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How to Effectively Use Depositions in Trial

 

Learn how best to conduct depositions and how to prepare the materials so they are usable at trial.

Many attorneys believe you lose your case before the jury is sworn. What this means is if you have not properly prepared the case before trial, you will not be able to save the case during trial by winging it. This material will help attorneys prepare their cases so that all the necessary information and tools are at hand and in a usable, convincing format when the case is tried. We will discuss how to determine which witnesses to depose and why, whether to videotape the witnesses you do choose to depose and why, how to powerfully preserve testimony of witness you know or have reasonable concerns will not appear live at trial, how to use a discovery deposition to set up a powerful cross-examination of the opposing side's witness(es) at trial, and the proper evidentiary procedure for in-trial impeachment.

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Deborah J. Gander

Deborah J. Gander

Colson Hicks Eidson

  • Partner at Colson Hicks Eidson since 2002
  • Has dedicated her career to helping victims receive justice
  • Board certified civil trial lawyer with more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for her clients
  • Represents clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries or who have lost family members; also represents clients who face financial ruin because of insurance company bad faith
  • Has 20 verdicts exceeding $1 million
  • Includes an award that was the largest ever in a federal tort claims act case: $61 million for medical negligence at a Naval hospital, and was the first time in history the U.S. government was held liable for the acts of a doctor it alleged was an independent contractor
  • Achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and includes her in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Received the “Most Effective Lawyer” award for civil litigation in 2006 from the Daily Business Review
  • Has had two of her verdicts receive the Daily Business Review’s “Verdicts Hall of Fame Award”
  • Has been repeatedly named one of the “10 Best Attorneys in Florida” by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Is an elected member, executive board member, and President of the Miami-Dade chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Co-chaired the Civil Litigation Committee of the Dade County Bar Association
  • Continues to lecture for organizations including the American Bar Association and American Association for Justice
  • Graduate, magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law; served as an adjunct professor there for several years
  • Was a law clerk to the Honorable Peter T. Fay, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Can be contacted at 305-476-7400 or [email protected]
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