Deposing Difficult Witnesses

Every litigator knows that depositions can make or break a case. The answers you get from a witness often increase the likelihood of winning your case or push the opposing party towards settlement. But what happens when you meet a witness whose sole task is to test your patience and skill? The ability to effectively deal with these witnesses is what separates a great litigator from a good one. This highly practical, focused presentation with experienced litigator Michael Lesage will show you how to stay in control and get the information you need from difficult witnesses. Drawing on personal experiences and publicly available transcripts, Michael will address common recurring witness behaviours, including hostility, forgetfulness, obfuscation and evasiveness. By the end of the program, you’ll have fresh ideas to help you:

  • control the direction of the conversation with a witness;
  • deal with different “types” of difficult witnesses;
  • respond effectively when a witness tries to throw you off balance; and
  • prepare for the unexpected.

Every litigator needs a plan for navigating difficult situations in discovery. Don’t miss this opportunity to get lawyer-tested techniques for getting the most from difficult witnesses during deposition.

Live webinar with chat includes 60 day replay. This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A.