Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Webcast | The American Association For Justice

Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Webcast

April 16, 2020 to April 17, 2020
Program Information:

ONLINE | APRIL 16-17, 2020 | 11:00 am - 3:15 pm ET

About the College:

This program is at capacity. If you are interested in learning more information about future Depositions Colleges, please contact AAJ Education at

Successfully taking and defending depositions are critical skills for every trial lawyer. AAJ’s Online 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. You’ll receive individual attention and skill critique in a supportive, responsive environment with colleagues at a similar skill level.

Registration Fees:

$425 for AAJ Members
$495 for Nonmember Plaintiff Attorneys

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11:15 – 12:15 p.m.                   MORNING SESSION


12:15 – 12:45 p.m.                  LUNCH BREAK                                        

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.                    AFTERNOON SESSION



3:00 – 3:15 p.m.                      ALL FACULTY PANEL

3:15 p.m.                                 ADJOURN

FRIDAY, APRIl 17, 2020 

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.                   MORNING SESSION


12:30 – 1:00 p.m.                     LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.                       AFTERNOON SESSION 



3:15 p.m.                                  ADJOURN






Invited Faculty:

N. John Bey, course advisor

N. John Bey, course advisor, is the founder of Bey & Associates, who has been named 2015 Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 under 40. He is a faculty member of the American Association for Justice National College of Advocacy and a graduate of the American Association for Justice’s Ultimate Trial Course at Harvard University’s Law School and the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. N. John Bey and his staff believe that at the heart of successful representation is a commitment to justice, integrity and personal attention to each client.

Seth L. Cardeli

Seth L. Cardeli focuses his practice on representing victims of medical negligence, including children injured during labor and delivery. He graduated from the American Association for Justice 2014 Leadership Academy and serves on AAJ’s Membership Oversight Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Publications Committee, and is a member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group. Mr. Cardeli 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, an AAJ Leaders Forum member firm, is located in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, South Carolina, New York, Philadelphia, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.

Heidi A. DiLorenzo

Heidi A. DiLorenzo is an attorney at Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys in 2012 where she practices personal injury law, focusing on injuries from motor vehicle collisions. She handles personal injuries cases both pre-suit an in litigation as part of the firm’s litigation team. Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys is an AAJ Leaders Forum member and is located in Birmingham, AL.

Michael P. Doyle, course advisor

Michael P. Doyle, course advisor, focuses his practice in personal injury, insurance, admiralty, maritime, and workplace injury litigation. He is a past president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association; he serves on AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees; he is an AAJ PAC Platinum M CLUB donor; and he has received Diplomate status in the NCA Masters of Trial Law professional recognition program. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Doyle LLP, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, has offices in Houston and Galveston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona.

Render C. Freeman

Render C. Freeman has dedicated his career to helping injured victims hold wrongdoers financially responsible for their carelessness. As a trial attorney, his litigation experience includes complex claims involving wrongful death, personal injury, products liability, motor vehicle and trucking collisions, medical negligence, nursing home abuse and negligence, premises liability, negligent hiring, and negligent security. An active member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice (AAJ), he is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been a registered mediator and arbitrator with the State of Georgia since 2010. He is a member of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section; an AAJ PAC MClub donor; and he has received Fellow status in the NCA Masters of Trial Law professional recognition program. He is a member of the Atlanta Lawyers’ Club, Gwinnett County Bar, and North Fulton Bar Associations, and a founding member and former vice president of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Freeman is a member of Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C., an AAJ Leaders Forum Member, which is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

J.D. Hays

J.D. Hays has a nationwide practice handling serious injury and wrongful death out of Boulder, Colorado and Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He is a graduate and faculty member of the Trial Lawyers College.  He serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of Public Justice.  Before moving to Colorado in 2019, he served on the AAJ Board of Governors as an Arkansas representative. He is currently the chair-elect of the AAJ New Lawyers Division.  JD is the recipient of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s 2013 Young Trial Lawyer of the Year award. He enjoys sharing what he has learned with other lawyers by giving presentations, seminars, and workshops across the country.  Often brought onto cases in a co-counsel or consulting role, JD loves helping legal teams creatively find and present the most powerful and persuasive trial stories for their deserving clients.

Katie A. Hubbard

Katie Hubbard is a trial lawyer representing people who have been harmed by negligent parties in complex personal injury cases, with an emphasis on auto accidents, trucking accidents, product liability, and premises liability. Katie has litigated many different types of complex personal injury cases in Missouri, Illinois, and across the country. Prior to B&C, Katie spent her time handling both personal injury and mass tort cases fighting for injured people and their families. Ms. Hubbard is on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice, a national organization of trial lawyers dedicated to promoting a fair and effective justice system. Katie is a speaker at legal seminars across the country, including AAJ’s Trial Advocacy College: Depositions, in 2018. In 2013, Ms. Hubbard was selected to the inaugural class of the American Association for Justice Leadership Academy. In 2017 and 2018, she was selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as “Top 40 Under 40” of civil plaintiff lawyers. Katie was recently named a “Leader of Tomorrow” by the Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Women Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Madison County Bar Association. Ms. Hubbard graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2010 and obtained her undergraduate degree from McKendree University.

Zachary Mandell, course advisor

Zachary Mandell, course advisor,  practice areas include complex personal injury litigation, medical malpractice litigation, product liability litigation, liquor liability litigation, wrongful death litigation and a variety of mass tort litigation. Mr. Mandell graduated from Clemson University (cum laude, 2008) and Roger Williams University School of Law (Summa Cum Laude, 2011), where he served on the law review and was a member of the honors program. Mr. Mandell is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Mr. Mandell is a past President of the Rhode Island Association for Justice (“RIAJ”) (2016-2017), the largest organization of trial lawyers in the State of Rhode Island and continues to serve on the organization’s Board of Governors. Mr. Mandell was selected and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”). The American Association for Justice is the largest organization of trial lawyers in the country.  Mr. Mandell is admitted in the State Courts for Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as the United States Federal Courts for the District of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Carl L. Solomon

Carl L. 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 as co-chair on AAJ’s NCA 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 a generous AAJ PAC M Club donor. 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.

Derrick L. Walker

Derrick Walker is an attorney at Allen Allen Allen & Allen. Mr. Walker’s analytical approach makes him successful at tackling the complex medical and legal issues that his cases routinely involve. Mr. Walker has an “AV” rating (the highest available) from the Martindale-Hubbell attorney listing service and was selected as one of Virginia’s Super Lawyers (Top 5% of Virginia Attorneys). Derrick is also among six Allen & Allen attorneys named to Best Lawyers in America, a publication considered by many to be the preeminent guide to legal excellence in the United States. Mr. Walker is actively involved in the Board of Governors for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. Derrick is a frequent speaker on ethics and trial techniques. He attended the College of William & Mary, graduating with a B.A. in Government and received his J.D. from the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he was the recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocate Award.

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 AAJ’s 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 NCA Board of Trustees and has taught trial advocacy skills at several 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. Formerly of the firm Slater Vecchio, LLP, Ms. Wishart is the founder of Wishart Brain and Spine Law, BC in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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:

This webcast streams online through Zoom.

Date: April 16-17, 2020 (same time for both days)
Time: 11:00 am – 3:15 pm Eastern Time 

Check-in: 10:45 am Eastern Time


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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 or calling the CLE Assistant at 800-622-1791.

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* 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.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing on or before March 16, 2020 will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing March 17 - April 3, 2020 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 after April 3, 2020 will not be honored. 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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Terms and Conditions:

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