2215 Deposition Boot Camp: Basics to Advanced

19th May 2017  08:30 AM - 04:05 PM (GMT-04:00) America/New_York

The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and

the Business Law Section present

Deposition Boot Camp:

Basics to Advanced


One Location:

Friday, May 19, 2017 • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

6601 Adventure Way • Orlando, FL 32819 • 888-430-4999

Course No. 2215R



(Max. Credit: 6.0 hours)

General: 6.0 hours

Ethics: 1.0 hour



(Max. Credit: 6.0 hours)

Business Litigation: 6.0 hours


Seminar credit may be applied to satisfy CLER / Certification requirements in the amounts specified above, not to exceed the maximum credit. See the CLE link at www.floridabar.org for more information.


Prior to your CLER reporting date (located on the mailing label of your Florida Bar News or available in your CLE record on-line) you will be sent a Reporting Affidavit if you have not completed your required hours (must be returned by your CLER reporting date).




8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Welcome, and Introductions


9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m

“Nuts and Bolts”—Deposition Basics

Bradford Kimbro, Holland & Knight, Tampa

Joe Varner, Holland & Knight, Tampa

Topics: (1) Who can you depose; (2) Purpose of depositions; (3) Notice requirements;

(4) Deposition jargon; (5) Timing and strategy; (6) Format (video/verbal); (7)

Applicable rules and limitations; (8) Scope of examination; (9) Protective orders; (10)

Ability of non-deponents to attend; (11) Compelling attendance; (12) Production of

documents at deposition; and (13) General advantages/disadvantages of depositions.


9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Lay Witness Depositions (Part 1)

Melanie Griffin, Dean Mead, Tampa

Alicia Koepke, Trenam, Tampa

Michael Schofield, Clark Partington, Pensacola

Topics: (1) Preparing your client to be deposed; (2) Preparing to take a deposition,

including creating outlines based on legal elements, timelines, relationship charts,

identifying opponent’s fact/legal theories, reviewing pleadings and document productions;

(3) Taking the deposition, including stipulations, proper style/tone based

on witness as friendly/hostile, how to deal with objections (especially speaking or

argumentative objections), proper use of documents at deposition (including authentication,

impeachment, refreshing recollection, etc.); (4) Issues in depositions of

corporations, including designations, duty to prepare etc.; and (5) Issues surrounding

substantive errata sheet changes.


10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.



11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Lay Witness Depositions (Part 2)

Melanie Griffin, Dean Mead, Tampa

Alicia Koepke, Trenam, Tampa

Michael Schofield, Clark Partington, Pensacola

Continuation of same topics in Part 1.


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch (included with registration)


1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Expert Witness Depositions

Soneet Kapila, Kapila & Company, Fort Lauderdale

Damien Prosser, Morgan & Morgan, Orlando

Hon. Dan Traver, Circuit Judge, Orlando

Topics: (1) Expert discovery; (2) Goals in deposing expert; (3) Advantages and disadvantages

of lengthy expert depositions; (4) Daubert/Frye and deposition strategy; (5)

Allocation of costs in expert discovery; and (6) Preparing your expert for deposition.


2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ethical Considerations in Depositions

LaShawnda Jackson, Rumberger, Orlando

Chardean M. Hill, The Florida Bar, Orlando

Topics: (1) Dealing with opposing counsel (including inappropriate objections, instructions

not to answer, when to involve presiding judge); (2) What to do if your client

intends to lie; (3) Professionalism issues in scheduling and conducting depositions;

(4) Deposition issues that can result in sanction


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.



3:15 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Using Depositions in Court Proceedings

James Gassenheimer, Berger Singerman, Miami

Mike Vitale, Baker Hostetler, Orlando

Benjamin Webster, Morgan & Morgan, Orlando

Topics: (1) Use in motions for summary judgment; (2) Use at trial or evidentiary hearing, including absent witness, basis for proffer, use as party statement, refresh recollection, as testimony of witness whose memory cannot be refreshed, impeachment; (3) Deposition designations and rulings on objections to same; and (4) Presenting deposition testimony at trial.

4:05 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Networking Reception