Advanced Depositions Strategy and Practice

Phillip H. Miller & Paul J. Scoptur

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Authors Phillip Miller and Paul Scoptur, contributors and course advisors for the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America [ATLA®]) Advanced Depositions College, bring you a comprehensive book on depositions.

A successful deposition is the direct result of thoughtful planning and preparation. In Advanced Depositions Strategy and Practice, Miller and Scoptur reveal proven tactics for how to elicit the information you need to support your case theory and craft a cohesive, convincing trial theme.

The authors provide techniques for a focused case analysis and show you how to effectively navigate through the obstacles you will encounter during depositions. In addition to strategy, this book provides a wealth of specific examples from real case depositions. You will learn how to:

  • Nail down case-critical facts
  • Decide on questioning approaches
  • Use juror attitudes and beliefs to your advantage
  • Obtain all useful information from each deponent
  • Maintain control of each witness's testimony
  • Handle evasive, hostile, uncooperative, opposing, and expert witnesses


Paperback: 360 pages; 1st editon (2013); ISBN: 978-1934833827
Publisher: Trial Guides, LLC; AAJ
  1. Publisher's Note
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction

  4. Understanding Juror Attitudes and Beliefs
  5. Develop a Deposition Plan
  6. Open-Ended Questions and Exhaustion
  7. Estimating Dates, Distances, Time, or Measurement
  8. Restating and Summarizing
  9. Boxing In
  10. Establishing Rules, Principles, and Standards through Defense Witnesses
  11. Expert Depositions
  12. Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner
  13. Dealing with Evasive Witnesses
  14. Focus Groups and Strategic Case Planning
  15. Innovative Approaches to Depositions
  16. Lawyer Conduct during Depositions

  17. Epilogue: The Finish Line
  18. Appendix A: Trucking 30 (b)(6) Deposition Outline
  19. Appendix B: Nursing Home 30(b)(6) Deposition Outline
  20. Appendix C: One Fact, One Question
  21. Appendix D: Transcripts Using the Drivers Manual and Rules of the Road Method
  22. Appendix E: Medical Literature to Use at Deposition
  23. Appendix F: Applicable Federal Rules
  24. Bibliography
  25. Index
  26. About the Authors

Also included with book: DVD

What Legal Leaders Are Saying

No one in America understands and teaches techniques for depositions that devastate defenses better than Miller and Scoptur—no one.

— Jim Lees, member of the American Association for Justice and West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
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Useful and pragmatic.
Very useful and pragmatic advice and examples for taking a quality deposition.
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Lawrence H.
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Very straightforward and intuitive way of learning to master deposition.
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Great combination of philosophy and
Great combination of philosophy and practicality! Highly recommend. Great examples too. Many directly apply to my cases.
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