Deposing Witnesses in Foreign Countries: Hurdles, Pitfalls, and Practice Tips

Produced on: February 06, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 66 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This course, taught by Katherine Wyman and Gary Mennitt of Dechert LLP, will discuss the legal, logistical, and economic hurdles to taking the depositions of witnesses in foreign countries.

Foreign discovery rules and principles governing depositions may be vastly different than the rules and principles that govern discovery in U.S. state and federal courts, and U.S. attorneys should be prepared to adjust their deposition techniques accordingly. This program will highlight common challenges of obtaining deposition testimony from a foreign witness or U.S. witness located abroad, and include practical tips for how to manage these challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss challenges of obtaining usable testimony from a foreign party, foreign non-party, or U.S. national or resident located abroad
  2. Identify methods of obtaining testimony from a foreign party or non-party in the U.S. or in a foreign country
  3. Provide practical tips for taking an international deposition


Gary Mennitt

Dechert LLP

Gary J. Mennitt is co-leader of the complex commercial litigation practice of Dechert LLP. He represents clients in state and federal trials and appeals throughout the United States in cases involving bondholder litigation, securities fraud, hedge fund disputes and insolvency. Mr. Mennitt has extensive first chair trial experience and has tried more than twenty-five cases. He has been selected for many years by the publishers of Corporate CounselThe New York Law Journal and The American Lawyer as one of New York’s top rated lawyers.

Mr. Mennitt was awarded the 2013 President’s Medal of the New York County Lawyers’ Association for his work as an author of Commercial Litigation In New York State Courts (West 3d ed. 2014). Mr. Mennitt frequently writes and lectures on the topics of trial practice, complex commercial litigation, and securities litigation. He has written dozens of published articles and book chapters, including the litigation chapters of Hedge Funds and the Law (Sweet & Maxwell 2010).

Katherine Wyman

Dechert LLP

Katherine Wyman focuses her practice on litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation, securities litigation and government investigations. Ms. Wyman’s experience also includes employment and bankruptcy matters. She represents individuals and companies in the financial services, technology, and life sciences industries.


Yale College, B.A., 2007, magna cum laude, with Distinction in the Literature and International Studies majors 
Harvard Law School, J.D., 2010, cum laude, Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of Columbia 
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York 
District of Columbia 


Geoffrey H.

Very informative

Chris R.

Fantastic seminar.

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