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Deposition Strategies & Techniques: Honing Your Skills and Finding Your Style (Update)

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Produced on June 05, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 19m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

Depositions are one of the most crucial (and exciting) stages of litigation. They clarify and illuminate the facts of your and your adversary’s case in a way that the documents alone simply cannot. They bring a case to life by putting faces to names. They preview what a trial might look like, including the strengths and weaknesses of the case. Handled well, they can also lead to a 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 Qian Julie Wang and Rayna E. Kessler for a discussion of strategies and techniques for maximizing your effectiveness at preparing for, taking, and defending depositions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Properly prepare to take and defend depositions
  2. Identify important considerations when conducting remote depositions in the age of COVID-19 and beyond
  3. Set appropriate goals when taking and defending depositions and practice the techniques necessary to achieve those goals
  4. Address difficult situations that may arise when taking and defending depositions
  5. Define the difference between an individual and a corporate deposition
  6. Anticipate the special considerations that arise when taking and defending depositions of expert witnesses
  7. Conduct remote video depositions effectively 

Credit Information

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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.

Qian Julie Wang

Robins Kaplan LLP

Clients turn to Qian Julie Wang for her gift for storytelling and her talent for bringing the law to life through compelling, cogent narrative. They also seek her out for her rare panoramic insight into the litigation process, gleaned from her unique experience with every stage of litigation—from pre-filing settlement through final appeal—and from her roles on both sides of the “v.” as a zealous advocate; a friend of the court; judicial clerk; public servant; and court-appointed pro bono counsel. 

Julie has particular experience with legal malpractice litigation. She had led some of the largest legal malpractice cases in history and has often resolved them quickly and with highly favorable results, even before filing. She also has extensive expertise in appeals: aside from having clerked on two appellate courts, Julie has briefed and argued over 40 civil cases in the New York state appellate courts and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has authored two amicus briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court, including one filed on behalf of 31 major municipalities. 

A first-generation immigrant who grew up in New York’s inner city, Julie is deeply passionate about giving voice to the marginalized. She dedicates her pro bono practice to advancing the rights of immigrants and women. She currently serves on a panel of appellate attorneys selected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to provide indigent litigants the highest quality representation in cases of the first impression. 

Julie graduated from Yale Law School in 2012, and she is an active alumna and mentor for women and minorities in that community. After law school, Julie clerked for Judge Morgan Christen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Peter Maassen on the Alaska Supreme Court. Julie was also an appellate and commercial litigation associate in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices of a large international law firm. Prior to joining Robins Kaplan, she served as senior counsel in the Appeals Division of New York City’s Office of Corporation Counsel.


Alan S.

Very high substantive comments and slides. No war stories, which is great. Good material. Should emphasize not to instruct witness not to answer - in general Great. Look for more by these instrucdtors.

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Maria B.

Good for new lawyers.

Michael C.

Ms. Kessler did a fantastic job explaining this. This was a great CLE video.

Jay G.

Very good, topical and timely - covered depos during COVID.

Tor S.

Nicely done.

Carla K.


Catherine H.

thanks very much, great presenters, great program, really appreciate their manner of communication and advising younger attorneys not to let themselves be bullied and also reminding us that we all represent the profession as attorneys and are responsible for maintaining the integrity of our profession, thanks again

Leonard X. G.

Excellent, thorough and practical.

Zawadi L.

Excellent course with much appreciated and relevant information in light of changes due to COVID-19. Well done!

Alex K.

Very interesting stuff on depositions. Great instructors.

Sungoh Y.

thank you

Pamela C.

Lots of good pointers.

Alexandre G.

useful and practical

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