Winning the Tough Case by Embracing the Negative (Update)

Production Date: October 12, 2015 Practice Areas: Litigation Estimated Length: 5402 minutes


$ 89 Litigation In Stock

This is a program for trial attorneys who want to enhance the likelihood of winning difficult cases. It explains how to use to the lawyer’s advantage what may at first appear to be negative factors in the case, just as practitioners of Judo are trained to use the superior power of an opponent to defeat him. This technique applies to all stages of the litigation process. It is not a substitute for solid preparation, knowledge of the basics of trial practice and procedure, maintaining credibility, and developing good communication skills. However, it is a valuable weapon in the arsenal of the trial attorney who must try a challenging case against a formidable opponent. Throughout the program, attorney John Lang draws upon his personal experience to illustrate how “embracing the negative” can lead to positive outcomes.      


Learning Objectives:

I.       Understand what it means to embrace the negative in a trial setting

II.      Examine prototypical examples in People v. Harris & Black and O.J. Simpson trial

III.     Recognize pre-trial proceeding opportunities to embrace the negative

IV.     Underline the importance of in-depth investigations of opposing party’s negative arguing points

V.      Conceptualize your “Case Theory,” and what that means when it comes to admitting the negatives

VI.     Plan to accustom your potential jury members to the negatives during the selection process

VII.    Identify real-life instances from real-life trials where embracing the negative worked!

VIII.   Follow the “embracing the negative” process in a prototypical bribery case

IX.     Highlight the importance of recognizing embracing the negative as one of many tools

Meichelle M.

Very well laid out/

Assly S.
Vista, CA

Essential watching for every trial attorney, young or old. Wonderful speaker! Great materials.

Andrew B.
Portland, OR

I would take a hundred of this speaker’s sessions. Wow!

Adam B.
New Rochelle, NY

excellent program

Vasiliki N.
Lake Oswego, OR

Unique legal perspective shared by a consummate member of the bar.

Mary Anne M.
mechanicsville, VA

was a very helpful hands on presentation

Charles J.
Gordonsville, VA

Great presentation; well done.

Charles D. J.
Houston, TX

As an attorney who has more clients in the under dog role than I care to remember, Mr. Lang gave me hope by his presentation that the truly unwinnable case can sometimes be won.

crystal w.
Houston, TX

This was one of the better cle's I've listened to on here. Really assisting with practical approaches.

Teresa Norris P.
Oberon, ND

This speaker was very engaging. Nice presentation. Thank you!

Susan M.
Rensselaer, NY

I loved this CLE and will start using John Lang's "embrace the negative" strategy asap. Thank you John Lang!

Diana M.
New York, NY

Therapeutic thanks

Valerie H.
Dallas, TX

Great Presentation

James B.
virginia beach, VA

That presenter is a hoot, engaging and entertaining


I really enjoyed the course. The course was very informative.

Alicia A.
Saint Petersburg, FL

Loved this speaker, highly recommended.

Jaime C.
Austin, TX

Excellent presentation!!

David S.
Loami, IL

Best and most useful of the Lawline courses in my package.

William G.
Saint Paul, MN

Very good. Love appropriate "war" stories

Miami Beach, FL


William T.
Dalklas, TX

John Lang did an excellent job. Very informative and very useful.

James B.
Macclenny, FL

Good use of real-life examples.

Robert T.
Murrieta, CA

Excellent presentation.

Robert R.
Rockport, TX

Interesting. I have been a trail attorney for over 50 years and was a judoka with judo for years. Nice blend.

Carlos M.
Oakton, VA

easy to listen to

Sharron A.
Mountain Lakes, NJ

One of your best instructors.

James F.
Stamford, CT

Skills that can translate into many areas of practice and life.

Melaina H.
Nacogdoches, TX

Great video!

jon s.
Brownsville, TX

More Mr. Lang!

Robert G.
Chesapeake, VA

Great CLE

Magin P.
Washington, DC

Truly a great speaker with very interesting examples.

Jacob A.
Boca Raton, FL

By far the most informative CLE to date!

Philip R.
Ilandia, NY

excellent practical advice

Simon S.
San Antonio, TX

Very informative course with excellent presenter.

Michael H.
Kennesaw, GA

Great Presentation.

Douglas L.
San Clemente, CA

Semper Fi

William C.
South Boston, VA


Marian H.
Stillwater, MN

Great speaker

John W.
Simi Valley, CA

A real pleasure to listen to!

Zvi S.
San Diego, CA

Very good

Kirk R.
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

This was pretty basic. Good for a young lawyer.

Linda R.
Roslyn Heights, NY


John K.
woodbury, NY

This lecture was made quite interesting through the use of recent cases as well as the personal experience of the lecturer, regarding the cases that he has tried across the country. Thanks for a good presentation.

Marsha R.
Houston, TX

Excellent! Should be required viewing! Thanks.

Zachary M.
Melville, NY

You represent Fordham Law well sir!

Liza C.
Huntingtown, MD

Mr. Lang is delightful. An interesting topic made better by a charming presentation. Best CLE I've seen in 25 years.

Don K.
Houston, TX


Lloyd F.
Boynton Beach, FL

Excellent speaker, informative and enlightening.

Hermon V.
Southlake, TX


Hae P.
Vienna, VA


Kevin B.
Carrollton, GA

Very valuable.

Michael G.
Houston, TX

Super, that how I was trained in the day.

Edward A.
Ellicott City, MD

Very effective speaker.

Panky J.
Carver, MN

One of the best. Very refreshing.

Diane E.
Justice, IL

His unassuming manner conveyed how he was able to grasp the negatives and to put them to good use--thinking outside the box.

Robert S.

very good and great examples for application, thank you.

Mary W B.
Rockville Centre, NY

Mr. Lang was truly excellent!

Harrison F.
Houston, TX

Great information.

Lisa P.
Beaverton, OR

I really enjoyed the speakers examples and the stories he used to illustrate his points. This was a great presentation.

Susan R.
Laguna Niguel, CA

Enjoyed this lecture. Interesting anecdotes. Great teacher.

Paul S.
San Francisco, CA

Interesting and practical course. Recommended.

William W.
Lisle, IL

Very informative presentation by Mr. Lang.

Joseph C.
Rensselaerville, NY

important concept conveyed that is applicable to all facets of law practice

Eric N.
New York, NY

Not applicable for me but very entertaining nevertheless.

Daniel S.
Tempe, AZ

Very informative.

Lisa V.
Bellaire, TX

Excellent speaker, very engaging and easy to listen to.

Dan P.
Fremont, CA

Definitely one of the best courses

Benjamin D.
Hawthorne, NJ


Raul S. P.
Oakland, CA


Stanton C.
Seattle, WA

A great explanation of one of the most important means of being an effective trial attorney.

Susan P.
Floyd, VA

This was the best Lawline CLE I've seen. Great presentation.

Baldemar C.
Austin, TX

awesome examples on subject matter

Gary O.
Toledo, OH

Very interesting

Pietro B.
Exton, PA

He makes me proud to be a lawyer and the proffession

Richard F.
West Orange, NJ

A master

John D R.
Leland, NC

Very good insight into trial strategies.

Delisa B.
Fort Belvoir, VA

Best CLE I've seen. I love the mix of information with stories from the trenches. I could listen to this guy all day!

Claudia E.
Little Elm, TX

Excellent! Best presentation in this bundle.

Nancy H.
Fallbrook, CA

Outstanding presentation. I'd love to watch Mr. Lang try a case.

James L.
Jersey City, NJ

Mr. Lang's insights were valuable.

patrick r.
Malibu, CA

great war stories

Stephen E.
Dallas, TX

This was one of your best and most interesting sessions; very enjoyable and insightful.

Martin G.
San Antonio, TX

This was really great and very watchable. loved it.

Steven W.
Squaw Valley, CA

Lang is great. Best course on Lawline

Rebecca C.
Arlington, TX

This guy was great! Love his stories...some are almost Perry Mason-esque!

Chris K.
Houston, TX

Great topic and terrific speaker!

Greg R.
League City, TX


gellaian g.
Houston, TX

very interesting

Jeffrey W.
Waynesboro, VA

Fascinating and well worth watching

Andrew D.
Bountiful, UT


Michael E.
Towson, MD


James R. B.
alexandra, VA

Extremely good, if not the best Lawline CLE I have seen or the best CLE seen elsewhere.

Nupinder S.
Burke, VA

Very informative, and unique teaching.

Michael N.
South Lyon, MI

best one out of all of them

Anthony L.
Wilton, CT

The speaker was clear, interesting and knew how to teach. Excellent!

Katherine E.
Annandale, VA

Great presenter!

Joseph d.
Washington, DC

This was a joy to watch and experience. The stories and experience related were well done, engaging, and this is the first CLE I have taken in a long time that I wished would go on longer.

Joan K L.
Arlington, VA

Excellent presentation

kavonne m.
Westerville, OH

he was great

Kathy B.
Woodbridge, VA

Mr. Lang was terrific! (But what else would you expect from a US Marine?)

Donald S.
McLean, VA

Very good!

Houston, TX

Great presentation.

Walter M.
Chesterfield, VA

Great content.

Richard B.
Plano, TX

This is the best CLE I've ever watched.

Jay G.
Lovisville, KY

Congratulations, (Ky) Col. Lange, on your informative presentation. It is obvious that you have a wealth of experience. Thank you for sharing it with us. Well done!

Joseph F.
Spring, TX

One of the best ones I've seen.


I like the speaker taking a negative (sometimes two negatives) and turn it (them) into a positive. Well, done.

Roger W.
Las Vegas, NV

A very good presentation on the subject by a well seasoned, competent trial attorney

Bruce C.
Culpeper, VA

Educational and entertaining. Fine job!

John E.
Hallettsville, TX

This speaker was excellent. I could have listened to more.

Teresa J.
Bellaire, TX

Great program and speaker. Content could be applied in many settings beyond trial law.

James L.
Chesterfield, VA

Great course and attorney!

Valerie M.
Clearwater, FL

This is the mentor every young lawyer wishes they had when they started out this was a wonderful presentation I thoroughly enjoyed it

Matthew M.
Denver, CO

Great topic.

gary d.
Valencia, CA

The actual case studies made it very interesting.


Excellent presentation by a very experienced trial attorney

Timothy N.
Irvine, CA

Good Information

Camille G.
Melbourne, FL

Excellent! This man truly loves what he does and you can tell. It made the lecture so interesting and enjoyable!! Thank you!

Clifford A.
Houston, TX

excellent CLE!!

LaNetra L.
Pearland, TX

Very informative.

Alice D.
Merchantville, NJ

Very good examples that illustrated how to use the skill being taught.

Robert G.
Las Vegas, NV

Wow! Great!

James D.
Chicago, IL

Useful and entertaining. Explores the intangibles between good and excellent.

carol b.
Houston, TX

Absolutely entertaining and informative. What a pleasure!

Wayne R.
Houston, TX

Great presentation.

Lynne K.
Austin, TX

I found this speaker to very engaging, I enjoyed how he used his own past mistakes to help teach us.

Hugh A. P.
Fort Worth, TX

Well, it was interesting.

Stephen C.
Newburgh, NY

Great lecture! Highly recommended.

William H.
Conroe, TX

This was full of good suggestions for how to deal with the worst parts of your case.

Enrirque S.
San Antonio, TX

Great Presentation.

Susan W.
Newtown Square, PA

Best presenter I have seen on LawlIne. I would watch any other presentation by him.

B.Casey Y.
Newport Beach, CA

Good trial presentation; many useful points and ideas.

michael M.
Kerrville, TX

Very enjoyable

Richard K.
Niceville, FL


Kate C.
Washington, MI

Interesting cases!

Kenneth Y.
Laguna Niguel, CA

The content was nicely interwoven with real life stories and experiences which made the 1.5 hour go by much faster.

Daniel D.
Springfield, IL

I simply loved this presentation - thank you, Mr. Lang!

David D.
East Alton, IL

War stories are fun. But war stories with a purpose are instructive. Best CLE I have heard in some time. Thanks

Megan S.
Weymouth, MA

Great program. I really enjoyed the real-world examples from actual cases.

Robert G.
Crystal Lake, IL

presenter is excellent

Milka C.
Park Ridge, IL

The topics raised here are outstanding.

Carol O.
Park Ridge, IL


Susan F.
Washington, DC

Great personality and wonderful war stories that make the material sing.

Jodie S.
Fate, TX


Jonathan K.
Brooklyn, NY

Excellent speaker and highly practical, valuable content.

Dena R.
Little Elm, TX

Excellent, well-presented topic and interesting material.

Geoffrey B.
Dallas, TX


Catherine K.
New Lenox, IL

great speaker!!

Lee C.
Wheaton, IL

helpful approach

Gerard R.
Richmond, VA

One of the best CLEs I've taken

Daria T.
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Smooth presentation. Enjoyed the speaker very much. Great trial stories

Peter D.
austin, TX

Great presentation!

Nathaniel G.

Excellent speaker. Great CLE.

Mark Y.
Houston, TX

Great show.

Lawrence P.
Madison, AL

Great class!

Gerardo G.
McAllen, TX

Great presentation.

Caroline P.
Pensacola, FL

It was very practical information that one can use in their work which was great. His tips were very good.

Thomas B.
Los Angeles, CA

Very engaging and interesting - good speaker.

Edward M.
San Augustine, TX

Valuable lessons he taught.

Monica B.
Houston, TX


Judith Marie F.
Houston, TX

Outstanding presentation - LOVED the examples!

Christopher S.
Arlington, VA

Mr. Lang is amazing. I loved the stories, all of which weren't just "war stories," but were helpful tidbits on trial tactics and strategy

Stephen F.
McLean, VA


Jacob A.
Fairfax, VA

Entertaining presenter and useful information.

Josh G.
Washington, DC

One of the best CLEs I have taken.

Justin M.
Gainesville, FL

Best I've seen yet on LawLine.

Dane R.
Hanover, PA

Excellent experience-based tutorial.

Benje S.
Ashburn, VA

Undoubtedly one of the best CLEs I have watched online. Mr. Lang was engaging, kept my interest and was an excellent presenter.

Christopher M.
Tampa, FL

His stories reminded me of Matlock

Herbert Z.
Dallas, TX

John's experience, understanding of human nature, and sense of humor combined to make this presentation both enjoyable and educational.

John N.
El Paso, TX

Instructive, through the time-honored mechanism of the war story. Mr. Lang knows and loves his craft.

Diane L.
Montross, VA

Fun and interesting!

Michael O.
New York, NY

Best course so far!

Shirley d.
Salem, OR

Terrific Refresher and full of excellent advise. Very engaging speaker and presenter. Really enjoyed this course.

Kathryn B.
Newport Beach, CA

Fantastic course!

Teresa W.
Austin, TX

Best presentation I've seen on Lawline so far. Entertaining speaker with lots of good practical advice.

David L.
Kingwood, TX


reuben c.
Jurupa Valley, CA

good job!

Jennifer R.
Pittsford, NY

Great Course!!

Remy C.
San Francisco, CA

Excellent speaker and thorough knowledge of the topic.

Jamin S.
Irvine, CA

Thought it was interesting with good real-life examples.

Darren S.
Jericho, NY

Very interesting ideas!

Sheila G.
New York, NY


Sandra A.
El Cajon, CA

Very Insightful

Anjou C.
Camarillo, CA

good instrctor

Steven H.
Richmond, VA

Excellent seminar.

Allan C.
placentia, CA

Tremendous presentation of common sense facts and techniques that can be readily employed.

Rodney E.
los angeles, CA

Fun class

Mary Jo B.
Magnolia, TX

Great speaker, important topic, meaningful examples...would embrace his presentation on other topics, as well.

steven w.
houston, TX

This guy is good!

Robert K.
Boulder, CO


Julie C.
San Diego, CA

This guy is FANTASTIC!

Daniel O.
Bangor, PA

Enjoyable, memorable course.

Jonathan F.
San Francisco, CA

Practical and interesting!

Sean B.
Montclair, NJ

The best one ever! great.

pamela s.
Dothan, AL

loved him

Will P.
Mobile, AL

so great

Leia P.
Eugene, OR

This speaker was really great!

Linda R.
Westport, CT

This was a terrific CLE presentation. I wish they were all this good. Excellent presenter.

Bonnie H.
Bainbridge Island, WA

Very enjoyable and useful.

david g.
Seattle, WA

Fabulous CLE

Ian H.
Portland, OR

Really good seminar filled with practical information.

Clara K.
New York, NY

Fantastic course. Great speaker. Good stories.

A. P.
Lafayette, LA

Extraordinary. It seems that the appropriate response now is, semper fidelis.

Judd M.
Suffolk, VA

easy to listen to

Mark M.
Buffalo Grove, IL

Excellent topic, and I really enjoyed listening to this speaker.

Jim W.
Mesa, AZ

That guy is great.

John V.
Fairfax, VA

Really engaging speaker.

Douglas N.
Medford, OR

A very good presentation.

Stuart T.
Portland, OR

a delight to hear the speaker's perspective of trial practice; war stories from an ex-marine litigator are to be expected, but he actually used them productively pedagogically.

Kenneth H.
Arlington, VA

John Lang is a rock star!!!!

Greggory T.
Corpus Christi, TX

John Lang was his typical, informative self. Worked with him before. Very well done.

Joyce K.
Houston, TX

Litigators should take this course!!

Virginia G.
Stamford, CT

Great presentation. Speaker was very engaging.

James B.
Irving, TX

Had some interesting experiences and examples - could have been an hour long.

Richard E. K.
Everett, WA


Michael M.
Missouri City, TX

A very enjoyable presentation.

Chukwuka O.
Houston, TX

Very Informative

Kay D.
Tyler, TX

Excellent program. Learning from a speaker who DID it is so much better than learning from one who only teaches it!

Toni M.
Houston, TX

Excellent speaker and written materials. His anecdotes were wonderful.

Laura O.
Peoria Heights, IL

John Lang was great!

Michael M.
Groveland, FL

Very Good

Russell B.
Norfolk, VA

This has been one the most outstanding CLE's offered by LawLine. Mr.Lang is truly an outstanding attorney. Moreover, allow me to thank him for his Service as a U.S. Marine.

Frank E.
Newport News, VA

Good course and good instructor

Charlene B.
Newport News, VA

I really enjoyed Mr. Lang's presentation. It was both extremely informative and entertaining. This was definitely the best Lawline seminar that I have attended.

Trevor B.
New York, NY

The presentation was simply litter with nuggets of a truly experienced practitioner's best and most nuanced insights on trial lawyering. A must see presentation!

Curt C.
Seattle, WA

One of the best presentations I've seen in a long time. Mr. Lang did an outstanding job.

John H.
Charlotte, NC

Excellent presentation! Nothing better than getting great advice and hearing old war stories from an experienced and top-notch trial lawyer

Jennifer B.
Fairfax, VA

He's a great presenter. The best part was when he told his trial stories and how he was able to embrace the negative.

Daniel B.
Lookout Mountain, TN

very nice, I like the real world examples and how they tie in to his message. Very important program for litigators

Edmund R.
Fairfax, VA

This speaker was inspiring.

Jeffrey T.
Lincolnton, NC

Very good speaker and very informative program.

Thomas C.
Santa Fe, NM

Though I am not a trial attorney, the basic concepts upon which the presenter focused are readily transferable to many areas of practice.

Edna J.
Arlington, VA


Deborah P.
San Antonio, TX

Good Presenter and good trail stories.

Brandie P.
Reston, VA

The speaker was excellent.

Onyebuchi E.
Springfield, VA

Loved it.

Damon P.
Richmond, VA

Thoughtful presentation. I enjoyed the speaker very much.

Paul P.
Reston, VA

This was informative and entertaining.

Timothy B.
Beavercreek, OH

great course

Inna B.
Fairfax, VA

Very enjoyable and informative.