University of Texas School of Law
2018
Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy
Houston Jun 28, 2018 Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
$350 Individual  |  $400 after Jun 20

UT Law CLE

2018 Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy

Program Features
A successful deposition is the most important weapon you have to win your case. But much of the conventional wisdom about depositions is completely wrong. How can you be sure to get it right every time? Attend this one-day conference to learn from top Texas litigators as they share their deposition tips and techniques.
  • Gain fail-safe tricks for a winning strategy at depositions
  • Discover the secrets to successful witness preparation
  • Acquire the skills to effectively cross-examine an adverse witness and deal with evasive and combative witnesses
  • Learn how to beat the other side's expert witness and defend your own
  • Understand the unique strategies for taking a deposition in business and a tort cases
  • Master the art of taking the deposition of a corporate representative
  • Obtain the essential steps of a successful deposition when representing your plaintiff
Attendees of the live conference receive a complimentary copy of Winning at Deposition, the award-winning book by D. Shane Read.

UT Law CLE

2018 Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy

5/28/18
Schedule

Thursday Morning, June 28, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX

8:00 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:50 am
Welcoming Remarks

9:00 am

0.75 hr

Developing a Winning Strategy

Learn the fail-safe tricks to ensure you have a winning strategy at depositions.

Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

9:45 am

0.50 hr

Deposing for the Plaintiff

When representing the plaintiff: essential steps for a successful deposition of defendant’s expert, a witness or the defendant.

Linda Turley, Turley Law Firm - Dallas, TX

10:15 am

0.50 hr

Developing Your Trial Cross through the Adverse Deposition

Discover effective techniques for getting the answers you need from an adverse witness.

Tracy W. McCormack, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

10:45 am
Break with Q&A

Take a break from formal instruction and chat with program co-chairs about deposition strategies for your cases.

Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX
Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

11:00 am

0.50 hr

Preparing Your Witness for Deposition

Witnesses win cases—and lose them. Learn how to keep your witness from giving it all up in a deposition and how to use the deposition to help prepare your witness to be a winner at trial.

Erica W. Harris, Susman Godfrey LLP - Houston, TX

11:30 am

0.50 hr

Overcoming the Problem Witness

Acquire the techniques to use against problem witnesses, including those who feign ignorance, are evasive, and are combative.

Frank L. Branson, The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C. - Dallas, TX

12:00 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, June 28, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:20 pm

1.00 hr

Co-Chairs Interview of Frank Branson and Dick Sayles

Discussion regarding the ethics of ethics of witness preparation, dealing with jerk lawyers, and other things. Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org or on-site at the conference registration desk.

Frank L. Branson, The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C. - Dallas, TX
Richard A. Sayles, Sayles | Werbner PC - Dallas, TX
Moderators:
Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX
Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

0.50 hr

Taking Depositions in Business Cases

Strategies for deposition-taking in business cases, including who to depose first, deposing corporate executives, and how to make sure you have the testimony you need in a complex business case.

Ricky A. Raven, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX

2:05 pm

0.75 hr

Beating the Expert

Find out how to take an expert’s deposition—how to avoid being intimidated and how to set realistic, attainable goals when you depose the "expert."

Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX

2:50 pm

0.50 hr

Taking Depositions in Tort Cases

Strategies for deposition-taking in tort cases, including how to ensure you have the liability and damages testimony you need to effectively prosecute or defend your case.

Jim M. Perdue Jr., Perdue & Kidd - Houston, TX

3:20 pm
Break â€‹with Q&A

Take a break from formal instruction and chat with program co-chairs about deposition strategies for your cases.

Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX
Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

3:35 pm

0.50 hr

Taking the Deposition of a Corporate Representative

Review of the rules and discuss practical ways to maximize testimony from a corporate representative.

Paul N. Gold, Aversano & Gold - Houston, TX

4:05 pm

0.75 hr

Deposition Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Learn how depositions can make or break your case.

Dicky Grigg, Spivey & Grigg L.L.P. - Austin, TX

4:50 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2018 Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Frank L. Branson
The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Quentin Brogdon
Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX
Paul N. Gold
Aversano & Gold
Houston, TX
Dicky Grigg
Spivey & Grigg L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Erica W. Harris
Susman Godfrey LLP
Houston, TX
Tracy W. McCormack
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Jim M. Perdue Jr.
Perdue & Kidd
Houston, TX
Ricky A. Raven
Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX
Shane Read
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX
Richard A. Sayles
Sayles | Werbner PC
Dallas, TX
Linda Turley
Turley Law Firm
Dallas, TX

Planning Committee

Quentin Brogdon—Co-Chair
Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX
Shane Read—Co-Chair
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX
Deborah Salzberg—Director
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2018 Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
6.75 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Expected for Administrative Law, Expected for Bankruptcy Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Expected for Consumer and Commercial Law, Family Law, Expected for Juvenile Law, Expected for Labor and Employment Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Expected for Workers' Compensation Law
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
6.75 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Louisiana – Expected
6.75 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Oklahoma
8.00 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Other States
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
8.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

UT Law CLE

2018 Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Jun 20, 2018
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jun 22, 2018
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jun 25, 2018
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2018 Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy

Hotel / Venue

Houston

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027-3502
713.627.7600
855.463.3091 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

A limited amount of rooms are available at a discounted rate of $169. Please contact the reservations department and mention this conference to receive the special rate.

Parking Information

Self-parking $10 daily; $16 overnight
Valet $16 daily; $25 overnight
(rates subject to change)