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Tag Archives: depositions

Don’t blow your depo

Even the most seasoned trial attorney can make mistakes while conducting depositions – and the errors can prove to be costly down the line. St. Louis, Mo. trial attorney Evan Schaeffer, author of The Illinois Trial Practice Weblog and Evan ...

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‘Boxing in’ witnesses for knockout depositions

For 29 years as a plaintiffs' trial lawyer, Paul Scoptur has deposed adverse expert and lay witnesses in cases focused on auto accidents, medical malpractice, product liability and brain injuries. To elicit all of an adverse witness's knowledge on a topic, Scoptur uses a variety of deposition techniques, including "boxing in" and "exhausting" the witness.

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Teaching lawyers to keep asking questions

James W. McElhaney is a man who won’t take “I don’t know,” for an answer. Unfortunately, he said, too many lawyers are willing to accept that statement from a witness giving a deposition.

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