Tips for Successfully Handling Any Deposition

(2493 Ratings)

Produced on: February 25, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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.


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the purpose and scope of a deposition
  2. Learn how to prepare yourself for a deposition
  3. Obtain practical guidance on how to appropriately and ethically prepare your witness
  4. Explore tips on how to ethically use social media as a means of investigating an adverse witness prior to his/her deposition
  5. Examine dos and Don’ts demonstrated through real life deposition testimony

  6. Review guidance on how to handle deposition exhibits



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


Faculty

Mirna Martinez Santiago

Acacia Network

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 founded the Rising Phoenix Center for Law & Politics (RisingPhoenixCenter.org) to introduce underprivileged and underrepresented middle and high school children to the law. 

Mirna lectures on an array of topics – with a focus on diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias – 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

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

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.    



Reviews

ER
Elan R.

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

JS
Jon S.

A good program to prepare attorneys for depositions. It covered the fundamentals.

GJ
Georgette J.

Very useful information

KM
Kathy M.

Excellent seminar!

FA
Folasade A.

Both presenters were great! Engaging, and knowledgeable in the subject matter. Thanks!

AL
abraham l.

Highly energized and interesting

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Iris G.

very interesting.

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lisa n.

best course i took!

KG
Kenneth T G.

Excellent presentation.

WB
william f b.

good outline

RM
robert m.

Top flight.

JS
Jason S.

Great CLE on Depositions

JM
jane M.

Well explained

OM
Odessa M.

great presenters

CM
Craig M.

Excellent presentation.

WD
William D.

good but basic

EG
Edward G.

Very knowledgeable, worked well together.

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Sarah S.

The presenters for this were great, and they expressed themselves very well. The information was very helpful.

JC
Jeanne C.

Excellent speakers. Appreciated their tempo also.

JL
James L.

Excellent

MM
Maria M.

Excellent program.

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Robyn R.

These two presenters were excellent. Their working together and their use of cases made material engaging and more memorable.

JL
Jem L.

Excellent!

JL
Jerrold L.

Concise-detailed

GA
Gene A.

Even though it's a beginner course, it provides a "refresher" for all attorneys practicing litigation.

WJ
William J.

Good course. Ably presented.

JB
John-Frederick B.

Very good practical tips on conduction and defending depositions.

AL
Alan L.

Like the practical examples

KG
Kim G.

I really enjoyed this webinar and was insightful to some things i had not really thought about

SE
Stanley E.

Great review of the subject

CL
Carl L.

Excellent. A comprehensive primer on conducting depositions

RG
Richard G.

excellent presentation

JS
Joanna S.

The presenters were engaging and did a great job.

PW
Peter W.

Well done.

JK
Jeffrey K.

Great panel and very informative.

JT
James T.

Very good presentation.

KS
Karen S.

Lively and informative- both speakers!

EG
Eleanor G.

the speakers were excellent and very knowledgeable about the topic and conveyed information clearly

RZ
Roger Z.

Superbly done.

MK
Martin K.

Full of very useful info, techniques and tips.

CM
Cary M.

Well presented

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Catherine E.

This was a simply fabulous CLE presentation! I really learned a lot!

GM
Gregg M.

very, very good basic class. both speakers were terrific

JF
Jeffrey F.

good presentation

BB
Barbara B.

Very good speakers.

JS
Joyce S.

Great presenters

CW
Catina W.

Don't practice insurance litigation, but the overall objectives are the same and information was quite helpful.

DM
Donald L. M.

Fine course

EZ
Elliott Z.

Excellent substance with an energetic presentation. Best course so far.

CD
Christine D.

Speakers were excellent

JT
Janice T.

Excellent advice.

SD
Susan D.

This was the best presentation on basic deposition practices that I have ever attended.

SM
Steven M.

A very well-organized presentation, very substantive with good practice tips.

RS
Ron S.

Great webinar; excellent Instructors.

SW
Sid W.

The program was well prepared and and well presented

GC
Gerald C.

excellent review

TM
Thomas M.

good discussion

AH
Allen H.

One of the best panels on deposition strategy and techniques I have heard.

GS
Gail S.

Great clarity

JM
Judith M.

Speakers were very knowledgeable and made the material easy to understand.

CV
Cindy V.

Helpful and entertaining at points.

SM
Samuel M.

Thoroughly enjoyed real stories that each speaker provided to emphasize the importance of their subject.

EK
Elizabeth K.

Very good

BO
Barbara O.

Excellent presenters for both novice and experienced depo takers!

CW
Chet W.

Solid presentation, but very elementary for an experienced litigator. Some good refreshers though.

SM
Stephanie M.

Great team of presenters. Very practical

FJ
Frederick J.

Both instructors are highly competent to administer this course.

CO
Charis O.

Great discussion about listening during a deposition with good examples.

JK
John K.

This program was super entertaining - so entertaining I'm tempted to make my non-lawyer friends and relatives listen to it.

CN
Carole N.

Excellent presentation. Very useful

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Julia S.

Very clear and helpful.

VS
Vincent S.

Well done

RK
Richard Eric K.

Very good presentation and CLE.

LE
Lawrence E.

very good

BY
B.Casey Y.

good overview of developments in Deposition techniques

SP
Steven P.

excellent

EM
Erica M.

I enjoyed the presenters. They had great chemistry which made a rather slow topic, interesting and fun.

AW
Adam W.

Very good session. Speakers were knowledgeable and had great pace to the presentation.

DL
Diana L.

The real life examples were truly helpful. Thank you!

SB
Susan M. B.

Both speakers were engaging and presented material in captivating manner.

BB
Brian B.

The lecture was informative

SC
Stephen C.

excellent

CK
Charles K.

Great program for beginners

PA
Patrick A.

Good course to refresh preparations.

MN
Michael N.

I gained so much knowledge

BD
Brian D.

Very Good!

GW
gail w.

VERY USEFUL

LH
Lisa H.

Best one yet!

MM
Michael M.

Great information. Thank you.

DM
Donald M.

Yes. Very good and informative presentation.

MC
Mark C.

Informative

RM
Robert M.

well done

RS
Raymond S.

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

AD
Augustin D.

The 8 tips were helpful and very useful

PH
Paul H.

very nice capsule overview of depositions for new attorneys

CW
Cherrie W.

These presenters were extremely knowledgeable and I appreciated their real world examples and practice tips.

JK
John K.

The speaker keeps it interesting from beginning to end!!!

LG
Lloyd G.

Excellent Primer

PW
Paul W.

Solid program.

AH
Angela H.

Excellent presentation by both attorneys.

SC
Steven C.

Great energy by the two speakers. Best I the bundle

HL
Harold L.

Good course.

DL
Donald L.

Very well paced and interesting speakers

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Joan S.

Very good team presentation.

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Tony T.

Very informative. Well Presented.

AW
Andrea W.

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.

RB
Richard B.

Excellent program. While I knew many of the rules, great refresher.... Also good info on using social media.

BW
Brenda W.

Excellent and informative presentation. Clearly presented information with perfect clarity and pacing! Best one thus far!

JM
Joseph M.

Very well presented program and extremely interesting and informative, even to attorneys like myself who are not litigators

JB
Jeffrey B.

Instructors were engaged and engaging. Great pace. Great class.

RC
Rachel C.

Really engaging speakers and excellent information. Thank you!

WS
William S.

Excellent presentation, speakers were concise and used examples to highlight certain points.

TM
Therese M.

A very informative presentation

KF
Kathleen F.

Excellent presentation

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sheila c.

Very good tips

DL
Diane L.

excellent

LG
Lisa G.

Best CLE program I've seen in years. Excellent advice. Thank you.

TC
Theresa C.

This was a great presentation-very clear, useful examples, and delivered well.

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michael a.

very informative

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Martha A.

Excellent

CM
Colleen M.

This was really a good one. Great presenters.

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Christine H.

Very informative!

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RON M.

Best jawline program I've heard yet!

JF
Joseph F.

Excellent program with great insights.

EM
Edward M.

Good presentation of the basics.

SC
Stephen C.

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.

JB
Julie A. B.

Practical advice for new attorneys or experienced attorneys making their debut into litigation.

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