Comments from Minneapolis 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 practical and helpful seminar. Musante is excellent…wish I could be around for the second day. Superior seminar to others. The problem with most CLE seminars is they are given by practicing attorneys--the "usual suspects"---and thus reinforce the way things are typically done. This seminar challenges us to rethink some of our assumptions and that should give even experienced practitioners the opportunity to improve.

Roderick Cosgriff, 25-yr atty

As a newer lawyer recently doing many depositions, I will be taking these new skills with me. Musante is quite engaging…it's a rare class that can keep me awake.

Sam Glover, 2-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Excellent speaker…dynamic, interesting, thoughtful. Great use of impact words. This seminar is better than others…it actually held my interest.

Anonymous, 20-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos

Excellent content…excellent delivery. First CLE in my three years of practice that has kept my attention for the entire CLE. Other seminars don't compare.

Aaron Lorentz, 3-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos

This seminar was extremely helpful in breaking some of the most common misconceptions of proper depositions I have been taught. Musante is very energetic and that keeps students involved.

Jana Viramontes , 1-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Helpful, interesting and engaging seminar…I appreciated the humor. Excellent speaker.

Britt Gilbertson, 0 adverse depos

All true insights are counterintuitive. Great stuff! For the last five years I have conducted over 300 mediations every year ... I wish I could take an adverse depo Monday!

Bill Foster, 25-yr atty, 750+ adverse depos

A lot of helpful practice tips were conveyed in an entertaining and digestible way. This will vastly improve my preparation, as well as my reaction to common evasive answers.

Carl Wosmek, 3-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Powerpoint presentation excellent and extremely helpful for instruction of the material. Everyone has always told me to never ask the "one too many questions" in depositions, but there have been times I've wanted to ask. It's good to know it's ok and that there is a logical reason to do so. I am currently preparing for trial in July and reviewing depo transcripts taken last February ... there are techniques I wish I had used then that would have helped me now.

Karen Scheibe, 4-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

Great seminar! Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. It will substantially improve my depos!

28-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Good course! Musante is extremely motivated, well-prepared, keeps things interesting.

C. David Dietz, 27-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

Great; animated. Gives me a set of principles right off the bat. Money well spent!

New attorney

Surprising -- goes against everything I've heard -- very practical information.

3-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

One of the best!

25-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

Terrific; entertaining; well above average. Will improve my adverse depos by 100%.

13-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Better, more intensive than other full-day seminars.

David S. Gardner, 25-yr atty, 100's of adverse depos

This is so unique. Nothing to compare it to in my experience. I wish I had access to this when I started. It’s amazing how Musante holds interest from 8:30-4:30.

35-yr atty, 1000+ adverse depos

Extremely helpful to analyze a framework of a deposition. Excellent instructor. This will enable me to be surer of my purpose for the deposition in terms of addressing all items of evidence.

Daniel L. Kolker, 4-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Excellent practical content. It has always seemed illogical to me to save the “holy grail” until trial. Excellent instructor. Allows me to continue with confidence following my own instincts of getting commitment prior to revealing “holy grail.”

Priscilla Faris, 12-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Best depo seminar I have attended. Great practical content.

Patrick Wustner, 14-yr atty, 40 adverse depos

Excellent practical content. Excellent, engaging instructor. At the very top compared to other full-day depo seminars.

Douglas Christensen, 16-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Great seminar; enthusiastic speaker, informed, humorous and engaging. Among the best seminars I’ve attended. I will focus more intently on the answers of deponents and will not settle for CRAP!

2-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Very informative and convincing. More engaging, informative and useful than other full-day depo seminars.

Jessica Servais, 1-yr atty

Helpful. The only course I’ve ever taken re depos and right on point! Easier [than other full-day depo seminars] to pay attention to … enjoy the video clips.

Christine Longe, 2.5-yr atty, 4 adverse depos, Gregerson, Rosow, Johnson & Nilan

Great [compared to other full-day depo seminars]. Could be very useful. Information is always helpful, especially when based on logic.

15-yr atty

Entertaining, reasonably effective. Good practical content. Gives me some good insights to apply.

Erik J. Girvan, 1.5-yr atty, 6 adverse depos

Very informative. Wonderful instructor.

Adam Morris, 2-yr atty, Briggs, Briggs & Morgan

Helpful. Musante is engaging and has caused me to rethink approaches to coming depositions.

Rob Graff, 14-yr atty, "lots" of adverse depos, Meagher & Geer

Useful and stimulating. Very good instructor. Better [seminar] than most I’ve attended.

Susan Mardlenamin, 3-yr atty

There is a lot of practical content here. Musante is excellent.

Sharon L. Van Dyck, 17-yr atty, many adverse depos, Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben

I’m [now] excited to take [a deposition]. Musante kept the seminar interesting, which is a definite skill. Will help [the quality of my adverse depositions] exponentially, when I have the opportunity to take one.

Marshall S. Lichty, 6mo-atty

Very useful. Musante is good, easy to follow. Being a new lawyer, I am looking for anything that gives direction. I had about 1/2 hour on depos in law school and really felt at a loss about what I was supposed to be doing. I believe that seminar will help a lot.

Jennifer Thompson, 1-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Interesting and useful. Excellent instructor. Will help substantially.

Michael P. McNamee, 7-yr atty, 75 adverse depos

Engaging instructor; comes across as honest which keeps the listener involved.

Matthew Lewis, 3-yr atty, 4 adverse depos

Very good practical content; very good instructor. Very solid seminar. Appreciated the multi-media to keep it entertaining. I plan to re-focus my energies on pinning the witness down.

Jon Strauss, 6-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Very good, very informative, well presented.

Sarah Aho, 7-yr atty, 40 adverse depos

Focused useful techniques and approaches. Excellent instructor, interested, earnest and knowledgeable. It will refine my overview and preparation.

Arthur D. Walsh, 38-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Very practical. Musante is clear and memorable. Best seminar with practical application. Will greatly improve my adverse depos.

Brenda Sauro, 13-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos

One of the best. Excellent practical content. Very useful in terms of creating a discipline for taking depositions. Musante is excellent. Uses all forms of media to get points across.

7.5-yr atty, 35+ adverse depos

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

A really helpful seminar…"implied made express" was worth the price of admission. Excellent speaker. This seminar will transform how I view depositions, and how I prepare for them…not just "battleship".

Laura Fretland, 20-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

The video clips were the most engaging part. The trial/depo clips moreso, but all were illuminating teaching points. I liked the use of Bailey's cross-exam.

Sam Glover, 2-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Musante is an energetic and engaging speaker. Good use of examples through video/sound bites. This seminar will definitely make me approach adverse depositions more like cross-exams at trial.

Laura Day, 16-yr atty, 1,000 adverse depos

This is good stuff for all experience levels…you do this awhile and you forget things. Excellent speaker. Musante's concepts have forced me to to think more logically about what I want to get from depositions.

Anonymous, 20-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos

Very entertaining seminar. Good use of quotes and theories. Video clips helpful with learning…they're great examples of his principles. Great seminar. I highly recommend to my colleagues.

Anonymous, 13-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. This seminar built very well on "Logic & Whack!".

Anonymous, 18-yr atty, 500+ adverse depos

I wish this course was available 25 years ago. Excellent speaker…just excellent. Some of the examples were a little abstract, but I suspect they'll sink in.

Steve Timmer , 30-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Top notch speaker. Logic appears sound. Videos work well in smoothly illustrating the points. The seminar will sharpen my focus on trying to find the real facts and weigh witness credibility.

Connor Schmid, 50-yr atty, 40 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker--engaging, clear and comes through making the seminar even more entertaining and informative.

Caroline Terrio, 8-yr atty, 50-100 adverse depos

Great seminar…I can't wait to try out some of these new techniques at my next deposition. Superior speaker…packs a lot of info into a fast-paced seminar. Loved the video clips. I expect to change my technique and incorporate some or all of his principles.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty

Very good seminar…very good speaker. Videos clips really illuminate the points being made. The seminar has given me a good foundation to start with as a new attorney.

Anonymous, 1-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

This seminar is the most practical seminar for trial skills I have ever taken. Musante is as good as any teacher I have ever had. This seminar makes me want to retry every case I ever tried, whether won or lost. The insight into human behavior, cognition and perception is amazing. Video clips were perfect for illumination and entertaining as well. This teacher is serious and humorous simultaneously. The seminar will transform my examination at, and preparation for, trial.

Wendy Alison Nora, 30-yr atty

Great seminar. Musante is tops. He identifies and quantifies "common knowledge", thus making it accessible. The highest praise I can give is that tomorrow morning I will email the info on this seminar to peers and strongly suggest that they watch for and sign up for this when it comes around again.

Steve Gawron, 26-yr atty, many adverse depos

Good seminar…good speaker. The seminar helps the student to understand using cross-exam to make better final argument. I would recommend this seminar to trial lawyers.

J. Mazzitelli, 30-yr atty

Awesome speaker…I thought Musante was the most engaging speaker I have heard in 20 years of CLE classes. Video clips did a great job in illuminating teaching points, plus they were very interesting.

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