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Taking & Defending Effective Depositions and Ethical Considerations Benefits:
24/7 On-demand Downloadable CLE Seminar & Podcast
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Today, few cases ever reach trial or a jury. In recent years, the depositions of opposing parties and key witnesses have grown to take the place of trials and serve as an integral factor in resolving disputes and shaping settlements. Cases are evaluated and frequently settled on information obtained at depositions. Taught by several leading trial attorneys, this teleconference examines the steps required to prepare witnesses for deposition, take & defend effective depositions, use a deposition to your client’s advantage at trial, common issues that arise during depositions, and techniques on deposing a lay witness. Skillful questioning of a witness during a deposition can yield valuable insight for further discovery and trial preparedness. It also can assist in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your witnesses, as well as those of the opposing counsel. A must for both new and seasoned trial lawyers, this telephonic seminar discusses how to depose a witness confidently, including how to begin the deposition, manage hostile witnesses, exhaust recollection, and handle exhibits, objections, and opposing counsel. Follow our lecturers as they share how to use depositions at trial, and remain ethical and professional throughout the deposition process. Agenda:Overview and Preparation of the Witness
1. effective Use of Witness Preparation Materials
2. Considering the Objectives of Your Opponent
3. Explaining the Process to the Witness
4. Ethical Pitfalls: When Preparation Goes Too Far
5. Putting the Witness at Ease
6. Theory and Theme of the Case
7. Instructions to the Deponent
8. Rehearsing the Deposition & Mock Depositions Taking & Defending the Deposition
1. Starting the Deposition
2. Background of the Witness & the Witness’s Business
3. Exhausting Recollection
4. Deposing A Lay Witness
5. Dealing with Conversations
6. Strategic Use of Exhibits & Document Management during the Deposition
7. Contending with Hostile Witnesses
8. Bold Admissions
9. Locking-in the Deponent
10. Ending or Adjourning the Deposition
11. Defending the Deposition Ethical Considerations
1. Boundaries of Zealous Advocacy
2. Power of Officer of Court
3. Dealing with threats from Opposing Counsel
4. Calling off the Deposition
5. Involving the Court in Contemptuous Deposition
6. Motion for Fees & Sanctions
7. Documenting Errors & Unethical Behavior
8. Managing Difficult Opposing Counsel Question & Answer SessionBiography of Seminar Faculty:
1. Kevin Knight
is a Board Certified by The Florida Bar and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Lawyer. He has litigated numerous cases related to personal injury claims, administrative law, labor & employments, real estate, and corporate disputes. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Knight has worked in the transactional areas of real estate sales and leasing, computer publishing and software development, corporations, and employment contracts. Over the course of his career, he has represented several clients in matters related to bankruptcy, in both debtor and creditor roles. His administrative practice has included representing individuals such as firefighters before the appropriate retirement and pension boards and contractors on challenges to bid awards. He is a Partner at deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzarias & Neal.
2. John Campbell
is a senior Partner at Constangy, Brooks & Smith, where he focuses on labor & employment litigation. He has tried numerous jury trials involving every aspect of the employment relationship, as well as many personal injury, commercial and construction claims. He has defended individual and class action claims involving allegations of discrimination and harassment in every protected category: disability, age, religion, race, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender, public and private Whistleblower claims, FMLA, Equal Pay Act, FLSA (individual and collectives) and ERISA, as well as cases involving claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring, supervision and retention, assault and battery, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, misrepresentation and fraud, tortious interference and breach of contract and cases asserting class action claims. Mr. Campbell also counsels employers in problem prevention and legal analysis of complex employment issues. He is AV rated and has been listed as a Super Lawyer for numerous years.
3. Spencer Aronfeld
has enjoyed powerful courtroom victories over Walt Disney World,
Wild Oats, P.A.C. Construction, Fedan Tire, and Todel Apartments. He is a cum laude graduate of the University Of Miami School Of Law. Upon graduation, he founded his own firm and has dedicated his career to representing individuals against corporate giants, such as the Florida Marlins, Bayside Marketplace, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Dade County, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Royal Caribbean Cruises, State Farm Insurance Company, United Automobile Insurance Company, and International Airplane Leasing. Aronfeld earned international recognition after his first jury trial, when an Orlando, Florida jury awarded his Uruguayan clients a $100,000.00 verdict against Walt Disney World. Before trial, Disney had offered his clients only $1,200.00. That verdict remains one of the largest in a personal injury case against the Mouse and his legal battle was recounted in the book, Disney, the Mouse Betrayed. The story is currently in preproduction with a major Hollywood studio. Aronfeld graduated from the Trial Lawyer College, a non-profit institution founded and directed by legendary trial lawyer, Gerry Spence in Dubois, Wyoming. Aronfeld has hosted his own weekly radio talk show and lectures frequently around the country. He has appeared on the Today Show, Court TV, Primer Impacto, Montel, Dateline NBC, America’s Most Wanted, The Insider and CNN. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and recognized as a Super Lawyers. Who should attend this seminar?
Attorneys, paralegals, and legal professionals.
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