Daniel Ambrose

Trial Lawyers University

I grew up in Birmingham, MI. I am the youngest of eight children and attended an all-boys catholic school my whole life until I went to college at the University of Michigan. I went to night school at Detroit College of Law. My dad, my uncle, two of my brothers, and sister were lawyers. My first job was cutting lawns at age 10. I started working for my brother as a house painter at age 12. When I was 16 I started my own painting business and continued throughout high school, college, and law school, and a few years after until I was 32. I practiced criminal defense for eighteen years in Michigan until ten years ago when my roommate from the Trial Lawyers College, Nick Rowley, encouraged me to move to LA to become a PI lawyer. The California Bar took me four tries. I moved to Las Vegas this past March. I have recently taken up pickle ball, skiing and golf. I also think I'm competitive at connect four, backgammon, chess, and ping pong.

Daniel Ambrose
Daniel Ambrose

Presentation Skills, Voir Dire, and Cross Examination

We will focus exclusively on presenting with the use of visuals, mastering sets of voir dire, and cross examination.

Use of visuals:

  • Foam core boards
  • Powerpoints
  • Flip chart
  • Physical models

Voir Dire:

  • Build that initial connection with your jury
  • Form a group around you
  • Pacing
  • Pausing
  • Word choice
  • Empower the jury
  • Define and identify potential bias

Cross-examination - Participants will learn how to master the use of:

  • The flip chart
  • Using dialogue in cross
  • Present tense
  • Eliminate tag lines: correct, true
  • Eliminate filler words: and, ok & ah
  • Creating space
  • Dodd’s Three Rules: leading questions only, one new fact per question & all facts lead to goal oriented fact

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