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The Alpha and Omega of Depositions

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The two presenters, Dennis Suplee and Sam Silver, will deal with 60 questions in 60 minutes, including:


1.Why should you take a deposition?

2. Why should you not take a deposition? 

3. “The usual stipulations” – What are they? Should you agree to them? What are the pitfalls if you do agree to them?

4. Where should you start your interrogation? With questions about the deponent’s education and employment history? Or with questions about the key event at issue in the litigation? How do you decide?

5. What should you do if opposing counsel gives an improper instruction not to answer? **

6. When can you confer privately with your deponent-client during the deposition? What is the current status of the case law as it has developed since Hall v. Clifton Precision?

7. How do you as the interrogator deal with comments from opposing counsel that suggest what the answer should be (including “If you know” and “If you remember”)? How do you as the interrogator deal with argumentative comments from opposing counsel?

8. Rule 30(e) says that the deponent can make “changes of form or substance” to his deposition answers? Can the deponent really change the substance of his deposition testimony after the fact?

9. In that situation (that is, where the deponent makes substantive changes to his testimony), what are the other side’s options?

10. Rule 30(b)(6) – Can the other side force you to produce “the most knowledgeable witness” on certain subjects? What should you, as counsel for the deponent, do if he is asked a question beyond the scope of the topics listed in the deposition notice?

11. Preparing the deponent to testify – Should you prepare him to “just answer the question, nothing more,” or to become a champion for your side of the case?

12. In what circumstances, should you take a video deposition? How can you make your use of a video deposition more effective at trial? Can you use video deposition snippets in your opening?

13. And much more.

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Communication Skills
  • Complex Litigation
  • Complex Resolution Strategy
  • Depositions
  • Federal Courts
  • Florida Eligible
  • Litigation & Litigation Skills
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Trial Skills


  • Skills : 1 Credit