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The Alpha and Omega of Depositions

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Description: The two presenters, Dennis Suplee and Sam Silver, will deal with 60 questions in 60 minutes, including:
1.Why should you take a deposition?
2. Why should you not take a deposition? 
3. “The usual stipulations” – What are they? Should you agree to them? What are the pitfalls if you do agree to them?
4. Where should you start your interrogation? With questions about the deponent’s education and employment history? Or with questions about the key event at issue in the litigation? How do you decide?
5. What should you do if opposing counsel gives an improper instruction not to answer? **
6. When can you confer privately with your deponent-client during the deposition? What is the current status of the case law as it has developed since Hall v. Clifton Precision?
7. How do you as the interrogator deal with comments from opposing counsel that suggest what the answer should be (including “If you know” and “If you remember”)? How do you as the interrogator deal with argumentative comments from opposing counsel?
8. Rule 30(e) says that the deponent can make “changes of form or substance” to his deposition answers? Can the deponent really change the substance of his deposition testimony after the fact?
9. In that situation (that is, where the deponent makes substantive changes to his testimony), what are the other side’s options?
10. Rule 30(b)(6) – Can the other side force you to produce “the most knowledgeable witness” on certain subjects? What should you, as counsel for the deponent, do if he is asked a question beyond the scope of the topics listed in the deposition notice?
11. Preparing the deponent to testify – Should you prepare him to “just answer the question, nothing more,” or to become a champion for your side of the case?
12. In what circumstances, should you take a video deposition? How can you make your use of a video deposition more effective at trial? Can you use video deposition snippets in your opening?
13. And much more.
Presenter Bios
Mr. Suplee, who served as Chairman of the Firm from 1992 to 1998, has handled a wide range of civil litigation. He regularly handles mediations and arbitrations, and is on the AAA National Roster of Mediators and Arbitrators.
Sam Silver, a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, formerly served as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. While Sam's practice has focused in several substantive areas, he is best known as a go-to trial lawyer who can and will take any matter into a courtroom. In addition to handling his caseload, Sam is regularly asked to teach on trial-related issues. Sam is also widely known for his oftenhigh-profile pro bono cases, which have included several capital and noncapital homicide cases.  
A commercial litigator, Sam has tried to verdict a variety of cases; he concentrates on representing global manufacturers of products in litigation and product safety matters. He has litigated disputes about intellectual property, healthcare, securities, banking and insurance coverage and more. He has also litigated restrictive covenants and theft of trade secrets claims in the context of departing employees. Sam has extensive experience representing members of the equestrian sport in a wide variety of matters. 
Sam is committed to pro bono work and capital case representation in particular. His accomplishments include successful retrials of two separate death-condemned inmates before juries, both cases resulting in unanimous verdicts for the defense. In its piece on the Anthony Wright case, Rolling Stone called Sam a "powerhouse trial attorney."   
His work also includes serving as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and teaching trial advocacy and other courses for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).

Practice Areas: Depositions, Litigation & Appeals, Trial Skills
Online Media Type: Video
Production Date: 09/27/2023
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 9 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand
Course Type: Public

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Expiration: 09/26/2026
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