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Learn Deposition Techniques from a Leading Litigator
Depositions can make or break your case. This educational video is your chance to learn how to get the answers you need, from a master. This is an excellent introductory deposition technique video for newer lawyers learning basic deposition methods. It also helps experienced lawyers, who want to improve their case outcomes, by changing how they depose parties, corporate representatives, and expert witnesses.
David Markowitz is long recognized by Chambers USA as a top commercial litigator, consistently named in Best Lawyers in America, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Markowitz is nationally recognized as a leading authority in deposition strategy and methods. He is co-author of The Deposition Handbook, 6th Edition - the definitive book on depositions. For over 30 years, the treatise has been used by many of the world's largest law firms to teach the art of taking and defending depositions.
In this video, Markowitz shares important goals for legal discovery. He discusses the techniques used by leading litigators, including the most important questions you should ask. It also covers a key component of any deposition: knowing when to stop asking questions.
David demonstrates powerful and practical methods for getting the most out of your depositions, including both the best methods in taking the deposition of an opposing witness, as well as the best ways to defend depositions. He also addresses how to effectively use deposition testimony at trial.
This Deposition video covers the following topics:
- Determining goals and objectives
- Accomplishing desired results for your litigation
- How to ask questions effectively
- Using the correct question structure
- Dealing with evasive and incomplete answers by deponents
- Formulating tough and thorough questions
- Effectively ordering questions
- Big questions—if, how, and when to ask them
- How to deal with problematic witnesses such as lying witnesses, witnesses who can’t remember, and witnesses who exaggerate.
- Style and demeanor
- How you can prepare your witness
- How to conduct your witnesses preparation meetings
- Teaching your client how to be a terrific witness
- Protecting your client—including proper objections
- Overcoming objections to your questions
- Dealing with instructions not to answer
- How to work effectively with the court reporter and videographer
Whether you are new to trial practice or want to improve your case outcomes, don't miss this video.