Friday, April 26, 2019

9:00 am – 9:45 am BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION


9:45-10:45 From Agony to Hope: Obtaining Justice for the Catastrophically Injured

Chris will discuss the challenges in the civil justice system in obtaining fair compensation for consumers injured by defective products and corporate malfeasance.

  • Christine D. Spagnoli, Esq.

10:45-11:15 Deposing Your Adversary

Jeremy will share techniques and strategies for both planning and taking your adversary’s deposition, including how to handle deponents who give unexpected, out-of-left-field testimony and deponents who refuse to answer simple, straightforward questions. Jeremy will provide concrete examples of the different techniques from a variety of cases he has handled.

  • Jeremy A. Tor, Esq.

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:00 Defense Medical Examinations: The 7 Deadly Sins to Avoid When Deposing the DME Expert

A nuts a bolts guide to conducting the DME, preparing your client for the DME, and deposing the DME expert.

  • Dustin B. Herman, Esq.

12:00-12:30 Utilizing Depositions as a Settlement Tool

Bill will discuss the use of depositions as a settlement tool, including presentations for mediation.

  • William Hawal, Esq.

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-1:45 The Expert’s Deposition: Where Some Plaintiffs’ Cases Go to Die

Increasingly, our cases depend on the testimony of expert witnesses. This is particularly true in medical negligence cases. The deposition of your expert can either solidify the merits of your case or spell disaster and maybe even dismissal. We will discuss how to prepare our experts for deposition and avoid that disaster.

  • Dennis R. Lansdowne, Esq

1:45-2:05 Deposition Case Law Update

Kevin will present case law regarding appropriate (and inappropriate) conduct in depositions, including examples of attorneys being sanctioned for excessive objections.

  • Kevin C. Hulick, Esq.

2:05-2:45 Ethics and Professionalism in Deposition Practice

This segment will refresh your knowledge of how ethics rules and related standards should guide you in arranging for, taking and defending depositions.

  • Deborah Coleman, Esq.

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:30 Preparing the Plaintiff for their Deposition

The time and method you spend preparing the client for deposition will in most cases bethe deciding factor that makes or breaks the case.

Proper preparation of the client in all but the simplest cases should include multiple meetings and many hours of time helping the client become their best witness. This time will be spent in multiple areas from explaining the basics of a deposition to role playing and using video to critique the plaintiff’s performance so they can see and understand how they present in key areas; exploring with the client their fears and concerns about the deposition and giving them the tools to overcome those fears; and finding the client’s “core truths” about the case. At the conclusion of preparation the client should be able to fearlessly articulate their best truth in a way that comports with the other important evidence and testimony in the case.

  • Stuart E. Scott, Esq.

3:30-4:00 30(B)(5)/30(b)(6) Depositions of the Corporate Representative

This presentation will discuss the application and language of both state and federal civil rules authorizing depositions of corporate representatives. In addition to the technical aspects of the Rules themselves, this presentation will offer strategic insights about how and when to conduct 30(B) depositions, topics and subjects to address at these depositions and how to strategically utilize these civil rules in discovery and at trial.

  • Nicholas A. DiCello, Esq.

4:00 Networking Reception

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