Comments from Houston 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 took this killer adverse deposition course because I'm a first-year lawyer and needed some guidance on how to take a deposition. I took my first adverse deposition about a month after taking this course. The deponent was the president of a carpet and tile company in Houston. Using these techniques, not only did I get the information I needed to "try the case," but I made him literally break down in tears. Too bad it wasn't a videotaped deposition. The transcript only shows where his counsel had to ask if he needed to take a break. Thanks for such a wonderful course!!!

Dylan Russell, Hoover Slovacek, Houston

Excellent. There is such a lack of training in firms these days and this course was crucial to preparing for and taking a good deposition. Musante is excellent; very motivating and taught me invaluable information. Very intense compared to other one-day seminars; a lot of other CLE courses seem to merely be a series of monotonous talking-heads and breaks.

April Lykos, 9-yr atty, 90 adverse depos, Houston

This seminar is clearly of the highest quality because what you learn you can apply the next day effectively. This seminar will improve the quality of my adverse depos tremendously…it gives credence to what I felt must be the case but had heard otherwise. The content of this course has obvious application to any type of practice--even my intellectual property practice. Musante has the ability to make anything extremely interesting yet completely educational in a practical sense.

Charles Thomasian, 8-yr atty, Conley Rose, Houston

As with many professors, we're taught rules and sometimes lose sight of why we follow rules. This seminar freed me with logical rationale, from feeling that I must take depositions as if there were no trial. Musante is passionate about this topic and is the wordsmith that he strives to be. How will this seminar improve the quality of my adverse depos? I will not consider depos to be discovery fishing expeditions but will instead treat them as a chance to lock the deponent into the testimony most favorable to my client.

Mark Yberra, 5-yr atty, 22 adverse depos

Excellent practical seminar content. I was thinking through an upcoming adverse deposition and how the material applies during this seminar. Musante is an excellent teacher. His use of recent news events to teach techniques helps hold everyone's attention. I now realize that I can inflict significantly more damage in adverse depositions using Musante's techniques.

Charles Henke, Jr., 13-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Very good for cross-examination wherever it may be used.

Dylan Russell, .5-yr atty, Hoover Slovacek, Houston

Should be required for all litigators.

Catherine Smith, 16-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Law Office of Ramon Garcia, Edinburg

You will not leave this seminar without some useful tool for adverse depositions. Musante's teaching ability is superb. Combining useful tactics, sort of good humor and entertaining clips, he has created a very educational program. Will improve my adverse depos 100%.

Chris Paugh, 1-yr atty, 40 adverse depos, Powers & Frost, Houston

Excellent! I wish I'd had Musante as a professor in law school!

Victoria Archer, 1.5-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Powers & Frost, Houston

Excellent. Very intellectually stimulating. Musante is informative, entertaining and obviously smarter than most.

Sara Youngdahl, 5-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, The Youngdahl Law Firm, Friendswood

Excellent practical content. Musante is very credible with a down-to-earth style. More practical and entertaining than other one-day deposition seminars. Should greatly improve my ability to limit deponent's "wiggle-room."

David Irwin, 1-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Ebanks, Smith & Carlson, LLP, Houston

Very useful information regardless of the number of years in litigation. Very lively presenter who maintained my attention throughout the one-day seminar. Will definitely improve the quality of my deposition and thereby improve the result of my case.

Lucy A. Williamson, 16-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos, Law Office of Ramon Garcia, Houston

By far superior to any other one-day seminars I've taken. Essential for anyone desiring to be a successful trial lawyer. Unlike most CLEs, there was never a boring or unnecessary moment. Musante is fantastic! He should be teaching law professors these techniques as well! Shifting my focus from "discovery" to "cross-examination" with depositions made complete sense. I can't wait to get back into that conference room!

Karolyn Gillespie, 10-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Exxon Mobil Corp., Houston

Educational! Practical, entertaining and essential to our profession. Greatest powerpoint presentation I've ever seen. This will be the way I do adverse depositions.

Lee Jeronimo, Houston

Excellent and logical application of deposition tactics. An entertaining and informative presentation; no nodding off possible! Provides substantially more information than other one-day seminars.

Jeff Messock, 20-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Houston

Excellent practical content; great instructor. Having only taken one adverse depo, I believe that this seminar has presented me with the skills necessary to not only make my adverse depos awesome (and impress my bosses), but to truly serve my clients by creating the possibility of winning the trial before setting foot in the courtroom.

Zachary D. Norris, 1.5-yr atty, 1 adverse depos, Brown Sims, PC, Houston

As good as the best, and better than the rest.

Joe K. Mitchell, 29-yr atty, 3.000 adverse depos, Houston

Forceful instructor. Excellent combination of everyday events to breaking down material and content in order to develop his case. Will improve my depos by "closing the deal and slamming the door!"

Mark L. Honsaker, 10-yr atty, 50-60 adverse depos, Bailey, Galyen & Gold, Houston

Very helpful. It seems we have all been taught or learned the wrong approach when rational thought would lead us to Musante's conclusions. Very entertaining instructor. Actually learned from him, rather than going home with the book to read.

Kim Olson, 22-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos, Locke Liddell, Houston

Excellent content; tools I will use immediately. No more "discovery" depositions!

Jason Waltman, 7-yr atty, Shreveport

Outstanding. A fine warning order for any litigator in the early stages of his/her career and a ready reference for the more seasoned practitioner. Musante has an excellent ability to convey a skill set that is critically important to first-rate representation of clients.

Kevin T. Dossett, 6-yr atty, 120 adverse depos, Sheehy, Serpe & Ware, PC, Houston

Among the best. Excellent practical content. Will greatly improve the quality of my adverse depos.

Gary Brockway, 22-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Acosta, Shrode & Soule', Houston

Most seminars ebb & flow from good to mediocre; this seminar stayed at excellent all day. I make my money in depositions and use them to put fear in a defendant, which usually equates to a more favorable settlement. This seminar was a teaching tool of the discipline required to reach the level of truly taking an effective deposition. If "deposition is trial," then a deposition is either won or lost, and Musante has helped me ensure I will always win.

Geoff Weisbart, 17-yr atty, 500+ adverse depos, Hance Scarborough, Wright, Woodward & Weisbart, LLP, Austin

Very useful in understanding the dynamics that occur during deposition. Musante is very good; able to hold listener's attention well

Sam Mullin, 1-yr atty, Houston

Excellent practical content. Musante is entertaining and informative. Far better than other "expert" depos. Will change my approach and treat the expert depo like trial.

Sashe Dimitroff, 12-yr atty, dozens of adverse depos, Clements, O'Neill, Pierce, Wilson & Fulkerson, LLP, Houston

This seminar couldn't be better ... and I am a trial lawyer, adjunct advocacy professor and frequent CLE speaker. Musante cuts to the quick; excellent ability to eliminate fluff without self-promotion.

Dale Jefferson, 16-yr atty, "too many bad depos," Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, Houston

Excellent! The type of practical training one rarely gets in a CLE course. Mr. Musante is excellent! Litigators need to learn these skills.

Scott Fiddler, 13-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Houston

Fabulous, insightful seminar. Musante is fabulous, incredibly analytical. This was my second time taking the class; got even more; a treasure trove.

Dave Stevens, 12-yr atty, 10-15 adverse depos, Houston

Out-of-the-box thinking at its best. Superb instructor.

Gary L. Evans, 7-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Coats & Evans, Houston

This is one of the best seminars that I have attended. Very good well thought out, practical advice. Good instructor, enthusiastic and interested in the subject matter.

John Barr, 11-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos, Bracewell Patterson, Houston

Outstanding seminar, helpful hints. Musante is great! High energy and great mix of humor.

Mia Storey, 6-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Edwards & Assoc., Houston

Excellent presentation with practical advice.

Tammy Manning, 14-yr atty, 75 adverse depos, Galligan & Manning, Houston

Outstanding, practical and helpful. Musante is excellent.

Bill Harger, 8-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Ramsey & Murray, Houston

Fabulous seminar! Packed with good information. Love the logical approach.

Tom Schmidt, 7-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Schmidt & Hoffer, Houston

Impressive. As important as depositions are to our practice, I can't believe no one (at least known to me) has attempted to distill maxims or rules for success, as Mr. Musante has. He demonstrates clear competence. My suspicion is that he enjoys this seminar and teaching more than the grind of litigation. I have made a 180 degree change in my perspective on "hiding" impeachments. Musante's reasoning is compelling.

John Dies, 4-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Oldenettel & Assoc., Houston

Extremely helpful. As a young associate this should help me start off on the right foot, and not have to unteach myself the mistakes that the unskilled deposer will. Musante is excellent; made a tough subject enjoyable.

Thomas Graham, 1-yr atty, Berg & Androphy, Houston

Very informative. Really proved wrong a lot of my prior ideas about depos. Great instructor; powerpoint and lecture very effective. He teaches a better way to prepare.

Melissa Astala, Houston

Entertaining and informative ... A must for lawyers who intend to enhance their deposition skills. Musante is tactful, entertaining and presents the material clearly & quickly.

Charles El-Moussa, 5-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Houston

Important information that should be mandatory for young "trial" lawyers. Musante is entertaining and persuasive.

Stephen Crain, 14-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Bracewell & Patterson, Houston

Very good. Well prepared. Musante obviously cares about the subject and has concern for attendees to improve skills.

Andy Schreck, 12-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Price & Assoc., Houston

Very informative, places big-picture ideas in context.

Shawn Raymond, 2-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Susman Godfrey, Houston

Very good seminar. Changes one's perspective on how to take adverse depositions.

David Coates, 11-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Houston

As a young attorney, I will feel more confident after this course that I am doing my depos right.

Tom Graham, 1-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Berg & Androphy, Houston

Excellent practical content; high quality instructor. Seminar does a great job of providing an analytical framework for a critically important skill that is commonly shrouded in mystery by experienced practitioners.

Steve Rasch, 16-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

Wonderfully theatrical, vibrant and literary. Robert Musante exemplifies my ideal of a genuine trial lawyer wedded to little legal societal or political orthodoxy. A true example of Socratic thinking. This seminar is better than any I recall. Will improve the quality of my depos a lot; will add much focus.

David Bissinger, 8-yr atty, 150 depos, Clements, O'Neill, Pierce, Wilson & Fulkerson, Houston

No other such seminar compares with the content or quality of this one. It is excellent: has the effect Younger's approach had on me almost 30 years ago, but it is much more empirically valid. Best teaching ability I've ever seen. These "rules" are revolutionary compared to those I've previously used.

William Burnett, 31-yr atty, 250 depos,Thornton & Burnett, Houston

The content of this seminar is excellent and can be applied in every deposition from here on. Musante is good ... he knows what he's talking about and delivers instruction with humor. I anticipate this will improve the quality of my depos tremendously.

Marcie Y. Flores, 6-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

Musante is excellent. Nothing drags; keeps interest; highlights key areas. Excellent practical content. I now have a much greater ability to box in deponent.

Mark Taylor, 4-yr atty, 12 depos, Cowles & Thompson, Houston

Better than others. Musante is great. Visuals and high profile case examples great.

Michael Bell, 29-yr atty, 500+ adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

Excellent! Far better than other CLEs. Until now I have never had such a practical lesson in the mechanics of cross-examination. These are the first "rules" I've seen with the flexibility to apply to any scenarios. I will now treat the depositions as trials, as my only chance to impeach the witness and to ensure no room for his escape. Musante's use of video and practical applications of the lessons illuminated the topic well.

Mark White, 5-yr atty, 2 depos, Vinson & Elkins, Houston

Good combination of practical discussion with illustrations. Musante is excellent. This seminar's approach is very different from NITA.

Garret Chambers, 6-yr atty, 35 depos, McKool Smith, Houston

Top notch. The best compared to others.

Nelson Heggen, 20-yr atty, 1000+ depos, Houston

The best I have encountered. Great practicality not only in depositions but in evaluating witness statements and pre-litigation investigation. If I objectively apply the principles, I have no doubt I will be successful.

Larry Hatley, 20-yr atty, 20 depos, Houston

One of the best. A whole new way of thinking ... much more logical. I expect to improve dramatically.

Stacy Kelly, 4-yr atty, 7 adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

Perhaps the best, most practical seminar I have attended. Much more useful from a practical standpoint than other CLEs. Musante if first-rate. I expect it will improve my skills exponentially.

Henry Fasthoff, 5-yr atty, 6 depos, Stumpf, Craddock, Massey & Pulman, Houston

Enjoyed the energy. Great use of real-world examples. I look forward to my next deposition!

Darin M. Klemchuk, 5-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

Great! In that it advocates a change in my reason to take a depo and really forces me to evaluate my past depo practice. Very good [practical content] in theory. I will give it a try! Food for thought and change.

Roy Murphy, III, 31-yr atty, 1,000+ depos, Houston

Very informative and innovative. Musante kept my attention the whole time. Will make a dramatic difference.

Kennedy Barnes, 10-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

The content is fantastic and conveys deposition tactic very well. Musante is much better than most boring CLE instructors. He is very passionate about that which he speaks.

Regan Potter, Law Offices of Charles E. Fitch, Houston

Full of tactics that I will be able to put into practice immediately. Mr. Musante is an excellent communicator. His style is bold, fresh and invigorating.

Brent Vannoy, Johnson, Finkel, Deluca & Kennedy, Houston

Best I've been to. Musante is interesting, colorful, and does what few seminar speakers cannot do...keep your attention and teach practical skills at the same time. My depositions will be much better.

Clint McGuire, 4-yr atty, 70 depos, Doyle, Restrepo, Harvin & Robbins, Houston

This is the best CLE I can recall attending. Excellent [practical content]. Can use it tomorrow in a deposition. Great teacher -- very animated and engaging. [Seminar's set of deposition rules] are far better, albeit substantially different than what I've used previously.

Joanne M. Vorpahl, 17 -yr atty, 200+ depos, Houston

Excellent practical content. Musante is superior.

Vance Stanton, 38-yr atty, Hundreds of depos, Houston

I wish I had taken this seminar 23 years ago and every year after. This was better than any state bar seminar. It fills a gap the size of the Grand Canyon. This is the fourth seminar on depositions and trials I have attended this year and the only on to tell me what I wanted to know...what I am doing wrong and how to fix it!

23-yr atty, 100+ depos, Houston

Much more practical information than usual seminars. [Practical content] very useful. This seminar really undercuts the casual attitude many seasoned practitioners have re depos. [Musante] excellent. Very engaging, wisely avoids bullshit "war stories" and the typical self-aggrandizement practiced by seminar speakers. Many of "Robert's Rules" reflect "instincts" that I have developed over the years. Others reflect "instincts" that I wish I had developed.

Jeff Williams, 14-yr atty, 350+ depos, Houston


This is the best seminar I've taken. Would highly recommend this to all my friends and other attys. [Practical content] excellent. With these concepts I feel I have a good groundwork on which to prepare for a depo. [Musante] Top-rated! Wish my law professors could have been as effective. His efficiency and humor are a treat. Musante's enthusiastic explanations were excellent! His enthusiasm is contagious!

1-yr atty, 0 depos, Houston

This seminar is a practice seminar, therefore it provides much more value because it allows the participant to view procedure to evaluate his skills. I rate this seminar very, very highly, in my top ten. [Musante] one of the best I have seen because he combines understandable examples with concise terms to help you remember and apply the logical rules. Musante presents rules more comprehensively and in an organized fashion. Like many attorneys, I use some rules well but not in a consistent manner.

Gilbert Vara, Jr., 14-yr atty, 70 depos , Houston

[Musante] is very excited about [his] material and that gets me excited. Thanks for keeping the excitement level up. Overall excellent [practical content]. I honestly cannot wait until my next deposition.

Keith Woods, 7-yr atty, 50 depos, Houston

More bang for the buck than other CLEs. I thought it was more practical. Substantive and entertaining. This seminar makes the [deposition] rules explicit and useful. Video excerpts were great.

Karen Milhollin, 14-yr atty, 400 depos , Houston

Different, better pace than most CLEs and great use of video examples. Turns most old rules on their heads.

Jimmy V. Delgado, 4-yr atty, 20 depos, Houston

Far more valuable [than other CLEs] to anyone who regularly takes depos and tries cases. Extremely practical. It's the sort of stuff that should be taught in law school. Mr. Musante is very effective.

Sam Baldwin, 15-yr atty, 1000 depos, Houston

Logical rules to follow that make clear sense. Musante is very able. Great examples, illustrations and power-points. Focused and entertaining.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, Houston

Effective use of examples and video demonstrations. I didn't know that I had it all wrong until now.

Anonymous, Houston

Very good. Liked the use of video clips as examples. Musante is excellent. Very energetic, interesting speaker. Good movement, voice inflection and action throughout.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty, Houston

Excellent, excellent! Interesting to hear from someone with a liberal arts background rather than the "usual" "real" education lines. Excellent instructor. I have felt insecure and countercultural in the way I depose until now. This helps the confidence level.

Anonymous, 16-yr atty, 100+ depos, Houston

Very effective, although I agree with all propositions set forth, inexperienced attys may not appreciate the truth of Musante's message. Superb [practical content]. Excellent [instructor] - very entertaining, doesn't waste time. Interesting speaking on political and current events. [This seminar's set of deposition rules] were comparable to mine, although it's easy to be subsumed in the average way that things are done.

Anonymous, 8-yr atty, 100s of depos, Houston

The seminar and written materials are very beneficial. The teacher is easy to listen to and keeps your attention. Very common sense practical techniques. [The seminar] convinced me that I was correct to set aside my ego and attend something that should be basic training for every trial attorney.

Anonymous, 8-yr atty, 150+ depos

Excellent. Very energetic, entertaining presentation. Would recommend to others.

Anonymous, 7-yr atty, 50+ depos

Practical examples and recollections highlighted the importance and necessity of closing out all answers. I have several depositions scheduled over the next month and made a number of notes for great questions/topics during the seminar.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 8 depos

Very good dynamic speaker. Law school never teaches you the mechanics of dealing with lying/evasive witnesses. That was very useful. Excellent. Practical tips for a wide range of real life scenarios. Good general guidelines/standards useable in most depos.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 20 depos

Compare to other deposition seminars? There is no comparison. I "attend" litigation seminars. I learn from this one.

Anonymous, Houston

Excellent. Raised my enthusiasm for trial practice again.

Anonymous, 10-yr atty, 40 depos

Really good. Really useful. (I brought billable work with me and never touched it.)

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 25-30 depos

This seminar lived up to the excellent recommendation made to me. It gets to the heart of the matter of depositions rather than dealing with the superficiality we normally see. It showed the preparation for an adequate cross examination goes beyond the mere marshaling of the facts and provides a more detailed examination of the area of depositions than on normally finds in the average seminar. I will refresh my old skills and hone my skills even more.

Anonymous, 18-yr atty, 500 depos, Houston

Musante is good and energetic. I enjoyed his use of historical references. I'm reevaluation my own past performance and am very optimistic about using these rules!

Anonymous, 6-yr atty, 12 depos, Houston

Musante is very engaging; as good as any seminar I've ever attended. Much more substantive, more effective. I now have a roadmap to press the lying witness on every lie!

Anonymous, 15-yr atty, 25 depos, Houston

Better than most. Very good [practical content]; very good [instructor]. Provides more of an "on hands" teaching method. It puts a finger on things that we experience but haven't really articulated and addressed in a specific way.

Anonymous, 14-yr atty, thousands of depos, Houston

Extremely helpful for a relatively new litigator looking to avoid building bad habits in the first instance. Musante is excellent, very entertaining. This seminar's set of deposition rules is superior -- I have not had extensive training and was looking to acquire some systematic knowledge. This will vastly improve my depositions as a system to follow instead of working blindly.

Anonymous, 1-yr atty, 5 depos, Houston

Probably the best and most useful CLE seminar I've attended. Musante is superb. His rules offer a far better organized and deliberate approach. I anticipate that this seminar will dramatically improve the quality and effectiveness of my adverse depositions.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

This is the only CLE that I have ever attended twice!

Anonymous, 11-yr atty, 30 depos, Houston

Better than most. Imminently practical. Very energetic and insightful [instructor].

Anonymous, 10-yr atty, 35-45 depos, Houston

Excellent seminar. Very good instructor. I needed this course to recharge my battery and get me excited to take a depo.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 1 depo, Clements, O'Neill, et al., Houston

Excellent seminar…fantastic speaker. Definitely gave me ammunition to drop the evidence bombs sooner.

David Ronin, 8-yr atty, The Ronin Firm

The portion of the seminar dealing with "crap" was everything I had hoped for from this seminar…worth the cost alone. All of the course content was useful. Excellent speaker--use of current video clips to illustrate techniques really drew my attention and helped to translate theory into action.

Anonymous, 6-yr atty

Very useful seminar. This is my second time and I got more out of it the second time than the first. Excellent speaker. This seminar is the most informative and useful for applying it to your legal skills.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty, 120 adverse depos

One of the best! Musante is a highly capable teacher who brings his personal experience and feel for the practical side of trial practice together with a simple, logical theory for taking better adverse depos. The tools taught in this seminar promise to improve my deposition-taking skills. I can't wait to put them into practice!

Mark White, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Vinson & Elkins

Excellent! Musante's the best…I taught for 12 1/2 years before I went to law school…truly one of the best seminars in my 16 years of practicing law.


Great seminar…excellent speaker. Best seminar.

Neal Cannon, 30-yr atty, Neal Cannon & Assoc.

Very entertaining seminar and speaker.

Phillip N. Slaughter, 1-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, Van Gilder Law Firm

Excellent seminar…"A+". "A+" speaker. Best seminar.

Anonymous, 13-yr atty, 20+ adverse depos

Much better than other seminars on same subject matter. Speaker very interesting; teaching technique combines humor with valuable information that has given me vital tools to make a great improvement in my adverse depos.

Sue West, 2-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, Simmons & Fletcher

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Excellent skills to focus any litigator's approach to depos. Will definitely give me ammunition to drop the evidence bombs sooner.

Mary Lou Flynn-DuPart, 20-yr atty, Jackson Walker

Very helpful seminar in distilling practical aspects of obtaining good results in depos. Speaker very effective…has obviously tested and developed his seminar. Will improve the quality of my adverse depos immensely; good techniques to trap the opposing witness.

George Muckleroy, 1-yr atty, 4 adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

The content is extremely practical. I've always known a deposition could make or break a case ... I am glad to learn more about throwing out the "Stupid Orthodoxy." The logic makes sense! Excellent speaker…not only educational but engaging and entertaining.

Laura Yaeger, 5-yr atty, Fleming & Associates

Seminar changed my approach to taking depos by 180 degrees. Excellent speaker.

Curtis Harrison, 10-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Great seminar…material encapsulates lessons and reasoning that would have taken me an entire career to reach on my own. [Musante] is good. This seminar will change the system by which I approach and take depos, and use them afterward.

Richard Smith, 6-yr atty, 9 adverse depos, Law Offices of Mark Duke

Excellent seminar. This is my second time to attend. That you use the same principles really made this course even more effective for me the second time around. Musante is very good…eloquent, funny and great at making the point.

Anonymous, 7-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, King & Spalding

Very helpful seminar…useful info to help in my everyday practice. Musante is awesome…quite talented. Compared to other seminars, it's more interesting, more lively, more energy, action-packed! Will improve my adverse depos a ton!

Kirsten Bell, 1-yr atty

Practical content helps clear some clutter--the orthodoxies--while reinforcing the intuitions I often rely on in actual case preparation. Made me take time to pre-plan for my upcoming depos. Musante teaches things I never got elsewhere.

Anonymous, 10-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

Great seminar…very polished speaker. This seminar is useful in every day practice of a litigator.

Michael Duncan, 20-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Useful techniques presented clearly and with humor and enthusiasm. Good speaker, and good powerpoints. Multiple approaches to eliciting information and protecting it. This seminar is more interesting and involving than others.

Anonymous, 25-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Very practical content. This seminar has more focus on analyzing overall approach to the depo. [My depos will improve] significantly.

Anonymous, 20 adverse depos

Very absorbing. Practical skills that I have never been formally taught. I am glad I took this seminar before I take additional depositions--at an early stage in my deposition practice.

Debra B. Norris, 4.5-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Informative, entertaining seminar. Great use of multimedia and integration with material. Will hopefully improve my depos dramatically.

Jeff Lucas, 11-yr atty, 60 adverse depos, Kacal, Adams & Law

Superior seminar…we have a heavy deposition practice and can use these principles and techniques on a daily basis.

John Gillespie, 25-yr atty, 2000 adverse depos, Kacal, Adams & Law

Very good seminar…high speed, very visual content teaching needed everyday techniques, not academic stuff that can be looked up. Musante is a very good communicator.

John Cash Smith, 35-yr atty, Bush, Lewis & Roebuck

As good as it gets. Very practical…Musante is experienced and informative.

Patrick Moore, 10-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Schwartz, Junell, Greenberg & Oathout

A very good and useful seminar…many practical tips. Excellent speaker. Better than most seminars…I would recommend it.

Anonymous, 7-yr atty, 50-100 adverse depos

Good content…excellent speaker. Theory involved in depo cross-exam is an art. Practice and experience of the discipline is necessary to compete successfully.

Todd A. Kissner, 18-yr atty, 700+ adverse depos, Tekell, Book, Matthews & Limmer

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Michael Stockham, 2-yr atty, Thompson & Knight

Excellent practical content. Confirms a lot of notions that I have had and has encouraged me to use them.

Anonymous, 10-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

Great seminar. It is a lesson in cross examination techniques that are useful in trial just as much as in a deposition. Musante is extremely clear and logical. His best skill is in helping us students sort the many answers that we might get in a deposition into the 25 archetypes. This is the best deposition seminar I have seen.

Mark White, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Vinson & Elkins

Quite useful seminar…captivating and informative speaker. Gives me a more systematic construct from which to approach deponents.

Jeff Lucas, 11-yr atty, 80 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. I look forward to attending his Expert Depo Seminar.


Excellent speaker…I've been twice and will go again. The videos provided a real life example of poor responses, and the instructions on how to disable them were enlightening. This seminar takes the next step in utilizing the "Logic & Whack" rules to damage the credibility of an adverse deponent. Will help me immensely.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty

Seminar Content: A++…Speaker: A+.

Anonymous, 13-yr atty, 25+ adverse depos

Content rated extremely high. I wish I'd had even one professor in law school who'd been 1/10th as good as Musante. Video clips used were vital. If I ever take another deposition, it will be much better than it would otherwise be.

David Ronin, 8-yr atty, 1 adverse depo, The Ronin Firm

Great seminar…the memory portion is the most helpful aspect of the seminar. My depos will improve a ton!

Anonymous, 1-yr atty

It's very helpful to have a system and discipline to apply to the depo process. Musante is good. Video clips helped to illustrate his points, and (more importantly) the context to help remember the points. The quality of my depos will improve hugely.

Richard Smith, 6-yr atty, 9 adverse depos, Law Offices of Mark Duke

Excellent practical examples…excellent speaker.

Carlos Lovell, Corpus Christi Army Depot

Good stuff…excellent speaker. Very helpful videos.

Anonymous, 6-yr atty

Great seminar…really informative as to techniques and practical tips to take adverse depos. Good use of powerpoints and real-life cases that were analyzed to import the subject matter. This seminar expounded upon the previous seminar session [Logic & Whack!] and fortified my understanding of the principles taught.

Jason Rose, 2-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Wojciechowski & Assoc.

Very helpful to think about how to handle the credibility arguments. Musante is very effective…good examples from politics and celebrity cases. I expect marked improvement in my next depo based on this seminar.

George Muckleroy, 1-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Thompson & Knight

Outstanding speaker.

Anonymous, 22-yr atty, 250+ adverse depos

Helpful seminar. The quality of my adverse depos will improve a lot.

Sydney B. Hewlett, 7-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Shannon Gracey

Excellent speaker--very focused. The seminar validated a lot of what I do and gave me some excellent new approaches and ideas that take what I do a step further. Very refreshing change from "war stories." Validated a lot of what I do and gave me some excellent new approaches and ideas that take what I do a step further.

Mary Lou Flynn-DuPart, 20-yr atty, 1000 adverse depos, Jackson Walker

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Will improve my depos greatly.


Musante told us how to apply the deposition record we were taught yesterday [Logic & Whack!]. I understand that these credibility arguments are explored attest time of the depo and then used to WHACK the witness at trial. Gave me a more complete understanding of the purpose and effectiveness of depositions at trial. My objectives at depositions have been redefined.


Very useful information; excellent instructor.

Shawna Martin, 3-yr atty, 1 adverse depo, Kroger, Myers, Frisby & Hirsch