Giving a Deposition
by John Herrick

Today, more and more litigation is used where, in the past, people let “bygones be bygones”. Not so much now.

Most professionals are very unprepared for the truck that is about to hit them. The opposing attorney has a job to do: make you look as bad as he can.

This course will help you in getting prepared for the tremendous emotional strain you will have to endure when you are DEPOSED, and will help you be prepared when that deposition is “shoved back down your throat” … in court.  

Depositions are a way for the opposing side to get ammunition. Plain and simple. What you say during the deposition will be dissected and brought back up during the trial. To the best of his (or her) ability, the opposing attorney will try to divert attention from the case at hand and place full attention directly on how “poor” you are at what you do.    

What happens when you are unprepared.  

John felt horrible, his stomach was in a knot, his palms sweaty as he walked to the witness stand. There, to his left was the jury, they did not look at him, did not smile, did not acknowledge that he was there. The opposing attorney slowly walked to the podium, all eyes were on him. Then the flood gates were opened, and John knew that what he had feared was coming true. For two hours the opposing attorney, and his attorney, hammered away. When they got through with him, John felt like a washed out, washed up dolt.

The opposing attorney, “Hatchet” Harry, had tried at least six times to make prior reports that