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21 Things to Tell Your Testifying Witness

Before your friendly witness is called to the stand, you should go over some general guidelines with him or her. This is particularly true of inexperienced witnesses, but it can’t hurt to review these admonitions even with...more

Expert Witnesses: Who Needs ’Em?

Clients often ask whether retaining an expert witness is necessary in their case. And they are wise to ask, because experts are a critical part of many cases, but not all. As attorneys, we often retain an expert “because we...more

Be Thoughtful In Your Rule 30(b)(6) Deposition Preparation to Avoid The Threat of Sanctions

Failing to adequately prepare a corporate witness for his or her 30(b)(6) deposition can have serious consequences. In fact, courts treat an unprepared 30(b)(6) witness as a witness who simply never bothered to show up for...more

The Apex Doctrine: Protect Your Corporate Executives From Harassment

Because few cases proceed to trial, discovery and, more specifically, depositions are the focal point in most civil litigation. The permissible scope of discovery is usually very broad – permitting a party to discover...more

Proven Strategies For Handling Difficult Deposition Questions

When we prepare 30(b)(6) corporate representatives and executives for their depositions, they are often fearful that the questioning attorney will try to trick them into admitting something that is not entirely accurate. They...more

Practical Considerations in Identifying and Preparing Your Rule 30(b)(6) Witnesses

As you know, Rule 30(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and state counterparts allow a party to depose organizations, including corporations. The party requesting this type of deposition must describe with...more

“That’s [Not] Privileged”: A Corporation’s Duty to Prepare a 30(b)(6) Witness Includes Sharing Knowledge of Legal Counsel

When a company is noticed for a deposition, it has a duty to prepare its witnesses to fully and unevasively answer questions about the designated subject matters. Companies may not realize, though, that the preparation must...more

JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Summer 2015

Construction Lawyering in the U.K. and U.S.: Contrasts and Similarities - Introduction - There are important differences between the American and British styles of lawyering, but there is also much common...more

12 Must-Do Tasks Before Cross-Examination

Few attorneys have the time or budget to do detailed preparation for cross-examination of every witness. And even if the budget makes it possible, time spent on other aspects of trial preparation will force counsel to take...more

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”: Preparing Your Corporate Representative for Deposition

Recently, in Sciarretta v. Lincoln Nat’l Life Ins. Co., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed monetary sanctions against a non-party corporation for the bad faith preparation of its designated corporate witness....more

Board to Parties: “Call Me” - FLIR Systems, Inc. v. Leak Surveys, Inc.

In an order issued after a post-conference call order, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied patent owner’s request to file a motion seeking sanctions, suggesting...more

Witness Coaching: Blurred Lines

The Rules of Professional Responsibility speak to the ethical boundaries for a lawyer’s conduct in connection with witness preparation only indirectly. Rules 1.1 and 1.3 describe competence, diligence, and zeal; and Rule 3.3...more

5 Tips for Preparing Your Witness for Video Deposition

Preparing your witness for a video deposition has a few more wrinkles—or more accurately, the ironing out of a few more wrinkles—than a deposition recorded only by stenography....more

Make a Plan for Each Witness

Before you prepare a witness for trial, you should know precisely what you expect to accomplish through that witness. In other words, have a plan. Your trial notebook should have a section for each witness that...more

Are The Wheels of Justice as Speedy as Portrayed on the Good Wife?

It is 8 o’clock A.M., Alicia Florrick, star attorney on the “Good Wife,” a weekly television legal drama, meets a potential corporate client who within minutes retains her firm’s services. By 12 o’clock P.M. Noon, Alicia and...more

Let The Games Begin: Conducting Witness Interviews (Part III Of IV)

Investigators can be nerds. Some enjoy reading documents; others enjoy conducting witness interviews. Both are challenging tasks. Each requires a separate set of skills. Some investigators are able to master a document...more

Strategies In Class Action Engagement: Third-Party Depositions

This continues our series of blog posts on effective partnering between inside and outside counsel to defend against class action lawsuits. Here, we begin a discussion of the use of expert testimony. Occasionally,...more

Powerful Witness Preparation

In this series of articles, Mr. Small sets forth 10 time-tested rules to assist in the critical task of preparing witnesses. The first rule for any witness, the rule from which all else flows, is to take your time....more

Preparing Witnesses In Construction Cases

Originally published in The Dispute Resolver, September 2012 Not so long ago, persuading construction industry executives and managers that they needed extensive preparation before testifying in a legal proceeding was...more

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