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Expert Deposition

Length: 8 hours 30 minutes

Expert Deposition

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

CLE# 2017-026 | 5.75 General and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits

Registration fee: $175


A deposition seminar presented by and on behalf of the American College of Trial Lawyers, through Alaska Fellows Matt Peterson, Howard Lazar, Michael Lessmeier, Neil O’Donnell, Laura Farley and Ray Brown.


8:30 a.m.         Opening comments and overview of the program- Michael Lessmeier


8:45 a.m.         Biggest Mistakes Practitioner’s Make in Taking Expert Depositions-A Collective Experience:

  • From the Defense perspective
  • From the Plaintiff’s perspective


9:30 a.m.         Preparing and Planning for the Deposition

  • Should you take the deposition in the first place?
  • Techniques and methods of discovering evidence before the deposition
  • What is the purpose of the deposition:
  • Locking in testimony


10:00 a.m.       Break


10:15 a.m.       Preparing and Planning for the Deposition (Continued)

  • Restricting testimony
  • Taking out the witness, i.e. discouraging the other side from calling the expert at trial
  • Thinking ahead for trial- making sure the testimony elicited is going to be useful and setting up impeachment/cross examination at trial


11:15 a.m.       Ethical Considerations and Professionalism- i.e. Think About What You Are Going to sound Like When This Deposition is Played or Read to the Jury


12:15 p.m.      Lunch break


1:30 p.m.        Use of Effective Communication


2:00 p.m.        Deposition Vignettes- Excerpts from Actual Depositions with Commentary


3:30 p.m.        Break


3:45 p.m.        Deposition Demonstration of a Medical Expert – Plaintiff and Defense 


5:00 p.m.        Conclusion


Original Recording Date: August 30, 2017

Produced By:

Alaska Bar Association

Course Materials

  • Certificate