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“Deposition Testimony 101”

Whether it’s in a deposition or in a courtroom, a stellar expert witness testimony is often simple, clear and concise. The preparation to get to that point is rarely covered by one meeting, so the first step for an attorney is to get to know the key witness. Understand what he or she does/doesn’t know, can/can’t demonstrate on the spot, as well as his or her recollection capability and presentation skills.

Getting to know you:

Get to know the capabilities of the expert. If there is a demonstration or calculation that he or she performed for the expert report, watch the expert demonstrate it a few times in front of you to ensure he or she can do it fluidly on the stand.

Practice:

1. Orient the expert

Paint a picture of the courtroom or deposition conference room that the expert will be testifying in. Tell who…

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