Essentials of Depositions (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 02/28/2021


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the February 2018 webcast, Essentials of Depositions.

Course Benefits

It’s time for the deposition: are you ready to risk it to on-the-job training? More importantly, is your client ready to risk it?

  • Learn, or re-learn, the basics
  • Establish habits that lead to success
  • Share tips and best practices with our experts

Depositions have become a “standard” part of most cases, sometimes without much thought given to how they will advance the cause at trial. They are expensive and time consuming. Opposing counsel can make the experience frustrating at best. Utilizing the results of the deposition at trial can be difficult, yet if done right, they can be an incredibly useful tool. If you don’t have a seasoned partner sitting second-chair, how do you know whether you are doing it right?

If you are facing your first deposition, or are a veteran of many but wish to revisit the basics of conducting a deposition, this course is for you. But it will not be a mere recitation of the applicable rules. Rather, our expert speakers will identify the important decisions you must make before, during, and after the deposition, and provide you with useful guidance and best practices at every stage. You’ll learn when you should—and shouldn’t—seek a deposition; how to conduct it effectively and efficiently; how to deal with difficult opposing counsel; and how to use the deposition to best effect at trial. Join us, and improve your skills!

Topics to be covered include:

  • When is a deposition appropriate?
  • The mechanics of a deposition in Virginia
  • Should the deposition be video-recorded?
  • Choosing “virtual” depositions—video and phone depositions
  • The use of documents at deposition
  • Objections at deposition
  • Identifying deposition objectives and varying techniques depending on those objectives
  • How to get what you need from the reluctant witness
  • How to deal with difficult opposing counsel and when to call the judge
  • Deposition-related motions
  • Special situations (4:5(b)(6) depositions; foreign depositions)
  • The use of deposition transcripts at trial
  • Impeachment with a deposition at trial
  • The use (and abuse) of errata sheets




James F. Neale, McGuireWoods LLP / Charlottesville
M. Bryan Slaughter, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville

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