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Practical Tips for Deposition

It is always important to prepare for deposition. Here are 10 key points for a smooth deposition.
Doug Marcello, Esq. Attorney at Law

Doug Marcello, Esq. - Attorney for Marcello & Kivisto, LLC

March 13 , 2020

It is always important to prepare for deposition. Role-playing the scenario according to expected questions is an important exercise for success. 

Additionally, I’ve written a top 10 list of reminders for a more successful deposition.

  1. TELL THE TRUTH.
  2. Listen to the entire question before answering.
  3. Do not answer if you did not hear or understand the question.
  4. Answer only what was asked.
  5. Be concise in your answers.
  6. Do not fill the silence between questions.
  7. Do not guess.  If you do not know, simply say, “I do not know”.
  8. Remain calm – don’t argue.
  9. Don not try to win the case.
  10. Make sure you mean what you say. For example, there is a difference between saying, “I don’t recall” and “I don’t know.”

It’s a lot to remember, but most of these behaviors exist naturally within us. Be precise, communicative, polite, and nothing more.

For more guidance on truck accidents do’s and don’ts, listen to my on-demand Accident Investigation webcast

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doug B. Marcello is a trucking defense attorney and a transportation defense attorney with 30+ years of trial experience. His knowledge of the trucking industry allows him to represent trucking companies in Central Pennsylvania and throughout the country. Doug is a CDL holder and is an active member of: TIDA, TLA, CTLA, ATA (Safety), TCA, PMTA, NYMTA, NJMTA, and OTA.

 


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