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Articles on Depositions

Preparation: The Key to Deposition Success

October
2014
Column
Page 501
The three ps of deposition success are preparation, preparation, and preparation.

Preventing Deposition Abuse in Illinois

By Jeffrey A. Parness
March
2012
Column
Page 162
Illinois courts should require prediscovery conferrals and other deposition-management techniques, the author opines.

Depositions of Gravely Ill Illinois Claimants

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2008
Column
Page 476
 A majority in Berry found that while the trial court ruled correctly the system failed.

Fees for Physician Testimony: What’s Reasonable?

By Timothy J. Harris
September
2008
Article
Page 460
A look at the governing rules, along with common-sense ways lawyers can keep doctors from charging too much for testifying.

No discovery deps allowed

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2008
LawPulse
Page 384
A recent case underscores the importance of taking a party's evidence - not discovery - deposition if he or she may die before trial.

Clients behaving badly

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2008
LawPulse
Page 230
When a client or witness spins out of control during a hearing or deposition, is doing nothing a safe route?

Contacting, deposing employees of opposing parties: a how-to

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2008
LawPulse
Page 10
Don’t just call up your opponent’s employees, even if they’re working elsewhere. Consider first whether doing so might violate legal or ethical rules.

Correspondence from Our Readers

December
2007
Column
Page 618
Returning phone calls, etc.

What court reporters want

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2007
LawPulse
Page 510
 At depositions, they want you to say out loud who is in the room. And to speak slowly. And not to interrupt other speakers. And...

Deposition cross must remain within scope of direct

May
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
On January 23, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Coles County, finding the circuit court had not abused its discretion in disallowing certain portions of deposition testimony offered by the defendant.

Oppositional depositions - telling your client not to answer

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2007
LawPulse
Page 230
A recent federal case sheds light about when and how lawyers can counsel their clients to refuse to answer questions in a deposition.

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