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Defeating Reptilian Tactics in Construction Litigation
Plaintiff’s Bar “Reptilian Tactics” have become the norm in all varieties of litigation. In order to defeat it, you must have a deep understanding of its “scientific basis,” theory and tactical approach. This webinar is aimed at exposing attendees to the strategy in the construction context, and briefly explain the theory and current trends. The tactic’s application to construction litigation will be explored and how plaintiff’s counsel are leveraging it against the unwary. We will cover defense strategies during discovery and depositions, and early identification of whether the tactic is or will be used. Most critical are practical “how to” suggestions for preparing witnesses for these tactics in depositions, as that is where your case is made or made impossibly worse. Finally, we will address defense strategies during pretrial and trial, including suggestions for motions in limine, objections and arguments to limit the reptile tactic’s effectiveness at trial.

Feb 16, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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William S. Thomas
Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC
William Thomas is a co-founder of Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, in St. Louis, where he focuses on handling matters involving the construction process, from up-front contract reviews, commercial litigation, professional liability defense and trial work. He represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, land surveyors and landscape architects in all phases of construction claims. He handles product liability claims, other general commercial disputes and general liability claims. He is past president of the Lawyers Association of St. Louis. He serves on the AAA’s panel of neutrals as an arbitrator. Bill is many professional organizations, including the IADC, where he is on the Construction Law Committee as its publications vice chair, and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Defense Research Institute and its Construction Law Committee, Product Liability Committee, and Building Products- Substantive Litigation Group, and Professional Liability Committee.