This CLE will focus on strategies and considerations for taking fact witness depositions virtually during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic using platforms such as Zoom. While many of the practice pointers will be equally applicable to expert depositions, the emphasis will be on preparation of lay witnesses who may be unsophisticated or unfamiliar with the deposition process. Attorneys can expect to leave the CLE with a checklist for use in preparing for remote depositions.
Key topics to be discussed:
How to untangle the web of local, state, and federal regulations currently applying to legal proceedings and management of public health concerns in that context
How interactions with clients, opposing counsel, and vendors may be augmented or re framed in the context of a remote legal proceeding
The use of technology and various ways to prepare oneself as well as witnesses to use it seamlessly in the context of litigation and specifically depositions
Concrete things that attorneys can do in advance to ensure a smooth remote proceeding
Date / Time: March 4, 2024
12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Eastern
11:00 am – 1:10 pm Central
10:00 am – 12:10 pm Mountain
9:00 am – 11:10 am Pacific
James M. Susag | Larkin Hoffman
James M. Susag is a seasoned trial attorney with a focus on franchise and dealer disputes, real estate, and complex commercial matters. He has been the lead attorney in over 100 trials and arbitrations in state and federal courts across the country and in domestic and international arbitration forums. Jim has the unique perspective of a trial lawyer who has also managed complex litigation and developed strategic legal plans as in-house counsel. Clients appreciate his boardroom-to-courtroom experience in crafting resolutions for their business disputes.
Franchise Litigation and Arbitration
Jim represents franchise and dealer clients across various industries including food and beverage, retail, leisure and fitness, health care, hospitality and commercial and consumer services. His experience spans disputes relating to claims of violation of state franchise or dealership laws, trademark infringement, breach of contract, system-standards enforcement, consumer class actions, post-termination rights, disclosure and registration issues, fraud claims, vicarious liability, independent contractor misclassification and joint employment issues.
Real Estate Litigation
Land owners, developers, buyers, sellers, lenders, contractors and brokers rely on Jim to defend their property in all types of real estate disputes, including purchase and sale agreements, commercial and residential leases, construction contracts, mechanic’s liens, commercial and residential construction and design defects, title claims, premises liability, boundaries and easements, valuation, zoning, land use and governmental approvals.
Jim handles complex commercial disputes involving contract interpretation and enforcement, unlawful business practices, civil fraud and unfair competition. He also represents clients in disputes among owners of closely-held businesses.
I. How to untangle the web of local, state, and federal regulations currently applying to legal proceedings and management of public health concerns in that context | 12:00pm – 12:30pm
II. How interactions with clients, opposing counsel, and vendors may be augmented or re-framed in the context of a remote legal proceeding | 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Break | 1:00pm – 1:10pm
III. The use of technology and various ways to prepare oneself as well as witnesses to use it seamlessly in the context of litigation and specifically depositions | 1:10pm – 1:40pm
IV. Concrete things that attorneys can do in advance to ensure a smooth remote proceeding| 1:40pm – 2:10pm