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Purpose of Depositions


Don't be intimidated by depositions.

Some attorneys may find themselves intimidated by the idea of depositions and often do not understand how to take the mystery out of taking a deposition. The main purpose of taking a deposition is to gather information. Trial preparation should be the focus of any deposition; however, depositions may also be used to preserve witness testimony. This video reviews the purpose of depositions and how they can be used in trial.

Runtime: 6 minutes



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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