The Mongoose Seminar: How Defendants Can Defeat the ‘Reptile’ (On-Demand)


The ‘Reptile’ approach to trying plaintiffs’ cases in a variety of litigation areas remains hot. In ways that are sometimes obvious and sometimes subtle, plaintiffs’ attorneys in Med Mal, PI, Products, employment, and other areas of litigation try to motivate fact-finders based on fear and the need for safety supposedly rooted in the “Reptilian Brain.” That goal determines their strategy in taking depositions, examining witnesses, crafting a persuasive message, and conducting voir dire.

So what’s new? While the plaintiffs’ tactics are relatively consistent, defense responses can be all over the map. Some ignore it. Some rely on the judge to police it. Some try to turn it to their advantage. This seminar reviews the most recent research and practical experience and offers a comprehensive system for providing your best defense against the Reptile. By staying nimble, identifying plaintiffs’ weaknesses, and focusing on your strengths, you and your witnesses can be the Mongoose to their Reptile.

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