Taking & Defending Fact and Expert Depositions


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This is a practical, hands-on course on best practices in taking and defending fact and expert depositions, including preparation and use of depositions at trial. The class also covers significant cases about depositions and how to apply these cases to your client’s advantage in the discovery process.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   How depositions factor into an overall discovery plan
•   How to structure and take a deposition
•   How to prepare a witness for a deposition and to defend the deposition
•   How to use a deposition after the fact, including in connection with motions and at trial
•   Practical considerations like how to notice a deposition and how to deal with difficult opposing counsel before and during a deposition

Date / Time: July 6, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Choose a format:

•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

Select your state to see if this class is approved for CLE credit.

Choose the format you want.


Original Broadcast Date: September 24, 2019

Ragan Naresh, Esq. is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office. Ragan’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation in a variety of industries and legal contexts—including energy, biotech, agriculture, telecommunications, and consumer products. Ragan routinely represents clients in class action litigation, and frequently lectures and publishes on issues related to class action litigation. Ragan’s work has been recognized by Law360, where he was named a “Rising Star” in class action litigation, by SuperLawyers, where he has been named a “Rising Star” each year since 2014, and by The Legal 500 for his work in energy litigation.

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Section I. How depositions factor into your overall discovery plan

Section II. Preparing to take a deposition

Section III. Taking the deposition

Section IV. Preparing to defend a deposition

Section V. Defending the deposition

Section VI. The aftermath of the deposition