Controlling the Deposition (Telephone Option)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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Tuesday, May 31, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Registration Fees: Telephone: $179


Why Attend?

  • Learn practical solutions from the experts for keeping control of the deposition
  • Hear what the judges have to say about deposition problems

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All too often, witnesses and their counsel frustrate the deposition process with obstructive and abusive behavior. Every litigator has stories of that nightmarish deposition starring the uncooperative witness and rude opposing counsel. Combative testimony, speaking objections, improper coaching, and derogatory personal references are all featured. The resulting out-of-control deposition yields little of value—other than another good story to tell later.

Wouldn’t it be better to control the deposition from the very beginning? Although there are times when a judge may need to intervene, it is usually up to counsel to control the deposition process. This program will provide views from the trenches and from the bench on how to deal with problem witnesses and problem counsel.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Inside the Deposition Room
    • Witness preparation and coaching
    • Proper and improper objections
    • Dealing with experts
    • Controlling the video or phone deposition
    • Best practices for taking and defending depositions
    • Ethical issues
    • Avoiding waiver of objections and other issues for appeal
  • Judicial Perspectives on Deposition Disagreements and Misconduct
    • How bad does it have to be to call the judge?
    • Judicial intervention in depositions
    • Sanctions and other remedies
Registration Deadlines:
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.

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COURSE SCHEDULE (April 20) (Eastern Time)


12:00 Controlling the Deposition
2:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (May 31) (Eastern Time)

11:00 Controlling the Deposition
1:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



Hon. John A. Gibney, United States Eastern District Court / Richmond
Hon. Jeanette Irby, Loudoun Circuit Court / Leesburg
Hon. Beverly Snukals (Ret.), The McCammon Group / Richmond
Victor Cardwell, Woods Rogers PLC / Roanoke
Stephanie Grana, Cantor, Grana, Buckner, Bucci / Richmond
Kevin E. Martingayle, Bischoff | Martingayle / Virginia Beach
Mark C. Nanavati, Sinnott, Nuckols, & Logan PC / Midlothian


Kevin Martingayle, Bischoff | Martingayle / Virginia Beach

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