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Taking the Mystery out of Depositions

 

Preparing witnesses, taking and defending

The main purpose of taking a deposition is to gather information and trial preparation should be the focus of any deposition. Depositions may also be used to preserve witness testimony as well as using in motion for summary judgment, to assess the other party’s willingness to settle, and for impeachment or to use at trial. This white paper reviews the rules of the road, the civil rules applicable to deposition, which are governed by Rule 30; as well as how to prepare your client for deposition.

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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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