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Digging Deeper at Tort Depositions

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Produced on August 15, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Digging for the facts at a tort deposition is more important than ever. Plaintiff’s counsel must try to maximize the value, reserve for a case, and prevent or defeat a possible summary judgment motion. At the same time, defense counsel is trying to minimize the value of a case, shake up the plaintiff, and eliminate claims, or even set the stage for dismissal.

It is no longer enough to ask basic and routine questions. It is necessary to dig deeper when questioning and, for counsel defending a torts deposition, to adequately prepare their client to answer deeper questions.

In this program, presented by experienced practitioner Kenneth Landau, you will learn probing questions and examine how to dig deeper after the usual answers. This program will give you the keys to doing so, so you are in a position to unlock information important to your case. Discussion topics will include common tort scenarios such as the tort scene investigation, distracted while driving, pre-existing conditions, and post-accident consequences.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop strategies for carefully listening to answers to form the basis for follow-up questions
  2. Expand your deposition with precise questions
  3. Explore prior accidents, claims, and injuries during your depositions
  4. Prepare your client to discuss prior claims and accidents during depositions
  5. Identify how to question parties completely about the increasing range of distractions

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Kenneth J. Landau is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science (1973), Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) (1977) and Buffalo Law School (1980), and has been with Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP since 1982. A member of the Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations, he has served as past dean of the Nassau Academy of Law, overseeing continuing legal education programs for lawyers associated with the Nassau County Bar Association, the largest suburban bar association in the country. He has also moderated, chaired, and lectured at various programs on professional ethics, negligence law, and law office management, and is a two-time recipient of the President's Award for outstanding contributions to the Bar Association. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer to community and professional organizations on such topics as "Anatomy of A Lawsuit," "Choosing and Using A Lawyer," "Protecting Yourself If You Have An Accident," and "Give Yourself An Insurance Checkup." Mr. Landau is also a past president of the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County, Inc.

Mr. Landau is also a frequent contributor and author of a series of articles entitled "Negligence Corner" in The Nassau Lawyer, and is the host of a weekly radio show called "Law You Should Know" (WHPC 90.3 FM), broadcast every Monday at 4:00 pm, Tuesday at 1:00 pm, and Sunday at 7:00 am at www.ncc.edu/whpc. 

Mr. Landau is AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. In addition, Mr. Landau has been named and recognized among "Long Island's Top Legal Eagles" (Personal Injury Law) by Long Island Pulse Magazine.


Lawrence C.

Great detail

Susan K.

Very comprehensive course. We'll done.

Erik G.

Different than I expected, but I can see the value to an attorney who practice specifically in auto accidents (especially defense).

Michael B.


Russ R.

Very good.

Hirobumi A.

Very good checklist of what to look for when representing either plaintiff or defendant in tort litigation.

John F.

OK course.

Mary F.

Loved the props

Jason S.


Donna W.

The faculty was exceptionally thorough and pointed out some very practical ways to handle potentially complicated issues.

James K.

An excellent refresher course

Lawrence R. F.

excellant course for beginning practitioner

Julia A.

The toys were priceless. the content was too simple for me but I could not stop laughing so -- thank you

janine s.

very helpful

Shawn F.

This was information I already knew, but was a good review. I was hoping to get more out of it.

Damian P.

Liked the props.

Gerard F.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Anthony M.

I particularly enjoyed the application of demonstrative aides employed in this presentation.


Kenny did a great job

Danielle M.

Good Course; relevant to my practice.

Julie A. B.

Helpful presentation of common tort scenarios such as the tort scene investigation, distracted while driving, pre-existing conditions, and post-accident consequences.

Carla K.

Good introduction Thank you

John B.

Good overview

Paul S.


Pamela C.

Very detailed.

Nicholas C.


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