many circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth, in addition to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, as well as the Virginia Department of Health Professions and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In 2007, Attorney Murphy was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Attorney Kimberley Murphy has published an article with the Virginia Bar Association's Wills, Trusts & Estates section as well as presented a seminar for funeral professionals for the International Order of the Golden Rule. She has presented CLE's for the Fairfax Bar Association and National Business Institute. She was named to Best Lawyers in America for 2014 for Trusts and Estates – Litigation, and for 2015 for Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates – Litigation. She attained an AV-rated peer review in 2014, and has been named to Super Lawyers since 2007.