The Art of Cross-Examination

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There is no substitute for years of experience

    Cross-examining witnesses is one of the most important aspects of any case. Opportunity to discredit opposing witnesses is 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 courtroom hours to perfect. It cannot 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."

An oft-repeated adage. Like a master chef, who knows when and how to break traditional rules in order to create a masterpiece; the rule about asking questions can also be broken...if the lawyer is skilled enough and experienced enough.

          During his deposition in an auto accident case, an Independent Medical Examiner hired by an insurance company attempted to discredit a Pasquali client by concluding that an injury to the victim's back had been exaggerated. The doctor had conducted a physical examination finding neither atrophy nor expected muscle loss. The doctor believed that sensory changes were feigned and concluded that the patient could not have been seriously hurt. From his training and knowledge of anatomy, Rolando knew that indeed there was a reflex test for this particular injury. (There is not a reflex test for some areas of the spine.) Reflex testing was not noted anywhere in the report of this insurance doctor or in his previous testimony. Rolando had sufficient training, experience, and knowledge to know that this was one of the times when the rule about asking questions could be broken. He asked the doctor if a reflex test had been conducted. Yes! 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 an important fact from his report. The doctor was backed into a corner. His last words were: "Because I sinned!"

The case promptly settled.

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

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