Deposition Strategies & Techniques:
Honing Your Skills and Finding Your Style

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Program Chair:

Lisa M. Coyle
Robins Kaplan LLP

  • Depositions are one of the most crucial (and fun) stages of litigation.  They clarify and illuminate the facts of your – and your adversary’s – case in a way that the documents alone – no matter how much you pore over them – simply cannot.  They bring a case to life by putting faces to names.  They give you a sneak peek into what a trial might look like.  Handled well, they can also lead to settlement, solidify your grounds for summary judgment, and lock opponents into important positions for trial. Whether you are a first-year litigation associate or a senior partner, come join our panel of skilled and experienced litigators for a discussion of strategies and techniques for maximizing your effectiveness at preparing for, taking, and defending depositions.

    Live Program & Webcast: $229 for Members | $329 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm: $119 for Members

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2017-2019), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges (and their staff who are also members), or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.


  • Lauren K. Handelsman
    Binder & Schwartz LLP

    Rayna E. Kessler
    Robins Kaplan LLP


  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Introduction

    • Introduce panelists and identify the perspectives of attorney taking deposition and attorney defending deposition

    Lisa M. Coyle

    6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Preparation for Taking Depositions

    • Goals of deposition
    • Identification and review of relevant documents
    • Identification and review of prior relevant deposition and other testimony
    • Strategies of corporate deposition notice
    • Creation and usage of deposition outlines
    • Special considerations for expert witnesses

    Lauren K. Handelsman

    7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Preparation for Defending Depositions

    • General preparation of witness for conduct of deposition
    • Identification and review of relevant documents/testimony
    • Education of witness
    • Note-taking by witness
    • Highlighting of privilege issues
    • Special considerations for expert witnesses

    Rayna E. Kessler

    7:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Break
    8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Conduct of the Examination

    • Location of the deposition
    • Videotaping of deposition
    • Attendance by parties
    • Who may be in the room and their respective roles
    • Permissible objections (form, privilege, confidentiality, etc.)
    • Improper speaking objections
    • Handling obstructionist counsel/witnesses
    • Calling the judge/terminating the deposition

    Lisa M. Coyle

    8:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Q & A


  • CLE Credit
    New York:
    3.0 Skills
    New Jersey:
     3.0 General
     3.0 General
     2.5 General


  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Litigation | Barbara L. Seniawski, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |