Trial Advocacy College: Depositions | The American Association For Justice

Trial Advocacy College: Depositions

June 6, 2019 to June 8, 2019
Program Information:

The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton | Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Hart Boundas Easterby, LLP
Co-presented with the Pennsylvania Association for Justice

About the College:

Taking and defending depositions are critical skills for every trial lawyer.  AAJ Education’s Depositions College combines lectures, demonstrations, and small-group, interactive workshops led by experienced faculty to give you practical, proven techniques that you can apply immediately to your practice. You’ll receive individual attention and skill critique in a supportive, responsive environment with colleagues at a similar skill and practice level. You’ll learn:

  • How to create an effective discovery plan
  • Essential deposition techniques including sequencing, exhaustion, and boxing-in
  • How to establish rules and utilize the Miller Mousetrap method
  • Strategies for dealing with a difficult attorney 
  • How to successfully depose the defense expert witness, and more

Registration Fees:

$1,295 for AAJ Members
$1,495 for nonmembers

This program is full and registration has closed. Please call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 with any questions.

  • If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for ten years or less, you can attend the 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 to register.
  • 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 to register.

Not an AAJ member? Call 202-965-3500, ext. 8612 to register.


“Whether you have been practicing for twenty minutes or twenty years, you will leave the AAJ Depositions College with new tools to immediately employ to leverage additional value in your cases and sharpen your trial skills.” 
– Nicholas Maxwell, Mankato, MN

“This program was incredibly enlightening! I have learned so many concrete tips to improve my deposition practice. The workshops provided a safe, supportive environment to practice the new skills we’ve been working on. The faculty were all fantastic – smart, clear, and engaging – and I would highly recommend this program to others.” 
– Emily Rock, Bridgeport, CT

“This program should be an essential part of any young attorney’s legal education. I now feel like I can handle the demands of a deposition effectively.” 
– Fabian Rincon, Atlanta, GA

“After attending this program I now have a whole new approach and game plan for depositions. I wish I had taken this course even earlier in my career.”
– Melissa Hague, Philadelphia, PA

“This was an outstanding program taught by an excellent group of very educated faculty. You’ll leave with a much firmer foundation and confidence for both taking and defending your depositions.” 
– Dennis Charles Dukes, Charleston, SC

Contact Education 800.622.1791 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 |


Thursday, June 6

7:30 - 8:15am

Morning Session
8:15 - 11:30am
• Welcome and Introductions
• Developing a Discovery Plan
• Techniques of Exhausting, Boxing-In, and Summarization
• Dealing with the Difficult Situation and Attorney 

Workshop Introductions (boxed lunch provided)
11:30 - 11:45am

Afternoon Session
11:45am - 6:00pm
• Workshop on Developing a Discovery Plan
• Developing Rules and Standards
• Structuring the Deposition of a Difficult Witness
• Workshop on Taking Depositions: Sequencing, Exhaustion, Bracketing, Boxing In, and Summarization

Networking Reception
6:00 - 7:30pm

Friday, June 7

Welcome Back Networking Breakfast
8:20 - 8:50am

Morning Session
8:50am - 12:15pm
• Critical Thinking: Sequencing Your Discovery and Anticipating the Defenses
• Structuring the Miller Mousetrap 
• Deposing Defense Experts
• “Death Star” Depositions: The 30(B)(2) Deposition and 30(B)(6) Depositions 

Lunch Break
12:15 - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 - 6:30pm
• Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner 
• Workshop on Deposition Techniques: Establishing Rules/Miller Mousetrap, and Rhetorical Questions 

Networking Reception
6:30 - 7:30pm

Saturday, June 8

Welcome Back Networking Breakfast
8:20 - 8:50am

Morning Session
8:50am - 1:00pm
• General Considerations for Witness Deposition Preparation
• Later Use of Depositions at Settlement and Trial
• Workshop on Preparing your Client for Depositions 

Invited Faculty:

Seth Cardeli

Seth Cardeli focuses his practice on representing victims of medical negligence, including children injured during labor and delivery. He graduated from AAJ’s 2014 Leadership Academy and serves on the AAJ’s Membership Oversight Committee, Public Affairs Committee, and Publications Committee, and is a member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group. Mr. Cardeli has published “Thwart the Assault on Future Medical Expenses” in the May 2014 issue of TRIAL magazine, the nation’s largest and most reputable magazine for trial lawyers, and “Future Medical Expenses Without the Affordable Care Act” was published in the Maryland Association for Justice’s Trial Reporter Special Issue 2015. He is also a member of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ) and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). Mr. Cardeli generously donates to AAJ PAC. Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC’s, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, is located in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbia, South Carolina, New York City, Philadelphia, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.

Edward Ciarimboli, course advisor

Edward Ciarimboli concentrates his practice in trucking and auto collision and medical malpractice litigation. He is active in many professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and Luzerne County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He serves on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees, donates to AAJ’s PAC, and is a member of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group; Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability; Insurance Law; and Professional Negligence Sections. Mr. Ciarimboli started his legal career as a law clerk to the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and, while a student at Duquesne University School of Law, was admitted to the Order of the Barristers for excellence in courtroom advocacy and a national semi-finalist in AAJ’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC). He is a partner in the law firm of Fellerman & Ciarimboli, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, located in Kingston, Pennsylvania.

Michael P. Doyle, course advisor

Michael P. Doyle focuses 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 is a past president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. He serves on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, is the chair of AAJ’s Admiralty Law Section, and is a Platinum M CLUB Donor to AAJ PAC. He is also a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA), and has served the board of directors for numerous local organizations. He lectures nationally on trial advocacy skills, maritime law, communication skills, and other topics. Doyle LLP, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, has offices in Houston and Galveston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona.

Erik S. Heninger

Erik S. Heninger concentrates his practice on personal injury litigation focusing on brain and spinal injuries, medical negligence, trucking litigation, and nursing home litigation. He is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice, Mississippi Association for Justice, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and AAJ. Mr. Heninger currently serves as the Secretary of the Alabama Association of Justice; represents the 10th Judicial Circuit as an Alabama State Bar Commissioner; and serves on the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association.  He is a member of the Alabama Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) And authored of numerous articles, including “A Brief Analysis of Nonverbal Communication in the Courtroom,” published in Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal, and has taught on various trial advocacy topics nationwide. Mr. Heninger is a Fellow of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy, and a member of AAJ’s Nursing Homes and Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Groups. Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Anthony Leone

Anthony Leone practices law in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts state and federal courts, where he focuses his practice on complex personal injury, nursing home abuse and neglect, traumatic brain injury cases, medical malpractice, construction litigation, contract disputes, probate and real estate litigation. Mr. Leone is a past president of the Rhode Island Association for Justice (RIAJ) and a member of AAJ, where he serves as a a Rhode Island state delegate on AAJ’s Board of Governors. Before opening Leone Law, he served as a law clerk in the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department. He has served as the Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Roger Williams Law Alumni Association, as well as a member of several committees and has been an active member of the Roger Williams American Inn of Court. Mr. Leone generously donates to AAJ PAC, is a member of AAJ’s Nursing Homes Litigation Group, and serves on AAJ’s Membership Oversight and Voter Protection Committees. Leone Law LLC is located in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Jennifer R. Liakos

Jennifer R. Liakos is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, where she specializes in mass tort pharmaceutical litigation, as well as personal injury and medical device cases. She is a member of AAJ’s ED Drugs/Melanoma Litigation Group and currently serves on the Science and Discovery Committees for the Abilify Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2734) and the Discovery Committee of the Viagra Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2691).  In 2003, she was appointed Discovery Chair for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Paxil Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 1574).  Ms. Liakos has also testified before the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Board on amending the regulations concerning generic manufacturer liability. Ms. Liakos generously donates to AAJ PAC. Napoli Shkolnik, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, has offices in New York, California, Illinois, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Carl Solomon

Carl Solomon concentrates his practice in products liability, personal injury, civil, and medical negligence litigation. He is a member of AAJ, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He serves on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees and is a past chair of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section. Mr. Solomon is admitted to practice in South Carolina and the U.S. District Court of South Carolina. Mr. Solomon also is an AAJ PAC M Club contributor.  He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.  He lectures nationally on trial advocacy skills, motor vehicle collisions, and other topics.  The Solomon Law Group, an AAJ Leaders Forum firm, is located in Columbia, South Carolina.

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. 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. Ms. Wishart is the founder of Wishart Brain and Spine Law BC, a Leaders Forum firm, in Vancouver, British Columbia.


The room block for this program has now closed. Please contact if you did not or were unable to make reservations before the cutoff as AAJ may have hotel rooms on hold available.

The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
One Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-963-1500

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

This trial skills college will benefit plaintiff trial lawyers at all levels of experience. By networking and interacting with experienced trial lawyers in the field, every participant will find answers to even the most challenging issues.

This college is open to both AAJ members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum) and non-members and is designed for plaintiff trial lawyers at all levels of experience. For more information about eligibility requirements, please contact AAJ Education directly by calling 800-622-1791. 

Program Location:

The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
One Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-963-1500


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.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for CLE/MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  In many jurisdictions, final approval is not available prior to the program and contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards.  Total available credit hours may vary by jurisdiction.  AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. CLE questions may be addressed by reading our FAQ calling the CLE Coordinator at 800-424-2725, ext. 8335 or 202-965-3500, ext. 9594.​

Click here to learn more about AAJ's Professional Recognition Programs, Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) and Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA), or call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 9594. The Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) provides Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate recognition to AAJ members. To gain ARP credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.

Special Assistance:

AAJ Education will make every effort to ensure that its meetings are held in facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend our program and need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please call 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing on or before May 22, 2019, will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing May 23-29, 2019 will result in a voucher for 50% 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 within one week of 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

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