Five Keys to a Killer Cross-Examination

(389 Ratings)

Produced on: March 15, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Trial is a verbal war where the stakes are high and the consequences are enormous. Both sides in the battle have strengths and weaknesses in their case, and at trial the jury have two clear cut choices. The Plaintiff and the Defendant will espouse starkly different theories and have entirely opposite points of view, and the key to victory is helping the jury identify with your point of view. A critical part of this battle, cross examination is about a “search for the truth.” A good cross examination challenges a witness in every respect concerning facts, memory, reliability, credibility, and perception. The devil is always in the details, and an effective cross will elicit the details that are favorable to your case.

There are basic strategies, requiring the power of persuasion, to get a jury to view, comprehend, and digest the case in a way that is consistent with your vision: 1) communicate a consistent theory which convinces all who listen; 2) weave the facts into a rationale and relatable story; 3) turn your opponent’s witnesses into your own; 4) exploit inconsistencies and weaknesses in adversarial testimony; and finally, 5) control witnesses and insist that their answers be responsive to your questions - especially when those answers will harm the the opposing party’s case.

Taught by nationally recognized criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson, this course is a crucial introduction to cross examination for newer lawyers, and a great refresher for the skilled trial attorney.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Build a compelling “Theory of the Case” by branding your central theme and clearly conveying it to the jury
  2. Tell a story that is logical, relatable, and passionate
  3. Turn adversarial witnesses into advocates for your position
  4. Impeach witnesses and exploit the weaknesses in their testimony
  5. Control witnesses by setting the tempo, tone, and content of their responses


Joey Jackson

Joey Jackson, Attorney At Law

Joey Jackson is a nationally-recognized criminal defense attorney who has for nearly two decades represented individuals and labor unions in state and federal court. Mr. Jackson and his associates have represented a diverse group of clients under the glare of cameras as well as those who have never attracted public attention. He has built an outstanding career as a trial lawyer representing clients who have fallen into high-stakes personal and professional crises, as well as those who are average citizens in need of his fierce and benevolent counsel. 

Mr. Jackson has been a member of the New York Bar since 1995. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Mr. Jackson was appointed Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan under Robert Morgenthau. Following a successful career as a prosecutor where he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, Mr. Jackson went into private practice in New York City. He currently serves as Senior Trial Counsel at the law firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP where he has received favorable verdicts in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, as well as Rockland, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. At the Federal level, he handles cases in both the Eastern and Southern Districts.

While in law school, Mr. Jackson served as editor for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and as a member of the National Moot Court and National Trial teams. Prior to Law School, he earned his Masters in Public Administration (MP A) from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. While earning his Master's Degree, he worked for the N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker as a Legislative Analyst. He also holds a B.A. from the College at Brockport, where he participated in the honors program, directed the student-run Legal Information Service, served as student body president, and interned with the N.Y.S. Education Department as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. He also worked for the N. Y.C. Mayor's Office in the Division of Special Projects. Mr. Jackson is a former Professor at Monroe College where he taught Business Law & Civil Rights. 

Mr. Jackson's straight-talking legal expertise is held in high regard by National media outlets as evidenced by his frequent television commentary over the past several years on various platforms. He is currently employed by Turner Broadcasting as a CNN & HLN Legal Analyst.


Karen S.

Great speaker

Robert H.

This guy was great!

Algis B.

Keep this guy, he was good and entertaining.

Edgar H.

wonderful presentation

Catherine E.

Fast-paced, tightly organized. Very well done and very informative.

Gregory L.

Joey was excellent and engaging.

Mattie A.


Cary L.

Very informative and well presented CLE. The tips provided will come in handy during my next Trial.

Marcus P.

Excellent presentation !

Frederick A.

Excellent presentation filled with great ideas!

Cliff T.


Kevin B.

Presenter was thorough, prepared and enjoyed his teachings. Great at explaining his methods and reasons behind them.

David S.

extremely well done

Cheryl O.

Fantastic! Would like more from this faculty member.

Barbara T.



Outstanding advice! I'm a veteran trial lawyer and this is all great stuff.

Gerald C.

learned things I never knew

John C.

This is by far one of the best trial skills CLE programs I have seen.

Cynthia D.

This was an outstanding and compelling presentation on how to conduct a killer cross examination! I would highly recommend it for both beginning and seasoned attorneys.

Karen F.

Joey Jackson is the BEST!

Elliott B.

Very well presented.

Kenneth R.

Great program. Good speaker, entertaining and engaging.

Victoria W.

I really enjoyed his presentation method.

James G.

Developing a theory of the case discussion was excellent.

Steven H.

This presentation was among the best CLE presentations I have attended. The speaker was both knowledgeable and effective.

James E H.

Mr. Johnson presented a very cogent program while using case-specific examples.

Brittny K.

Very interesting and informative.

Elizabeth N.

Great presenter!

John H.

very good presentation

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