Cross-examining an expert at trial can be very challenging. The expert will almost always have more substantive knowledge of the topic they are testifying about than the questioning attorney, and will often be a professional witness. Here we provide our top ten tips for destroying an expert witness during cross-examination at trial:
In addition to applying these ten principles, the key to a successful cross is ensuring that the jury understands the significance of the points elicited on cross. Whenever possible, you want the jury to understand the point of your cross-examination by the time the cross examination is completed. Although there is certainly an opportunity to bring the points together in a closing argument, many jurors will have already made up their minds by the time you get to closing arguments. At the conclusion of a good cross examination, the jury should understand the significance of each “admission” obtained during the examination, and their impact on the larger case.