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Tackling the Deposition: The Skills You Need to Control the Room

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Produced on February 24, 2019

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Course Information

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

Course Description

In his latest program, seasoned personal injury practitioner Charles Bonfante will assist attorneys in honing their deposition skills so as to better control witnesses and their adversaries, while making their own client more comfortable. In addition to discussing best practices for conducting a deposition itself, Mr. Bonfante will also provide tips for preparing the deposition so attorneys are prepared and confident when they walk into the room.

By sharing proven strategies, Mr. Bonfante will give attendees insight into how seasoned litigators and successful trial lawyers conduct depositions. The program will help attorneys maximize the opportunities often wasted at depositions and likewise, maximize their chances of success in overall scheme of the lawsuit. The program will integrate controlling law (case law, statute and Court Rules), practical concerns, and ethical considerations, as well as specific methods to enable even the least experienced attorneys to depose a witness like a seasoned veteran. Additional topics to be covered include the use of depositions in trial.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify best practices for preparing for a deposition
  2. Develop strategies to successfully depose any witness
  3. Become familiar with controlling law governing depositions, and applicable ethical considerations
  4. Gain tips to help your client become more comfortable in a deposition
  5. Discuss how to use depositions to prepare for trial, and how to use depositions during a trial

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

Credit Information

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Charles Bonfante

Bonfante Law Firm

Charles Bonfante has been representing accident victims for almost two decades.

Before starting his own firm, he was a valued member of the legal department for GEICO insurance. Working for a major insurance company has given Charles a valuable perspective that sets him apart from the many personal injury firms on Long Island.

Mr. Bonfante’s professional life is now focused solely on fighting for the rights of accident victims.

While most lawyers have a job, and some aspire to a career, Charles Bonfante has a true calling. Fighting for the rights of the injured is what drives Charles Bonfante each day.

Charles Bonfante has also repeatedly obtained unusually high jury verdicts for his clients.

Unlike volume firms, Mr. Bonfante has built his practice on attention to each client’s particular needs. Mr. Bonfante values each client as an individual and truly cares about the outcome of every case he takes on.

Charles Bonfante is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, The Nassau Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Charles Bonfante has also earned:

  • The prestigious AV Rating of Pre Eminent by Martindale Hubble
  • Avvo Client’s Choice Award for 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • 2017 N.Y. Metro Area Super Lawyers
  • 2018 N.Y. Metro Area Super Lawyers
  • Better Business Bureau A+ Rating


Kenneth B.

Entertaining and informative thank you

Leah D.

Liked the presentation

John S.

Great real-word approach to explaining the topic.

Anelga D.

Fantastic presentation. Very engaging and informative.

Delia G.


Catherine P. O.

Only NY content. Would have liked NJ content also.

Edward M.

This should be mandatory viewing in every plaintiff's PI Law Firm. The most practical CLE I have seen. Well done.

Lisa K.

Really liked this presenter. Material was helpful and presentation was interesting and informative.

Alphonso D.


Amie G.


Tor S.

Very nice.

Amanda A.

Best CLE I've ever taken.

Ingrid Olsen T.

This was one of the best CLEs ever. I only wish I could have heard his all-day version of this lecture.

Diane M.

Very informative.

Paul N.

Excellent presentation with real guidance and practical tips for handling depositions

Angelo U.

lot of energy, good lecture

Robert P.

Very good presenter. Made the topic interesting.

Alexander T.

Very good intro for new lawyers

Arlene G.

good job

Michelle S.

Instructor was excellent. I would like to see longer, more detailed courses on depositions from this instructor.

Carla K.

Great speaker authentic and important points

Julie A. B.

Presenter enthusiastically shared how seasoned litigators and successful trial lawyers conduct depositions.


Certainly an excellent program for newer attorneys, but not for attorneys with litigation experience.

Danielle M.

great content, great real life examples and case law

Mark R.

Very useful!

Kathryn K.

Tx for the detailed and insightful view of the materials - from a seasoned trial attorney. The class was fun!

Christian C.

His personal experiences fit well into the material

Angela H.

Excellent presentation, great tips. Wish I'd watched this before I'd started taking depositions.

Eric R.


Jerold S.


Joel W.

Very well done and informative

Jonathan W.


gillian b.

The speaker was very engaging and gave many useful examples.

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