Killer Cross Examination Strategies

(2721 Ratings)

Produced on: November 20, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Have you always wanted to conduct that killer cross examination? In this program, experienced trial attorney Andrew J. Smiley goes through a step-by step process for preparing and conducting a highly effective cross examination.  Mr. Smiley illuminates everything from how to “digest” a transcript in the preparation phase to where to stand and how to move during questioning to make the biggest impact.

 

This course is perfect for novice trial attorneys or experienced trial attorneys looking to pick up some new tricks of the trade.

 

Learning Objectives:

I. Prepare the cross examination by:

   • Digesting a transcript in the preparation phase

   • Evaluating the witnesses

   • Planning best practices

II. Conduct the cross examination utilizing: 

   • The direct examination for the cross

   • Proper placement and movements during questioning for biggest impact

 

 

 

Faculty

Andrew Smiley

Smiley & Smiley, LLP



Faculty Spotlight


Areas of Practice

Personal Injury

Medical Malpractice

Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

New York, 1997

U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1997

U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1997

U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 1999

U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

Education

Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York

J.D. - 1996

Honors: Vice President, Moot Court Honor Society

Honors: Executive Board -Chair of Trial Division

Honors: Coach - Brooklyn Law School National Trial Team Northeast Region Champions

Honors: Judge Edward and Doris A. Thompson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Tulane University

B.A. - 1993

Honors: Honors

Major: Psychology

Pro Bono Activities

Member, Friars Club

Organizations/Affiliations:

  • New York City Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vice President (June 2013 – present)
  • Treasurer (June 2011 – June 2013)
  • Secretary (June 2009- June 2011)
  • Board of Directors (2000-present)
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Vice President – 2nd Dept. (July 2013-present)
  • Board of Directors (2013- present)
  • Judicial Screening Committee (2013- present)
  • Judicial Screening Committee, Kings County Democratic Party (2013)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • The American Association For Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association
  • National Order of Barristers
  • Friars Club - member

Reviews

LC
Linda C.

excellent lecture

CS
Christine S.

Outstanding presentation!

GS
Glendoval S.

This is useful for beginners and perhaps intermediate-level attorneys.

JV
Joseph A. V.

Best program I have ever watched.

SW
Stuart W.

Excellent presentation!

LR
Leslie R.

He should offer an entire course on impeachment as he is engaging and the pace was quick.

CM
Craig M.

Presentation was well done.

MM
Mark M.

Superb presentation; excellent summary of what you need to do for an effective cross-examination.

WJ
William J.

Excellent presentation. Useful immediately in my practice.

DB
Donald B.

Excellent

MG
Michael G.

Great job. Interesting even for a corporate lawyer.

TJ
Tina J.

Excellent.

MJ
Morgan J.

Excellent presentation!

SK
Scott K.

Great speaker

CE
Catherine E.

Very helpful section on impeachment!

LF
Leslie F.

Very Good!

AK
Anthony K.

Excellent presentation!

HE
Helen E.

Very informative and pragmatic. Great!

OA
Owolabi A.

Excellent!

JM
Joseph M.

Thanks!

CS
Christopher S.

One of the better courses, strong presentation

MM
Meichelle M.

Very informative

JT
Julian T.

This was fantastic! Hope to take more courses from this instructor.

WG
William G.

Very well done

JB
Jonathan B.

something you could listen multiple times

GG
Gerald G.

Excellent presentation, extremely useful and informational.

HL
Horacio L.

THIS was a course worth taking. I give it an A plus.

SH
Shauna H.

Great presentation. Thank you for the actual examples of outlines and digests of transcripts. Very helpful for visual learners.

HK
Howard K.

He is a GREAT presenter!!

ES
esther s.

very informative

JR
Judith R.

Excellent instructor

MB
Mayo B.

Great points. Wonderful and concise presentation

RM
Robert M.

Exceptional speaker!

JR
Joseph R.

This course offered the highest quality and most effective advice/tips among all the courses I've taken thus far on lawline.

GT
George T.

very cogent

MH
Michael H.

Like the analogy...special ops, not the battalion.

AL
A.Lawrence L.

One of the better courses taken. Excellent summary/refresher of the basics of cross examination. Highly recommended.

AS
Andrea S.

An excellent presentation.

CE
Corey E.

Thank you

RW
Ronald W.

He gave great examples of how to cross-examine witnesses.

GL
Gerry L.

useful tips & strategies

JK
James K.

very helpful. my first lawline course.

SM
Susan M.

Andrew Smiley was great!

SS
Simon S.

very helpful insights.

AM
Anita M.

An amazing presenter. I will look for more of his courses.

FM
Farid M.

Excellent

DD
Duane D.

one of the best CLE courses ever!

TP
Theodore P.

Excellent

KR
Kelly R.

Great course--really clear, straightforward refresher.

SW
Steve W.

Great refresher for trial cross examination techniques.

JF
Joseph F.

Great presentation.

TS
Thomas S.

Impressive!

WD
William D.

I will archive and continue to refer to course and course materials.

JG
Jerry L G.

Best one so far - very clear and concise.

JF
Jeffrey F.

good program

IG
Iris G.

Very interesting and great example!

RG
Ruth G.

This man is a genius!

RW
Rich W.

Great presentation. Great advice.

MG
Morse G.

KISS. Keep it simple..... Which he does v ery well. Excellent.

RS
robert s.

wonderful lecturer, calm, relazed, in control of the subject matter !!!!

KL
Kirk L.

Terrific presentation - probably the best one I have listened to with Lawline. Hope he has other presentations with Lawline.

NF
Nicholas F.

Mr. Smiley is an excellent speaker.

SS
Shannon S.

excellent informative presentation

LF
Lawrence F.

Excellent presentation.

EP
Edward P.

This was an exceptionally good course. One of the best I have seen.

GS
George S.

Presenter was excellent

RP
Rina P.

HE is a great speaker on this topic!

ZS
Zvi S.

Good

DW
David W.

Smiley is a great lecturer

JS
Joseph S.

Excellent speaker. Very well done.

JH
Judith H.

Excellent!

SR
Sali R.

I thought Andrew Smiley did a great job.

TT
thomas t.

outstanding in tone, content, flow, clarity

LF
Lloyd F.

Entertaining and effective presentation.

DE
Diane E.

excellent review

KW
Kathleen W.

Outstanding presentation.

KR
Kristine R.

Used great examples.

TT
Terrel T.

Thank you

AK
Annie K.

Excellent presenter.

KR
Kenneth R.

This guy is really good. I've seen a few of his presentations.

DW
Douglas W.

good presentation

JM
jennifer m.

great tips

NS
Neil S.

great speaker

DB
Delisa B.

Mr. Smiley is one of my favorite presenters.

GW
Gwaina W.

Excellent topic and information !

IW
Ilan W.

Fantastic

BD
Benjamin D.

good

MW
Michael W.

Great Class

GD
Gregory D.

Mr. Smiley's presentation on cross examination was very helpful. He gave concrete practical advice for the proper way to prepare for and conduct a good cross.

JV
John v.

Killer course! Good presentation with practical information. Excellent presenter.

JH
John H.

Good presentation

JO
James O.

Fantastic! Thanks Andrew.

LH
Lee H.

Andrew's presentation and teaching are excellent!!! He has a way of making one feel comfortable in preparing for trial and cross examination!! It's not some overwhelming task if you prepare, think carefully about what you want to establish, and realize that you don't have to be a Clarence Darrow to try a case and cross examine witnesses!! You get the feeling that you can be yourself, do your homework, and feel confident that you can get all the apples for your basket for use in closing argument!! Really nice!!!

NS
NATHANIEL S.

Thanks

DC
David C.

Andrew Smiley delivered an entertaining program that was very informative.

JP
Jaime P.

Great presenter

SP
Susan P.

Excellent presenter and content. I will watch this again.

SC
Stephen C.

Mr Smileys programs are the absolute best.

SR
Sharyn R.

well done!

VS
Vera S.

Great!

AB
Andrew B.

Great presentation on cross examination. You will definitely pick up some useful tips here.

KM
Kenneth Lee M.

Top notch program. Excellent speaker.

TW
Tadia W.

Very good presentation!

DR
Dane R.

Good basic preparation course.

TS
Thomas S.

Excellent presenter.

AT
Andrew T.

my first time using lawliine and I am very impressed at how enjoyable it is.One does not get the feel as if the have to take is because it is required , Learnig is enjoyable.

ES
Edwin s.

Good program

DH
Dock H.

good presentation!

JW
Jenna W.

Good course, well spoken speaker, would have simply enjoyed him going a bit more in-depth, possibly a two hour course.

DH
David H.

I enjoyed this speaker. His examples and strategies were easy to follow and will be easy to apply in practice.

CY
Caitlin Y.

Excellent.

LA
Linda A.

Excellent !

SC
Stephen C.

Excellent presenter. Utilize his knowledge and experience in as many trial-related courses as possible.

WD
William D.

Terrific!

NG
Nina Anne G.

Excellent; thorough and very interesting speaker.

TM
Tiffany M.

Fantastic! I'd love to hear more from this presenter.

ME
Michael E.

This is a nice program for a novice.

BF
Bethanni F.

presenter was excellent

PM
Paul M.

Excellent speaker, as always

KB
Kay B.

Hands-on CLE is great. Presenter did excellent job and had great examples for us to follow.

BY
B.Casey Y.

Great presentation; great ideas for cross-x prep

MA
Melvin A.

Terific course and Mr Smiley is very very good.

DB
Dwight B.

great

KM
Kathy M.

Well done presentation! Thank you!

MW
Marvin W.

He kept it simple, and while not said directly, his examples of questions to ask and how to ask them were even more instructional on how to deal with a jury.

RK
Richard K.

awesome

RT
Rachel T.

interesting

TS
Timothy S.

great

SE
Sharon E.

Superb presentation.

BS
Bess S.

Informative and captivating.

JV
Jeffrey V.

Exceptionally practical, especially for attorneys new to trial work and depositions

SR
Samantha R.

Great.

RL
Ranakdevi L.

Outstanding!

NB
Neelam B.

This was very good!

GS
Gerard S.

great presentation. held my interest to the end.

SH
Stacie H.

Very well organized. Great speaker and examples. Very useful.

JS
Joseph S.

Excellent presenter!

CK
Clara K.

Excellent presenter

JC
Joseph C.

Great course confirming and giving confidence to what I have done in the past

JP
James L P.

Smiley is the best.

RM
Richard M.

Good seminar.

FL
Faye L.

Mr. Smiley was a great presenter. Clear and precise.

KR
Kathy R.

Very impressive presentation.

BL
Bryan L.

He's a very good presenter.

RS
Robert S.

Fantastic. good review for any lawyer seasoned or not

RW
Rodrick W.

one of the best presenters for Lawline.

MJ
Mark J.

Useful primer or refresher on cross exam skills, even for veterans.

SH
Soraya H.

This was an excellent course. Please consider having an entire set of trial techniques presented by Andrew Smiley, eg: jury selection, opening and summation etc. Also, it would be great to have a deposition cle course conducted by Mr. Smiley. I appreciate

HC
Hanna C.

Extremely valuable CLE - one of the best I've seen.

CR
Carl R.

I wish Andrew had taught at my law school.

KK
keith k.

Excellent presentation

ND
NANCY D.

Attorney Smiley was articulate and thorough in his description of the dos and don'ts

JT
Jerry Geza T.

He knows his subject. That's the main thing. Good information.

DH
Daniel H.

This was a very effective course.

CR
Carla R.

Effective instructor. I enjoyed this course very much.

NM
Nicholas M.

Very informative, would watch again

LT
L. Zoe T.

Excellent speaker, excellent presentation!

KS
Kevin S.

Smiley is the best. I wish he did a course on direct examinations.

QH
Quentin H.

The supplementary materials and visual aids were extremely helpful. In particular, it was helpful to see the presenter's own notes/materials used for his cross-examinations. This gives us a good idea of what to expect, but also provides a basis for formin

WP
Willie P.

On point.

AS
America Mary S.

really well organized excellent web format too.

JG
John G.

Great material; well presented.

JR
Jason R.

Very informative.

JB
Jeffrey B.

Excellent!

GS
Gregory S.

Excellent lecture with practical suggestions and good examples.

JS
Joseph K. S.

The speaker had good advice and delivered it effectively.

AV
Angela V.

Excellent Speaker!!!

SW
Sherryl W.

Excellent seminar!!! The speaker was engaging and the materials something I can definitely refer back to when preparing for cross.

FJ
Frederick J.

very knowledgable and succinct

AO
anne o.

presenter excellent, as always

JM
Jeffrey M.

Very nice nuts and bolts presentation with an eye towards strategy.

JM
Jerod M.

Outstanding presentation. Very engaging.

BM
Brian M.

EXCELLENT COURSE!

LM
Lina M.

Fantastic.

NM
Nancy M.

he was very practical. good straightforward info

JP
John P.

Great Job!

KG
Kenneth G.

Smooth, polished and articulate presentation

GL
Gertrude L.

Excellent

TD
Thad D.

Great job!

CT
Chris T.

Andrew Smiley knows what he is doing. He explains the art of preparing for cross examination well, and he keeps you interested. A+

CB
claudia b.

great instructor!

SD
Stephen D.

Excellent

JD
Joseph D.

Great Seminar

FW
Forrest W.

Excellent Speaker.

PW
Patricia W.

great speaker direct and to the point. will take his other courses.

JE
James E.

One of the best courses.

MG
MIchael G.

That lawyer, Smiley, is great. plain and simple, great teacher.

RM
Rowel M.

Excellent course! Very helpful.

SM
Susan M.

clear and concise. use of outline notes particularly helpful

JC
Jennifer C.

Killer Presentation!

HM
hester m.

Really top-notc h. I liked the fact that even though the speaker is obviously somebody who can be very dramatic in the courtroom when needed, his presentation was not about dramatic skills but about the logical strategy that any lawyer can use, whether h

SB
Shana B.

I always enjoy Mr. Smiliey's presentations. Thanks

MC
Melody C.

Great presentation. Useful as a refresher and even picked up some new ideas.

CD
Caroline D.

Excellent speaker

BS
Beverly S.

excellent

AS
Andrew S.

good job

EN
Eileen N.

He's really terrific.

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