Comments from Nashville 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"

Musante is excellent: entertaining, informative and insightful. I will be changing the way I do depositions and trial preparation. Much more practical and entertaining than others; really kept my attention.

Bill Marett, 23-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

An excellent basic deposition primer. Mr. Musante is an excellent teacher, probably because he is/was a trial practitioner, not just an academic. More comprehensive, in-depth, broader with useful examples of practical application.

Phyllis Childs, 20-yr atty, 80-100 adverse depos

Very insightful and creative; takes a very different approach. Excellent instructor. Got me to think less "typically."

Vic Domen, 3-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

Consistently provocative. It's the first time [I've attended] major training on depositions; has convinced me of the need to alter my approach to deposition preparation.

Rich Haglund, 2 adverse depos

Great! I will definitely consult these materials before taking another deposition.

Jon Wike, 4-yr atty

Theoretical content very good. Musante is both compelling and entertaining. Far more entertaining than other full-day litigation seminars. Will improve the quality of my adverse depositions a great deal.

Gary Hotvedt, 1 1/2-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

Much more persuasive and comprehensive than other full-day litigation seminars. I will [now] be much better, my depo much improved.

Warren Jasper, 9-yr atty, 20+ adverse depos

Very helpful in formulating deposition questions. Musante is very effective, informative, even entertaining.

Mary Ellen Knack, 3-yr atty, 6 adverse depos

Very helpful as a new attorney. A lot of things I had questions about were addressed. Musante was very capable, clear and logical.

Tiffany Baker Cox, 1-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Excellent. Challenges most of what I've learned. More thought-provoking than other full-day litigation seminars.

Daniel Champrey, 4-yr atty, 24 adverse depos

Very helpful. Great illustrative examples. Very helpful in thinking about overall use and how depos fit into the big picture.

Elizabeth Driver, 4-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

This seminar should be called, "Take a KILLER Cross-Examination at Deposition." Will make me even more aware of the need to properly nail down responses in the record. The examples shown have made me more aware of the ways that a witness can qualify answers with adverbs or can change my questions.

Wyla M. Posey, 4-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Excellent and informative information. Great instructor; subject matter was interesting and very easy to understand.

Renee Turner, 14-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Superior practical content; superior instructor. Better than most others because my attention level stayed high. Excellent integration of examples, videos, etc. Provided me with a good framework to prepare better for taking adverse depositions.

Genie Whitesell

Up there with the big and best ones. Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Martha S. Davis, 10+-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Very helpful. A simple, yet powerful, message. I will be more aware of "crap" and less afraid to confront adverse witness with material at deposition.

Dawn Jordan, 14-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Truly the best I've attended in years. Will greatly enhance the quality of depositions that I take. Excellent instructor.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty

Best full-day CLE I have ever attended. Absolutely stellar.

Anonymous, 9-yr atty

One of the best. This seminar has turned on its head what I have previously been taught about taking depos and has been extremely eye-openingly useful. Outstanding instructor. "Stupid orthodoxy" alone was worth the price of admission.

Robert O'Connell, 15-yr atty, "dozens" of adverse depos, Nashville

Enormously practical. Great instructor. Every other deposition instruction I've been to is b.s.

Bryan Foriest, Nashville

Great seminar. Far more interesting and useful than most legal seminars. Musante does a great job.

Kendra Samson, 6-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Nashville

Excellent practical content. Better than most litigation seminars. Will improve the quality of my adverse depositions immeasurably.

Robert Weismueller, 32-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Nashville

Very good practical content; very good instructor. Superior compared to other full-day litigation seminars. Gives me a broader perspective.

Randall A. Ratliff, Jr., 3-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Lexington, KY

This seminar will provide me the tools that, given some proper application, will dramatically improve my deposition-taking; and more importantly, the level of service I give to my clients.

Bruce Balcom, 7-yr atty, Nashville

Easily the most thought-provoking seminar on litigation technique I've ever attended. Excellent, thought-provoking material. Musante challenges credibly, long-held and accepted notions of effective advocacy. He is very effective.

Steven D. Parman, 17-yr atty, 300 adverse depos, Watkins, McGugin, McNeilly & Rowan, Nashville

Extremely useful. Musante is very capable ... knows his material and conveys it in an interesting way. This program is as good or better than other full-day seminars presented by other out-of-state presenters brought to Nashville by the NITA.

Ken Jones, 23-yr atty, 150+ adverse depos, The Jones Law Firm, Nashville

Excellent practical content. Musante is interesting and informative; kept my attention. Will make me much more effective as opposed to stumbling around in the dark, hoping for the best.

Desiree Hill, 1.5-yr atty, 8 adverse depos, Levine, Mattson, Orr & Geracioti, Nashville

Words mean something. Thank you [Musante] for reminding me. Everyone can take something away ... I found nothing to disagree with.

Steve Anderson, Nashville

Effective, engaging. Subject and tools were very interesting and have kept my attention. I will definitely have more confidence in my adverse depos, and I feel like I at least have a few principal rules I can rely on. I needed them!

Blair Beasley, 3-yr atty, 1 adverse depo, Nashville

Excellent practical content; very good instructor.

Brian Cummings, 5-yr atty, 35-45 adverse depos, Nashville

Very high value to practical content. Musante's teaching ability very high; separates the wheat from the chaff.

Marshall Snyder, 15-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Nashville

Very useful. Forces one to rethink approach to depositions and discovery. Musante is a very effective teacher. He sometimes goes a bit fast, but only because he has s lot of material.

Grant Glassford, 18-yr atty, 75+ adverse depos, Stokes, Bartholomew, Evans & Petree, Nashville

Excellent instructor. Very interesting to learn of a systematic, logical (Jesuit) approach to setting up the deposition. Better than other classes I've had on the subject. The idea of presenting the impeachment information rather than saving it is a great insight.

Christopher Booth, 3-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Neal & Harwell, Nashville

Very useful; a fresh take on often stale material. One of the better seminars I've attended.

Brant Phillips, 6-yr atty, 10-20 adverse depos, Bass, Berry & Sims, Nashville

Very informative and thought-provoking. Musante uses a very common sense approach to deposition taking that is probably too often overlooked. Will certainly make me take a closer look at my own deposition taking techniques.

Robyn Williams, 4-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Nashville

More interesting, more informative, very much more practical than other full-day litigation seminars. Excellent instructor.

Terry Ricks, 7-yr atty, "many" adverse depos, Farrar & Bates, Nashville

Excellent practical content; something I can –and will!– put to use immediately. Musante is excellent! Keeps the pace moving, great examples, great practical information. Much more useful than any I've attended. It all makes so much sense! I can't wait to use these techniques! I expect it to improve the quality of my adverse depos dramatically!

Sally Ramsey, 7-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Nashville

Informative. Useful. Can't wait to take another deposition having now been armed with these new skills. Musante is effective and entertaining. Hammers home obvious points without making audience feel inexperienced. More energizing than other full-day litigation seminars.

Mark Stamelos, 3-yr atty, 10-12 adverse depos, Nashville

Best CLE program I've attended. Very practical approach. I have learned a number of pragmatic techniques and strategies. Musante is outstanding. Keeps your attention focused.

Stanley P. Nuehring, 4 1/2-yr atty, Nashville

This is the best CLE to which I've been. Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

John Hennessey, 3-yr atty, Nashville

The best -- very engaging -- virtually no one left. Excellent practical content. Top flight instructor.

D. Kirk Shaffer, 24-yr atty, 150 adverse depos, Nashville

Way above average. Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Alex Fardon, 14-yr atty, 125 adverse depos, Harwell, Howard, Hyne, Gabbert & Manner, PC, Nashville

Very practically applicable for lawyers not just in the deposition itself, but also in the pre-deposition phase. Musante is insightful, engaging, honest and entertaining. Very good. Bound to greatly improve the quality of my adverse depos.

Paul J. Campbell, II, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo, Nashville

Much better (than others) and entertaining as well as informative. Musante is very poised in front of a room full of litigators. He is funny and has great use of PowerPoint. It all makes very good sense to me. I was stupidly following the four wrong rules ... thanks (Musante) for setting me on the straight and narrow.

Margaret O. Darby, 3-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Nashville

Helpful in focusing on certain principles that are not taught in law school or by the practice of law. Instructor had a strong ability to keep your attention.

April Nix, 2.5-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Michael D. Ponce & Assoc., Goodlettsville

Very helpful practical content. Musante is outstanding. Can't wait to try this out.

Cindy Gardner, Nashville

Excellent. Very useful. Best instructor to date. Kept my attention throughout entire seminar. After many years of taking adverse depos, I have to admit based on seminar today, they were no doubt mediocre at best.

Warren M. Smith, 20-yr atty, 1,000+ adverse depos, Glasgow & Veasey, Nashville

Best ever ... and very entertaining. First-rate instructor.

Mary Schaffner, 25+-yr atty, 350+ adverse depos, Howell & Fisher, PLLC, Nashville

Good and useful! Musante ... what a personality! Irish-Italian works well together!

Angela Bonovich, 10-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Nashville

Excellent practical content. Musante is outstanding ... gifted teacher and motivator.

George R. Fusner, 26-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos, Nashville

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Better than other full-day litigation seminars.

Robert Fellman, 5-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Nashville

Excellent practical suggestions on pinning down the adverse deponent. Engaging instructor; holds my interest; credible. Refreshingly interesting.

Patricia Snyder, 3-yr atty, Rubenfeld & Assoc., Nashville

Very helpful and very different than what I was taught by lawyers at large corporate law firms. Much more useful and engaging than other litigation seminars. Musante is wonderful.

Anonymous, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Nashville

One of the best. Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Anonymous, Nashville

Very practical. Met my high expectations. Musante is excellent. Forced me to think about depos in a way I had not previously considered.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Nashville

I believe Musante's ideas on adverse depositions are good and thought-provoking and I will use them in future depositions. Kept my attention.

Anonymous, 12-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos, Nashville

Excellent. The power points along with his instruction were very informative and interesting. Mr. Musante can hold my attention for 6.5 hours ... very impressive.

Anonymous, Nashville

Much better than most. Very good practical content; very good instructor.

Anonymous, 7-yr atty, 40-50 adverse depos, Nashville

Very applicable. Will encourage me to prepare more diligently and critically.


Very strong presentation that challenges me to re-examine my approach and preparation for deposition. Excellent instructor. Will significantly improve the quality of my adverse depositions.

Anonymous, 25-yr atty, 40 adverse depos, Nashville

Better than all others. Very helpful. Excellent instructor.

Anonymous, 4.5-yr atty, 5-10 adverse depos, Nashville

Excellent practical content; Musante is very talented. Enjoyed the energy, pace, focus and humor. Examples from real world were entertaining and educational. This seminar is much better than others.

Anonymous, 20-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Nashville

Very helpful practical content. Musante is excellent. Significantly more coherent than other full-day litigation seminars.

Anonymous, 10-yr atty, Nashville

As good as any I've attended. Things I can use, makes me think about mistakes I have made, and much of what Musante teaches rings true from witnesses I have deposed. He has given much thought to the subject.

Anonymous, Nashville

Informative and useful. Musante is knowledgeable, practically experienced in the subject matter, keeps things interesting and relevant with real world examples.

Anonymous, 12-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Nashville