1,000’s of deposition questions are supported with strategy, law, practice tips, and thumbnail deposition outlines. Troublesome answers are annotated with commentary and follow-up questions. Covers auto accidents, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, employment discrimination and termination, and insurance coverage disputes.
Fast and Thorough Deposition Preparation
Creating an outline is the most efficient way of formalizing your preparation for a deposition.
Use the outlines and pattern questions in Deposition Checklists & Strategies to avoid omissions, improve your advocacy, and handle unfamiliar areas with confidence. You receive:
- Underlying law. Each chapter begins with a summary of the substantive law at issue. Also included is an analysis of common defenses.
- Deposition outlines. Each chapter contains several full-length deposition Q&A sections organized by issue, based on common fact patterns, and directed at specialized deponents like experts, corporate representatives, and treating physicians. The book’s questions are easy to mix and match with your own.
- Commentary. Thorny or common issues are annotated with practice-proven alternatives and solutions.
- Bonus outlines. Thumbnail checklists that contain themes and issues rather than question-and answer dialogue are provided for less-common deponents.
- Related discovery forms. Complaints, interrogatories, requests for admissions, requests to produce, and more finish each chapter.
- Practice tips. Sprinkled through each pattern deposition is practical advice learned from hundreds of depositions.
Each pattern deposition outline contains extensive questions and selected answers for the issues most likely to arise. Troublesome answers are annotated with commentary and follow-up questions. Here is an example of the subjects covered in one sample deposition:
Defendant Driver in Auto Case
- Thumbnail Outline with Issues and Themes
- Preliminary Questions
Witness’ Preparation for the Deposition
Witness’s Relationship to Other Parties and Witnesses
- The Collision
Events Leading Up to the Collision
After the Collision
Driving Experience and Licensure
- Defendant’s Condition on Day of Collision
Defendant’s Activities on the Day of the Collision
Estimates of Times
Alcohol and Drugs
- The Vehicles
Condition of the Deponent’s Vehicle Before the Collision
Condition of the Vehicles After the Collision
Lack of Damage as Evidence of Negligible Force
- Traffic Tickets and Plaintiff’s Negligence
Plaintiff’s Contributory Negligence
- Admissions, Witnesses, and Statements
All Witnesses to the Occurrence
Knowledge of Conversations
Informal Statements and Interviews
Conversations About the Accident or the Lawsuit
Photographs and Diagrams
REVISION 11 HIGHLIGHTS
Deposition Checklists and Strategies gives you thousands of deposition questions for crucial witnesses: treating physicians, corporate representatives, insurers, experts, defendants, and plaintiffs.
The most recent edition features—
A COMPLETE DEPOSITION TO PRESERVE TESTIMONY FOR TRIAL OF PLAINTIFFS’ MEDICAL EXPERT IN A PHARMACEUTICAL MASS TORT.
In this contentious videotaped deposition, the expert witness testifies that the defendant pharmaceutical company knew that its drug was not as safe and effective as it told regulators at the FDA. The lawyers spend a lot of time objecting and arguing among themselves.
20 NEW PRACTICE TIPS:
- When Opposing Counsel Is Older, Smarter, or More Prepared
- Form Discovery Is Just a Starting Point
- The Importance of Organized Files
- The Witness Often Takes His or Her Cues from You
- Using This Book’s Appendix to Save Time and Money
- Think About the Experts First
- Asking the Question, “Who Would Remember?”
- One Sign You’re “Winging It” at a Deposition
- Assessing the Defense in Light of Your Own Story
- A Stipulation for Standing Objections
- Help Me Understand This”
- Never End a Deposition Prematurely
- Ask the Witness to Explain Technical Jargon
- Learn the Technical Jargon Yourself
- Be Able to Identify and Use Every Sort of Question
- The Dangers of an Ambiguous Answer
- Tips for Appearing More Experienced
- Controlling the Witness Who Rambles
- Sometimes You Should Save the Best for Last
- Be Humble When Assessing Your Case