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How Cases Are Won and Lost at Depositions - Top Tips for the Successful Practitioner

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Produced on December 17, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 15m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

Depositions are the foundation and building blocks of any successful lawsuit. The ramifications of poor testimony given by a witness can have fatal consequences both for a Plaintiff or Defendant, while a well-prepared attack of a witness at deposition can solidify testimony that will lead to a winning result. As such, depositions can often be the single most important part of any lawsuit.

This program, presented by Matthew Fein of the law firm of Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C., provides strategic tactics for pre-deposition preparation, defending your client, obtaining winning testimony when on the offense, and post-deposition follow-up. The course will also focus on important steps both pre- and post-deposition, and teach how to make any case more valuable or defensible.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Successfully prepare yourself and your file pre-deposition in order to question a witness effectively
  2. Obtain the skills to effectively defend your client at deposition
  3. Explore how to properly be on the offensive when questioning a witness and obtain winning answers to prove your prima facie lawsuit
  4. Identify the necessary post-deposition steps, so that the information you’ve obtained can be utilized properly at the conclusion of a lawsuit

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.

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Matthew Fein

Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C.

Commitment, tireless effort and compassion are the mantras that Matthew Fein has followed in his law career since first being admitted to the Bar in 1997. Having spent his entire career in the area of Civil Litigation and Personal Injury, Mr. Fein prides himself on his personal relationships with his clients and with fellow members of the Bar and Judiciary as the keys to his success .

A 1992 Bachelor of Arts graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and a 1997 cum laude graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Matthew is admitted to practice in both the State and Federal Courts of New York, New Jersey and The District of Columbia.

He has been with Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C., since 2000 and based upon his contributions to the firm was named partner in 2013. As one of the firm’s Trial Attorneys, he handles a wide variety of legal matters including, construction and work site accidents, premises liability, motor vehicle litigation, medical and professional malpractice and products liability. In these areas, he has taken many cases to verdict and settlement, having obtained significant recoveries for his clients.

Mr. Fein also handles the firm’s depositions and motion practice in its complex cases and has argued Appellate matters for the firm having appeared regularly before both the 1st and 2nd Judicial Departments of the State of New York.

He is an active member of many professional organizations such as The New York State Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice and New York County Lawyers Association.

In his personal life, he holds many noteworthy positions such as his seat on the Executive Board of Directors and as a Trustee for the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation in Old Westbury, New York and President of the Bayside, Queens Chapter of Business Networking International.

When not in the courtroom, he is an avid mariner and sports fan and resides on Long Island with his wife and three children.


Amie G.

Excellent information. Great lawyer.

Lillian K.

Great course!!!

Catherine E.

Very helpful and informative. I really liked the fact that he handled both offensive and defensive tactics for depositions

Lauren T.

Engaging and informative!

Marc B.

Excellent presenter

Iris G.

great examples

Maureen L.

Excellent presentation. Good, concise tips. Very practical.

Louis C.

Very practical and helpful.

Thomas M.

Excellent presentation

Margaret C.

Lots of good information

Maggie G.

Finally a tort based CLE from both defense and plaintiff perspective. Thank you. Nicely done.

Nicole S.

Excellent presentation

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