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Deposition Strategies & Techniques: Honing Your Skills and Finding Your Style

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Produced on December 14, 2019

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Course Information

Time 76 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Litigation

Course Description

Depositions are one of the most crucial (and fun) stages of litigation. They clarify and illuminate the facts of your – and your adversary’s – case in a way that the documents alone – no matter how much you pore over them – simply cannot. They bring a case to life by putting faces to names. They give you a sneak peek into what a trial might look like. Handled well, they can also lead to settlement, solidify your grounds for summary judgment, and lock opponents into important positions for trial. Whether you are a first-year litigation associate or a senior partner, join skilled and experienced litigators Lisa Coyle and Rayna Kessler for a discussion of strategies and techniques for maximizing your effectiveness at preparing for, taking, and defending depositions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of preparation for both taking and defending depositions
  2. Explain the goals an attorney should be seeking to achieve in taking and defending depositions
  3. Enumerate techniques for achieving such goals and dealing with difficult situations that may arise while taking and defending depositions
  4. Clarify the difference between an individual and corporate deposition
  5. Identify special considerations when taking and defending depositions of expert witnesses

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2019 Bridge the Gap event.    

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Lisa M. Coyle

Robins Kaplan

Lisa M. Coyle is Counsel in the Business Litigation group at Robins Kaplan LLP. She has over thirteen years of experience representing financial institutions, domestic and international corporations, foreign sovereigns, and individuals in a broad array of complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, including cases arising under the federal securities, bankruptcy, privacy, antitrust, and anti-discrimination laws, as well as fiduciary duty, shareholder derivative, business tort, contract, and employment discrimination and harassment cases arising under state law. Lisa has defended and prosecuted numerous claims in a wide range of jurisdictions, including the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and multiple federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, and appellate courts.  Lisa has been named a “New York Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for six years in a row.

Rayna E. Kessler

Robins Kaplan

Rayna E. Kessler is a Principal in the New York office of Robins Kaplan LLP. Her practice focuses on representing individuals who are injured by dangerous drugs and medical devices, medical malpractice, and other catastrophic personal injuries. Rayna was recently recognized as one of the Top Women in Law by the New Jersey Law Journal and selected by The Trial Lawyer as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers of 2016. Currently, Rayna Kessler serves as liaison counsel in the In Re: Benicar (Olmesartan Medoxomil) New Jersey Multicounty Litigation, In re Taxotere Litigation New Jersey Multicounty Litigation, and In re Abilify Litigation New Jersey Multicounty Litigation. Rayna is also a board member of Public Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers, as well as Collective Liberty, a nonprofit committed to eradicating human trafficking.


Mark M.

Entertaining and lively presentation. Really held my interest.

Yolanda E.

Good tips

Tyler M.

Very good collaboration between the two speakers

Ruth R.

The presenters worked very smoothly and well collaboratively; and they really managed to cover the overall handling of depositions from prepping the client to attorney deportment. This presentation gave me much to consider in how I handle depositions. It was really a very good presentation.

Julie A. B.

Well-delivered presentation by skilled and experienced litigators of strategies and techniques for maximizing your effectiveness at preparing for, taking, and defending depositions.

Conor C.

Excellent and dynamic presentation on rules and practice of taking depositions.

Vincent P.

Excellent presentation

Stacy L.

Excellent presentation. These ladies knew their topic and were great presenters.

Gary P.

Excellent, pragmatic, 100 % to be recommended

elizabeth-rose a.

useful information

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