Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Bethany W. Kristovich and Jeremy K. Beecher published an article in Law360 on Jan. 8, 2018 outlining best practices for taking and defending effective depositions.
The authors write that far too often, attorneys miss out on an opportunity “to build and develop their story for trial” with ineffective depositions. The article lays out several practical tips for taking more effective depositions for use at trial, including approaching depositions like a conversation and using them to test different theories of the case.
Ms. Kristovich and Mr. Beecher also highlight strategies for defending depositions to help prevent their use at trial, including empowering your witness to advance your theory of the case and performing thorough direct examinations.
Ms. Kristovich focuses on complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis in high-stakes trials, class actions and contract disputes.
Mr. Beecher focuses on complex civil litigation.