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10,000 Depositions Later Podcast

From Jim Garrity, the country’s leading deposition expert, comes this podcast for hardcore litigators. The subject? Taking and defending depositions.

Each episode is a one-topic, mini field guide, meant to educate and inform trial lawyers looking for world-class deposition strategies and tactics. Garrity includes a general discussion of the topic, specific insights and guidance, questions to ponder, and case citations to support his observations. They’re jam-packed with immediately useful advice and guidance.

Garrity has appeared as lead trial counsel in more than two thousand federal and state civil cases. His personal deposition experience now far exceeds the 10,000 mentioned in the title. (For business reasons, his publisher did not want him to update the title number.) He’s been up against the best litigators at hundreds of firms, from the nation’s largest to sole practitioners, and there’s literally no tactic, trick, variation or strategy he hasn’t seen hundreds of times. Indeed, one federal judge, commenting in open court, observed that Garrity “has pulled multiple rabbits out of multiple hats,” meaning he wins cases against inconceivable odds. How? Because of his extraordinary deposition skills. Depositions are the decisive factor in nearly all settlements and trials. You cannot achieve excellent outcomes if you cannot prevail in depositions.

Garrity is famous for his simple, keen observation: “Depositions are the new trial.”  Why? Because almost none of your witnesses will ever testify anywhere other than in a deposition. Yale University Professor Marc Galanter, in his law review article titled “The Disappearance of Civil Trials in the United States,” opened with this shocking statistic: “Since the 1930’s, the proportion of civil cases concluded at trial has declined from about 20% to below 2% in the federal courts and below 1% in state courts.”

So depositions are in fact the new trial. Except for a tiny fraction of your cases, the court reporter's office is the only place where your testimony will be taken and heard. And that is where your case will be won or lost. You can’t afford anything less than expert-level skill in the deposition arts.

This podcast, based on Garrity's best-selling book,10,000 Deposition Later: The Premier Litigation Guide for Superior Deposition Practice (3d Ed., 450 pp.; Amazon, Barnes & Noble), is a litigator’s dream, not only revealing cutting-edge techniques and procedures, but telling you how to combine them creatively and successfully. Learn how to gain advantage at every step. Learn the path to victory and learn where the landmines are along that path. Discover the legitimate (and illegitimate) tactics opponents use that you’ve never seen before.

The podcast is heavy on insights you can immediately implement. Regardless of your years of experience, the episodes will provide an astonishing advantage. And each episode contains citation to court decisions to support Garrity’s advice.

His expert guidance begins with the moment you first conceive plans to capture testimony – whether by deposition, affidavit or EUO (and he’ll tell you how to figure out which to use and when). Most importantly, he explains what he does and why. No part of the deposition process will be overlooked – forming the battle plan, scheduling, dealing with reporters, taking depositions, defending them, prepping witnesses to make them invincible, handling every conceivable type of witness, making objections, dealing with obstructive lawyers, and tips pertinent to deposition transcripts, from the moment of receipt through trial.

If you’re serious about developing killer deposition skill sets, subscribe to this podcast so that you receive each episode automatically in your feet as they are uploaded. 


Episode 109 -Upping Your Background & Lighting Game in Videotaped Depositions of Your Clients
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Episode 108 - 32 Factors to Argue (For or Against) In Deposition Location Disputes
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Episode 107 - Do Your Non-Party Subpoenas List the Remote Location as “Zoom Video?” You May Have a Problem.
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Episode 106 -A Killer Option for Choosing Potent 30(b)(6) Designees
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Episode 105 - Dealing with Deponents Who (For Now) Are Asserting a Fifth Amendment, Spousal, or Other Privilege
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Episode 104 - What to Do About Incomplete Answers Caused by Interrupting Examiners?
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Episode 103 -Lessons From The Front Lines: What Will 317 “Don’t Knows,” and 196 “Don’t Remembers,” Earn Your Client? (Hint: It Involves Jurors.)
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Episode 102 - Lessons From The Front Lines: When Suspending Or Terminating A Deposition in Progress Due to Misconduct, Don’t Forget to Say This
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Episode 101 -When Are Responses & Objections Due to Document Requests Embedded in a Notice of Deposition Duces Tecum? When Is the Actual Production Due?
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Episode 100 -Can You Limit the Duration of an Opponent’s Deposition Before It Even Starts? (Yes.)
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Episode 99 -Does FRCP 30’s 7-Hour Limit Include Cross? What if the Direct Used the Full Seven?
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Episode 98: "Have You Now Told Me Everything That Supports Your Claims/Defenses?"
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Episode 97 - Using Designated-Representative Depos When You Can't Depose An Apex Witness
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Episode 96 - Lessons from The Front Lines: Hit with A Dispositive Motion Before You've Taken All Your Depositions? Do This (Immediately)
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Episode 95 - Handling Deponents With Severe Speech Impediments
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Episode 94 -What Five Things Should Litigators Be Doing More Of In Their Deposition Practice?
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Episode 93 -Is There A "Best Place" to Sit When Questioning Deponents or Witnesses?
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Episode 92 - The Deponent is Taking Notes While Testifying. Can You Demand Them?
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Episode 91 - Remote Video Deponents on Cellphones
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Episode 90 - So What, Exactly is Impermissible "Coaching" During a Deposition?
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Episode 89 -Lessons from the Front Lines: An Appellate Court’s Ominous Comment to Litigants Fighting Over a Transcript’s Accuracy
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Episode 88 -How to Avoid Being Taxed Costs for Videotaping When Your Opponent Also Arranged for a Stenographic Transcript
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Episode 87: Next-Day Certified Transcripts, Rough in an Hour, No Extra Charge: A Conversation with Dean Whalen, Chief Legal Officer of Readback Active Reporting.
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Episode 86 - A St. Patrick's Day "Thank You" to 50 Lucky Listeners
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Episode 85 - Can You Bluff Dishonest Deponents By Implying You Have Evidence that You Don't?
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Episode 84 - Does the Rule of Sequestration Apply to Depositions?
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Episode 83 - Lessons from the Front Lines: Alex Jones' Lawyer in the Sandy Hook Case Reprimanded for Deposition Conduct. (He Should Have Listened to Episode #49.)
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Episode 82 - Testimonial Privileges: The Legislative Privilege
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Episode 81 - How (and Why) to Ask Deponents About Prior Sworn Testimony
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Episode 80 - Taking Depositions Before and After A Lawsuit
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Episode 79: An Email Is Not a Notice of Taking Deposition (But It Could Be)
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Episode 78: Lessons from the Front Lines: Why Google Couldn't Prevent the Apex Deposition of CEO Sundar Pichai
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Episode 77 - Listener Questions About Depositions by Written Questions
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Episode 76 - Demystifying Depositions by Written Questions
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Episode 75 - Lessons From The Front Lines: Never Let Opponents Control the Timing & Sequence of Your Depositions
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Episode 74 - Can You Read the Entirety of an Adverse Party’s Depositions at Trial, Even When the Deponents Are Available to Testify Live?
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Episode 73 - Lessons from the Front Lines: Lawyer Suspended 91 Days for Allegedly Text-Coaching Remote Deponent
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Episode 72 - Set Your Depositions Unilaterally After Asking for Dates…How Many Times?
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Episode 71 - Lessons from the Front Lines: A Plaintiff Escapes Sanctions for Using Public Records Requests to Gather Information During a Discovery Stay
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Episode 70 -Can Non-Record Lawyers Participate in the Depositions of their Non-Party Clients?
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Episode 69 - So, What About Standing (a/k/a Continuing or Running) Objections?
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Episode 68 -Objecting to the Use of Partial or Incomplete Documents in Depositions
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Episode 67 - Do Deposition Subpoenas Expire?
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Episode 66 - Something to Know About Our Show Notes: We're Constantly Adding to Them
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Episode 65 -Who's Zoomin' Who? Identifying Your Remote Deponents' Off-Screen Cheat Sheets
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Episode 64 - Proving "Unavailability" in Order to Use Depositions at Trial
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Episode 63 -About That Pesky Notice Language (For Use in Discovery "And/Or At Trial")
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Episode 62 -A Tool for Motivating Deponents to Reveal What They Know, Without Fearing Retaliation
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Episode 61 - Lessons from the Front Lines: A Judge’s All-In-One Guide to the Right (and Wrong) Way to Make Deposition Objections
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Episode 60 - Core Essentials: Preparing Your Clients for Deposition, Part 7
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Episode 59 - Core Essentials: Preparing Your Clients for Deposition, Part 6
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Episode 58 - Core Essentials: Preparing Your Clients for Deposition, Part 5
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Episode 57 - Core Essentials: Preparing Your Clients for Deposition, Part 4
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Episode 56 - Core Essentials: Preparing Your Clients for Deposition, Part 3 ( The Three Building Blocks of Client Preparation)
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Episode 55: Lessons from the Front Lines: What Not to Do When an Entity Designates Just One 30(b)(6) Witness on A Large Number of Topics
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Episode 54 - Remember the Errata!
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Episode 53 - Core Essentials: Preparing Your Clients for Deposition, Part 2 (Helping Them Unlearn Misconceptions)
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Episode 52 - Core Essentials: Preparing Your Clients for Deposition, Part 1 (The In-Depth Interview)
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Episode 51 - Core Deposition Essentials
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Episode 50 - Do You Have A Predictable "Deposition Profile?"
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Episode 49 - A Listener Asks: What if The Examining Lawyer Asks My Witness to Pull Out Her Cellphone and Disclose Texts, Phone Numbers, or Messages?
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Episode 48 - For Your Research Files: New Decision on Deposing Witnesses Even When the Adversary Swears They Know Nothing
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Episode 47: A Listener Asks: Can An Entity Designate 29 Separate 30(b)(6) Witnesses for 30 Topics?
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Episode 46 - Lessons from the Front Lines: What to Do When Your Opponent Notices Their Experts for Deposition Before You Do
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Episode 45 - Objectionable Objections: When Defending Lawyers Claim THEY Don't Understand the Question
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Episode 44 - Objectionable Objections: "If You Know"
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Episode 43 - What to Do When Subpoenaed Non-Party Witnesses Fail to Appear for Deposition
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Episode 42 - Lessons from the Front Lines - Carefully Choose the Documents You Use to Prepare Deponents
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Episode 41 -Developing Deposition Testimony of Adverse Witnesses So You Can Lead Them During Your Case-In-Chief
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Episode 40 - Lessons from the Front Lines: I Bet He Didn't Think His Speaking Objections Would be Played for THAT Audience.
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Episode 39 -Do You Need 75, 100, or 150 Interrogatories? FRCP 30(b)(6) to the Rescue!
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Episode 38 - Can More than One Lawyer for A Party Question the Deponent?
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Episode 37 - Witnesses for Whom Your Examination Might Best Be Left for Trial
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Episode 36 - Can an Entity Later Use Affidavits to Contradict the Testimony of Its 30(b)(6) Designee?
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Episode 35 - Lessons from the Front Lines: Excellent Remote Deposition Protocols for Your Depositions
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Episode 34 - Consider Delaying Production of True Impeachment Evidence Until After the Key Pertinent Witness Has Been Deposed
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Episode 33 - Using Depositions on Written Questions as an Offensive Weapon to Stop the Harassment of Deponents
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Episode 32 -Lessons from the Front Lines: Agreeing to the "Usual Stipulations" to Hold Objections Until Trial? You Still Have to Make THIS Critical Objection.
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Episode 31 - Clearing Out the Testimonial Cobwebs at the Start of Your Depositions
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Episode 30 - How to Sharply Reduce the Cost of Deposition Transcripts
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Episode 29 - Lessons from the Front Lines: Are You Entitled to Depose a Witness Previously Deposed by Another Party?
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Episode 28 - Preventing (Or Obtaining) A Second Deposition of A Party or Witness
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Episode 27 - Is It Okay to Confer with Clients About Their Testimony During Deposition Breaks?
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Episode 26 - Lessons from the Front Lines: Regret Terminating a Deposition? UN-terminate It Immediately.
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Episode 25 - Can You Be Sued for Questions You Ask in Depositions?
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Episode 24 - The Stunning Consequences of Setting "Short-Notice" Depositions
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Episode 23 - Cross-Notice Jiu Jitsu: Using An Opponent's Cross-Notice Against It
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Episode 22 - FRCP 29(a) Stipulations: A Way to Save Time, Money & Headaches
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Episode 21 - Wizards and Codes: How to Precisely Track The Elapsed Examination Time During A Deposition
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Episode 20 - Apex Depositions
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Episode 19 - Lessons from the Front Lines: 922 Deposition Objections. (Then Sanctions Happened.)
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Episode 18 - The New Change to FRCP 30(b)(6), Effective December 1, 2020
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Episode 17 - Can You Ask the Same Questions In Depositions That You Just Asked (And Got Answers To) In Interrogatories?
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Episode 16 - Contesting Excessive Expert Deposition Fees
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Episode 15 - Remote Deposition Protocols for COVID and Beyond
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Episode 14 - Lessons from the Front Lines: Asked and Answered Objections
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Episode 13 - The Real Reason to Cross-Notice A Deposition
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Episode 12 - What's the Right Way to Make Form Objections?
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Episode 11 - Physical Demonstrations and Re-enactments in Depositions
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Episode 10 - Errata Sheet Tips and Traps
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Episode 9 - Dealing with Cross Beyond the Scope in Depositions
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Episode 8 - Taking a Portable Printer to Depositions
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Episode 7 - Audiotaping your Depositions
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Episode 6 - Using FRE 612 to Obtain Documents Used by Deponents to Refresh Recollections
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Episode 5 - "Legal Contention" Questions in Depositions
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Episode 4 - What is the "Right" Style for Deposing Witnesses?
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Episode 3 - "I Demand A Yes or No Answer"
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Episode 2, Part 2 - Tools for Capturing Testimony
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Episode 2, Part 1 - Tools for Capturing Testimony
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Introduction and Welcome to the Podcast!
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