Trials of the Century II

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Wednesday, October 30 / Fairfax
  Thursday, October 31 / Richmond (Glen Allen)
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:25 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

Todd Winegar builds on the success of his popular Trials of the Century program with more great trials, and more actual video and transcripts—all illustrating techniques to examine and depose witnesses—THE major part of an attorney’s practice.

  • Watch entertaining top courtroom drama from the century’s most famous trials
  • Learn techniques for examining, deposing, and interviewing witnesses in deposition and trial
  • Observe world-class attorneys showing how to question a witness—and how not to
  • Learn from the century’s greatest trial attorneys and adopt their examination techniques

Featuring Todd S. Winegar

Because most cases settle, 95% of the time your deposition or interview IS trial. Your success as an attorney usually depends on getting “facts” by asking the right questions, in the right way, in the right order. Learn effective deposition and questioning techniques by watching world-class examples, including:

  • Brick by brick
    • Alone, each piece of evidence is weak or meaningless
    • Together, they form a solid wall of evidence
  • The art of the question—the 12 rules
  • The five types of questions—and when to use each
  • The “Room Method” of deposing and interviewing: “That’s the best deposition I’ve ever seen taken.”
  • Asking the important “coulda, woulda, shoulda” questions
  • Deposition by analogy—get the witness to tell you what he’s just denied knowing
  • Detecting the lying witness
    • Can you spot the liar?  Understand the indications of a liar, then watch an actual experiment and vote—who’s lying, who’s telling the truth?
    • Dealing with the liar in deposition or on cross-examination

Todd Winegar builds on the success of his popular Trials of the Century program with more great trials, and more actual video and transcripts—all illustrating techniques to examine and depose witnesses—THE major part of an attorney’s practice.

Each registrant will receive the seminar workbook, 101 Deposition Tips, and the Ultimate Discovery Notebook. The Ultimate Discovery Notebook contains 37 sections of checklists, outlines, and forms to assist you with depositions and discovery every day. It has material on video depositions, discovery of electronic documents, correct objections in depositions, and actual question outlines for common depositions, including experts such as the economist, the treating physician, and the accident reconstructionist.

Comments from Trial of the Century I program:

“Best CLE presenter I have seen in 38 years.”
“Extremely interesting and entertaining. It lived up to my high expectations.”
“Skills/techniques to apply to now to my work. Seminar materials invaluable!”

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8:00 Registration
8:25 Opening Remarks
8:30 The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire—“The Fire That Changed America”
  • The goal of every examination: Max Steuer so shamed the witness that he resigned from Congress and moved to Korea
  • Time Magazine: “Steuer is the profession’s ablest exponent of the old legal saw for a weak case....”
  • Finding and exploiting “nuance” in the cracks of a case
  • Steuer’s key to cross-examination
9:45 Paula Jones v. President Clinton
  • The only sitting president ever deposed
  • Watch the president’s grand jury testimony—world-class attorneys show how to depose a witness—and how not to
  • Dealing with a hyper-technical witness
  • Tying down evasive answers
10:45 Break
11:00 Paula Jones v. President Clinton (continued)
12:00 Lunch (provided at live programs only)
12:45 Paula Jones v. President Clinton (continued)
1:30 The Chicago Seven—The Century’s Most Wild Trial (Ethics)
  • Defense attorney sentenced to four years for contempt—ABA Model Rules
  • Ethics in depositions—objections and instructions to witnesses
  • Ethics—the 13 easiest ways to meet your disciplinary committee
  • What insurers and bars say are the most common attorney ethical failures
2:30 Break
2:45 Ted Bundy—Bright Law Student/Notorious Serial Killer
  • How to spot the liar
  • Getting into the deponent’s psyche
  • Credibility in examinations
  • Watch Bundy’s death-watch interview and warning to society
3:45 Adjourn



Nationally Recognized Speaker and Civil Litigation Attorney Todd Winegar

Todd Winegar is a dynamic speaker and practicing attorney who has taught CLE courses in most major U.S. cities and Canada and abroad.  With some 40 years of experience, his practice emphasizes civil trial litigation, including a Minuteman missile accident case, professional malpractice, products liability, and an $8.1-million verdict.  Mr. Winegar draws examples from these experiences to present a thought-provoking, yet practical, seminar.  His dynamic courses, including those in the Trials of the Century series, are rated among the best ever presented. 

Locations, Dates and Fees


$329 regular registration (printed materials included).
$349 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).


FAIRFAX / Wednesday, October 30
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

RICHMOND  (Glen Allen) / Thursday, October 31
The Place at Innsbrook (Venue Website / Google Map)
4036-C Cox Road
(804) 346-2100

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Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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