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Depositions 2020/Annual Convention 2020 (2020-2021 Credit)

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Date Published

March 26, 2020


Virginia Trial Lawyers Association


Advocacy, Depositions, Ethics


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This program contains three sessions:

1. Becoming a Deposition Master with Mark Kosieradzki

When taking on corporate, institutional, and governmental entities, cutting through their evasive tactics is comparable to “legal jujitsu.” Deposition expert Mark Kosieradski has developed winning techniques to deflect obstructions back on these Goliaths. How? By not only writing well-crafted notices to access information but also by asking correct questions to build a foundational record. Learn how Rule 30(b)(6), one of the most misunderstood and underused discovery weapons, can be an effective tool to expose evasion, compel disclosure of critical information, secure sanctions, and much more.

2. Depositions the Virginia Way with Brian Jones and Stephanie Grana

Turning our focus closer to home, the panel will discuss when, why and under what circumstances to depose a corporate representative under Virginia Supreme Court Rule 4:5(b)(6), how to create leverage in your cases; and what to include in the corporate deposition notice in order to withstand objections and ensure that whatever the deponent says will be useful in the case.

3. Ethics in Depositions and More with Lee Livingston

Few ethics rules specifically single out depositions as their subject. Yet, the ethics rules and LEOs have much to say about attorney conduct in the context of depositions. This program will flag where ethical authorities say deposition tactics are right or wrong, and when those authorities are indifferent. Topics will include taking depositions in another state, paying fact witnesses, discussing testimony during breaks, and the boundaries, and, in some cases the mandate, of deponent preparation (“coaching”). Attention will be paid to recent changes to the Rules of Court governing objections in depositions, in the context of the ethical prohibition on intentionally ignoring an established, black letter procedure governing conduct.

Recorded live March 26, 2020, during VTLA's Virtual Convention.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the completion deadline for the 2020 MCLE requirement has been extended from October 31 to midnight EST December 31, 2020.

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Mark R. Kosieradzki
Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC

Mark Kosieradzki is a nationally recognized trial lawyer from Minneapolis MN. His 40-year career has spanned a vast array of... Read More

Brian H. Jones
Barnes & Diehl, PC

Brian H. Jones Areas of Practice?Adoption?Alimony & Spousal Support?Child Support?Childrens' Rights... Read More

Stephanie Grana, Esq.
Breit Cantor Grana Buckner

Stephanie E. Grana, Esq., for more than 26 years, has fought for individuals and families in Virginia suffering from... Read More

R. Lee Livingston

Lee has a 25-year history of success helping people who have been harmed by the negligence of others. This has resulted in a... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Mark Kosieradzki - Depositions - Video
Becoming a Deposition Master - Paper
Stephanie Grana and Brian Jones - Depositions - Video
Depositions the Virginia Way - Paper
Lee Livingston - Depositions - VIdeo
Ethics in Depositions and More - Paper
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If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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How to Attend

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