Comments from New York 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"

A very useful seminar...practical rules that I find very helpful and informative. Excellent use of Powerpoint and video clips to hammer home lessons.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, O'Melvney & Myers, New York City

Best seminar I have taken. Excellent teacher; engaging, great use of examples and technology.

Brendan Sweeney, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Seyfarth Shaw, New York City

Excellent seminar! More interesting and concrete than most. Love the political examples!

Lawrence Perry, 19-yr atty, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, New York City

Superior compared to other one-day seminars. Excellent practical content.

Joseph M. Manak, 14-yr atty, Greenberg Traurig, 100+ depos

Far superior to other seminars. Excellent instructor.

Erno Poll, Greenwald Law Offices, Chester

This seminar was very well planned out, captured interest, was easy to follow and retain. Effective visuals, excellent instructor, never a dull moment.

Dorothy Going, 10-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Law Office of Dominic A. Barbara, Garden City

Superb seminar. Will improve the quality of my depositions with fewer sloppy and fuzzy questions.

Jeff Bagnell, 7-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Chimes & Richardson, New Haven

Strong seminar; can put content to immediate use. Better than most, more practical and useful. Musante is very good: clear, persistent, patient and enthusiastic. This seminar will help improve the quality of my depositions a lot.

Gary Maitland, 25-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Kreisberg, Maitland, et al., New York City

Very useful and practical seminar. Will greatly assist my approach to preparing and conducting depositions.

Glenn Berger, 18-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Jaffe & Asher, New York City

Very good practical content. Requires refocus of questioning technique and preparation. Very good instructor, enthusiastic with relevant ideas and details. Clarity comes from precision and seminar established how imprecise many questions are, and how imprecise answers are accepted.

Bruce Davidson, 3-yr atty, 8 adverse depos, Mendes & Mount, New York City

Content was a lot to take in all at once, but interesting and provocative. I certainly want to consider this as I prepare for deposition; will likely give me a way to think concretely about how to take depos. Musante is enthusiastic, has a good attitude and energy, and is entertaining and engaging.

Chris Edelson, 7-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Chao & Edelson, New York City

Excellent seminar. Excellent speaker. I will now ask big questions at deposition after boxing in witness.

Peter Clark, 25-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Clark, Atcheson & Reisert, North Bergen

Very good practical content. Very different from others. Will improve the quality of my depositions ... many ideas can certainly be employed.

Richard Apat, 14-yr atty, 500 adverse depos, Pearlman, Apat & Futterman, Kew Gardens

Very useful seminar. Musante is very good, understandable and uses interesting examples.

Clifford J. Bond, 11-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Heller, Horowitz & Feit, New York City

Very good practical content. Too different from others to compare. Will force me to more carefully listen to deponent's answers.

Paula M. Greco, 16-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, New York City

Very practical and clear, full of useful tips. Musante breaks difficult concepts down into comprehensible terms. Some might say it covers too much, but that, ,for me, is good news---it is a day well-spent.

Judith Kramer, 31-yr atty, 50+ depos

Very good and practical. It will improve the quality of my depositions by simply having witnesses confronted with impeachment earlier.

David Monroe, 16-yr atty, 150 adverse depos, Abel, Monroe & Walker, Houston

Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor. Better audio-visual than any similar course. Great examples of factual cases.

David Nadel

Excellent! Musante is among the best!

Clem Colucci, 18-yr atty, 100 depos

Very good practical content; very good instructor. This seminar will make me less concerned about perjurious testimony and will enable me to focus on using the lies to my advantage.

15-yr atty, "numerous" adverse depos

Very practical for all levels of experience. Musante is humorous and engaging. A well-developed presentation. Musante's set of depo rules is similar to Trial Techniques by Thomas Mauet, but much more focus on the need to "listen to deponent."

6-yr atty, 8 depos

Musante is an excellent communicator. Excellent seminar compared to others with very good practical content. Excellent set of depo rules.

Jane Cameron, 14-yr atty

Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor. A head above other CLEs. Teaching tools were informative, illustrative and analytical.

2-yr atty, 3 depos

Fabulous! Far superior to other CLEs.

16-yr atty, 500 depos

Much better than the typical "talk at you" lectures. Great seminar. Excellent instructor.

5-yr atty, 1 depo

Very positive practical content. Changed a lot of things I was taught. Much better use of real-life examples. Different rules; most other seminars do not focus on the "adverse" witness but rather just information-gathering aspects.

4-yr atty, 4 depos

Very helpful in terms of zeroing in on what our reactions should be in a deposition. Musante is clear, direct, witty, with a skillful use of language and memorable examples. His "20 Credibility Arguments" make a great deal of sense. His set of depo rules are very different -- hits harder on our emotional, reactive level than on memorizing simplistic lists.

8-yr atty, 40 depos

Great practical content. Excellent instructor. Much better than typical "talk at you" lectures.

5-yr atty, 1 depo

A+! This is the best seminar that I've attended so far. This presentation was my first exposure to deposition rules, but it was packaged in a way that was very intelligible and comprehensive.

1-yr atty

Excellent - a lot to digest. Kept my attention with entertaining visuals and humor.

Tim DiDomenico, 6-yr atty, 1-3 depos

Excerpts were excellent; got to see the principles in action. Musante was entertaining and knowledgeable. This course is practical for all levels of experience. Much better than other one-day seminars I've attended. Vignettes were extremely helpful.

2-yr atty, 1 depo

Very informative. Excellent value. [Practical content] Superb. I think anyone taking this course will look at deposition taking in a whole new light. Musante is excellent, energetic, informative and presents the material in an easily digestible format. The seminar has opened my eyes to rules that now seem obvious but that most lawyers probably overlook.

Marc Ragouin, 11-yr atty, 15 depos

Far superior [to other CLEs], particularly on style of delivery and content. What else is there?? Excellent practical content. Mr. Musante has ability to articulate and break down into manageable form a precise and sensible approach to depositions. Specifics were so helpful, whether for a reminder or 1st timer. [Musante] was excellent, held my attention full time. Good spontaneity and body language and energy.

25-yr atty, 50 depos

Excellent -- the material pushes the limits of depositions. This seminar is as valuable as any I've attended. Musante is excellent.

26-yr atty, 500 depos

Much better than any other litigation workshop. High marks for content and Musante is excellent.

Scott Fischer, new attorney

Probably the best! Great practical content. I've got lots of points to think about in preparing my deposition. Musante is good, real good.

10-yr atty, 6-8 depos

This is the best CLE I've taken yet. Outstanding [practical content]. Outstanding [instructor].

David P. Stich, 10-yr atty, 6 depos

Most informative CLE seminar I've taken; filled with practical, useful tips, strategies and "rules". Excellent practical content; will undoubtedly improve deposition-taking skills. Gifted instructor; uses famous examples to deliver maximum effect; entertaining.

5-yr atty

Better than other CLE seminars taken. Hands-on approach to a crucial element in any litigation. Very practical. Excellent instructor. Extremely knowledgeable--taught in an entertaining fashion.

2-yr atty, 50 depos

Much more realistic and helpful than standard presentations. These are practical techniques which can actually be applied. [Instructor] Excellent.

20-yr atty, 6-10 depos


Todd Bromberg, 8-yr atty, 25+ depos

Best I've ever taken. [Practical content] very interesting and informative. [Instructor] excellent.

Loretta Collins-Tremblay, 17-yr atty, 10 depos

Very good. Extremely practical. I believe it will be something I will put to use frequently.

8-yr atty, 15 depos

Compares favorable with other seminars. Practical approach. Covers important issues.

7-yr atty, 40 depos

Much better than average. Totally different spin. Good nuts and bolts advice.

17-yr atty, 50 depos

Deposition is a critical part of discovery and relevant to litigation. Musante clearly set out his "argument" with effective and at times entertaining powerpoint demonstration. This seminar is better than most.

Suzanne Haynes, 4-yr government atty

Excellent seminar…very effective speaker. Very effective teaching points that kept me interested. I will put more effort into preparing for my adverse depositions.

Anonymous, 7-yr government atty

The seminar provides a helpful approach to taking an effective deposition. Musante is very good…kept up a good pace and kept course lively with examples, humor, etc. Excellent clips…very entertaining…a great learning experience.

Anonymous, 32-yr government atty

The seminar content was very informative and helpful. Musante is excellent…logical. This seminar will be very helpful for any future depositions.

John Kelly, 4-yr government atty

Very good seminar…excellent teacher and nice presentation. I will recommend this seminar to others.

Steve Conte, 12-yr government atty, 10 adverse depos

I like the straightforward and timely seminar content. Seminar felt a bit rushed but speaker still willing to entertain every question. I definitely was a "stupid" rule follower, especially with respect to asking open-ended question. This seminar really helped stress the importance of depositions over trial cross. I definitely was a "stupid" rule follower especially with respect to asking open-ended questions. This seminar really helped stress the importance of depositions over trial cross.

Karen Ortiz, 6-yr government atty, 6 adverse depos

This seminar will certainly change the way I approach a deposition.

Anonymous, 8-yr government atty

Fascinating, riveting.

25-yr government atty

The video clips are an excellent teaching tool that vividly demonstrate the logical principles and techniques for obtaining the most favorable testimony possible.

Vernon Norwood, 1-yr government atty

Very helpful seminar…excellent speaker.

Anonymous, government attorney

Very practical seminar…great speaker. I especially liked the emphasis of words and English language.

Susan Branagan, 4-yr government atty, 1 adverse depo