Comments from Los Angeles 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"

A very informative and extremely practical seminar...things I had not considered but are really common sense...eureka moments that you can't believe you did not know/intuit. Superb speaker. This seminar is way more informative and entertaining than others. This seminar will sharpen my already stunning skills.

Linda J. Smith, 28-yr atty, 60 adverse adverse depos, O'Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles

The seminar advice is highly practical while at the same time avoiding stating the obvious. Excellent presentation...Musante is very polished and dynamic. Compared to others, this is by far the best seminar.

Jason Kim, 8-yr atty, 8 adverse depos, O'Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles

Excellent seminar content...very helpful info...an entertaining presentation.

Brian Berliner, 15-yr atty, 4 adverse depos, O'Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles

Excellent practical content. Much more practical than other full-day CLEs. Good relationship between the theory and itsapplication. Musante knows how to keep the audience's attnetion. This will give me much greater ability to craft impeachment at trial from my deposition transcripts.

David Carman, 12-yr atty, 35 adverse depos, Glassman & Browning, Beverly Hills

Better than other full-day litigation seminars; imminently practical. Fills in material other courses leave blank. Will almost completely improve the quality of my adverse depositions. Musante is excellent.

Patrick Corrigan, 20-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Musante beats most of my law school professors. Very helpful common sense advise about things I never spend much time preparing for ... now I will.

Michael Kirschbaum, 25-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Wonderful! Excellent, brilliant! Much more energetic than most seminars. My depos will be more exact, shorter, more likely to cement the witnesses before trial ... and to force them to lie.

Robert W. Walters, 9-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Tedford & Walters, Pasadena

Very useful -- will use the advice and recommendations in everyday practice. Musante kept my attention and communicated clearly. A good use of my time. Great instruction for making depositions worth the time and money; a greatly improved strategy for taking depositions.

Douglas MacLeith, 13-yr atty, 125 adverse depos, Rogers, MacLeith & Stolp, Fountain Valley

Excellent practical content. Musante has a great ability to keep the material interesting and the audience focused. I feel it will greatly improve the quality of my adverse depositions.

James Donich, 1-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, Orange

Seminar delivered. Very valuable; not only gave me some "new tricks" but reinvigorated my interest in being a litigator. I plan to use this stuff next week! Musante was very entertaining and instructive.

Lawrence Segal, 19-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

A great start to a marked improvement in the quality of my depositions. Musante is excellent. Keeps your interest and moves smoothly from one topic to another

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David Hood, 3-yr atty, 20-25 adverse depos, Law Office of Thomas Wilson, Irvine

Excellent - lots of good examples, illustrations, real world applications. Musante teaches to all senses -sight, sound, using humor and emphasis. Good at keeping interest; keeps pace. Great techniques, greater depth in analyzing situations, motivations, language nuances.

Judy Lam, 8-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Alschuler, Grossman, Stein & Kahan, Los Angeles

Excellent. Much more useful and practical than other full-day depo seminars. Excellent instructor.

David K.W. Chang, 10-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Rodi Pollock, PC, Los Angeles

OUTSTANDING. Far superior to others. I've had 27 years of "self-taught" stumbling. I hope this seminar will bring about a 100% improvement to my deposition cross-examination.

27-yr atty, LA City Attorney's Office

This seminar is critical for a successful trial practice. Helped a great deal to organize the best of my "rules" and added many more. I've only seen 1 attorney in 30 years who followed these rules. I can't wait to practice and study these techniques. Great content and visual/audio reinforcement.

Larry Hall, 30-yr atty, 500 adverse depos

One of the BEST seminars I have taken. Excellent! Outstanding practical content!! Musante was excellent, with passion, humor, uniqueness and relevancy.

Suzanne C. Ellis, 8-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Extremely useful. I can't wait to review my last deposition and use the materials on my next one. Musante is exceptional. This seminar will put practical rules in place to follow.

Patrick DeCarolis, 24-yr atty, Trope and Trope, Los Angeles

Much more practical than other CLEs. The concepts and logic are very impressive and should be quite helpful. Musante is a great speaker who is quite entertaining.

Bill Anthony, 1 1/2-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Should be required in law school. Musante is a very engaging and effective instructor. This MUST improve the quality of my adverse depositions.

Matt Shahon, 5-yr atty

Excellent seminar! Outstanding speaker. The best seminar on depositions I have ever attended.

James Jimenez, 17-yr atty, 40 adverse depos

Overwhelming seminar but incredibly valuable…fabulous speaker! No comparison to other seminars. I was taught when I first started practicing that a depo is a "mini" trial. Musante has clarified and expanded that teaching brilliantly! Thank you!

29-yr atty, 300+ adverse depos

This is the most useful seminar I have ever attended. Excellent speaker…clear and concise.

Kevin Leichter, 16-yr atty, 250 adverse depos

Very practical seminar considering the frequency of depositions. Musante is clear, concise and helpful. Recaps were also helpful…very organized. This seminar should be required for all new associates. I definitely feel more prepared for my next deposition.

Taline Gulesserian, 2-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

This seminar definitely contains a wealth of tools and techniques that I will work to incorporate into my practice. Musante is very dynamic and fun, inspiring…the tools are invaluable, the graphics and teaching materials are highly effective and entertaining. Although there is a lot of material, it is extremely focused, and presented in a tight format. I have attended some in-house law firm seminars that really have not provided such useful information.

Helen MacLeod, 7-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Outstanding seminar…outstanding speaker! No comparison to other seminars…I can use the info from this seminar (unlike those other seminars, which I cannot). I remember taking Musante's seminar years ago when I graduated from law school. Initially, I used his suggestions and "wiser, older" attorneys led me astray. My current supervising attorney took Musante's seminar and insisted I attend…I'm very glad I rediscovered your logic. Thanks.

Laureen Monty, 9-yr atty, 25-50 adverse depos

Seminar very significant…a lot of practical value. Effective speaker.

Steve McAndrew, 15-yr atty, 75 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…it challenges conventional wisdom and allows the audience to identify their own strengths and weaknesses. This is the only type of litigation/trial seminar I care to attend anymore. Musante is engaging and provocative. The pace is fast but essential to a good seminar of this length.

John Buchanan, 21-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Excellent seminar…far better than average. Terrific seminar…style and substance caused everyone to be much more attentive than in other seminars.

David Eisen, 25-yr atty, 150 adverse depos

Good seminar…good speaker. I did a NITA seminar a few years ago, which focused on mechanics. This "Principles" seminar is an excellent supplement, focusing on strategic nuances.

T. MacLeod, 10-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Engaging and entertaining videos.

Mary Kulvinskas, 4-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Very practical seminar. A "10". Pure gold.

Elizabeth Kaufman, 27-yr atty

Very informative and useful seminar…gave me new insight on the value of the deposition of adverse party. Very good speaker.

Wellington Kwan, 10-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Five full levels above any similar seminar.

Henry Dearing, 30-yr atty, 75 adverse depos

Very useful. Assists me to more clearly define my deposition objectives. Musante is skilled and competent.

Nedra E. Austin, 12-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

Very insightful. The organization of advice by "archetypr" gave me conceptuals that can be used universally. Musante is great; very energetic; very convicted; appears genuinely invested in betterment of all practice of law. I appreciate that it's targeted to the not-so-new attorney. It will sharpen the preparation process by helping me anticipate the archetypes ahead of time.

8-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, AT&T Wireless, Newport Beach

Excellent! Musante is very enthusiastic and you can't fake enthusiasm. I plan to use these "rules" as soon as I can. The concept that the depo is trial is a paradigm-shift that was worth the price of admission.

Kit Bobko, 3-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Richards, Watson & Gershon, Los Angeles

Terrific practical content. Great instructor with excellent pacing and visuals.

Stephen A. Mesi, 5-yr atty, 12 adverse depos, Ivanjack & Lambirth, Los Angeles

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Logical, insightful and better than others I've attended. Introduced me to proven concepts and gave me directions.

3-yr atty, 4 adverse depos

Excellent seminar. Everyone who examines a witness should take the course. Excellent instructor. Great energy and insight into real life situations.This seminar was much more valuable [than other CLEs] in terms of teaching useful techniques rather than updates on areas of law and recent case rulings that I could read on my own. I don't think I will use my old techniques anymore!

3-yr atty, 6 adverse depos

One of the best CLEs I've been to. Excellent practical content. Musante kept my attention -- the rapid pace.

Debra Caldin, 3 1/2-yr atty, 40-50 adverse depos

One of the best.

Wayne Tate, 15-yr atty, 14 adverse depos, Ostendorf Tate, Newport Beach

Wonderful and rare, intellectually sound, practical training. Musante is fabulous!

Wayne Morrow, 14-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Dependency Court Legal Services, Inc., Monterey Park

Essential practical content, exceptional teacher. This seminar rates at the very top. Musante disproved the wisdom of what is the generally accepted practice in the legal community of saving impeachment for trial.

13-yr atty, hundreds of adverse depos

Far superior to other seminars. As much a trial practice course as depo practice.

Daniel Bowen, 29-yr atty, 80 adverse depos, Ackerman, Mordock & Bowen, Fullerton

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. I was impressed by his use of actual deposition (and quasi-deposition) situations to illustrate the rules of deposition as trial.

Amanda DeJesus, 9-yr atty, Caltrans LA Legal Division

By far the most useful seminar I have attended. Makes a lot of sense, can't wait to try out learned tactics. Musante's teaching ability is well balanced, intelligent, credible. He maintained my interest throughout the 6hr+ seminar, actually went by quickly. Good mix of audio and visual aids to lecture. [Seminar's set of depo rules] very logical and useful, no fillers, all helpful.

James Parsa, 10-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos

Informative and helpful. Musante is unconventional but kept my attention. Good info mixed in with bells and whistles. His delivery caught and kept my attention. Some attorneys still believe that impeachment should always be saved for trial...Musante won me over, though.

Meredith Todd, 3-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, State of CA, Dept. of Trans., Los Angeles

I had no training in depositions or trial practice and have learned by doing it, mostly badly. The material Musante taught, including showing the excerpts of real trials, has given me a sense of clarity that I will be able to use when deposition medical witnesses and trial cross-examination.

Elise Dee Beraru, 12-yr atty, 80 adverse depos

Immeasurable [compared to other CLEs]! Practical content very good; gives real life examples of how this stuff is present in everyday cases. Musante is amazing! A talking, walking Grisham novel. He intertwines his lessons w/ his examples without skipping a beat and with an incredible level of comprehension by his students! These rules are entirely oriented to preparing your case before trial, not what I've been taught depositions are for!

Jacqueline Aguilera, 6-yr atty, 5-10 adverse depos

Excellent practical applicability. Much more captivating than all other seminars attended since law school. Musante is excellent. Helped me better understand the reasons why various tactics work so well.

6-yr atty

Very logical, common sense. Musante is excellent - very focused, good sense of humor, confident, holds interest.

Dean Weinreich, 9-yr atty, 40 adverse depos, Silver Hadden & Silver, Santa Monica

A must! Wish I had learned these tips earlier. Musante is excellent -- keeps attention; entertains while informing. Can't help but improve my depos; makes me more confident to undertake a depo.

5-yr atty

Head and shoulders above the rest. Will significantly improve my adverse depositions.

Adrian Adams, 10-yr atty, 20-30 adverse depos, Adams & AnCoin, Los Angeles

Seminar delivered! Too bad it's Friday, we can't depose anyone until next week! Excellent blend of practical tips plus actual snippets. Excellent use of 6 hours out of the office. Musante speaks for himself.

5-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

Much more practical than other CLEs, in part because it focused on a single specific problem. Illustrations with video samples get right to the point. Musante is excellent. His enthusiasm is contagious, A lot of thought obviously has gone into putting this program together. This seminar's set of deposition rules are not even close to mine, but I have no doubt Musante's rules are more effective than the ones I've been using.

The course outline is very effective. Made it possible to focus on paying attention, rather than taking notes, and gave me a framework for the notes I took. It will be a long time, if ever, before I take a deposition without reviewing the outline for this course.

10-yr atty, 40 adverse depos

High-powered speaker obviously in love with his subject, obviously passionate. Great! It would be better to have this "class" over a longer time period. Stupid orthodoxy rules overthrown! Very practical "stuff".

Scott Broffman, 12-yr atty, 30+ adverse depos

Excellent content; excellent instructor. This is the best seminar I have ever attended.

Mary Louise Serafine, 10-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Musante teaches a lot in the short time and makes it enjoyable. I learned many practical things that I will use. Showed me that I must be more prepared and more attentive to the specific answers given by deponent and gave me instruction and tools that will make m e more confident mow in doing adverse depos.

Jerry Noh, 3-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Excellent practical content. Musante is thorough, clear and good at presentation of evidence.

Julie Del RIvo, 1-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, State of CA, Dept. of Trans

Very informative and entertaining; much better than most. Excellent practical content.

Joan E. Lewis-Heard, 15-yr atty, hundreds of adverse depos, Nagler & Assoc., Los Angeles

My enthusiasm for discovery has been re-ignited!

Audrey Israel, 7-year attorney, 150+ adverse depos

Far above average. Will definitely alter the manner in which I take my next deposition.

20-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

"Spot on" with regard to practical content. Musante is superb. More interesting and entertaining; not as dry as others.

5-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Excellent. Nuances I never thought of. Much more entertaining than others. Great visual aides and examples enforce point and encourage our ability to retain these lessons. The time went quickly and I felt I learned more.

7-yr atty, 12 adverse depos

Outstanding. Solid ideas clearly expressed. Memorable.

17-year attorney, 50 adverse depos

Excellent, lots of material, a lot to digest; excellent examples. Musante keeps your attention the whole day. Packed with little gems.

3-yr atty

Extremely helpful ... like drinking from a firehose. Loved the energy and overall theoretical framework.

C. Bryan, 9-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Excellent content; excellent instructor. More helpful than others in teaching one of the most important litigation skills. Musante's rules are substantially superior to mine and will significantly improve my adverse depositions.

10+-yr atty, 75+ adverse depos

Very dynamic. My best CLE learning experience to date.

13-year attorney, 30 adverse depos

Very instructive. Great energy and conviction. Great strategies to try.. I feel empowered.

Jennifer Walsleben, 1-year attorney, 3 adverse depos

Seminar is practical, useful. Teacher is very engaging and does a good job of holding attendees' attention.

5-year attorney, 3 adverse depos

Terrific. Extremely useful stuff.

8-year attorney, 50 adverse depos

Informative. I have a new found respect for the value of depositions.

11-year attorney, 20 adverse depos

First rate. Provided highly effective techniques for dealing with typical problems the arise at depositions.

Jeffrey Cowan, 6-year attorney, 30+ adverse depos

Terrific. Great practical tips & engaging presentation.

Mallory Garner, 9-year attorney, 50+adverse depos

Extremely grateful for this class; excellent outline provided.

Catherine Launey, 1-year attorney, 80 adverse depos

Very interesting and helpful....worth the day!

Steve Wiman, 25-year attorney, 50-75 adverse depos

I like the 'rule-out' portion! Knowledge and belief, motivation, impeachment also good. Attacking 'I don't know', 'I don't remember' witness -- all helpful.

Gayle Heirshberg, 1 1/2-year attorney, 10 adverse depos

Practical and one of the most useful seminars ever attended. Teacher is very knowledgeable and entertaining.

8-year attorney, 75 adverse depos

Excellent. The best I've attended in years. Course overflows with practical illustration.

18-year attorney, 100 adverse depos

Great subject matter -- Great teacher.

Phyllis Ungerer, 16-year attorney, 100+ adverse depos

Great. The topics are exactly what I needed to know to prepare for a critical adverse deposition. All MCLE courses should be this beneficial.

Ada Gardiner, 19-year attorney, 20 adverse depos

Outstanding. Musante is a superb teacher.

J. H. Mitchell, 45-year attorney, 200-300 adverse depos

Excellent. Useful information presented in an interesting/dynamic fashion.

Anonymous

One of the best. I will recommend to others in my firm. HIGH PRACTICAL CONTENT.

31-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

Thorough and intellectually challenging. Musante is great!! His rules are more thorough and organized than mine. Will definitely help me in the preparation of my depos.

14-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

A very important seminar…everyone should utilize the depo tool esp. when an adverse deponent is being disingenuous. Musante has great body language and energy…very much his own style. He kept my interest the entire time. The seminar will improve the importance of mapping out leading questions and follow-up, esp. when witness opens the door because they are squirming. Pinning them down has the potential to be so beautiful. Wish I could have made the "Great! Depo" seminar.

Jean Cha, 2-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

Excellent seminar. The presentation is helpful in that there are specific illustrations to support case point. The cases chosen as illustrations are interesting and those examples help hold interest partly because they involve significant matters and also involve very good attorneys. Musante is very good…he knows this subject thoroughly. This seminar will be a useful guide in thinking ahead at the preparation stage. I'm convinced that depos are determined by the intensity of preparation. This approach calls for deeper analysis well before the depo.

Robert Ziprick, 30-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos

Outstanding seminar. Very helpful and well-explained techniques for difficult and "forgetful" witnesses. Excellent speaker. This seminar will help me to test all possible arguments at deposition, plug the "holes" of evasive responses, and get the evidence I need.

Todd Eagan, 5-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

A fast and juicy seminar and speaker. Illustrative videos of people dodging questions.

Anonymous, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Very practical seminar. I can use this information at my next depo or trial. Good speaker. Videos very pertinent to the teaching points. Great examples which are familiar to most people. This seminar will improve my skills greatly.

Khymberli Apaloo, 9-yr atty

Overwhelming and valuable seminar…almost too much to absorb…can't wait to utilize the info in a depo. Fabulous speaker. Great video clips!

Anonymous

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Rapid fire but good advice. Excellent video clips. Feel I have now tactical approaches to advocate with and to close off disingenuous, false or evasive answers.

William Davis Harn, 13-yr atty, 40 adverse depos

The seminar could not be more practical to a litigator. Musante is very entertaining, persuasive and sincere. Videos made the presentation very entertaining and more importantly memorable.

Christopher Lauria, 25-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

As a civil litigator, the examples were more academic and less directly applicable to my practice. Stimulating, but not as specific for me as I would have liked. Musante is very good…holds one attention.

Anonymous, 31-yr atty, 400 adverse depos

Very practical seminar. The teaching of reason and logic are vital to the practice of law. I would appreciate attending any other seminar that Musante presents. He's a dynamic speaker, who is committed to communicating his material to the attendees. Im looking forward to his book and related workbook with examples and critiques.

Yvonne Miller

Excellent seminar. This is my third seminar, and as a refresher, was still excellent. Musante is top notch…clear, no B.S. The seminar will greatly assist with pending cases and depositions.

Henry M. Lee, 15-yr atty, 300 adverse depos

A very practical seminar…provides a disciplined, focused approach to taking depositions and developing arguments. Excellent speaker--entertaining and informative…invites challenges and questions. I hope this seminar will cause me to take a more disciplined, rigorous and planned approach.

Steve McAndrew, 15-yr atty, 75 adverse depos