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Taking Depositions

Taking Depositions

RumbergerKirk hosted a series of virtual workshops for Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students during the 2020-2021 academic year. The last in a series of five workshops focused on offering students real-world perspective and advice for taking depositions. Partners Skip Eubanks and Darryl Gavin were joined by Associate Attorney Shenele Pettis Bright to review best practices with the students.

Key points they addressed included:

  1. Prepare: Draft an outline, prepare a strategy and understand your goals for the deposition before you begin.
  2. Listen: Listen to the witness’ answers so you are ready for your next move.
  3. Be in control and be professional: Do not lose your temper.  Be a strong reflection of yourself, your firm and your client.