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Whether you're interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting a cross-examination or questioning potential jurors at trial, being able to draw out the answers you need is a vital skill for any litigator. However, perfecting the art of questioning is an elusive goal. Every witness is unique, and there can be a fine line between drawing out the answer you want and unleashing a torrent of unhelpful or even harmful information. This guide will show you what questions to ask and how to ask them so you can get precisely what you need. Enhance your advocacy skills - order today!
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JAN I. BERLAGE is a partner with Gohn Hankey & Berlage LLP. His practice focuses on general business litigation, ranging from commercial disputes to bankruptcy to intellectual property. Mr. Berlage has extensive experience in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings, including arguments before the Maryland Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fourth circuits. He has secured major jury verdicts and large settlements for both businesses and individuals as well as successfully defended against multimillion dollar claims in both state and federal court. Prior to private practice, Mr. Berlage served as law clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. He has taught pretrial litigation practice at the University of Maryland School of Law, served on the Board of Governors for the Maryland State Bar Association, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland State Action Committee. Mr. Berlage is a fellow of both the American and Maryland State bar foundations, presents regularly at CLE courses, and has been the chair of numerous committees at both the national and state level. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from Wesleyan University and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as executive editor of The Journal of Law & Politics.
GLENN A. DUHL is a principal in Zangari Cohn Cuthbertson Duhl & Grello P.C., representing management in employment law and litigation. He is an aggressive, experienced litigator who zealously represents his clients in trials before federal and state court judges, juries, and administrative and arbitration proceedings. Representative matters include breach of contract, wrongful termination, discrimination, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, harassment and class action defense. Mr. Duhl also advises clients on litigation-avoidance strategies and techniques in complex and highly sensitive disputes. He was chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; selected by his peers as a Connecticut and New England Super Lawyer in the areas of employment litigation defense, employment & labor law and civil litigation defense; and earned an Avvo Rating of 10.0 out of 10.0. For the following ABA - Bloomberg/BNA publications, Mr. Duhl is the Connecticut chapter author of Wage and Hour Laws - A State-by-State Survey, associate editor of Age Discrimination in Employment Law, and contributing author of The Fair Labor Standards Act, The Family and Medical Leave Act, and Tortious Interference in the Employment Context. Mr. Duhl frequently speaks on various employment law and litigation topics. He previously served as an adjunct professor in moot court and trial advocacy at UCONN Law School, and taught advanced employment law at the University of Hartford. Mr. Duhl is licensed in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Louisiana. He earned his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University and his J.D. degree from Tulane Law School.
DANIEL TORRENS is an attorney with Portmeirion Law Offices in Phoenix, where he practices in the areas of personal injury litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and commercial litigation. Mr. Torrens lectures nationally in the areas of contracts, personal injury, and trial advocacy. He is a faculty member of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy and a graduate of the State Bar of Arizona's CLE Institute. Mr. Torrens is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Colorado Bar Association. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a judge pro tem with the Maricopa County Superior Court. Mr. Torrens earned his B.A. degree from Arizona State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Nebraska.