Devastating Cross-Examination with Norman Lippitt
Episode 126th May 2021 • The Litigation War Room • Maxwell Goss
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In this episode of The Litigation War Room podcast, Maxwell Goss talks with legendary trial lawyer Norman Lippitt. Norm reflects on more than 50 years of litigation and trial practice – first as a prosecutor, then as a high-profile criminal defense lawyer, and then, after a stint on the judicial bench, as a civil trial lawyer trying huge cases for prominent individuals and businesses. Renowned for his mastery of the courtroom, Norm shares some entertaining stories as well as his insights on the art of cross-examination.


“When you cross-examine a witness, the golden rule is: Don’t lose. You may not gain anything. You may not win. But don’t lose.”

-Norman Lippitt


  • 00:19 – Introduction
  • 01:14 – About Norman
  • 02:24 – Norman’s career
  • 09:28 – The Matty Moroun Case
  • 11:07 – The Geoffrey Fieger Case
  • 13:07 – The Jake Hogan Case
  • 19:34 – O’Keefe v. Costello
  • 27:34 – Norman’s advise for cross-examination


Norman Lippitt is a founding partner of Lippitt O’Keefe, PLLC. Norman has been practicing law for over 50 years and has gained priceless experience, wisdom and the respect of his colleagues and clients. Norman’s distinguished career began as a prosecutor in Wayne County Recorder’s Court. After a period of time he transitioned his talents and skill in the courtroom to become a criminal defense attorney. Miraculously, he tried over 100 major felony cases before he turned 30, an unprecedented feat in today’s legal environment. The tales of Norman’s legal prowess and acumen spread to Lansing, and in 1985, the governor appointed Norman to the bench of the Oakland County Circuit Court, where he served for three and a half years before returning to private practice.

Since returning to private practice, Norman has tried many jury trials to conclusion involving shareholder actions, contract disputes, employment matters, civil rights and professional liability, among others. He has successfully defended and resolved major class action suits in both state and federal court. In addition to his civil practice, he has a family law practice and has tried countless large asset divorce cases and other domestic matters. Michigan’s bench and bar recognize Norman as one of the state’s most outstanding trial lawyers.


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The Litigation War Room is hosted by litigation lawyer Maxwell Goss. Max represents clients in intellectual property and business cases throughout Michigan and around the country, bringing forceful advocacy and creative solutions to every case he handles.


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