Preparing Witnesses to Optimize Trial Strategy

A leading employment litigator was defending a wrongful discharge case on behalf of a national transportation company and sought assistance in preparing witnesses for their trial testimony.

HawkPartners worked with the litigator to align on a set of themes for the case and an understanding of the role each witness would play in telling that story.

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Armed with this information and HawkPartners’ experience identifying the strengths and weaknesses jurors perceive in witness testimony, individual sessions were scheduled with each of the key witnesses.

Two litigators, a witness, and a HawkPartners consultant gathered to conduct video practice sessions to help witnesses understand how their verbal and nonverbal communication might come across in the courtroom.

With a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their key witnesses, the trial team was able to optimize its strategy.