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Make Your Witness a Star!

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General |  Practical Skills
Alan Blumenfeld |  Katherine James |  Act of Communications |  Anna Marie Thatcher
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How many times have you thought you prepared a witness perfectly only to have that witness fail – either just a little, or completely and disastrously? Do your problem witnesses keep you awake at night?  Do some witnesses affect YOUR performance?

You are not alone. Every attorney knows exactly what a “star witness” looks like, acts like, and performs like. A star witness is confident, ready for whatever comes at him or her, able to communicate well with judges and jurors, and able to avoid the pitfalls of deposition and cross-examination. Most attorneys do their best to prepare their witnesses to be as close to that ideal as possible. Yet in deposition and on the stand, many witnesses do not perform even adequately, let alone as a “star.”

Whether you are brand new to witness preparation or are an old hand at good witness preparation and would just like to learn some new ways to work with problem witnesses.  The proven techniques in this program will help you create witnesses of star stature.

Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld, who facilitate this program, are two of the premier litigation consultants in the country and they have helped attorneys prepare hundreds of witnesses in over a thousand trials.  Their game-changing system, The Star Witness Preparation System, has been refined over her more than four decades of work with attorneys and witnesses.  These unique and proven techniques are based in the theater discipline of rehearsal and performance and the system works with all kinds of witnesses.



Alan Blumenfeld Related Seminars and Products

Alan Blumenfeld is a founding partner in ACT of Communication™ and also works as a professional actor in film and television, and on stage. He has made guest appearances in over 200 television shows and feature films (including Cheers, NYPD Blue and Grey’s Anatomy), and scores of films (including Righteous Kill with Al Pacino). His live stage appearances include those in repertory companies around the world such as Berkshire Theatre in Stockbridge, MA, The Globe in Los Angles, Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York and the San Francisco Opera.

Alan holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theatre. Additional information about Alan’s theatre work can be found at

Katherine James Related Seminars and Products

Katherine James, a founding partner of ACT of Communication™,  is the author of The Second Best Life In The World – A Witness Preparation Guide To Human Damages, to be released by AAJ Press Book in June 2020. She coaches witnesses and their lawyers to engage, persuade, and motivate jurors and has helped prepare thousands of witnesses for trial. She has taught workshops for Inns of Court, CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles), CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California), the Los Angeles Bar and numerous other legal organizations, private law firms and bar associations.  She is recognized as a preeminent leader in preparing lawyers and witness for trial and her widely published articles can be found in the Knowledge Tank on the ACT of Communicationä website. 


Katherine is also an active film, television and theatre professional and has appeared in numerous television shows (including Family Ties and L.A. Law) and films (including The Right Stuff and Easy Mark). Her numerous stage appearances with repertory companies include those with American Conservatory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the San Francisco Opera. Katherine holds a B.F.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. from The American Conservatory Theater. Find additional information at

Act of Communications Related Seminars and Products

ACT OF COMMUNICATION™ (Producer), founded in 1977 and based in Culver City, California, is the premier trial consulting firm specializing in courtroom communications. Nationally recognized for its excellent consulting work with lawyers and witnesses on a range of cases, including Business Litigation, Criminal Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Employment, the company has set a new standard as an innovator in legal and trial consulting.  Company founders, Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, are experts in learning and education theory, as well as the study of human behavior - how people learn, how they process information and how they deliberate. As working professionals in film, television and theatre, they specialize in teaching communication skills based in the discipline of theatre.  They teach precise theatrical techniques lawyers can use to optimize results in witness preparation, depositions and negotiation conferences, trial strategy, judge and juror communications, opening and closing statements, mediation, arbitration and other professional appearances and settings.


Katherine and Alan have trained more than 40,000 lawyers through their programs and workshops, using theatre training as a model for courtroom success. Their clients include law firms and legal departments around the country, and they have been a part of teams that have brought more than 2,000 cases to trial. They have also served as faculty at various trial colleges, universities, and law schools, including NITA, ALI-ABA, The Defense Research Institute, Attorneys General Advocacy Institute, USC Law School, Harvard Law School and Georgetown Law School.  Their professional memberships include the American Society of Trial Consultants and they are founding members of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Ultimate College. For more information on Katherine James, Alan Blumenfeld, and their programs, visit

Anna Marie Thatcher's Profile

Anna Marie Thatcher Related Seminars and Products

ANNA MARIE THATCHER is the Owner and Managing Producer for Periaktos Productions and is the producer of all of their CLE Theatre programs and movies.  She is an attorney and has worked for forty-five years with artists and visual and performing arts organizations as an arts consultant, producer and director.  She is the co-author, producer and director of Clarence Darrow:  Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom, Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More and Impeach Justice Douglas!, the live CLE Theatre programs and CLE movies of the same titles presented by Periaktos Productions. She is the co-author of the script for their stage production and movie version of Thurgood Marshall’s Coming!
Anna Marie is a licensed member of the Minnesota Bar and continues to work with artists and nonprofit arts organizations  She holds a B.A. from Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD), an M.A. in Theatre from the University of South Dakota, and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, Minnesota).  She is a member of the ABA, the Minnesota Bar Association and ACLEA (Association of Continuing Legal Education) and is listed in Who's Who in American Law. Anna Marie also serves as volunteer for non-profit organizations with formation and tax exemption issues and serves on the Advisory Board of the Black Hills Film Festival.  She served for 20 years on the Board of the Black Hills Playhouse Alumni Association as its president, initiating and managing several major projects over that time to raise funds for the Playhouse. She continues to produce independent CLE programs and theatrical productions and makes her home in the Black Hills of South Dakota.