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Taking the Mystery out of Depositions: Preparing Witnesses, Taking and Defending

 

Master the fundamental concepts in taking and defending effective depositions.

Many attorneys are intimidated by depositions and often do not understand how to take the mystery out of them. They especially do not understand how to ask questions, how to properly prepare witnesses or how to use exhibits. This content helps attorneys learn how to ask proper questions, how to prepare witnesses and how to defend depositions. This material also explains proven methods for using exhibits during depositions. A good deposition assists the parties in evaluating settlement posture.

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J.D. Smith

J.D. Smith

Law Office of J.D. Smith PLLC

  • Veteran personal injury attorney at Law Office of J.D. Smith, PLLC
  • Prior claims adjuster, underwriter and defense attorney
  • 60 civil jury trials to verdict; more than 100 arbitrations and more than 1,000 depositions
  • Former member of the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates; former president of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; advocate member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Professionalism Award, Washington State Association of Justice (WSAJ)
  • Instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • J.D. degree, Texas A&M School of Law, undergraduate degree, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Can be contacted at 206-588-8530 or [email protected]
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Taking the Mystery out of Depositions: Preparing Witnesses, Taking and Defending

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