Comments from Colorado 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"

Outstanding! I attempt to mentor less experienced attorney associates, all of whom complain that most seminars are full of do's and don'ts with no practical application of implementation tips/advice. This is one of the best seminars I've ever encountered. Musante is very persuasive…techniques need no "selling". The logic that supports Musante's approach is stellar. Fantastic video clips.

Andris G. Hampton, 25-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Denver
 

Great content which is absolutely practical and user-friendly, ie I can begin implementing these valuable techniques tomorrow. Brilliant speaker. Information presented in a no-nonsense, practical and understandable manner. This seminar drilled down more quickly, efficiently, and effectively to the notable and practical nuggets for taking great depositions.

Kato Crews, 7-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent seminar…turns conventional thinking on depos on its head. Excellent speaker…very dynamic…didn't yawn once. Far superior seminar.

Robert S. Irving, 20-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Denver

I find the theories and logic to be very useful and I look forward to implementing the ideas contained in the material. Musante is an engaging speaker.

Mike Dible, 4-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent seminar…good illustration of the points he's trying to make. I like the way Musante tackles conventional depo wisdom head on, with substance.

Ron Taylor, 20-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Denver

Superb seminar…excellent speaker.

Nathan Longenecker, 12-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, Denver

Witty, engaging, and informative…practical and substantive. Very good speaker…a relief from lecturing.

Cyndi Lyden, 24-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent techniques that have practical application. Very effective communicator.

Charles E. Norton, 27-yr atty, 75 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent video examples, content easy to follow and understand. Excellent speaker…entertaining, informative, funny…keeps it interesting while providing valuable tools. Seminar much better than most CLEs I've attended.

Suzanne Rauch, 1-yr atty, 0 adverse depos, Denver

Videotapes and transcripts were very helpful. I definitely understand the content but need a little more experience to keep up with the pace of some of the examples. Excellent speaker. He is energetic and able to get his point across well. Best seminar I've attended.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Denver

Very useful seminar…counter to the way I've been trained but much more logical, makes depositions relevant rather than tool to evaluate likeability of the witness. Musante is very engaging--nicely breaks material into digestible components without diluting material. Seminar much more in-depth…practical examples for each element are illuminating.

Lori, 2-yr atty, 8 adverse depos, Denver

Great practical application. Had several depos on the horizon and was able to apply these techniques in my mind to each of them.

Dan Goodwin, 35-yr atty, 50-60 adverse depos, Denver

Better than most. Excellent instructor.

Jeff Burns, 20-yr atty, 75-100 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Elizabeth A. Starrs, 24-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Equivalent to about double the usual CLE content. Total practical applicability.

Anonymous, 15-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Denver

Finally, a systematic approach to depos -- young associates search for this from experienced partner and rarely receive this level of structure and detail.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Denver

This is an excellent class and should be mandatory before ever taking a depo. Musante is perfect: very energetic and engaging. Will improve my depos 100%.

Kerri Anderson, 1-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent seminar. Exactly the breakthrough skills I was looking for. Engaging. Musante pulls it all together and delivers a huge amount of valuable information effectively and efficiently.

Anonymous, 13-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Denver

Exceptional substantive information. An eye-opening window on the true legal battlefield of the 21st century. Musante is head-and-shoulders above the crowd in terms of everyday nuts and bolds thinking about the "fight."

William J. Searfoorce, Jr., 10-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Montgomery Little & McGrew, Greenwood Village

Excellent. Makes you re-evaluate your own practices.

Will Allen, 7-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Denver

Much better than other one-day deposition seminars. Reaffirms what I have been taught and put into practice, but I rarely see any of my opponents use leading cross-examining questions, and now Musante has taught them some of my firm's tricks!

Anonymous, 25-yr atty, 75-100 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent! More entertaining and informative than any CLE I've attended. Musante is top-notch, very effective.

Christian Ricciardello, 3-yr atty, Denver

Logic is always practical! Musante is high energy and effective. Much higher quality than other one-day depo seminars.

Lindsay McGriff, .5-yr atty, Hopkins, Tschetter, Sulzer, Denver

Much better than most. It's the beginning of a 180-degree turn-around in my adverse depos.

Anonymous, 20-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Denver

This is the best one-day deposition seminar I have attended. Very good practical content supported by good examples. Musante is superior.

Bill Keating, 32-yr atty, 750+ adverse depos, Denver

Outstanding. By far the best seminar re depositions I have ever attended ... every bit as good and informative as the Irving Younger seminar I attended some 20+ years ago.

Steve Polidori, 25-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos, Fogel, Keating, Wagner, Polidori & Shafner, Denver

Excellent! As Musante said, depositions are not adequately covered in law school. Love the sound effects. Musante draws attention to what is important and grabs one's attention.

Sylvia Lovisone, 3-yr atty, Denver

Musante has synthesized into one day many of the techniques that usually take decades to learn.

Evan Lipstein, 30-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Denver

I will definitely apply the content of this seminar in my practice, I hope I will now be able to elicit more information from evasive deponents.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 12-15 adverse depos, Denver

Much better than most. Helped me focus on what to accomplish during depositions. Has helped me outline an analytical strategy, versus only a factual strategy.

David Krivit, 9-yr atty, 12 adverse depos, Godfrey & Lapuyade, Denver

Great! Very good practical information. Musante is great; very engaging, easy to listen to. I'm now ready for my first deposition!

Christine Swartz, 1-yr atty, Sherman & Howard, Denver

The best. Transformative! Superb instructor. Extremely helpful content.

Bill Banta, 30-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Denver

One of the two truly memorable seminars I have attended. I hope it will completely alter my deposition style.

Rob Shively, 25-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Shively, Taheri & Rochelle, Casper, WY

Tremendously useful. Musante is A+. Musante sets an opposing, even intimidating standard ... but shooting for it will force me to get better ... much better.

Skip Morgan, 6-yr atty, 6 adverse depos, Colorado Springs

Wow! One of the best CLEs I've been to in 25 years! Wish I had had this speaker in law school or when I attended NITA ... very dynamic. His powerpoint presentation with sound effects kept me awake. He challenged me with his content.

Renee Shields, Grand Junction

Excellent practical content. Provides an alternate view and encourages thought about the process. Musante is excellent: well-prepared, powerpoint used to good effect, animated and engages students well.

Maurice Lyle Dechant, 26-yr atty, Grand Junction

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Cyndi Fleming, 2-yr atty, Grand Junction

Excellent practical information. Very useful. Musante is very dynamic and effective. Well-organized and focused on practical aspects; very useful for experienced litigators. Gives structure to instinctive thoughts about effective depositions.

Anonymous, 30-yr atty, 150 adverse depos, Grand Junction

One of the best seminars I've been to in some time. Well worth my day.

Anonymous, Grand Junction

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. More principles and fewer war stories. Confirms principles I already knew and should aid me in improving my question-preparation.

Anonymous, 22-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Grand Junction

Outstanding! Every litigator must master the content of this seminar to conduct an effective adverse deposition! Musante is the "Bob Costas" of adverse depositions. For even the most accomplished trial attorney ... Musante will challenge you to examine your deposition methodology.

Robert Gordon, 9-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Colorado Springs

Helpful practical content. Musante is excellent. He teaches the information using interesting and known examples so that the listener can easily apply to his or her own practice. I didn't fall asleep or want to leave early ... and that's a first!

Jessica Kyle Muzzio, 9-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Vaughan & DeMuro, Colorado Springs

Educational and entertaining. Musante is animated, energetic, erudite.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 35 adverse depos, Colorado Springs

A lot to think about! Will improve the quality of my adverse depositions tremendously.

Heidi Ernst, Colorado Springs

Excellent practical content. Musante is very effective. Good visuals and examples to learn important principles. Clearly well-prepared. This will assist in focusing and providing discipline in preparing depositions in the future.

Anonymous, 11-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Grand Junction

Attention-grabbing, very easy to follow. Every depo in the future should be better than any taken in the past.

Anonymous, 16-yr atty, 40+ adverse depos, Grand Junction

One of the best I've been to. Excellent, and very useful. Musante's presentation style was very engaging and informative. Held my attention well.

Patrick Spencer, 7-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Spencer & Spencer, PC, Colorado Springs

Probably the best CLE I have taken. Very well thought-out and presented, not just a loosely connected series of war stories like most CLEs. I wish all CLEs were this good. Very comprehensive and practical. Robert is a gifted teacher, very intelligent and articulate.

Mark K. Osbeck, 13-yr atty, 75 adverse depos, Denver

Best CLE I have taken on practice tips. Musante's different approach to depositions is energizing and very helpful. Entertaining, engaging and energizing...great class!

Patricia Dean, Holland & Hart, 11-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Denver

Much higher quality than other one-day deposition seminars. Excellent practical content. Excellent use of video clips; dynamic speaker with great use of humor.

Doug Flinn, 10-yr atty, 7 adverse depos, Colorado Springs

As good as any other seminar I've taken. It provided me with a much needed approach to discovering the "logic" behind taking effective adverse depositions. Practical content is invaluable. I took this course to enhance my skills for my next depo and I definitely received value for my money. Musante was entertaining, extremely effective and clear. Compared to other depo seminars, this one provides tools that I am confident I can employ in my next deposition.

Keith A. Pitt, 3-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Denver

Very valuable. More pointed than most. Excellent instructor.

J.J. Fraser, III, 10-yr atty, 35 adverse depos, Denver

From the perspective of providing skill which cannot be obtained so concisely elsewhere, perhaps the best I have ever seen. Invaluable practical content. Musante was the best. I will require young associates to attend future seminars. I've done some good things and made all the mistakes. Great teaching tools!

George V. Berg, Jr, 24-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos, Denver

By far the best CLE program I've attended. In fact, the best lecture on cross-examination and litigation I've attended. Practical content very high. The strategies and advice are extremely practical. Great presentation and extremely entertaining.

Andres R. Guevara, SEC, 5-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Denver

Without question, this seminar was the best I've attended. Outstanding practical content; outstanding instructor. I have been a slave to the "stupid orthodoxy" ... up to now. I will never again save impeachment for trial.

Fred Haines, 19-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Colorado Office of the AG, Denver

Head and shoulders above any I've taken before. This is a seminar I wish I'd taken much earlier in my career. Very practical and useful. Musante is one of the best presenters I've ever seen or experienced in person. CLEs invariably put me to sleep ... not so Mr. Musante. Even without the "Whacks," I'm sure I would have stayed alert and engaged.

Bruce N. Shilles, 10-yr atty, 10-20 adverse depos, David Pavek & Assoc., Denver

100% of the practical content is relevant and applicable to what I do. Musante's teaching ability is engaging and lively. He is skilled in putting together a presentation that is relevant, timely and worth the time and money spent. I stayed awake throughout and will be able to use the skills acquired immediately.

Christopher Lujan, 5-yr atty, Denver City Attorney's Office, Denver

Far superior to other CLEs. Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor.

Peter Walters, 16-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Denver

Far more valuable than the vast majority of CLEs I've attended. Excellent practical content. What made this CLE so valuable is the fact that I can readily see the practical application of Mr. Musante's instruction to use in my own practice. I can't wait to take my next depo. Simply terrific.

Douglas Cox, Office of the Attorney General, 13-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Denver

Best CLE I've ever taken! I know I will use, or try faithfully to use, this material in all future depositions. Musante was great...lots of fun. Videos and visuals were nice combination with lecture. Builds on skills I've been using, puts labels on things to aid in remembering, and provides motivation to work harder to improve.

Michelle A. Pinkowski, 5-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Denver

One of the best technical (practical) seminars ever. It made me rethink a lot of self-taught methods. I know I'll be better; I can't wait for my next depo to use these ideas. This organized some things I do already, but mostly makes me want to plan and analyze my examinations more carefully.

Rob Jones, 15-yr atty, 500 adverse depos, Denver

Seminar delivered on its promise to teach logic of taking adverse deposition, and also suggests a new strategic approach to some cases. I was never tempted to fall asleep. First time I have been presented with a coherent theory regarding depositions. Musante is not just a teacher, he's a coach.

Michael Morgan, 18-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Denver

This [seminar] will be of great value. Practical! [Musante] is excellent combo of knowledge + passion + sincerity. Best I've seen.

Kirk D. Tresemer, 23-yr atty, Denver

Great! I didn't think twice about some of the old stand-by rules for taking depositions. This seminar has completely changed my approach. So much more informative and entertaining than others; Musante kept my interest throughout.

Elana Sabovic, 2-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Hanes & Schultz, Denver

Compared to other CLEs, much above average, very beneficial. Excellent [practical content]. [Musante] is very energetic and enthusiastic, inspiring. Seminar's set of depo rules change everything for the better.

Brad Irwin, 13-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, Denver

[Seminar delivered on its promise to teach logic of taking adverse deposition] in an entertaining fashion while simultaneously reinforcing the principles. Better than any I've taken. Very useful. [Musante] is a bundle of energy and stream of consciousness.

Doug Edelstein, Frascona, Joiner & Goodman, 4-yr atty, Denver

One of the best. Musante is knowledgeable, interesting and focused. His set of depo rules entirely reoriented my goals.

Roy Wallis, 10-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent speaker; very practical knowledge; aims to improve lawyering skills rather than knowledge of law; does it wonderfully. Practical content excellent in all respects. Great instructor. Emphasizes the best aspects of my best depositions; adds new good ideas.

James Johnson, 3-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Denver

This seminar was both more informative and entertaining than the past several seminars I have attended. It was extremely helpful to have the "vignettes" to support/demonstrate the techniques/logic of the killer deposition. I'm certain that I will employ these techniques in my practice. Better than most...okay, it was great!

Lorraine Weissman, 3-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Denver

Very good; well fleshed-out; good examples. Passion for his subject is Musante's best asset.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Denver

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Very helpful video clips. The seminar will allow me to be better able to recognize lack of credibility and attack same.

Anonymous, 22-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, Colorado Springs

Great teacher! It was like going back to law school trial practice class..at least for one day. I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. The video clips were very important because there is so much lecture..it provides attention grabbers.

Dick Kennedy, 25-yr atty, lots of adverse depos, Colorado Springs

The techniques can be applied in my next deposition. Very good speaker…enthusiastic. At times a little fast. Very instructive videos.

Keith Vance, 8-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Colorado Springs

I found this seminar very helpful and enlightening in taking adverse depositions. Great speaker.

Mike Keating, 5-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Colorado Springs

An entertaining and very helpful seminar…commonplace problems we all face in depos and trial.

K. Machelle Gielarowski, 13-yr atty, many adverse depos, Colorado Springs

Outstanding seminar content…outstanding speaker. Great examples…audio and visual. Excellent organization of material.

Jeff Brinen, 20-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent speaker…a pleasure to listen to.

Daniel Fowler, 31-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos, Denver

This seminar is the best seminar that I have attended on how to deal with adverse witnesses. I have used some of the techniques for years, but not in the logical format developed in the presentation. Musante is very entertaining. Being able to isolate the critical points and demonstrate why your story is more plausible is essential to proving your case.

Tom G., 10-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Denver

Great seminar…the examples Musante gave really it drive home. One of the 2 or 3 best CLE speakers I've seen. This is the third time I've seen a Musante seminar…best so far.

Rob Jones, 22-yr atty, 300 adverse depos, Denver

The seminar will guide my thinking. Excellent speaker. This seminar will help lots and lots in improving the quality of my depos.

Hannah Evans, PhD, MPA, Denver

A very practical seminar…it presents useful tactics that can be implemented immediately. Musante is very accessible…very thorough. There will definitely be an improvement in the quality of my adverse depos.

Bill Peterson, 6-yr atty, Denver

The practical content was well described and presented. Also, use of real life examples demonstrated the theory. Excellent speaker…great use of historical examples.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 0 adverse depos, Denver

Musante keeps your attention…shares knowledge…interesting, articulate, and engaging.

Aaron Garber, 8-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Denver

Great practical ideas and recommendations that I intend to use. Excellent speaker…great presentation of topics and themes. This seminar helped crystallize many of the tactics I have been using without a full understanding of how they worked.

Tiffany Scully, 7-yr atty, 40 adverse depos, Denver

Athough I have taken many depositions, this will improve my future skills. Excellent speaker. Video clips kept the seminar very entertaining and put concepts into content.

Mark Douglas Herbert, 24-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Denver

A very practical seminar…will use many of Musante's tips and examples in future depositions. Musante is very engaging…kept me interested and wanting to hear the next point all day long. I look forward to using his axioms and examples to take better depositions in the future.

Bruce Shibles, 18-yr atty, 50-100 adverse depos, Denver

Excellent seminar…logic is overlooked in all professions…not in this seminar. Excellent speaker. The seminar materials are organized in such a way that each section will stimulate lines of questioning that could easily be missed.

Tom Dwyer, 15-yr atty, Denver

Very useful seminar to trial practice…thought provoking. An enthusiastic and energetic speaker…tremendous presentation.

Anonymous, 25-yr atty, Grand Junction

This seminar is very helpful to me. I deal with these issues often. Very good speaker.

Earl Rhodes, 30-yr atty, Grand Junction

The seminar revolutionized my depos. I drove 4 hours to attend…worth every minute. Best CLE ever taken. Great speaker.

Marc S., 8-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Grand Junction

Good seminar…good speaker. My depos will improve to a great extent if Im smart enough to apply the knowledge.

Whitman Robinson, 3-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Grand Junction

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker.

J.D. Snodgrass, 34-yr atty, Grand Junction