What’s one thing almost all the iconic presenters at TLU have in common? When they encounter an unlikable or downright impossible witness, need to bulletproof a client before depo, or above all can’t find the deeper emotional stories that inspire a jury to take action, they all call the same team. In this one-hour block, Andrew Caple-Shaw of ACT of Communication is joined by his partners veteran trial consultant Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, the founder of modern witness prep technique as we know it today and author of “Harvesting Witnesses Stories: How to Get Your Client the Second Best Life in the World By Maximizing Human Damages” (harvestingwitnessesstories.com). They will share tips on how they transform cases and add value by unlocking human damages. With over 40 years of experience working on some of the largest and most iconic cases in the past half century, the ACT team were the first to bring the tools of the actor into the legal arena. They will share some of those tools with you as well as take questions about your nightmare witnesses, your challenges maximizing case value, and where the profession is headed in terms of pre-trial and trial witness strategy.
“Harvesting Witnesses’ Stories has just marked a paradigm shift in escorting witnesses to and through testimony. This masterpiece of guidance, reflection, insight, and instruction is a “must understand” for field-soldier advocates who are taking depositions, debating at hearings, mediating toward resolution, and trying cases to verdict. In this book, Katherine leads us through innovative approaches to understanding witnesses and their needs and wants; she pushes us to get into the witness’s mindset; and she compels us to enhance our efforts to improve the way a given witness will be perceived by the judge and jury. Each chapter is a distinct educational experience, which will end up changing the results in your cases. This book is loaded with real examples of overcoming witness-related obstacles, and Katherine is our “tour guide,” showing us the path toward victory in each case.”