On this episode of The Litigation War Room, Maxwell Goss speaks with Eliot Wagonheim. Eliot is a seasoned litigator as well as a frequent public speaker and podcaster. He is also the creator of WagonheimU, a learning platform for construction subcontractors. Eliot discusses some of the interesting construction litigation cases that he handled, and shares insights on physical presence, or what he calls "blocking and staging," in the courtroom.
“All movement should be intentional. It shouldn’t look like a quirk or something you forgot on the other side of the courtroom. And it shouldn’t look threatening, like now you’re rushing the witness stand. There should be a method.”
00:19 – Introduction
01:38 – About Eliot Wagonheim and his law practice
02:39 – What makes construction cases unique
04:24 – Eliot on being a public speaker
06:47 – WagonheimU
07:57 – The Universal case
11:02 – Arbitration provisions in construction cases
17:05 – Playing different roles with juries
19:55 – Balancing planning and improvising
23:53 – The Elevated case
29:31 – Eliot's advice for using blocking and staging as a litigator
32:12 – Where to find Eliot online
32:38 – Eliot's podcast, So Here's My Story
34:08 – Business Law Symposium preview with Roy Sexton
With 30+ years of experience, Eliot serves as general counsel to small to mid-sized businesses in a wide array of industries in both litigation and corporate matters. Over the course of his career, Eliot and his team have served as buyer’s counsel as well as seller’s counsel in transactions ranging from $50,000 to $100,000,000. From a litigation perspective, Eliot has both won and successfully defended cases ranging from multi-million dollar, bet-your-company cases to smaller, District Court actions.
In addition to working with clients, Eliot also supports organizations and people by teaching online webinars, workshops, and Master Classes through the online platform WagonheimU; and speaking virtually and in-person.