Comments from Austin area attorneys who attended "Great! Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques" and/or "The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

"Great! Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques"

This seminar had far more valuable information related to actual practice of actual law. This was extremely practical. The emphasis on obtaining factual testimony is almost unique. The way Musante used excerpts of testimony from recent notable trials hammered home his message. I used to be an administrative law judge, which meant I reviewed LOTS of transcripts of testimony for the purpose of making findings of fact. If 1/10 of the lawyers who produced that testimony had taken this class, my job would have been much easier, and that 1/10 would have won.

Karen Cox, 7-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

As we all know, most CLE is worthless, at best legislative updates; at worst, repetitive clichés. This was extremely useful; will be used next week.

James R. Young, 18 yr atty, 10-12 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…nice combination of course materials and practical applications. The use of actual testimony from trials greatly enhanced and aided the learning experience. Excellent speaker…practical examples that speak to all experience levels and should provide everyone with useful tools to improve or enhance deposition-taking ability.

Jerry Clark, 13-yr atty, 75 adverse depos

Extremely good seminar…technique-oriented. Not the typically abstract CLE. Love the Powerpoint! Very good speaker…communicates well, keeps interest (usually I doze off after a couple hours…not this one). This seminar is completely different than others--this is practical how to practice. This seminar will definitely change how I approach getting certain information.

Doran Peters, 5-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

The importance of the content of this seminar cannot be overstated. Excellent speaker. This seminar is intense…more useful content per minute than other seminars.

Preston Henrichson, 32-yr atty, "too many" adverse depos

Outstanding speaker! This seminar goes to the heart of my practice as a litigator. This seminar is light years ahead of others.

Judith Taylor, 21-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

Most applicable and useful tips and strategies of any CLE course I have ever attended. Musante is great…funny and effective in relaying information and keeping the audience's attention. Best seminar I've attended…should be required of all litigators.

Edward Allred, 8-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Great examples. This is the best seminar I've attended in years.

Ann Taylor, 20-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Very useful seminar, many practical tidbits. Musante is very capable and engaging. No other seminar matches this one, other than Bryan Garner.

Chad Van Cleave,1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Entertaining; very engaging speaker. Excellent [practical content! Excellent instructor! Helped me know what I was doing right & where to change. Loved the audiovisual aids too.

Marian Bloss, 7-yr atty, 6 adverse depos

The seminar was more entertaining than most other CLE courses I've attended and made good use of video clips of classic TV courtroom footage. The content was informative and practical. It was also a good recharge for my motivation and desire to "come out fighting". Musante was a great oral presentation presenter. I've been using a lot of his tactics instinctively, but this reinforced my belief in my own competence and analyzed the reasons behind my instincts.

Elaine Casas, 6-yr atty, 80+ adverse depos

This seminar didn't have too much written material. It was practical info set out in a quick reference guide. Very entertaining with current examples that emphasized styles and techniques. Extremely practical. Straightforward. Musante is a good communicator with engaging sense of humor. Lively and easy to understand.

1-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

Very valuable. Excellent practical conten]. Excellent instructor.

21-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

At the top of the class compared to other CLEs. Focus of seminar was the practical, very useful information. Reinforced the good things I've done, emphasized where I was lacking.

Robert DeBerardine, 16-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

This is one of the most informative seminars for the actual practice of law on a daily basis. Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor. This set of deposition rules seem to be far superior.

6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Very "nuts and bolts". Immediately applicable to everyday practice. Excellent practical content. After absorbing the content of the seminar, I can't figure out why I had such a hard time "nailing the liar" in the past. Musante's presentation was very thorough and effectively conveyed.

3-yr atty, 75+ adverse depos

I thought this CLE was one of the best I've attended. The content of this course to be helpful and instructive -- something I will incorporate into my personal practice of law. The instructor's teaching ability far surpassed many instructors I have witnessed in that he supports his theories/rules with realistic examples. These [set of deposition rules] provide a great foundation from which I can build upon.

Kristen Worman, 4-yr atty

Very practical and useable. Excellent practical content. Outstanding instructor. I had no idea I had missed so many opportunities.

M. George Bailey, 19-yr atty, 100s adverse depos

I liked the program so much last year I signed up again this year. Either it's a great program or I'm a slow learner... And I'll probably be back next year. [Musante] is superb. He is enthusiastic, excellent use of examples from notable cases.

M. H. "Butch" Cersonsky, 19-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

This seminar is so far superior to others, there's no comparison. Very useful -- I wish I were taking a depo in a couple of weeks to put this into pracctice right away. Musante is exceptional. (In fact, I found myself observing the way he teaches, as teaching fascinates me as much as law ...)

Stuart Phillips, 17-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

High value to practical content. [As a prior attendee], I've attempted to put this into practice and found that it makes my motion practice and negotiations, as well as trials, work better. More entertaining and more useful than other full-day depo seminars. This has already improved my adverse depos: I've gotten over my desire to hold back the "good stuff" and started using it earler for better advantage.

Cari Bernstein, 18-yr atty, 12 adverse depos

Great, helpful and logical.

Tracy J. Andrews, 2-yr atty

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor; excellent compared to other full-day seminars.

Raul Noriega, 36-yr atty, 250-300 adverse depos

Clear, articulate and entertaining speaker. Practical content helpful in that it challenged standard orthodoxies.

Robert J. Blech, 5-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Most valuable of any CLE taken in the past 10 years. The interweaving of principles and real-life examples is a great way to teach. This will definitely change my approach in depositions.

Ingrid Hansen, 15-yr atty

Best I have attended. This is the second time I have seen Mr. Musante, and I would attend again. Exceptional, well-paced, good delivery, enthusiastic, informative.

David A. Talbot, 30-yr atty

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Much better than other full-day depo seminars.

Lawrence Wells, 30-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Extremely helpful in helping cross-examiners get to the heart of the deposition. Musante is very engaging and energetic.. No danger of falling asleep in this class!

Dan Perkins, 9-yr atty, 150 adverse depos

Extremely valuable. I found myself planning upcoming depositions and strategizing in preparation for them during the seminar. Musante is an extraordinary teacher. I appreciated his energy, humor, enthusiasm and perfect balance of self-confidence and self-effacement. He effectively threw out everything (well, almost everything) I thought I "knew." My instincts were better than I realized. I will definitely be a better equipped litigator. This was unquestionably the best depo course I've ever taken.

Stuart Phillips, 19-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Healthy balance of wisdom with examples. Every attorney (on my side) should take it in their first year of practice. My rookie common-sense approach relied too much on "orthodoxy" and the course's grant of permission to rely on logical reasoning has lifted an 800 pound gorilla from my back.

David Nancie, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Very practical. Changed the way I thought about deposition's transition from discovery to trial tool. Previous intensive litigation-skills seminars tended to focus on some old guy, telling you he's seen it all and you should do things like he's done them in the past. This seminar will make me a better lawyer. I really appreciated the lessons. I will incorporate the teaching into my practice.

Kevin Lashus

Excellent presentation. Extremely competent and effective instructor. Better content than other seminars regarding analysis to depose and better skills-improvement tools. Exceptional visual aids. I've only been given "procedural" rules in the past; these are practical gems.

Patricia Henry, 11-yr atty, 7 adverse depos

Outstanding practical content; outstanding instructor. Much more practical than the state bar advanced civil trial courses. These rules are almost 180 degrees opposite of those I've previously employed...I'll have to try them and see if they work.

James A. Daross, 17-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor. Very ingenious as compared to other litigation-skills seminars. It definitely will make me a better cross-examiner.

Daniel D. Maeso, 28-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Excellent examples. Very engaging instructor.

Steve Toland, 1-yr atty

Excellent practical content, excellent instructor, excellent compared to other seminars. Musante is a crazed, gifted lecturer. Under no circumstances should he adjust his medication.

Jack Hohengarten, 10-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Excellent seminar for practical content. Excellent instructor. This seminar was as good as any I've attended. Consistent with much of what I do in deposition. Wish I had learned it 20 years ago rather than perhaps 10.

Anonymous, 27-yr atty, 150+ adverse depos

Excellent seminar…the best seminar I have ever taken. Excellent speaker. Video clips made the points presented much more vivid and helpful to imprint points to memory.

M. Lawrence Wells, 30-yr atty, 30+ adverse depos

The seminar is excellent for attorneys at all levels of experience. Musante is an excellent communicator. Excellent use of video clips to make teaching points.

Phil Marrus, 30-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Informative, sharp, quick, to the point. Excellent speaker…doesn't waste time reading slides.

Paul Masters, 3-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. I attended his seminars last year and was excited to see him again.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 6 adverse depos

This seminar is very practical…its teachings can significantly impact an attorney's efficacy and advocacy. Musante kept my attention for the duration of the course. Mixing the rules with illustrative video clips really emphasizes the material. This seminar has given me a lot of things to think about when preparing for depositions. I have learned techniques to successfully gather the information I need.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

The content of this seminar seems to be very useful. The workbook will be a good tool for later use…a good refresher. Very good speaker…keeps one's attention. This seminar is very good at breaking down the rules that one needs to take a useful depo. Video clips were great…they did a great job illustrating the points and they kept our attention. This seminar will greatly improve my depo skills…I'm very glad I came.

Abigail Rushing, 1-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. This seminar has provided a framework for preparing my depo questions…has helped me isolate several weaknesses in my depo practice and provided concrete action steps for handling these weaknesses. Awesome class!

Anonymous, 5-yr atty, 15-20 adverse depos

Very good seminar…very good-excellent speaker. Best thing about the videos was not only using lawyers, but the George Will example…it just shows how important it is to use common sense logic, and not to believe only super rich lawyers can depo well.

Anonymous, 12-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Musante is clear, concise and logical…very entertaining. I take this course every chance I get…it's a great refresher when I need to reevaluate my deposition-taking skills.

Dan Perkins, 10-yr atty, 80-100 adverse depos

Informative and geared at real world use. Made me really evaluate my approach to this area of practice. Musante ranks among the best I've encountered. These rules make great sense and blend nicely with my basic open file policy, which usually results in the other side working a deal; laying out impeachment material is logical next step.

Anonymous, 18-yr atty

Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor. Excellent compared to other seminars. It organized theory in a practical application that will save me time. I always go into a depo to pin my chores down so that I can stylistically make it a "whack" at trial, but the course provided me the means to make even more goof for "whack" beyond the given fact scenario.

Anonymous, 22-yr atty

Musante is very talented. I have a background in doing depositions, but I feel like I could do one and not fall flat on my face, thanks to this seminar.

Anonymous, 10-yr atty

Excellent. Better than Younger's guidelines on video. Musante is better by far than most, as is his seminar. The depo rules are not exactly like others I've seen. They will be very helpful if I can successfully apply the exceptions to the "road test the impeachment at depo" rule.

Anonymous, 15-yr atty, 400+ adverse depos

Very worthwhile. Excellent instructor. It will definitely make me better. This is the only instruction I've ever gotten on depositions.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Musante did a good job of tying his points with his examples. Very helpful in a practical sense, whereas other seminars are law-driven. It gives me a new paradigm to consider in evaluating a case.

Anonymous, 14-yr atty, 30+ adverse depos

It was very helpful. Excellent content. Fast moving. Lots of material. Very strong positive presenter (also informed). I like it that he used many examples. The powerpoint presentation was awesome! I liked the video excerpts too. Nice sense of humor and audience interaction. This seminar has been great. Others have been good...but overall this has been exceptional. It has provided me with great tools to use.

Anonymous, 1 1/2-yr atty

Exceptional instructor: creativity, humor, maintained energy and attention. As valuable a seminar as I've ever attended.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty

Very helpful, engaging, and thoughtful presentation! The illustrations of concepts via video and powerpoint were great! Excellent instructor. This seminar is better than majority of state bar CLEs. Helps the organization of thoughts for depo preparation, assists in strategy and uses techniques to help plan presentation of key trial elements of proof.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Very good for adverse deponent. Very good instructor, exceptionally lively and interesting. Great examples. I haven't had a chance to depose people stretching the truth, but I feel well-advised as to how to proceed now.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Solid and instructive. Musante was excellent. Powerpoints really conveyed his message well.. Near the top compared to other similar seminars.

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"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

Excellent seminar. Musante is my favorite speaker of all seminars. This seminar is far more entertaining while being educational and applicable.

Karen Matlock, 18-yr atty, 130 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…makes me wish I were going right out to take a deposition. I've never heard a more engrossing, animated, logical and informative speaker and teacher [than Musante]. Superior seminar to others. Superb video clips. Musante is so entertaining…I'd attend any seminar he offered.

Stuart Phillips, 21-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…pretty good speaker for a Northern Californian. This seminar compares to other Musante seminars…all of which were excellent.

Phil Marrus, 30-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Great seminar…excellent speaker. Video clips provided excellent examples of principles being taught.

Ana Jordan, 10-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Practical content of seminar = 10 on a scale of 10. Musante is very good. This seminar is much more entertaining than most. Video clips very helpful…particularly since these are cases/hearings we are familiar with. The quality of my seminars will improve a huge extent!

Jeffee Martinez-Vargas, 12-yr atty, 8 adverse depos

This material is directly relevant to my practice…very informative. Musante is an excellent communicator and terrific teacher of logic and depo skills. This seminar is far more engaging than others…and thus memorable…than any other seminar I've taken. The video clips are terrific for showing how Musante's archetypes are put into practice.

Mark Levy, 3-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Great seminar…great speaker…outstanding seminar compared to others.

Brandy Bramlett, 2-yr atty

Good content…many topics covered. Musante's use of audio visual teaching methods reinforce the subject taught. His video clips maximally demonstrated each teaching point…they were interesting. Good Powerpoint show, good presentation and design of slides.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty

Extremely helpful seminar…excellent speaker. Top-notch seminar.

Jewell Patricio, 11-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

This seminar is very helpful to someone new to litigation. Musante is very engaging and does a good job explaining the materials.

Ashley Bartram, 6-month atty

Very practical seminar. Excellent speaker…dynamic. This seminar is among the best.

Jack Hohengarten, 20-yr atty, 60 adverse depos

Very good seminar…the techniques will be applicable in almost every case I have. This seminar will improve the quality of my depos a lot, with any examination.

Matthew Tepper, 5-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…dynamic and interesting…keeps the group interested. The video clips helped explain his points well, particularly with Musante's follow-up comments.

Shelley Dahlberg, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

I enjoyed the use of visual examples…it made it much easier to understand the concepts. Musante is very persuasive. Video clips made the seminar.

Christopher Clough, 9-month atty

Very useful, essential, seminar. Musante is excellent, as always…engaging, entertaining and logical.

Kerry O'Brien, 2-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Very valuable seminar. Very effective speaker. This seminar is just about the best, most interesting, most valuable there is.

Tommy Prud'homme, 14-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…Excellent speaker. Musante's animated style and humor held my attention and allowed his points to come through. This seminar is much better than others…more concrete and better at communicating theory.

Anonymous, 20-yr atty, 75 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…a long overlooked topic. Great speaker. Best CLE I've had in 20 years…really. Wonderful use of videos.

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