Advanced Depositions College

January 12, 2018 to January 15, 2018
Program Information:

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place | New Orleans, LA

Sponsored by HMR Funding
Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher

​About the College:

Strengthen your deposition skills with top-notch AAJ faculty in New Orleans at AAJ's Advanced Depositions College.  This program provides the strategies and techniques to enhance the performance of even the most experienced plaintiff trial lawyer at the deposition table.

Built on the fundamentals of AAJ’s Depositions College, the Advanced Depositions College provides an in-depth, cutting-edge approach to perfecting depositions and witness preparation skills. This program features a low student-to-faculty ratio, comprehensive lectures, useful demonstrations, and five workshops—which will be recorded for you to take home—to prepare you for success in depositions and in the courtroom. During the workshops, you will practice your new skills and receive critical feedback from the experienced faculty.

Learn and practice advanced techniques in recorded workshops:

  • Discovery plans and witness goals
  • Lay witnesses: exhaustion, boxing-in, restating and summarizing, nonverbals, mirroring
  • Document discovery/"Death star" depositions
  • Establishing standards of care and conducts
  • Deposing experts

Registration Fees:

​AAJ Members: $2,295

The Advanced Depositions College is full and operating on a waitlist. Email Education@justice.org or call 800-622-1791 for more information.

If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for five years or less, you can attend the Advanced Depositions College for 25% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college.) Discount not available online, please call 800-622-1791.
Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant. Discount not available online, please call 800-622-1791.​

Hear from Previous Attendees

"[Advanced Depositions] is an amazing learning opportunity for any attorney - regardless of their level of experience.  The information, strategy, and techniques...will change your practice, and the value of your cases, immediately."
—Benjamin Pomerantz, Stamford, CT

"Advanced Depositions...is a game-changer for your practice.  No matter how long you've been in practice, the insightful and well-researched techniques...[were] eye-opening."
—William Hackett, Memphis, TN

"Advanced Depositions...completely opened my eyes to obtaining information for my depositions."
—Christopher Washington, Baton Rouge, LA

"The techniques and information have made me rethink what I need to do in discovery."
—Fritz Langrock, Middlebury, VT

Contact Education 800.622.1791 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 | education@justice.org

Agenda:

Friday, January 12

Registration
7:15 - 8:00am

Morning Session
8:00am - 12:15pm
​     • Critical Thinking: Anticipating the Defenses
     • Developing a Discovery Plan
     • Workshop: Discovery Plan and Witness Goals

Networking Lunch
12:15 - 1:15pm

​Afternoon Session
1:15 - 6:00pm
​     • The 30(b)(6) Notice: Strategy and Practice
     • Deposition Techniques
     • "Death Star" Depositions: Combining the 30(b)(2), 30(b)(6), and 34 Deposition into the Death Star
     • Workshop on Lay Witnesses: Exhaustion, Boxing-in, Restating, and Summarizing

Networking Reception
6:00 - 7:00pm

​Saturday, January 13

Continental breakfast available
8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:45pm
     • Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct with Defense Witnesses
     • Using Neuroscience, Decision Making, and Storytelling in Deposition
     • Workshop: Document Discovery/"Death Star" Depositions

Lunch
12:45 - 2:00pm

Afternoon Session
2:00 - 5:30pm
     • Deposing the Difficult/Evasive Witness
     • Workshop: Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct

Sunday, January 14

Continental breakfast available
8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30 - 11:45am
     • Dealing with the Eddie Haskell Lawyer (ethics)
     • Using Clean Language to Get Information
     • Expert Depositions and Planning Tactics

Lunch
11:45am - 1:15pm

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 5:00pm
     • Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner
     • How NOT to Depose the DME
     • Workshop: Deposing Experts and Storytelling in Depositions

Monday, January 15

Breakfast buffet available
8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:15pm
     • Witness Preparation
     • ESI Depositions
     • Using Exhibits in Deposition
     • How Technology Can Improve Your Depositions
     • Proposed Changes to Rule 30(b)(6)
     • Bringing It All Together

Invited Faculty:

Edward J. Ciarimboli

Edward J. Ciarimboli concentrates his practice in automobile collision, products liability, medical negligence, trucking collision, premises liability, and insurance bad faith claims litigation.  While earning his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, he was admitted to the Order of the Barristers for excellence in courtroom advocacy and was a national semi-finalist in the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Moot Court Competition.  Mr. Ciarimboli served as a law clerk to the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas and the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Ciarimboli has continuously been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.  He is a member of the Luzerne County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and is a Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  He is a member of AAJ’s Insurance Law Section, the Professional Negligence Section, the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, and the Trucking Litigation Group.  Mr. Ciarimboli donates to AAJ PAC and is a member of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees.  He is a partner in the law firm of Fellerman & Ciarimboli, located in Kingston, Pennsylvania.

Michael P. Doyle

Michael P. Doyle his practice in personal injury, insurance, admiralty, maritime, and workplace injury litigation.  His personal injury practice includes the representation of the Jones Act and foreign seamen in disputes in U.S. and international waters, as well as workers injured as a result of the actions of multinational companies.  He served as president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association from 2007 to 2008, as well as on the Board of Directors and as chair of the Judicial Affairs Committee.  Mr. Doyle also served on the Board of Directors of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School; as president of the Strake Jesuit Alumni Association from 2002 to 2004; and on the Houston Advisory Board of the AFL-CIO Community Fund.  He is a member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Mirena IUD and Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Groups; serves on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees; serves as the Vice Chair of AAJ’s Admiralty Law Section Officers; and donates to AAJ PAC.  He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.  He lectures nationally on trial advocacy skills, maritime law, communication skills, and other topics.  Doyle LLP, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, has offices in Houston and Galveston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona.

Stephan J. Herman

Stephen J. Herman concentrates his practice in personal injury, brain injury, motor vehicle, dangerous products, offshore maritime, contamination, and professional liability litigation.  In 2010, he was appointed to serve as one of two coliaison counsel for all business, individuals, and local governments for In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010 (MDL No. 2179).  He teaches complex litigation at both Tulane Law School and the Loyola University School of Law.  Mr. Herman is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America, is a past president of the Louisiana Association for Justice, and sits on the boards of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Roscoe Pound Institute, AAJ’s National College of Advocacy, and the Public Justice Foundation.  Mr. Herman donates to AAJ PAC.  He has been named in Best Lawyers, Louisiana’s Super LawyersLaw Dragon Top 500 Lawyers, National Law Journal Elite, Chambers USA, Who’s Who, was a N.O. City Business Leadership-in-the-Law Recipient in 2010, and was a finalist for the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ) Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2005.  He is the author of America and the Law: Challenges for the 21st Century (Gravier House Press) and has published works in Trial magazine, the Tulane Law Review, The Federal Lawyers, and elsewhere.  He is also the author of three novels: The Gordian Knot (Gravier House Press, 1999), The Sign of Four (Gravier House Press, 1999), and A Day in the Life of Timothy Stone (Gravier House Press, 1999).  Mr. Herman is a partner with Herman Herman & Katz, L.L.C., an AAJ Leaders Forum member, located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mark R. Kosieradzki

Mark R. Kosieradzki concentrates his practice in products liability, wrongful death, spinal cord injury, amputation, nursing home abuse, and burn litigation. He is a board certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and recently received his 21st Super Lawyer award.  He is a past president of the Minnesota Association for Justice (MNAJ), the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He has served in several leadership positions in the American Association for Justice (AAJ), including member of AAJ’s Board of Governors, past chair of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group, and Diplomate of the National College of Advocacy (NCA). He serves on the NCA’s Board of Trustees, is a member of AAJ’s Press Advisory Board, and donates to AAJ PAC.  He is a member of AAJ’s Electronic Discovery and Nursing Homes Litigation Groups.  Mr. Kosieradzki is the creator of the Deposing the Corporate Representative: 30(b)(6) Depositions DVD and contributed the chapter “Accelerated Discovery: Cutting Through Obstructions” in the Anatomy of the Personal Injury Lawsuit (Trial Guides, 2015).  He is also the creator, with Thomas Vesper, of the Depositions Notebook, 4th Edition (AAJ Press, 2014).  He has published numerous articles in publications including MNAJ’ Trial Magazine, and AAJ’s Trial magazine and teaches trial advocacy skills nationwide.  The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm, LLC, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Plymouth, Minnesota.

William P. Lightfoot

William P. Lightfoot limits his practice to plaintiffs’ personal injury claims.  The child safety advocacy organization, Safe Kids, recognized him for litigation that improved child safety related to burns from hot water.  He served as the first Independent elected to the Council of the District of Columbia and served on the D.C. Judicial Tenure and Disability Commission, that reappoints and disciplines judges. He is board certified in Civil Trials by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Diplomate of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) National College of Advocacy (NCA).  Mr. Lightfoot is a past member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, donates to AAJ PAC, and is a former Council Member at Large for the District of Columbia, where he chaired the Committee on Judiciary.  He has been awarded the Attorney of the Year “Good Scout” Award from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Mr. Lightfoot is managing partner at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. in Washington, DC.

Phillip H. Miller

Phillip H. Miller has an exclusively personal injury practice.  Mr. Miller has handled a wide range of cases including trucking litigation, nursing home claims, pharmaceutical torts, and day care center child abuse.  In addition to his law practice, Mr. Miller has extensive experience working as a trial consultant on a wide variety of cases.  He is a former member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA, a past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice, and donates to AAJ PAC.  Mr. Miller is a member of AAJ’s Jury Bias Litigation Group.  He is the coauthor (with Paul Scoptur) of Focus Groups: Hitting the Bull’s-Eye (AAJ Press, 2016); Advanced Depositions Skills (AAJ Press/Trial Guides, 2013), has produced a DVD of the same title, and a DVD on The Defense Medical Examiner.  Miller Law Offices, an AAJ Leaders Forum Member, is located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Christopher J. O'Brien

Christopher J. O’Brien has been a personal injury lawyer for 25 years and concentrates his practice in representing seriously injured people.  He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, has a 10.0 Avvo.com rating, and was listed in the Buffalo Law Journal’s Legal Elite’s Top 10: Best of the Best.  He is a past president of the Western Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), is chair of the National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, and is a Diplomate of the NCA.  Mr. O’Brien is a frequent speaker at AAJ and NYSTLA continuing legal education programs, including AAJ’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy College, held annually at Harvard University, and is codirector of Trial Advocacy at SUNY Buffalo Law School.  He is the founder of The O’Brien Firm, P.C., located in Buffalo, New York.

Sach D. Oliver

Sach D. Oliver conducts the opening and closing statements, jury selection, and direct and cross-examination of witnesses for Bailey & Oliver Law Firm.  He concentrates his practice on medical negligence, nursing home abuse, personal injury, product liability, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, and wrongful death.  A graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, he was awarded the Best Oral Advocate in the National Trial Competition, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s (ATLA) Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer in 2008, and ATLA’s Outstanding Trial Lawyer award in 2015.  Mr. Oliver serves on ATLA’s Board of Governors, is a former governor for the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) New Lawyer’s Division, donates to AAJ PAC, and currently serves as a member of AAJ’s Press Advisory Board.  Baily & Oliver Law Firm, an AAJ Leaders Forum Member, is located in Rogers, Arkansas.

Shayla M. Reed

Shayla M. Reed concentrates her practice in personal injury and nursing home litigation.  Ms. Reed is a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, the Nebraska State Bar Association, and the Omaha Bar Association.  She has received the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Art and Science of Advocacy. Ms. Reed has been ranked as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association, has received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Distinguished Achievement in Art & Science of Trial Advocacy, is a lifetime fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Association, and is a fellow of the National Pound Civil Justice Institute. Reed Law Offices, PC, LLO, is located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Elise R. Sanguinetti, course advisor

Elise R. Sanguinetti is a partner of the law firm of Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos, LLP.  She concentrates her practice in serious injury, wrongful death, civil appeals, and legal malpractice litigation.  Ms. Sanguinetti is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a California Super Lawyer every year since becoming eligible.  She was named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the Bay Area in 2014 and 2015.  She serves as the American Association for Justice’s president elect, is the past president of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and is a past president of the Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association.  Ms. Sanguinetti is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and has written numerous articles, and was awarded the American Association for Justice’s Joe Tonahill Award, the Wiedemann & Wysocki Citation of Excellence, AAJ’s Distinguished Service Award, Trial Lawyers Care Outstanding Service Award, and the CAOC’s Woman Consumer Advocate of the Year Award and Presidential Award of Merit.   Ms. Sanguinetti donates to AAJ PAC, and has served in numerous other leadership positions in AAJ, including as a cochair of the National College of Advocacy’s Board of Trustees, on AAJ’s Board of Governors, and as a member of numerous committees.  Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos, LLP is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and has offices in Los Angeles and Oakland, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Montreal, Canada.

Carl L. Solomon

Carl L. Solomon concentrates his practice in products liability, personal injury, civil, and medical negligence litigation.  He is a member of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  He serves on the American Association for Justice’s National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees and is past chair of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section.  He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.  The Solomon Law Group is located in Columbia, South Carolina.

Paul J. Scoptur, course advisor

Paul J. Scoptur has been a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs exclusively since his graduation from Marquette University Law School in 1978.  He was a trustee and past cochair of the National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, where he has taught litigation and trial skills.  He has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” continuously since 2002 and is one of Wisconsin’s top 50 Super Lawyers.  Mr. Scoptur is a Diplomate of the NCA and was one of the first lawyers to complete the Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA) curriculum offered by the NCA.  He is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.  He has a broad practice both as a trial lawyer and as a trial consultant and uses strategic case planning and focus groups extensively, both in his cases and in assisting other lawyers in preparing the discovery and trial of their cases across the country and in Canada.  He is coauthor of Focus Groups: Hitting the Bulls-Eye (AAJ Press, 2016), Advanced Depositions Strategy and Practice (AAJ Press/Trial Guides, 2013), and has produced a DVD of the same title.  He also produced The Defense Medical Examiner deposition DVD with Phillip Miller.  In over 20 years of coaching basketball, he never got a technical foul.  He wishes he could still dunk a basketball.  Aiken & Scoptur, S.C. is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Robyn L. Wishart

Robyn L. Wishart has appeared as counsel before the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia and several administrative tribunals.  While she has experience in a wide range of cases, including complex personal injury and insurance litigation, she concentrates her practice in spinal cord and traumatic brain injury litigation.  She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Bar Association.  Ms. Wishart is a member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Jury Bias and Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Groups; the Insurance Law Section; and the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section.  Ms. Wishart serves on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees and has taught trial advocacy skills at several AAJ NCA continuing legal education programs, including the Advanced Depositions College and ATLA’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy College: Art of Persuasion, held annually at Harvard University, and at AAJ’s Annual Convention.  Ms. Wishart’s undergraduate studies were focused in sports psychology and she continues to study and teach neuroscience and its application to law and decision-making.  Formerly of the firm Slater Vecchio LLP, Ms. Wishart is the founder of Wishart Brain and Spine Law BC in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Housing:

The cut-off date for reservations within the housing block has passed. Please contact AAJ Education at (800) 622-1791 to check hotel availability.

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place
100 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Reservations: 504-566-7006

Sponsorship:


Your registration includes:
  • 24.75 hours of continuing legal education and NCA credits, including one hour of ethics, which can be applied towards AAJ's professional recognition programs
  • A copy of Advanced Depositions: Theory and Practice
  • Recorded workshops with personalized critiques
  • Comprehensive reference materials provided on a USB drive
  • Complimentary daily continental breakfast and coffee
  • Networking lunch and reception
Who should attend:

This college is open to AAJ members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum). 

Program Location:

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place
100 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Reservations: 504-566-7006

Undecided:

Call us. We'll provide you with names and phone numbers of previous attendees of AAJ Education programs who will be pleased to answer your questions. Or, if you prefer to speak with a course advisor or faculty member, we will arrange that as well. Call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, extension 8612.

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Cancellations received in writing on or before December 27, 2017 will result in a refund in the form that payment was made less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing December 28, 2017 to January 4, 2018 will result in a 50% voucher of the registration fee, which may be applied toward any AAJ Education college, seminar, or webinar held within one calendar year of the date of issue. Requests for refunds or vouchers received one week or less before the program will not be honored. AAJ is not responsible for any room cancellation fees or other travel fees which result from your cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing.  Fax or email your cancellation letter to the registrar at 202-625-7084 or education@justice.org

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