About David Redding

David Redding is a commercial litigator and founder of Redding Jones, PLLC, co-founder of F3Nation. He can be reached at dredding@reddingjones.com.

THE VERDICT SHEET: The Importance Of The Jury Issues

The Verdict Sheet is the anchor of the Close After the lawyers have made their closing arguments and the judge has read the Instructions to them, the jurors will go to the jury room to choose their foreman. Then the judge will provide them with the Verdict Sheet that contains the Issues the jury is [...]

By | 2019-02-17T06:06:56+00:00 February 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments


The Litigator must be fit to Close effectively The Close is the second of the Three-C’s—those essential skills that a Litigator must do with excellence if he wants to be an excellent trial attorney. The first C is the Cross, the purpose of which is is twofold—first, to call into question hostile witness testimony on [...]

By | 2019-02-17T05:59:49+00:00 February 4th, 2019|Country Lawyer, Uncategorized|0 Comments

WITNESS CONTROL: The Tactics of Holding Sway

When in charge, take charge To hold sway is to have power or influence over a person, place or process. To be effective on Cross, the Litigator must hold sway over all three. On Cross, the Litigator is in charge, so he must take charge. Cross is like a waltz with the hostile witness as [...]

By | 2019-02-04T08:46:14+00:00 January 27th, 2019|Country Lawyer|0 Comments

TACTICAL AND TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY: Skillful Use of Deposition Transcripts and Exhibits

Writing down the right questions won’t necessarily get you the right answers I like lawyer jokes because they deftly illustrate how odd the profession must look to an outsider. I know a man named “Steve” who provides expert testimony in a very narrow field of engineering in which I have had several cases. Steve has [...]

By | 2019-01-20T19:12:12+00:00 January 20th, 2019|Country Lawyer|0 Comments

DOUBT CASTING: Calling Testimony Into Question On Material Facts In Dispute

Prior inconsistent statements, external evidence and logic are the three primary sources of Impeachment material While the primary purpose of Cross is to blunt the effect of a hostile witness’ testimony about Facts and Issues (Doubt Casting), the Litigator will sometimes use Cross to gather evidence that he needs to meet his own burden of [...]

By | 2019-01-13T13:36:09+00:00 January 13th, 2019|Country Lawyer|0 Comments

ABC/D: Impeachment Through Accuracy, Bias, Capacity And Diminishment

The jury instructions provide the footings for the building of an effective Cross An excellent Cross is focused tightly on the material facts (Facts) in dispute. A Fact is only material if it bears directly on an Issue that must be decided to resolve the overall controversy—otherwise, it is immaterial. The Litigator should not waste [...]

By | 2019-01-06T14:50:25+00:00 January 6th, 2019|Country Lawyer|0 Comments

CROSSING TO CLOSE: Using Cross-examination To Support The Closing

Cross, Close and Counsel are the three essential skills of the Litigator Performing cross-examination (Cross) is one of the Three-C’s that the Litigator must do with excellence if he wants to be an excellent trial attorney. The other two C’s are deliver the closing argument (Close) and counsel the client (Counsel) . If you break [...]

By | 2019-01-01T11:40:27+00:00 December 30th, 2018|Country Lawyer|0 Comments

The Ten Commandments Of Litigation-free Communication

  In 1960, you had very few communication choices If you had something important to say you could have a meeting, make a telephone call, send a letter, maybe a telegram. But that was about it. Things said in calls and meetings might have gotten the 1960s-you in trouble, but the spoken word evaporated quickly. [...]

By | 2018-02-13T14:35:59+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Questions Clients Should Ask Commercial Litigators — #3 Do You Have The Right Experience For My Case?

You have a business dispute and have been referred to a lawyer by someone you trust. You are meeting with him and he seems like he knows what he’s talking about. On the wall of his office he has diplomas and things attesting to the various courts in which he is privileged to practice. [...]

By | 2018-02-13T12:10:11+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Business and Commercial Litigation|0 Comments

Questions Clients Should Ask Commercial Litigators — #2 What Is This Going To Cost?

You are meeting with a commercial litigator over a business dispute. You have asked him what your case is worth and he has given you his best estimate. Here is what you should ask him next: what is this going to cost me? It is always interesting to me how few clients (including the ones [...]

By | 2018-02-13T11:31:08+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Business and Commercial Litigation|0 Comments