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Taking and defending depositions for lay and expert witnesses

David A. Sonenshine

Taking and defending depositions for lay and expert witnesses

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Published by Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (5080 Ritter Rd., Mechanicsburg 17055-6903) .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Depositions,
  • Discovery (Law)

  • Edition Notes

    SeriesPBI -- no. 2011-6667, PBI (Series) -- no. 2011-6667.
    ContributionsPennsylvania Bar Institute
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsKFP537 .S67 2011
    The Physical Object
    Paginationviii, 118 p. ;
    Number of Pages118
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL25004152M
    LC Control Number2010940931
    OCLC/WorldCa741517866

    In today’s world, it should be no surprise that many cases are won or lost on the basis of expert witness testimony. See, e.g., Matthew D. Taggart, “How to Prepare for and Manage the Depositions of Expert Witnesses,” Los Angeles Lawyer, Jul.-Aug. One of the biggest challenges for litigators may be how to best equip their retained experts with the tools to succeed in a deposition. Mastering the Art of. The Missouri Bar P.O. Box Jefferson City, MO Taking & Defending Effective Depositions. Nonprofit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID .


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Taking and defending depositions for lay and expert witnesses by David A. Sonenshine Download PDF EPUB FB2

Effective deposition skills are critical to a successful personal injury practice. Information gained during depositions of lay witnesses and expert witnesses impacts trial strategy and settlement discussions.

Obtaining or protecting critical information during depositions is key to a positive—or negative—case outcome. (Yes, really--a book about taking and defending depositions.) This compact book is well organized, well written, and will appeal to all litigators, whether you have just passed the bar, or have been practicing for decades.

Take advantage of Mr. Israel’s experience, wit, and wisdom. You will feel confident walking into the deposition. HEY ALI CLE: START PUBLISHING THIS BOOK AGAIN. IT'S 5/5(3).

Written by the best-selling author of Winning at Trial, this book shows beginning and experienced attorneys how to win at deposition every time. With the first chapter explaining all the ins and outs of taking and defending a deposition, the remainder of the book reveals strategies that will help every lawyer vastly improve his deposition skills/5(56).

taking and defending depositions of both lay and expert witnesses. Through hands-on exercises held in small workshop groups, you will receive individual attention and critiques of your skills. You will be paired with colleagues who have similar years in practice.

As the attorney who is preparing to depose an expert witness, you must be certain of the objectives for taking the deposition. The basic purpose for taking the deposition should be twofold: (1) to determine the expert’s opinions and conclusions and (2) to undermine and limit the impact of the expert’s opinions and Size: KB.

In one case, I read 20 prior depositions to prepare for an expert’s deposition. There were many, many more out there – I stopped at the year mark in order to have some limit. Case law has limited the practitioner’s ability to get access to prior IME reports based on privacy concerns.

The Deposition Handbook This is the definitive text on taking and defending depositions, now in a revised fifth edition. The Deposition Handbook provides guidance to every lawyer, from those with no experience to those with a high level of proficiency. There is actually a fourth thing to defend—yourself.

You need to defend your reputation for competent, ethical lawyering. Your reputation is not enhanced when you make spurious, unnecessary objections, when your witness is ill-prepared for the deposition, or if your client’s regard for the truth is suspect.

Defending your first deposition is an exciting milestone in the career of any young litigator. Though you will not be “taking” the deposition, do not be lulled into thinking that no preparation is necessary.

The following checklist will help you cover the bases in preparing to defend your first deposition. PREPARE YOUR Size: 41KB. First, the taking of depositions enables an attorney to observe the expert witness and evaluate his potential effect on a jury.

The attorney is also being granted a rehearsal with this witness prior to trial, which enables theFile Size: KB. In order to handle objections effectively at expert witness depositions, you must bear in mind the special nature of attorneys’ communications with experts, which differ in important ways from communications with lay witnesses.

Attorneys are allowed and expected to help shape expert witness testimony. That is not the case for lay witnesses. Subpoena for Taking Depositions (a) Form; Contents; Scope. The attendance of a witness at the taking of depositions may be compelled by subpoena, issued and served as prescribed by R.

insofar as applicable, and subject to the protective provisions of R. and R. immediately applicable deposition techniques and strategies. Your recorded workshops allow you to practice taking and defending depositions of both lay and expert witnesses.

Through hands-on exercises held in small workshop groups, you will receive individual attention and critiques of your skills. Attendance is mandatory for all classes, both weekends. Participants take and defend depositions of lay and expert witnesses with critiques by and guidance from some of New Mexico’s best trial lawyers.

Register Now. For more information contact Cheryl Burbank at [email protected] or. Tips for Taking a Deposition of an Expert Witness.

In many cases, expert depositions are crucial discovery events in the litigation. Often, a plaintiff’s case, or a portion of the case, cannot be established without expert testimony. Preparation and implementation of a well-thought-out plan to establish or rebut themes or evidence is key.

for your first expert deposition as well as some guidelines for taking the deposi-tion. Following these strategies will allow you to go into the deposition feeling con-fident that you know what you are doing, and most importantly, that you will do a good job.

Preparing for the Deposition. Nolo’s Deposition Handbook is a must-read for anyone taking, defending or facing a deposition.

You’ll find all the information and instructions you need, whether or not a lawyer is representing you. Packed with concrete suggestions and examples, this book explains how to arrange a convenient date, prepare for the deposition and respond to questions with Edition: 7th.

Topics covered in the lecture portion of the program include evidentiary rules regarding expert opinions, taking and defending expert depositions, how experts can help and hurt a case, direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, establishing and challenging expert qualifications, and advanced expert testimony techniques.

This CLE webinar will prepare medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys representing victims or defendants in nursing home injury cases to take or defend the depositions of expert witnesses. The panel will discuss best practices for preparing your expert for deposition, effectively questioning the opposing party's expert, raising or defending objections, and leveraging.

LAY WITNESS VS. EXPERT WITNESS Percipient witnesses– who, where, when, why, how, etc. Expert witnesses– background, training, experience in the field, and experience testifying Opinion testimony– methodology, margin of error, Daubert, Video Depositions– when needed for discovery and/or trial Use of exhibits 10File Size: 1MB.

Needless to say, this information proved very useful at deposition. _____ There have been many books written about how to conduct depositions. The most important factor about taking a doctor’s deposition has, in my opinion, been the experience of the attorney doing the questioning.

Anyone can read from a list of prepared questions. Taking and Defending Depositions. Stuart M. Israel. ALI-ABA, - Law - pages. 0 Reviews. Advice for lawyers on how to take and defend depositions. Preview this book. For everything you need to know about taking and defending depositions of both expert and lay witnesses, turn to CEB’s California Civil Discovery Practice, chap 6.

And get step by step guidance through the basics of selecting, preparing, and examining an expert witness in CEB’s program Preparing and Examining Expert Witnesses: Reports, Depositions, and Cross-Examination.

But instead of a flag, the typical product of an expert’s deposition is a carload of quibbles that lawyer and expert fight over in the trial to the boredom and annoyance of both judge and jury.

Introduction - Why Attorneys Make Objections During Depositions Attorneys who defend witnesses during depositions are not supposed to interfere with the attorneys asking questions unless they ask questions that (1) will invite witnesses to divulge privileged information, or (2) were prohibited by court orders, or (3) could not lead to the discovery of relevant evidence.

8. Expert Witness Deponents Part Two: Taking and Defending Depositions 9. The Lay of the Discovery Landscape Defending a Deposition Taking a Deposition: Deposing a Hostile Witness Taking a Deposition: Responding to a Defending Attorney’s Roadblocks Taking a Deposition: Deposing a Friendly Witness Visually Recorded Brand: NOLO.

Tips for Examining Experts at Deposition & Trial from the Plaintiff, Defendant & Judge Perspectives This one-hour program will arm you with specific techniques to get the most out of taking and defending expert depositions and to be more effective at presenting and crossing expert witnesses in trial.

Here are the top 7 tips for taking your first deposition. × Join Over Defending my first deposition, I felt compelled to object even when I had no basis. Expert witness deposition in a. Deposition Strategies in Divorce and Custody Cases: Taking and Defending Depositions of Parties, Lay Witnesses and Experts Leveraging Deposition Testimony During Discovery, Settlement and Trial •The deposition of an expert witness is the culmination of theFile Size: KB.

Defending the deposition of an uncooperative witness. §; Four techniques for closing a deposition when your adversary tries to leave it open. §; Deposing expert witnesses. The 8 goals of all expert depositions. §A “Many attorneys are unaware of the limited scope of privilege, if any, that applies to discussions he has with and documents he gives to his expert witness.” Inquire into all documents and.

When being put to use, you will see these broad hypotheticals being asked during the depositions of corporate representatives, expert witnesses, and even at times fact witnesses. Because lay witness testimony must always be rationally based upon his or her perceptions, any hypothetical posed to a fact witness should be followed with an Written: Expert depositions are exempted from the normal “discovery cutoff” 30 days before trial.

Parties may depose experts from the time they are identified up to 15 days before trial, and a motion to enforce discovery regarding expert practice tips BY MATTHEW D. TAGGART How to Prepare for and Manage the Depositions of Expert Witnesses. MoBarCLE Mastering the Art of Taking & Defending Effective Depositions continuing legal education program.

with documentary evidence • Lay witness preparation • Expert witness. Preparing Your Witness For A “Reptile” Deposition By Alex Craigie In my last post, I attempted to describe what has come to be known as the Reptile technique of discovery and trial presentation, as advocated in the book, Reptile: the Manual of the Plaintiff’s : Alex Craigie.

He is a frequent lecturer on litigation related topics including taking and defending depositions, trial techniques, witness preparation, and oral persuasion. His full day deposition course has been presented to thousands of lawyers and experts nationwide, and is available on DVD at Effective Depositions is a comprehensive, practical guide through every stage of the deposition process.

It concisely covers the law of depositions and related discovery issues and gives you a clear, thorough understanding of the process and its practical challenges and pitfalls so that you can make the best use of the opportunities the process offers.

Effectively prepare your witnesses; defend the deposition; deal with obstreperous counsel; get the answers with time constraints; optimize information from expert witnesses; test theories; and close avenues of escape.

Whether you are new to depositions or want to refresh your skills, this class will give you the tools you need to be successful. Taking and defending the deposition of the lay witness (56 min., 50 sec.) --t. 3 Preparing the expert deponent (48 min., 1 sec.) --t.

4 Taking and defending the deposition of the expert witness (59 min., 52 sec.). Other Titles: Preparing the lay witness for deposition Taking and defending the deposition of the lay witness.

Construction Expert Witness many lawyers defending depositions forgo the opportunity to ask their witness questions at the end of the deposition. “Traditionally, defending counsel did not ask any questions at the deposition of the party witness or a friendly witness.” you may need this witness to lay the foundation for trial.

Cross examination of a witness is permitted C. Having the witness mark exhibits is also permitted VI. Depositions do have limits: A. No depositions of experts B. Fact witnesses only (except medical malpractice actions) C. Cannot depose Independent Medical Examination Doctor or treating doctors, in the absence of special circumstances.

Mississippi Rules Regarding Expert Witness Depositions and Interrogatories There is no general right to depose expert witnesses in Mississippi, even those that are expected to testify at trial.

However, Rule 26(b)(4)(A)(ii) of the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure provides that, upon motion, a court may order discovery beyond the generally allowed means, discussed in [ ].Analysis Defending Depositions: An Active Task That Requires Careful Planning, Preparation In her Litigation column, Shira Forman writes: As compared with the strategic task of taking a.Expert witnesses are frequently inadequately prepared by retaining counsel for their depositions.

In traveling across the United States and working with experts, this refrain and complaint has been expressed to the authors over and over again by experts from all disciplines.