Comments from Seattle area attorneys who attended "Great! Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques" and/or "The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"
"Great! Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques"
Hands down, the most entertaining, compelling, and informative seminar I have ever taken. Musante is remarkable! He has the keen ability to illuminate the why's --not just the how to's-- of killer deposition practice. His approach to nailing the liar is revolutionary, engaging, and effective. Even the most seasoned litigator will come away humbled.
Ken Payson, Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe
Very comprehensive, practical and useful, especially given the time constraints. Musante clearly communicates ideas/concepts and does so in an interesting manner. More practical than most and more easily applied to my needs than most. This seminar focused more on planning for the depo, including introducing good language into the transcript and using that during trial. I feel better prepared to approach depos including planning for them, executing them and, most important, using them to resolve cases, both at trial and through settlement.
Sarah Heineman, Dorsey & Whitney
Excellent! I can only imagine that Musante takes inspiring depositions. Aside from his great enthusiasm, on its merits, it blows other CLEs away.
Dan Brown, 10-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Miller Nash
Full of content laden with great rules of application, not simply a lecture on instructor's own experience. I'm truly looking forward to putting it to use. Musante is wonderful; teaches with concrete examples. Largely flies in the face of every pretrial advocacy lesson I've ever attended. It will have an enormous positive impact on my deposition skills.
Elizabeth Van Moppes, 8-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, Jackson Lewis
This seminar is far more valuable than others. This is a tactics course. Very informative with lots of helpful hints. Musante is excellent.
Joe Misenti, 6-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Cozen O'Connor
I recommend this seminar to anyone interested in progressing as a litigator. Entertaining and informative; excellent practical information for the litigator.
James Jordan, 17-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Miller Nash
Much better than others; great teaching ability. Entertaining and different. I've learned something new. It has inspired me to better prepare for depos.
Rachel McCall, 9-yr atty, Dorsey & Whitney
Very good and useful practical content. Musante is excellent. It was interesting and I stayed alert ... most bar association CLEs leave me comatose by 10am. I am much more aware of how to conduct an adverse depo.
Mike McCarty, 20-yr atty
Outstanding! Far superior rules to those I've previously employed. Musante is excellent, very dynamic. Can't help but improve the quality of my adverse depos.
John Zobel, 17-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos, Davis, Wright & Tremaine
This seminar is packed with new info. Has held my attention unlike no other seminar I've ever attended. Musante is excellent -- personable, understandable, maybe even eloquent. My tactics will change dramatically -- I am actually looking forward to my next adverse depo.
John B. Farver, 15-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Peick & Associates
Very valuable, full of great practical advice. Musante is very effective; kept my attention all day, and that's not easy. The "rules" are much more rigorous than the principles I learned before. I expect it to improve my adverse depos a great deal.
Eric Roth, 3-yr atty, Lukins & Annis
Far above average. Musante is very good and entertaining. Very good, distilled and practical advice.
Robert Gellatly, 18-yr atty, 250 adverse depos, Luvera, Barnett, Brindley, Beninger & Cunningham
Excellent seminar. Practical and easy to understand. Musante is excellent; provided new and different approaches.
Bernard Bauman, 25-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos
Very good, entertaining and involving. Better than the vast majority of seminars I've attended. Hopefully will assist me in going for the argument instead of the factoids.
Katee Knight, 15-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Mikkelborg, Broz, Wells & Frye
Excellent practical content; very good instructor. I have wanted some rules about depositions to make mine more effective.
Michelle Valier, 6-yr atty, 4 adverse depos, Miller Nash
Blows them all away! Excellent practical content; Musante is superb. I recommend this seminar.
Ed St. Onge, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Cozen O'Connor
Lively and useful! So glad I attended. Really glad to learn that so many of my normal ideas aren't actually helpful.
2-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, Dorsey & Whitney
Very valuable and highly effective on a comparative basis. [Practical content] A+; [Instructor] A+. I have always known the depo is a trial; but [this] seminar brought this into serious focus.
50+ adverse depos
The best, most direct benefit seminar I have received on any topic. One of the best instructors that I can recall - dynamic, entertaining. This seminar's set of deposition rules goes beyond standard doctrine, thinks outside the box and is more useful.
Thomas R. Orr, 10-yr atty, 50-100 adverse depos
Thankfully, my very first deposition will be "Musante-compliant" and will engender good habits for practicing the art of cross-examination in my career to follow! [Musante] is a dramatist-philosopher-streetsmart lawyer who communicates crucial concepts with computer-aided panache and Drew Carey style.
Adam Karp, 2-mo. atty, 0 depos
Very good. As a criminal lawyer, I am using this to enhance my cross-examination skills. I am finding this full of great concepts. I feel my knowledge/wisdom has been advanced 100%. One of the very best. Outstanding and stimulating to deposition preparation. Outstanding [instructor]; has tops hand movements, voice modulation and keeps the interest of the class up.
Horton Smith, 48-yr atty, 40 adverse depos
Excellent, one of the best ... an entirely new way of thinking about depositions. Jam-packed and interesting. Good use of "real life" examples. Changed my perception that depos are simply open-ended fact-finding exercises.
Roxane Broadhead, 3-yr atty, 1 adverse depo, Dorsey & Whitney
Topnotch compared to other full-day seminars. Very practical; lots of "universal" rules. Musante was excellent. Good explanation of the philosophical and logical basis for the rules.
Todd Fairchild, 17-yr atty, 75+ adverse depos, Dorsey & Whitney
I enjoyed the multi-media presentation and upbeat pace of this CLE. There are several good nuggets offered by this seminar which I can use in my practice immediately. Mr. Musante is a good instructor with a lot of energy. [This seminar's set of deposition rules] are more broad, but highly applicable rules. They are better.
1-yr atty, a dozen adverse depos
I'm taking away several nuggets I will apply to my practice tomorrow. I see depos in a deference light now. Musante has the energy needed to keep a day-long seminar interesting. I now understand that taking a depo means "It's show time."
Anonymous, Dorsey & Whitney
Better than most. [Practical content] very helpful. [Musante] good -- kept my attention; he selected good examples and kept the presentation visual and entertaining. I will use more "loaded" questions in depositions, and close the loop on weaknesses in their testimony.
Mark Clausen, 13-yr atty, 75+ adverse depos
One of the best presentations I've ever attended. Engaging speaker…an "8+" (higher if not for audio glitches).
Kurt, 8-yr atty, 0 adverse depos
Very high seminar…very good speaker. Seminar exceptionally good, esp. with years of depo experience under my belt. Makes me anxious to rework my stock depo questions.
Sue Hamilton, 20-yr atty, 300+ adverse depos
I'm a student of depo techniques…your principles are terrific and I intend to blend them into my approaches.
Anonymous, 30-yr atty
Very useful seminar. Speaker informative, entertaining, enjoyable, fast-paced.
Chuck Mortiner, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos
Very interesting seminar…excellent speaker. Examples are entertaining and right on point.
Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Seminar substantially above the pale.
Anonymous, 43-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos
Great seminar! Awesome speaker!
William C. Foster, 15-yr atty, 2 adverse depos
Seminar well thought out. Excellent speaker…presents information in a clear and logical manner. Reinforces important points. Captures and keeps students' attention.
Steven List, 17-yr atty
Above average. Makes you think! Use of powerpoints excellent.
Clark Richards, 30-yr atty, 750 adverse depos, Lukins & Annis
Great! One of the best. Musante reminds me of Bob Costas, very credible and likable.
Williams, Kastner & Gibbs attorney
Good, comprehensive and practical. Superior to most.
7-yr atty, 30+ adverse depos
Helpful in the sense that I have previously practiced impeachment-saving. Depo = trial has not been my approach, but will be now.
8-yr atty, 40+ adverse depos
Very high evaluation of practical content; examples are particularly valuable. It is more logically related to the actual goals of litigation.
10-yr atty, 40 adverse depos
Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Top 10%.
13-yr atty, 100 adverse depos
This seminar should fill one of the gaping holes in my trial practice -- I'll pay more attention -- and look forward to adverse depos from now on. I would rate the practical content quite highly. I'll know more after I put this stuff to use. [Musante] very skillful. He obviously knows his subject thoroughly and imparts his lessons with great impact.
One of the best seminars. [I] will use techniques next week. Great job; very animated. [This seminar's set of deposition rules] different, non-traditional.
5-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos
Lots of good practical advice offered with clear examples of how they can be utilized. Very practical. Excellent instructor. [This seminar's set of deposition rules] is different -- especially the notion of using impeachment now.
Erin Overbey, 3-yr atty, 15 adverse depos
One of the most valuable seminars. [Practical content] should prove extremely practical. Great teacher. Why couldn't my law professors be nearly this good??
25-yr atty, 10-20 adverse depos
Excellent. [This seminar's set of deposition rules] very different; glad to see someone debunk "waiting for trial" -- always thought key to discovery was to getting to the bottom of everything before it's too late.
5-yr atty, 3 adverse depos
This is one of the best CLEs I have attended. I actually learned something!
1-yr atty, 3 adverse depos
[This CLE] in the top rank in terms of interest, practical value, and entertaining presentation. Very high [practical content]; Excellent [instructor].
Steven Russell, 23-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos
Extremely helpful. Should be mandatory for lawyers w/ less than 10 years experience -- no -- make it mandatory for all lawyers.
Evan Inslee, 43-year attorney, 1000+ adverse depos
By far the most informative and entertaining CLE I have attended. Excellent. Very practical and useful for many areas of practice, not just adverse depositions. Outstanding [teaching ability], very good mix of information, humor and entertainment.
Kathy Weber, 3-year attorney, 2 adverse depos
This seminar is as valuable, or even more so, as any I have attended. The information is of the highest magnitude of practical value. [Musante] is highly energetic and entertaining, with a knack for sticking to and moving through a very full substantive agenda.
David Lawyer, 13-year attorney, 75 adverse depos
Among the best 5% of CLEs. Very good practical content. Excellent instructor.
Steve Durkee, 25-yr atty, 150 adverse depos
Excellent and invaluable. It provided structure and methodology to a process which is so frequently approached and described in a random fashion.
3-year attorney, 2 adverse depos
Excellent. It works best for people like me who have some experience to correlate with his ideas. Wish I'd taken it years ago.
12-year attorney, 100 adverse depos
As good as any CLE I've ever taken. Very useful, clear, to the point and focused.
8-year attorney, 40 adverse depos
Top notch. Good theory married with practical execution. [Most useful aspect] dealing with deponent's evasiveness and how to turn seemingly harmful testimony to your favor.
Craig Evezich, 7-year attorney, 150+ adverse depos
Probably the best CLE I've attended. Very practical, can't wait to try it out. Simple logic to follow. WHACK and CRAP. I will never forget the logic.
6-year attorney, 20 adverse depos
Excellent. Far superior to others. Very original. Outstanding instructor. Will be a huge improvement for my adverse depos.
26-yr atty, 100 adverse depos
One of the best. [Most useful aspect] practical techniques to follow up adverse witnesses who use "crap", rather than giving up and hoping the witness' evasive demeanor will harm him at trial.
11-year attorney, 50 adverse depos
A little more expensive than usual, but given the importance of depos in a litigation practice, definitely worth it. We all know a good cross-examiner when we see it, but this seminar revealed the logic to doing it. Extremely useful and relevant to my practice...[Musante] very good, very engaging and energetic. [Most useful aspect] definitely the logic/framework for preparing for and conducting depositions. It's all common sense, but to have it put into a working model is invaluable.
3-year attorney, 10 adverse depos
Excellent practical content; wonderful instructor. Engaging and entertaining ... no down time! Musante's "rules" are vastly different. I previously approached depos as investigative not as trial. Will immensely improve the quality of my adverse depos.
11-yr atty, 7 adverse depos
Musante is very enthusiastic; presents material in a clear and understandable manner. I will more likely impeach in depo as opposed to waiting for trial.
1-yr atty, 5 adverse depos
Very good. Musante's "rules" much more conceptual and broadly applicable than mine. The concept of creating problems for the witness through opinions/values should greatly improve my depos.
20-yr atty, 30 adverse depos
Engagingly taught. Much more informative than other CLEs. Not having much experience, I think this seminar will help me build good, rather than bad, habits.