• 45 minutes

Taking the Mystery Out of Depositions: Client Preparation


Review general tips to provide to your client.

Sometimes lawyers do too much talking. Of course, because it is their field, the clients that are deponents are looking to them for their expertise, so lawyers throw a bunch of knowledge at them and sometimes the client does great with all of that information and sometimes they don't. In many cases, when preparing a client for a deposition sometimes less is more. This video reviews the importance of meeting with the client before the deposition to get a good understanding of the type of client you have by using listening as your best asset and asking about their fears and concerns. Depositions can be an emotional and overwhelming experience for your client, and it is better to give them freedom during prep to express those emotions than to have them be anxious and fearful at the deposition.

Runtime: 44 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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