Comments from Chicago 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"

I stopped going to seminars regularly when Irving Younger died; Musante is Younger's heir-apparent. Well worth both the time and the money. Musante is what law school deans refer to as a "dancing bear" - too entertaining to compare to normal legal teaching/too intellectually talented to miss. My son is in grad school to be a teacher; I sent him to Musante's seminar to learn how to teach.

Kevin Connelly, 25-yr atty, "too many" adverse depos, Connelly, Sheehan & Moran

Too often seminars are anecdotal, narcissistic and boring. [Musante's] seminar was well-organized, fast-moving, humorous and filled with practical how-to information. I took two adverse depositions this week [following the seminar] that were critical to a case that will turn in substantial part on credibility of the witnesses. The fine results achieved are directly attributable to [Musante's] coaching....I am already telling every lawyer I know that takes depositions to go [to this seminar].

Shelley R. Smith, Chicago attorney

The seminar was more valuable than most litigation seminars because you [Musante] provide sound reasons for the rules guiding deposition taking. The content made me think about the situations I currently have pending and made me re-evaluate some of the cases. [Musante] was excellent. He was thoughtful, animated and varied the presentation. [The seminar's set of deposition rules] make more sense than the "orthodox" rules.

James A. Roth, 14-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Excellent seminar. Top-notch. Twice I've had the privilege to be regaled by Mr. Musante's highly informative, thought-provoking, entertaining teaching. I am convinced now more than ever that he is right, and that there are "stupid" orthodoxies that I admittedly have followed before. I am a BELIEVER; the depositions I have taken since the first time have been MUCH better.

James Oh, 15-yr atty, 75 adverse depos, Connelly, Sheehan & Moran

This seminar showed me a brand new way of thinking about depositions. They've taken on more importance in my practice. This seminar is very different and phenomenally of greater use than other depo seminars. There will be a vast improvement in the quality of my depositions.

Ken Battle, 5-yr atty, 25+ adverse depos

Excellent...seminar examples are great: Clinton, George Will, David Boies, etc. This seminar is better than most--more informative and interesting.

Stephen Wood, 11-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

Among the best seminars! It very directly deals with and brings us back to the real purpose for which depositions are taken. I was initially reluctant about disclosing impeachment evidence, but now I'm convinced that the rules set forth in this course are absolutely correct!

Lori A. Owens, 15-yr atty, 150+ adverse depos

Excellent seminar...excellent instructor. Seminar provides structure and common sense expression to a lot of thoughts many of us have had and further provides a number of new and valuable techniques. The best seminar!

Charles W. Cross, 27-yr atty, 1000+ adverse depos

Superior seminar...excellent practical content. I have always needed some way to model my preparation and now I have it.

Tom Kolodz, 17-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, Northwest Suburban Bar Assn

This is probably the best, most informative seminar. Musante is very captivating; he kept my attention throughout the seminar. On a scale of 1-10, at least a 9.

Sharon Ferguson, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Very useful - I feel like I have a lot to think about and am eager to try some of these tools out. Way ahead, useful, canny & pragmatic.

Penny Nathan Kahan, 20-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

This seminar is excellent and unlike any other I've attended or know of. Musante is my deposition guru. I admire his passion and conviction of his views. I am also persuaded he is right. I am set to take over 30 depos this summer for an October trial. I plan to spend the next 2 weeks in my office...door closed...applying what I have learned today.

Michael Sheehan, 19-yr atty, 500+ adverse depos, Connelly, Sheehan & Moran

I've been to numerous good seminars, but this is probably the one I needed the most to improve my practice. The seminar gave me both analytical tools and practical examples for taking a "killer" deposition. I'm looking forward to using them at my next deposition! Musante was very good, left me wanting to hear more.

Alenna K. Bolin, 8-yr atty, 60 adverse depos

Excellent, I've attended several CLE courses and this one was the most practical for everyday lawyering. Very practical content. I know that I can walk out today and implement new practices and methods of thinking that will not only make me a better lawyer, but better serve my clients as well. Musante is very talented, clear, focused, entertaining and able to narrow ideas down to a functional practice and sharp legal tool.

Anonymous

I practice criminal law so I compared it with cross-exam rules - I found it consistent; it expounded on the good rules, training and advice I received in the past.

Carmen Spiropoulos, 2-yr atty

Excellent seminar…something to be used in every case to improve the odds of a better result for my clients. Musante is a powerful speaker…provides a great framework to hone your skills with these tools…great pacing. This seminar is better than almost everything I've taken…it's in depth, effective, smart, vital.

Gregory Ladle, 5-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…clearly there are different styles/approaches to depositions. Robert demonstrates the advantages of his "disciplined" approach. Musante is better than most teachers who actually have teaching background. The POTUS demos were a good demonstration to keep people's attention right after lunch.

Gregory Caravajal, 1-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Excellent practical content…excellent speaker--knowledgeable, organized and a great delivery. Kept my interest from start to finish. This seminar is practical, hands-on, and teaches an easy to remember methodology.

Anonymous, 9-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Seminar better than most, and fewer war stories.

Dan Dever, 30-yr atty, 1,000 adverse depos

Excellently presented seminar…dissected what good questioning/cross-examination requires. Very good speaker…good pace…keeps your interest. Robert is a seasoned veteran--his seminar is better than most I have attended.

Anonymous, 28-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Awesome video clips.

Tyra Lewis, 6-yr atty, 70 adverse depos

Great seminar…Musante's energy kept my attention throughout. It really made me question my style and change my opinion as to leading questions. Great teacher.

Amy Grogan, 11-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

Extremely useful and beneficial seminar. Musante is unbelievable…kept it interesting the whole time. I was never bored…generally hate seminars. Excellent job. Best seminar by far.

Anonymous, 9-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

Extremely thought-provoking seminar and useful…conscious application of principles will improve efficacy of my deposition skills immeasurably. Excellent speaker.

Colleen Hammond, 15-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Seminar has a lot of practical examples. Musante is extremely well organized and has a fluid delivery.

Matt Strubbe, 8-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…much of the content and approaches have evolved in m practice, but the formal application of them is very useful and reinforces any good habits I have stumbled into. Seminar kept my interest and attention better than most CLEs.

Dan Dreiser, 22-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos

Very good. Very practical. My thinking about depositions is changed as a result. [Musante] was excellent. Good use of videotapes and powerpoint presentation. Focus on deposition as trial was new to me and very helpful.

Debra J. Stanek, 12-yr atty, 24 depos

Very refreshing approach to witness testimony dilemmas. Practical content good. Musante good.

Lorence Slutzky, 30-yr atty, 200 depos

The best. I hope I'm good enough to put it in practice; very practical. Shows how persistence pays off; shows how need to have a plan, not just "get the facts". I would have stayed for hours more.

21-yr atty, 50+ depos

Great--one of the most valuable [seminars]. Very practical and excellent use of video clips. Gives a good guide and puts perspective on depo taking consistent with what I've done; reconfirms what I've been doing is correct and adds some new effective angles.

9-yr atty, 45-50 adverse depos

Better than 90% of the seminars I've been to and equal to the best. Excellent. Although I have used many of the techniques, the presentation adds theory and a new perspective to my practice.

Marilyn F. Longwell, 25-yr atty, 300+ adverse depos

Excellent. A highly practical seminar filled with wit, humor, insight and interesting ideas and experiences.

Richard Stamm, 4-yr atty, 14 adverse depos

This was the best trial practice seminar I have taken. Very useful. The logic of the suggested approaches is airtight. Mr. Musante kept the attendees' attention, has the material mastered, and minimizes the cliched war stories. The seminar was superb, and Mr. Musante's passion for the material is refreshing.

Raymond E. Stachnik, 25-yr atty, 250 adverse depos

Probably one of the most informative and practical seminars I've ever been to. [Musante] very effective teacher.

Jillian Cerone Marisie, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Good because it provides practical, useful information. The seminar was interesting and the [video] clips were especially helpful to understand the concepts. These [deposition] rules will make my depositions much more thorough.

Kathryn Michaels, 2-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Excellent presentation. Enjoyed it greatly.

Chris Horvay , 20-yr atty, 30-40 adverse depos

Being inexperienced, I now have a chance to never take or settle for a mediocre adverse depo. Very practical. Musante is fabulous! Kept my attention, easy to follow, entertaining.

Heather Perry, 2-yr atty, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Exceptional. Incredibly useful.

Alison Stein, 12-yr atty, 5-7 adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Excellent. Topnotch Will have a significant impact on my adverse depos -- I HOPE it will change the way I view depositions altogether.

John A. Berg, 4-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Excellent insights on the strategy/logical decisions that must by made in advance of trial ... at the deposition. Other seminars, after these two days, seem like "crap." I've seen the light, and will never take a deposition the way I've "seen" them taken by others.

Terence Smith, 3-yr atty, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Musante is excellent. Covers most rules I already knew, but also added new rules that are significant.

Jackie Iannicelli, 7-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Very useful and well worth the time. Musante is excellent to brilliant.

Jeanne Toft, 12-yr atty, "hundreds" of adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Excellent. Most Connelly Sheehan Moran partners have become disciples of Musante's teaching. Will sharpen my focus, as well as my case theory and depo prep.

Brian Spang, 3-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Excellent practical content; Musante is superb.

Tanya L. Jachimiak, 3-yr atty, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Stimulating and enlightening. Musante is excellent. He is energetic, enjoyable and extremely informative. This seminar has encouraged me to take "risks" in deposition to gain testimony favorable to my "story." Extremely helpful.

4-yr atty, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Radically different. High value.

P. Melfi, 7-yr atty, 7 adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Musante teaches what will give you the edge over others ... very useful! No comparison to other seminars.

Patty Conti, 7-yr atty, 12 adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Very practical content. Musante is an extremely effective instructor. Should significantly improve the quality of my adverse depos.

Brett Rawitz, 15-yr atty, 30-40 adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

By far the best trainer I have ever witnessed. I thought I was good until I heard Musante.

5-yr atty, 6 adverse depos, Connelly Sheehan Moran

Musante is excellent. Gives a new perspective on approaching deposition preparation.

Anonymous

Thought-provoking and insightful on the practical issues faced by civil litigators. Musante’s presentation is clearly and interestingly presented.

Joel M. Goldstein, 28-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos, Cook Co. State's Attorney's Office

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Made me appreciate the importance of the adverse deposition as trial. Destroyed several myths passed on from experienced litigators.

Thomas Gamache, 1-yr atty

Quite good. I’m not a fan of powerpoint. However, this seminar actually showed it be can used well. During the seminar I was playing in my head my last depo, and how I royally screwed it up, which I already knew. Now I can more effectively discuss how I did it.

Stephanie Tipton, 5-yr atty, 10-15 adverse depos

Good instructor; good energy; too quick at times. Will make me think more.

Casey Brown, 3-yr atty, 20-30 adverse depos

Good practical content; good instructor. I will improve meaningfully.

Jeff Glass, 11-yr atty, 75 adverse depos, Field & Golan

Practical, use-oriented. This topic never gets taught

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Anonymous

Very good, probably the best. Excellent instructor. Wish he had more time.

Anonymous, 27-yr atty, 150+ adverse depos

Very practical. Helps to answer the “I don’t know” response of adverse witness. Very articulate. I will have more confidence in dealing with difficult evasive witnesses.

Azam Nizamuddin, 6-yr atty, 30-40 adverse depos

Extremely practical. Excellent instructor. Real life examples and references make application of techniques more relevant and useful.

Scott Richmond, 8-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

The logic behind Musante’s teachings seems irrefutable. Very effective; good blend of examples and integration of clips, etc. More energetic and entertaining than other one-day deposition seminars.

Eric Bolander, 2-yr atty

Very informative; great instructor.

Dean Lurie, 1-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

Found it invaluable. Clear, concise, easy to follow. One of the best seminars I have attended.

Stephen G. DeNigris, 13-yr atty, 48-60 adverse depos

Excellent, practical matters easy to understand. Musante is excellent; powerpoints and humor maintained attention. Very knowledgeable and credible.

Dan Wolf, 13-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Excellent; superb instructor. Better than any.

Gregory Shuger, 6-yr atty, 7 adverse depos

Very interesting and helpful. Excellent instructor. One of the best I've been to.

Niscal Raval, 4-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Content extremely useful. Excellent instructor. Will use these techniques in my next deposition.

Anonymous, 6-yr atty, 10+ adverse depos

This instructor went into more detail on how to craft good questions and detect evasive answers than the other cross-examination seminar I’ve been to. I expect this it will greatly improve my depositions.

Anonymous

Extremely beneficial and useful material. Musante is eloquent, funny, sharp, engaging.

Brent Newcomb, 1-yr atty

At the top of the range. Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Anonymous, 9-yr atty, 150 adverse depos

Good; easy to follow. Comparable to somewhat better than other seminar. I will be better able to narrow questions.

Bob Wilson, 12-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos

I thought that the presenter was a great presenter. The topic was relevant and I liked the use of video. I learned a few great tips.

C. Sarah Lappin, 2-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, DiMonte & Lizak

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. It is helpful because it is a new way of thinking of adverse depos.

Karl Anderson, 1-yr atty

Learned an awful lot; content is excellent. I have a far better idea of how to shape future depositions.

Vernon Schleyer, 1-yr atty

Very good, non-boring. Much better [than others] as Musante is energetic and interesting. Gave me a lot to think about and new tools.

Theresa Wybrow-Albano, 6-yr atty. "lots" of adverse depos

Great program, great information and easy to apply. Wonderful speaker, gets a great deal of information in inn a short amount of time. One of the better seminars I have attended. Will definitely help with the “I don’t know” answers and how to create a more valuable question.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Very good and useful rules and destruction of depo myths. Musante is engaging and good. Will improve my adverse depos significantly.

Steven A. Marderosian, Field & Golan

Informative. Excellent instructor. Will help me to be a better critical listener.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Terrific practical content. Fantastic instructor. Will improve my adverse depos considerably, both as to technique and content.

Anonymous, 34-yr atty, 1000+ adverse depos

Very good practical content; excellent instructor. Superior compared to others.

Michael R. Berz, 37-yr atty, 300 adverse depos

Both entertaining and enlightening. Absorbing speaker. Super program.

Anonymous

The best. Outstanding practical content; first-rate instructor.

Anonymous, 24-yr atty, 250+ adverse depos

Very practical and applicable to practice. Will significantly improve.

Maria Mazza, 3-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Above average seminar. Seemed more theory-based, but it did give great examples to work on. Musante is dynamic, intelligent and entertaining. Will give me direction on the skills and techniques I must work on to give an effective adverse depo.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 4 adverse depos

Keeps the lecture flowing and has good use of video and powerpoints to keep the class’s attention all day long. Has given me many guidelines to think about and incorporate into my practice.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Very helpful video clips to illustrate the points.

Tyra Lewis, 7-yr atty, 70 adverse depos

Speaker was great and inspiring, but hard to put immediately into practice. Outstanding speaker. Anxious to put techniques to work.

Anonymous, 14-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Extremely good seminar…most topics I had experienced and have gained much better understanding. Great videos.

Peter Savitski, 29-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Not since Irving Younger's "Evidence" series have I seen a more interesting teacher. The seminar did more to confirm and refresh than to change my approach, but I think that is important.

Paul Scoma, 24-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Terrific seminar…terrific speaker.

Sue-Ann Rosen, 20-yr atty

Very good seminar…very good speaker. Musante kept the pact and presentation moving…dynamic. The seminar will significantly put rationale and focus on questioning strategy.

Anonymous, 28-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Excellent seminar--all attorneys, after two years of depo taking, would benefit immensely to take the course. Excellent speaker. Very informative video clips while also very entertaining.

Gay Judge, 30-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Very practical seminar and very easy to follow and execute. Musante is excellent…a dynamic speaker. The seminar will improve my cross-exam questions, at depo and trial, 100 percent.

Anonymous, 9-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Magnificent.

Dan Dever, 32-yr atty, 1,000 adverse depos

Great tools…had used many of these techniques before but now organized…easier to use. Fantastic speaker!

Gregory Ladle, 5-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Good valuable practical content. First rate speaker.

Dan Dreiser, 22-yr atty, 500+ adverse depos