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Cross-examining witnesses is one of the most important aspects of any case. Opportunity to discredit opposing witnesses is most often fleeting. Unlike the novice joke-teller fumbling a punch-line, the courtroom lawyer gets no second chances. Opportunities are lost. Cross-examination is a hands-on skill, which takes hundreds of "in court" experiences to perfect. It can't be taught at a seminar or learned from a book. Rolando Pasquali, has examined more than 750 witnesses in open court. He has impeached witnesses with their own words, with documents, with pictures, with physical demonstrations, and through the testimony of other witnesses.

Don’t ask a question that you don’t know the answer to” is an oft-repeated adage. Like many rules of thumb, there are times when it is best broken...experienced lawyers know when.

During his deposition in an auto accident case, an insurance company’s “Independent Medical Examiner” attempted to discredit a Pasquali client by concluding that the plaintiff’s injury had been exaggerated. The doctor had conducted a physical examination and hadn’t found atrophy or expected muscle loss. The doctor believed that sensory changes were feigned and concluded that the patient wasn’t seriously hurt. From his training and knowledge of anatomy, Rolando knew that indeed there was a reflex test for his client’s particular injury. (There isn’t a reflex test for some areas of the spine.) Reflex testing hadn’t been noted anywhere in the doctor’s report or in the doctor’s previous testimony. Rolando asked if a reflex test had been conducted. It had, and the omitted test results corroborated the injury. Rolando finished his questioning by asking this so-called “Independent” physician why he would choose to omit such important information from his report, the doctor’s last words were: Because I sinned.”

Cross-examination comes down to one lawyer facing one opportunity to win or lose. Watch videos from actual clients and see what they have to say about Rolando Pasquali in court.



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