• 17 minutes

Taking and Defending Depositions


Learn why being prepared is vital to a good deposition.

Taking time for preparation before a deposition is important and worth the time invested. From creating an outline to reference during the deposition that will help you the main questions but won't make you sound like a robot reading off a list, to having your documents and exhibits numbered and in order so you are not fumbling through them during the deposition, these steps taken in advance will be incredibly helpful while you are taking or defending a deposition. This video reviews effective questioning and discusses the importance of keeping a clean record - if you didn't put it on the record then it didn't happen.

Runtime: 17 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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