The deposition is easily the cornerstone of discovery; the one tool in the attorney’s toolbox that will likely elicit the most information for either prosecuting or defending your case. Yet, most attorneys do not know how to effectively handle a deposition.
What is the purpose of a deposition? What is the starting point of preparation for handling a deposition? What should be the attorney’s end-game? Where do most attorneys get tripped up?
This course, presented by attorneys Robert Permutt and Mirna Santiago, answers these questions and many more in a fun, practical and easy-to-follow guide for handling any deposition, whether you are a new attorney or an experienced attorney newly venturing into litigation.
Examine dos and Don’ts demonstrated through real life deposition testimony
Review guidance on how to handle deposition exhibits
This course originally appeared as a part of our February 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.
MIRNA MARTINEZ SANTIAGO is Deputy Counsel at one of the largest Latino not-for-profit organizations in the United States. Mirna has over 20 years of legal experience, handling a range of matters from torts to professional liability to insurance coverage to regulatory affairs.
She also created the Girls Rule the Law program to introduce underprivileged and underrepresented middle and high school girls to the law.
Mirna lectures on an array of topics – with a focus on diversity, inclusion, the elimination of bias and cultural competency – and has published on legal, as well as non-legal subjects.
Mirna has been featured in Latina Magazine and on NBC News speaking about the Afro-Latina experience.
Robert J. Permutt currently serves as a Commercial Zone Practice Group Leader for the Trial Division of Nationwide Insurance. In this capacity, he oversees the Commercial Litigation being handled by Trial Division attorneys in four Northeastern states. Prior to his current role, Robert served as a Lead Assistant General Counsel, supervising a team of attorneys that provided legal support to the Personal Lines Casualty Claims Organization for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. He also individually provided legal support to the New York Personal Lines Casualty Claims Organization.
Robert graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1991, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Robert then attended Brooklyn Law School, obtaining a Juris Doctorate in 1996.
Following his graduation from law school, Robert worked in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for four years, ending his tenure in the office’s Violent Felony Unit.
Upon leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Robert worked for two New York State insurance defense law firms, handling a varied case load including products liability, Labor Law, premises liability, municipal liability and automobile liability cases.
Robert then joined the House Counsel operations for Progressive Insurance Company, handling large loss exposures throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.
Robert is a frequent presenter at New York CLE programs having presented for the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Judicial Institute and the New York State Board of Law Examiners.
Robert served on the Executive Committee of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association from 2013 to 2016. On January 29, 2014, the Section honored him with the Committee Chairman of the Year award.
better than outstanding!
Excellent presentation. Although I've done countless depos, I still picked up quite a few good tips here.
Good refresher course. Thanks
Very well done
Effective and concise presentation on how to prepare for and conduct a deposition. Great job!
Excellent, Learned much more than I anticipated. Thanks!
great practical advice
Good overview. Well presented.
Very informative! A lot of practical nuts and bolts with a nice jolt of humor.
Extremely practical tips. Thank you Counselors!!
Two-presenters format is very energetic, more info and more complementarity, especially with these two passionate and intense experts! I would downgrade all my previous courses to 3...
Highly recommend; very fast paced, but very useful, not only for depositions but also for nearly all info gathering
Brought back fun deposition memories.
Very well done. fast moving, never dull
Informative and entertaining
I liked that they focussed social media discovery as that seems to be coming up a lot in my practice
Very well organized and informative.
Excellent. The course was practical and informative.
Speakers were great
Very helpful to
great practical advice!
This was an excellent presentation. It was directed, to the point and perfect for attorneys who do not litigate and want tips on litigating whether as Plaintiff or Defendant. - Thanks for that.
Excellent presentation - extremely helpful tips!
Excellent presentation of this very refreshing course.
Great CLE video.
Very interesting and helpful and also enjoyable.
Spectacular! The best CLE I have seen in my 24 years of practice!!!!
VERY VERY GOOD!
Very knowledgeable and seasoned faculty.
I enjoyed the presentation.
Great energy and informative
Some of the best presenters Great presentation Interesting format More than just a beginner course A lot of info for the time
The presenters were articulate and clear in their lecture.
Excellent course and excellent speakers
Very good presentation
Very thorough. Great information.
Very well done.
excellent practical tips for practitioner
Good and interesting examples.
fantastic presentation, especially for new attorneys. really liked the advice to use PJI to crystallize prima facie case and affirmative defenses in preparation for EBTs
A good program to prepare attorneys for depositions. It covered the fundamentals.
Very useful information
Both presenters were great! Engaging, and knowledgeable in the subject matter. Thanks!
Highly energized and interesting
best course i took!
Great CLE on Depositions
good but basic
Very knowledgeable, worked well together.
The presenters for this were great, and they expressed themselves very well. The information was very helpful.
Excellent speakers. Appreciated their tempo also.
These two presenters were excellent. Their working together and their use of cases made material engaging and more memorable.
Even though it's a beginner course, it provides a "refresher" for all attorneys practicing litigation.
Good course. Ably presented.
Very good practical tips on conduction and defending depositions.
Like the practical examples
I really enjoyed this webinar and was insightful to some things i had not really thought about
Great review of the subject
Excellent. A comprehensive primer on conducting depositions
The presenters were engaging and did a great job.
Great panel and very informative.
Very good presentation.
Lively and informative- both speakers!
the speakers were excellent and very knowledgeable about the topic and conveyed information clearly
Full of very useful info, techniques and tips.
This was a simply fabulous CLE presentation! I really learned a lot!
very, very good basic class. both speakers were terrific
Very good speakers.
Don't practice insurance litigation, but the overall objectives are the same and information was quite helpful.
Excellent substance with an energetic presentation. Best course so far.
Speakers were excellent
This was the best presentation on basic deposition practices that I have ever attended.
A very well-organized presentation, very substantive with good practice tips.
Great webinar; excellent Instructors.
The program was well prepared and and well presented
One of the best panels on deposition strategy and techniques I have heard.
Speakers were very knowledgeable and made the material easy to understand.
Helpful and entertaining at points.
Thoroughly enjoyed real stories that each speaker provided to emphasize the importance of their subject.
Excellent presenters for both novice and experienced depo takers!
Solid presentation, but very elementary for an experienced litigator. Some good refreshers though.
Great team of presenters. Very practical
Both instructors are highly competent to administer this course.
Great discussion about listening during a deposition with good examples.
This program was super entertaining - so entertaining I'm tempted to make my non-lawyer friends and relatives listen to it.
Excellent presentation. Very useful
Very clear and helpful.
Very good presentation and CLE.
good overview of developments in Deposition techniques
I enjoyed the presenters. They had great chemistry which made a rather slow topic, interesting and fun.
Very good session. Speakers were knowledgeable and had great pace to the presentation.
The real life examples were truly helpful. Thank you!
Both speakers were engaging and presented material in captivating manner.
The lecture was informative
Great program for beginners
Good course to refresh preparations.
I gained so much knowledge
Best one yet!
Great information. Thank you.
Yes. Very good and informative presentation.
This was an excellent course for young attorneys. It lets them know what should be done and more importantly WHY. I found it a great refresher for an experienced attorney as well
The 8 tips were helpful and very useful
very nice capsule overview of depositions for new attorneys
These presenters were extremely knowledgeable and I appreciated their real world examples and practice tips.
The speaker keeps it interesting from beginning to end!!!
Excellent presentation by both attorneys.
Great energy by the two speakers. Best I the bundle
Very well paced and interesting speakers
Very good team presentation.
Very informative. Well Presented.
I must say that I was very impressed with the presentations. I have done trial work for 25 years and some of these tips were new to me. I highly recommend the course. Concise, clear and valuable.
Excellent program. While I knew many of the rules, great refresher.... Also good info on using social media.
Excellent and informative presentation. Clearly presented information with perfect clarity and pacing! Best one thus far!
Very well presented program and extremely interesting and informative, even to attorneys like myself who are not litigators
Instructors were engaged and engaging. Great pace. Great class.
Really engaging speakers and excellent information. Thank you!
Excellent presentation, speakers were concise and used examples to highlight certain points.
A very informative presentation
Very good tips
Best CLE program I've seen in years. Excellent advice. Thank you.
This was a great presentation-very clear, useful examples, and delivered well.
This was really a good one. Great presenters.
Best jawline program I've heard yet!
Excellent program with great insights.
Good presentation of the basics.
Speaker knew his stuff and offered valuable tips for approaching depositions and the value of knowing what you want to achieve BEFORE you take the deposition.
Practical advice for new attorneys or experienced attorneys making their debut into litigation.