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Powerful Witness Preparation

Dan Small
Holland & Knight, LLP Boston & Miami

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Dan Small will present Live at
The State Bar of Georgia
Tuesday, March 28th
Livestream available

6 CLE includes 1 Ethics Hour


Your witnesses are NOT ready to testify. They are not ready until you make them ready! Ethical and effective witness preparation will not change the facts of the case, but it absolutely defines the way those facts are delivered to the judge or jury.

Even if you’ve prepared hundreds of witnesses, you know you can always do it better. If you’re still feeling your way through the process, come to this program. It will make a real difference in the effect your witnesses have on the proceedings!

Dan Small, a partner in the Miami & Boston offices of Holland & Knight and a former federal prosecutor, is a nationally prominent trial lawyer and a supremely effective teacher. He will lead you through a focused discussion of the multitude of obstacles to effective preparation of lay and expert witnesses and of solutions to overcome them.


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Defense team for former Virginia
Governor Bob McDonnell


Lead defense attorney for former
Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards

•    The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2013-2023
•    Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
•    Author of the ABA’s best-seller, Preparing Witnesses, (5th Ed., 2020)
•    Former Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School


Dan Small’s knowledge of witness preparation is heralded across the legal landscape:

"Dan simplifies the task of convincing clients who are 'too busy' just how important preparation is, and how it should be done."    
Alan Dershowitz, Former Professor, Harvard Law School

"Great insight into what makes an effective witness and how to talk to clients about it.  This book should be on the shelf of every lawyer who may represent a witness in any investigation or proceeding."    
James M. Cole, Partner, Sidley Austin, f
ormer Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice

"Dan Small's extraordinary book offers a way out: helping to teach witnesses and counsel how to communicate truthfully, effectively, and confidently. I strongly recommend it."
William S. Sessions, former federal judge and Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

"Dan Small defines preparation like nobody else in the vast literature of the law of trial practice. His step-by-step guide is both a model of clarity and a paragon of completeness. His book is not an option, but a necessity for the experienced and novice trial advocate alike."
Alex Sanders, Former Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals


Comments from prior attendee evaluations:

— “Dan Small is perhaps the best speaker I’ve heard.”

—“One of the most practical programs I have ever attended – to the point and immediately useful.”

— “Dan Small was so organized. I enjoyed his use of anecdotes, videoclips from actual depositions, movie clips and the fact that he offered his tips in numbered lists and bullet points.”

— “I have been trying cases for 20 years and I learned a lot about witness prep which I will use in my next trial, which is next month.”

— “Well-planned, entertaining, and with a variety of examples to view – both video and documentary.”

— “This program is essential … Mr. Small takes a task – which every lawyer thinks they know, but don’t – and persuades his audience that witness preparation is the most important aspect of the case.”


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