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Book Review: Dynamic Cross-Examination: A Whole New Way to Create Opportunities to Win

By W. Gary Kohlman

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Dynamic Cross-Examination: A Whole New Way to Create Opportunities to Win

By James H. McComas
Trial Guides LLC (2011)
Reviewed by W. Gary Kohlman
 

James McComas has written a highly provocative book on cross-examination. This book — an absolute must-read for aspiring and seasoned trial lawyers alike — pulls the curtain wide open to reveal why some cross-examinations succeed while others fail. More fundamentally, McComas shows why some criminal defense and plaintiff’s attorneys are successful in difficult cases, but others are not.

To fully appreciate the wisdom of the book, one must consider two phenomena, which attorneys usually assume are unrelated and which every seasoned trial lawyer experiences. The first is that moment when it becomes crystal clear which party will win and which will lose. Second, most trial lawyers know what it’s like when, in the midst of a cross-examination, the witness gives an unexpected answer that suddenly shifts the examination in a di

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