January 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM
Pre-Paid (Member): $40.00
Pre-Paid (Non-Member): $45.00
Pay at the Door (Member): $45.00
Pay at the Door (Non-Member): $50.00


What Experts Need to be Effective at Trial - Beyond Expertise

Join other experts and attorneys to learn skills and characteristics that experts need to be effective in the courtroom – beyond expertise. That is, what soft skills do testifying experts have to have to help win the case?  Deborah Johnson, founder of High-Stakes Communication, will share her expertise in preparing witnesses and her perspective on how attorneys should assess experts.


Topics will include:

  • Preparig the Expert for Trial: How to avoid the problematic behavior that gets in the way of the judge, the jury, or even opposing counsel hearing what the witness has to say.
  • Presenting Effective Testimony: How to develop the speaking and listening skills that engage the listener in an authentic and influential way.
  • What the Jury is looking for in an Expert




5:30PM: Networking & No-Host Bar

6:00PM: Announcements, Self-Introductions, Dinner is served

6:30PM: Presentation

7:45PM: Adjournment 




Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson has consulted on a variety of divorces and civil and criminal cases, including: business disputes, contracts, SEC fraud, mortgage fraud, mail fraud, civil rights, workmen’s compensation, medical malpractice, personal injury, employment, rape, sexual assault, manslaughter, and divorce. One recent client one a multi-million dollar divorce settlement and another one a $5.3 million award in a civil rights case.

She is a six-time EMMY Award-winning writer and producer. Her Masters Degree in Cognitive Psychology and Television Production from the University of Washington, combined with a rich history of experience, gives her unique insights into what highly diversified audiences perceive and how to communicate to them effectively.


Deborah is a sought-after international speaker. Her articles have been published locally, nationally and internationally. On the broadcast front, she appears on KPHO CBS 5 news as a Trial Consultant. Her clients have been interviewed by Barbara Walters, the BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, Fox, the Washington Post, and local/regional television news, newspapers, and radio stations.


Additionally, she prepares a wide variety of professionals for local, national, and international presentations and speeches. She regularly helps nonprofit executives improve their presentation skills and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.




This course has been approved for 1 CFLC




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