Comments from Kansas City 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"

Excellent seminar for both experienced and inexperienced litigators. Top notch speaker. Video clips extremely valuable. This seminar will greatly improve and refine deposition preparation and conduct.

Ken Hoffman, 34-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker…among the very best I have seen in 27 years of practice.

Floyd Finch, 27-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Seminar a good reminder of how questions shape the evidence and should be carefully crafted. Musante is good at explaining illustrating examples of putting techniques into practice. Enjoyed the POTUS clips to show the importance of clarifying testimony and laying proper foundation before asking central questions.

Anonymous, 12-yr atty, 12 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

The most practical seminar I have attended. Musante is a great (and too rare) talent, well applied. I am eager to do some [adverse depos]; more careful thought will go into each question; each answer will be listened to more carefully before moving on.

Shirley Keeler, 30-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Finally, a useful and practical approach to taking and using depositions for their ultimate purpose. Very prepared speaker. Musante presented the material in an organized yet entertaining manner. There is no comparison between this seminar and others…this is the only deposition seminar I have attended that was worth the time and money.

Kevin Bennett, 20-yr atty, 150+ adverse depos

Superior speaker…Musante's style was such that he was easy to follow and he repeated things enough times to reinforce them. This seminar was much more relevant to an effective practice than any other I've attended.

Sherry DeJanes, 24-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

This was a great seminar…an outstanding speaker. The seminar was much more focused for trial attorneys.

Ted Kapke, 4-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

Excellent practical commentary; it even allowed me to prepare some questions for an upcoming deposition using several of the cross-exam techniques outlined while listening to the presentation. The quality of this seminar was higher than the description of the seminar.

Regina Bass, 30-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…the easily recognized real world examples of the principles provide a firm foundation for the presentation. Excellent speaker.

Lee Smithyman, 28-yr atty, 500 adverse depos

First rate seminar. Outstanding speaker. By far, the best seminar.

Tom Busch, 28-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

This information is very useful in practice, unlike the content of many other seminars. Musante is a very effective speaker and teacher. He has just the right amount of sarcasm and irreverence. This seminar gives a much more sensible approach to the use of the deposition as an actual tool, rather than a perfunctory pre-trial exercise.

Donna Price-Sheckler, 17-yr atty, 20+ adverse depos

An extremely useful seminar…practical information. I will be using it every time I confront a witness. Musante is excellent…clear and dynamic. No comparison of this seminar to others!

Gardiner Davis, 200 adverse depos

Awesome seminar…awesome speaker. Best seminar I've seen.

Gregory Pals, 6-yr atty

The seminar provided real world tips for disposing people. I found the practical content to be good. The speaker's ability to analyze a depo taken by famous attorneys and show they fall into mistakes was interesting.

Ryan Carpenter, 2-yr atty

Very good seminar…excellent speaker. He really held my attention. This seminar is by far one of the best. Very good use of videos.

Mark Bodine, 19-yr atty, 300 adverse depos

This is the best substantive content of any trial practice seminar I've attended. Musante is very good…he is very energetic and entertaining.

Andy Plotzman, 10-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Good practical information…useful for cross-examination. Excellent speaker…interesting, humorous, provocative. Musante provides an excellent format to approach adverse depositions. Videos were interesting to watch.

Albert Herdoiza, 24-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

The most valuable seminar I've ever attended. Musante is excellent.

Lisa Lukaszewski, 6-yr atty, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

An extremely practical seminar. Outstanding speaker. Seminar more original and creative than others.

Charles Getto, 31-yr atty, 500+ adverse depos

Excellent aid for preparing for deposition...excellent speaker...very good at keeping the attention of the participants.


Excellent seminar...extremely excellent speaker. Seminar more practical and practice-oriented than others, if one takes the time and energy to learn and apply the rules.

Adebayo Ogunmeno, 16-yr atty

Outstanding content that was true to the topic. Musante is passionate about teaching others how to become better litigators and competent deposition takers. This seminar, for the first time, gave real-life examples and proven tactical techniques to use in every day practice for litigation.

Jason Keck, 6-yr atty

Very useful seminar. I have never taken an adverse deposition before and I could not have done it effectively without this seminar. Excellent speaker! Musante really shows the relevancy of all statements he makes.

Brigette Mitchell, 2-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

The best. Excellent instructor; good practical content.

23-yr atty, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Transformed my belief: the cross-examination of an adverse witness is a rigorous discipline. Discussion of impeachment issues was thought-provoking. Musante's use of visuals and scripts was helpful in putting strategies in perspective. Highlights critical listening skills and importance of good questions and follow-up.

John J. Baroni, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Terrific seminar. Very helpful and relevant to everyday practice. Musante is excellent, very engaging. Will help me take much more trial-ready depositions.

15-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

The best I've ever seen. This seminar has the most practical content of any deposition seminar I have attended. Mr. Musante has tremendous teaching ability. The presentation was an excellent balance of substantive rules/concepts, illustrative examples and humor which, all together, gets the audience's attention and invites the active participation of the attendees.

Don Kemna, 19-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Too much GREAT! information. Robert did a fantastic job holding our interest and leaving us wanting more.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon attorney

Outstanding seminar. Useful and informative. Musante's depo rules are more logical, persuasive and comprehensive than those I was using.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon attorney

Very practical. Topic was enlightening and seminar flowed well.

4-yr atty, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

A completely different approach. Super practical content. The clips and examples were relevant, contemporary and entertaining. Should improve my depositions tremendously.

4-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Musante was very dynamic and energetic; kept my interest the entire CLE. Provided very good examples/illustrations regarding how to and how not to conduct depositions.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon attorney

Adverse depositions are central to what I do with products liability litigation. Musante's presentation was directly on point and included very useful rules to apply in everyday practice. Musante is an excellent teacher and does a great job of conveying his points in an invigorating, entertaining format. One of the best seminars I have taken in its practical content and Musante's ability to command the attention of his audience.

Dan Kemna,19-yr atty, 40 adverse depos, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Superb seminar. Musante is excellent and is obviously very enthusiastic about the material. One of the best full-day seminars I have attended. What set it apart is the energy of the speaker and the use of easily recognizable examples that we can all relate to.

William Northrup, 2-yr atty, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

This is one of the better seminars I've been to. Very insightful and full of tactics that I could apply to depositions I've done. Very good speaker…sometimes things moved a little fast, but did a good job relaying the info. This seminar is much, much better than others.

Harley Ratliff, 1-yr atty, 11 adverse depos, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Great seminar! The content helped me to reconcile the uneasiness I felt about what litigators commonly call the "discovery deposition". Musante has great teaching skills. One of the best seminars I have attended with regards to practical material I will apply later.

Lisa Brooks-Hammond, 5-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Very practical seminar…a seminar that is not covered in law school and is a must in the "real lawyer world. The speaker obviously has an extensive background in depositions and was an outstanding teacher. Video clips kept the program interesting and diverse. This is by far the best all-day seminar or any seminar for that matter.

Kelli Curry, 2-yr atty, 7 adverse depos, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Very useful information…very good speaker. This seminar will help remind me to make pointed questions at the appropriate time and to insist on direct answers. I want to know about your seminar about how to react to "I don't know" or "I don't remember" responses.

Dan Robertson, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

The seminar will be extremely helpful to both new and experienced litigators. Excellent speaker…first rate. Video clips were extremely helpful teaching tools. Application of the principles of this seminar should greatly improve the quality of my cross-examination. We had the option of attending only one of the two days of this seminar…after attending the first day, I could not stay away from the second day…much too valuable to miss.

Ken Hoffman, 34-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Good seminar…excellent speaker…entertaining…excellent examples and teaching techniques.

Tessa Jacob, 13-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Excellent speaker…the best overall zeitgeist of depositions and cross-examination I have heard. I look forward to using the techniques and I hope to do you proud. Let's do the Expert program.

Floyd Finch, 27-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Excellent seminar…outstanding speaker. This seminar will improve the quality of my adverse depos tremendously.

Amy Fowler, 6-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Excellent seminar…it could probably have been condensed into one day, but done in two probably reinforces the learning. Excellent speaker. The logic was flawless. My practice for years has been concentrated on appeals and motion practice. This seminar made me want to get back into the trenches! No one should miss this learning experience!

Shirley Keeler, 30-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Very good seminar…equally good speaker. Well done…really useful to senior lawyers who've had enough experience to appreciate the problems and solutions.

Nancy Jochens, 9-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

I liked the theoretical approach to all of the ways a witness can evade. Very good speaker.

Jim Griffin, 23-yr atty, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP