Comments from Portland 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"

Very solid and insightful. Great in terms of detail. Musante is an excellent speaker, approachable, with well done materials. I particularly agree that lawyers dabble too much in "discovery" depositions. The deposition is the trial, and is the tool I use to get what I want at trial/hearing. I will now write out some more questions to make sure I get more universal questions that reduce escapability.

Art Stevens, 17-yr atty, 300-500 adverse depos

Eye-opening; logical. Best I have taken.

Stephen Joncus, 8-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Klarquist Sparkman, Portland

Practical content: A. Instructor: A. Compared to other seminars: A.

Matthew Whitman, 6-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Meyer Wyse, Portland

Entertaining, fast-paced, thought provoking. Very practical.

Chris Moore, 22-yr atty

Seminar included information I can use in every deposition. Musante is entertaining and attention-grabbing!

Philip Garrow, 20-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

This is the best seminar that I have ever attended, and I have been to several seminars that were quite good. Musante's style was animated and riveting. I am an in-house intellectual property attorney and have been for 16 years. I am currently involved in patent litigation and need education on depositions ... this seminar provided a wealth of information for me.

Thomas Lenihan

Excellent! Great concepts that attorneys taking depositions should put into practice for every deposition. Musante is also excellent ... great hypos, covers main points multiple times from multiple perspectives to ensure understanding. Way more interesting and engaging than other full-day litigation seminars.

Hub Adams, 1-yr atty

Down to earth, useful information. I usually have a hard time staying awake by the afternoon, but not with this guy! Wish I had had him as a professor in law school.

Susan Dunaway, 7-yr atty

Best one-day CLE I have been to. Very interesting and practical.

Dain Paulson, 7-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Landye Bennett Blumstein, Portland

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Top-level compared to others.

Michael Hicks, 32-yr atty, "a lot" of adverse depos

Well above average. Useful and thoughtful. Musante is excellent.

Kenji Kozuma, 4-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Better than most; extremely provocative. Very practical. It will dramatically improve the quality of my adverse depositions if I follow up on the study and preparation.

Charles Duncan, 30+-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

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

David D. Gallaher, 30-yr atty, 75 adverse depos

Challenging, lively and interesting. Up there with Pozner & Dowd.

Jon Wright, 3-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

One of the best, if not the best, that I've been to.

Bart Wachsteter, 7-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Mitchell, Lane & Smith, Portland

Excellent! Very captivating. Top seminar/top analysis.

Orrin Grover, 30-yr atty, 300+ adverse depos

Excellent practical content. Musante is informative and educational. A lot more comprehensive in its information and techniques than most other seminars I've been to.

David Giles, 4-atty

This seminar was by far superior to other deposition seminars I have attended. Practical content was A+. Robert Musante provides entertaining examples to demonstrate salient practice points; his teaching ability was extremely effective.

Michelle Kerin, 8-yr atty, 70-80 adverse depos, Farleigh, Wada & Witt, Portland

Best deposition seminar I've ever attended by far. Awesome practical content. Musante was perfect! I finally have a discipline to address "I don't know" and "I don't remember."

Kimberley Hanks McGair, 5-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Farleigh, Wada & Witt, Portland

At the top of trial related CLEs because it focuses on rules that can be used in any case, rather than on fact-specific war stories. Practical solutions to common problems effectively and passionately communicated. [Musante] clearly has a passion for his subject.

James H. VanDyke, Portland City Attorney's Office, 20-yr atty, 100+ depos

Excellent. Good visuals and expressive skills. Musante presented usable concepts for litigation rather than the usual review of case law applicable to a particular subject. These are practical concepts to use in depositions for trial prep and trial. I will have to digest these rules, but I now have some new ideas.

Harriet Isenberg, 10-yr atty, 50 depos

You can pay for the whole seat but you'll only need the edge!!

Mitch Lampson, Deputy District Attorney, Washington County

First rate! Musante is thorough and animated. Every little bit helps, and the "bits" were major, not trivial.

Bruce Rubin, 27-yr atty, 200+ depos, Miller Nash

A+ for practical content. A+ for instructor. Vastly superior to others ... no comparison.

Lee Nusich, 25-yr atty, 250 depos, Lane, Powell, Spears, Lubersky

This will be a valuable tool for me for my next 18 years! Very practical. I take or defend about 100-150 depos a year and this has put a logical framework on what I have done by rote or instinct. This will improve my technique. Most diverse use of powerpoint I've ever seen.

18-yr atty, 1,000+ depos

As a new lawyer, I take all the litigation CLEs I can get my hands on, and this one definitely gave me the most bang for my buck! The lectures and video clips and materials were fine; Musante was very good, captivating and simplistic.

Lori Volkman, 1-yr atty, 1 depo

Much better practical advice than other CLEs. Practical content excellent. Musante is excellent.

Peter Bunch, 3-yr atty, 3 depos

Excellent practical content. I have taken many full-day seminars and this is one of the best. I now realize I could have been taking better depositions.

Bill Patton, 5-yr atty, 3 depos, Lane, Powell, Spears, Lubersky

I found this seminar much more useful than others due to its practical use and helpful outline of material. Very practical. It has helped by giving me a much better sense of methods through which I can commit deponents. Helped by dispelling many myths of depositions which were tripping me up prior to this seminar. [Musante] clear and logical. Also entertaining. I am one of the attorneys who followed [Stupid Orthodoxy rules] blindly. Today's [depo] rules give a better sense of purpose for depos.

Matt Borrillo, 3 1/2-yr atty, 40 depos

Very informative and useful in everyday practice as a litigator. Musante is excellent -- I like his passion. The cross-examination of an adverse witness takes more thought than I had been taught; this will vastly improve the quality of my adverse depositions.

Leah Lively, 3-yr atty, 6 depos, Lane, Powell, Spears, Lubersky

Musante is great. His rules are more complex and thoughtful than those I've used. I now have a better understanding of boxing in testimony and no fear of focused insistence on answers.

Tom Hutchinson, 10-yr atty, 100+ depos, Bullivant, Houser, Bailey

I found this seminar to be well presented and probably more practical than most CLEs I've taken. Extremely practical and useful. Excellent teaching abilities, interesting, understandable and humorous.

Kent Gubrud, 13-yr atty, 20 depos

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Among the best of seminars; reminds me of Herb Stern's seminar on "Trying Cases To Win." I think my depositions will substantially improve.

Rod Norton, 25-yr atty, 100's of depos, Hoffman, Hart & Wagner

Among the best. Musante's rules are similar to mine in some respects, but generally different (&, I'm convinced) far more effective. Should improve the quality of my depositions tremendously.

Dave Thompson, 2-yr atty, 5 depos

Much better than all others. Very helpful to the long-time practitioner, which is rare. Musante is excellent; could wake the dead. My depo prep will now take longer, which is good.

Karen O'Kasey, 16-yr atty, 100+ depos, Hoffman, Hart & Wagner

Interesting, clear, well-organized presentation. As a relatively new attorney, Mr. Musante's insights into the adverse deposition process were enlightening. His rules are more focused; much more thought than I've had the insight to do. My preparation will be different now; I will respond differently to deponent's answers.

Philip Overcash, 1-yr atty, 5 depos, Crispin & Assoc.

Wonderful ... made me really reconsider my standard practices.

17-yr atty, 50-100 depos, Tonkon Torp

Best I've ever attended. Very practical; learned much! Hopefully my skill will improve and then improve again and again.

10-yr atty, 50 depos, Tonkon Torp

This is the best CLE I have attended. More new information was provided than I could absorb. Dynamic speaker -- keeps your attention -- good repetition of key points. Solidified vague knowledge that has been floating around in my head. [This seminar's depo rules] very different -- more assertive and aggressive.

7 depos

Good seminar! Good value. I've paid more for less valuable seminars. Outstanding practical content. Good, engaging speaker.

3-yr atty, 3 depos

Excellent. Best I've ever taken. [Practical content] Excellent. 2 days would even be okay.

4-yr atty, 10 depos

Well prepared, focused and good framework. 80% has immediate practical impact. Musante is very good.

10-yr atty, 75 depos

Good CLE compared to others. Good practical content. Musante used visual aids well and was not monotonous.

12-yr atty, 30 depos

Very practical and meaningful regarding nuts and bolts. [This seminar's depo rules] more comprehensive and structured than mine.

20-yr atty, 100+ depos

Very practical reminder that I unfortunately let myself get "too busy" to adequately prepare/take the depositions. Gets me thinking outside the box -- I've too often looked only for the battleships and haven't challenged the witness often enough.

14-yr atty, 150+ depos

One of the better CLEs I've taken. Very practical. I can't wait to use these techniques in my next deposition. I appreciate the humor and energy in Mr. Musante's presentation. Great instructor. He has explained why some of my depositions have worked!

5-yr atty, too many depos to count

Ranks as one of the best! Practical content very useful and helpful. Musante is excellent.

1 1/2-yr atty, 4 depos

90 percentile! [Practical content] Excellent. [Musante] Excellent. [This seminar's depo rules] articulates what I was doing intuitively, but not often enough.

19-yr atty, hundreds of depos

A+! Plain talk is a rarity in this profession and it is greatly appreciated. The seminar provided me with greater confidence to stick with my instincts and not follow the "traditional" methods I have witnessed with other attorneys.

3-yr atty, 5 depos, Lane, Powell, Spears, Lubersky

Provided practical and useful information rather than mere theory. Material was well organized; Excellent practical content, excellent instructor.

1-yr atty, 3 depos

As long as I learn enough to help me advance ONE of my open cases, I judge the CLE worthwhile. This was worthwhile. [Practical content] will affect the way I conduct depositions significantly. [This seminar's depo rules] quite different -- I'm going to change.

9-yr atty, 25 depos

I asked my boss about taking this CLE; he said, "Ahhh, you don't need it." He was wrong. I paid for it myself and I'm glad I did. It confirms to me that there IS process to this practice.

1-yr atty, 0 depos

Very practical in that it gets to the heart of what our goals should be in deposing an adverse party and then walks through the methodology. Musante is great! I'm entertained, becoming convinced and feeling enthusiastic! I'm looking forward to using these tools and expect to be better than I would have been without this seminar.

1-yr atty, 0 depos

Very valuable compared to other CLEs. Excellent practical content and excellent instructor. I have adhered to the "stupid orthodoxy" more often than I not.

12-yr atty, 200+ depos

Very helpful, very practical. Excellent practical content. Among the 5 best CLEs. Excellent teacher.

20-yr atty, 150 depos

Good practical value. Excellent teacher.

4-yr atty, 50 depos

Much, much better than other depo seminars I've gone to. Extremely good content. I particularly appreciated the visual examples. Musante is excellent. I stayed attentive all day and took notes. I really enjoyed the humor and political/social context examples. I have lots of depo witnesses who waffle, qualify answers and "forget" or "don't know." I can use these tips and the info provided immediately.

Anonymous, 7-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Excellent. I brought a book to read, but never opened it. Very engaging, funny and fast-paced. Makes me want to go back and read my old depo transcripts. Will change my [future] depos substantially.

Anonymous, 6-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Valuable content. Excellent instructor. Worked hard - good energy - pulled off tough trick: challenged us humbly! The debunking of false maxims very valuable! I am recommitted to rigorous preparation for depos that will allow me to depend mostly on my reading skill at trial.

Anonymous, 25-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

Invaluable seminar…I believe that I have learned some wonderful, effective techniques that will start me out in a successful direction with my first deposition. Excellent speaker…clear, concise, and entertaining.

Dori Brattain, 1-yr atty, Salem

Highly useful content for my criminal defense trial work. Musante is an A+.

Mark Smolak, 26-yr atty, Portland

Excellent seminar. As a new lawyer, I was looking for a CLE that could provide me with a universal schema to apply to depositions so I wouldn't feel lost or alone…this CLE provided that information and more. Robert was a fun teacher; easy to follow, captivating and intellectually stimulating. His use of video clips illuminated his teaching points very well…as a child of technology, I greatly appreciated the use of video clips.

Katie Lane, 1 1/2-yr atty, Multnomah County Attorney's Office

Excellent seminar…I will go back over the printed materials. Excellent speaker…as good as I've heard. Time flew by.

Anonymous, 28-yr atty, 800+ adverse depos

Great program…great practical tips. Excellent speaker…very engaging. Will help me to pin down the elusive witness.

Craig Rossilo, 8-yr atty, 8 adverse depos

Comprehensive seminar; very effective at provoking thought regarding the approach to prep for depo. A+ speaker. Video clips were helpful and broke up the presentation well.

Dan McCarthy

Good seminar…as quick a pace as any CLE; the video clips actually help make it more interesting than a UCC CLE. I like the way Musante laid out the points with the axiom and examples…reminded me of law school writing class. Great use of video clips.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. I think the Simpson videos do a great job of illustrating the teaching points. The quality of my depositions will improve to a great extent.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Very high evaluation re content of seminar…very good speaker. This seminar will help improve the quality of my depos a great deal with regard to "I don’t know" and "I don’t remember" situations.

Bob McCann, 24-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Long, Delapoer, Healy, et al.

Very practical seminar…very dynamic speaker. The video clips were one of the better aspects of the class. Not only will my depositions improve but also trial cross.

Pete Davis, 32-yr atty

Very interesting and informative seminar. Gives a lot of logical arguments and commonsense points that wouldn't normally occur to me. Musante has high energy and interest in the topic…makes time pass. Effective use of real-world examples to back up teaching points.


Very good seminar. I liked [Musante's] insistence on a "right" way and forceful argument to support. Musante is great…engaging…good use of talking and visual aids. I liked the use of several fact patterns to illustrate…the OJ Simpson background was appropriately in depth.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 30+ adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Total agreement with the credibility argument claim.

Anonymous, 47-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Excellent seminar…I have attended previously and used these techniques. Musante is excellent. Excellent use of videos…illustrations using OJ Simpson trial tapes were very good.

Marc Sellers, 12-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Very good seminar…the skills for taking deposition distilled to understandable components, capable to being learned and applied. Musante is good…interesting and engaging style. This seminar will assist me in structuring all inquiries and questioning of witnesses in every contest.

John V. Acosta, 20-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, TriMet

Very good seminar…I came hoping to find some tools to use against the "I don’t remember" response … I found them in this seminar. Musante very good…keeps it interesting with real life examples.

Allen Eraut, 5-yr atty, 40-50 adverse depos, Bullivant Houser Bailey, PC

Very practical seminar for my practice. Musante kept a good pace, full of info and light on digressing.

Anonymous, 7-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker.

Dave Gallaher, 31-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Pendleton

The seminar content seems highly practical to me. I will need to read thru the materials carefully and try to digest the philosophy/techniques described, then try them out. Musante is good, clear convincing. Video clips excellent…Simpson is still a relevant subject when used in this manner.

Kirstin Lurtz, 8-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Marion County Legal Counsel, Salem

Musante is dynamic…lots of energy…thanks!


Very good seminar. Musante always gives practical examples to illustrate the theory. I came today because I have heard and liked Musante before. Video clips of Simpson are helpful (though I also enjoyed Clinton at the last program).

Anonymous, 10-yr atty

Good topic to focus on. Musante easy to follow, uses the tools to keep us awake…entertaining material. The quality of my depos will improve greatly.

Caroline Harris Crowne, 2-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Tonkon Torp, LLP

Very helpful seminar…good use of historical anecdotes/video with which to apply the "tips". The axioms are a bit long. Musante is engaging--just enough humor, levity and enthusiasm…keeps you interested.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Good seminar…very good speaker. Video clips extremely helpful…this was the best part of the seminar…loved the OJ Simpson videos…also Clinton, Rummy…the best!

Charles M. Simmons, 2-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Macpherson Gintner, et al.

Highly useful seminar--it will change the way I do depositions. An entertaining and educational presentation. Videos were helpful as teaching tools.

Scott Asphaug, 22-yr atty, 15 adverse depos, Multnomah County Attorney's Office

Very compelling presentation and fantastic format. Musante is excellent…I enjoyed his presentation examples and teaching points. Truly entertaining and reinforcing. I will focus on these logical approaches and hope to improve dramatically my depositions.

Kathleen Profitt, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo, Foster, Pepper, Tooze, LLP

Very good seminar…very good speaker. The seminar will help me focus more on motivation and exploring it. Also of closing off, or opening up…lack of memory.

Anonymous, 20-yr atty, 500 adverse depos

Very good seminar…very good speaker.

David Snyder, 25-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Snyder & Hoag, LLC

The practical content of this seminar was excellent. The use of real high profile examples highlighted the strengths of good deposition techniques and the oft-used poor practices of many attorneys.

Anonymous, 17-yr atty, 30+ adverse depos

Excellent, interesting subject matter. Musante is interesting…good layout and style.

Anonymous, 1-yr atty

The practical content gives me a good perspective from a defensive standpoint. I like to know what the enemy has been trained to know and do. Videos well done.


This was a combination of refresher and new approach to situations that arise in every deposition. Excellent speaker. Very useful video clips.

Anonymous, 26-yr atty, 300+ adverse depos

Good speaker. I did not experience Simpson overload…good historical example. Very helpful.

Robyn McGinnity, 6-yr atty

I liked the seminar. Great speaker. Video clips were great.

Brad Macomber, 2-yr atty, 1 adverse depo, Hunt & Associates, PC

Very good seminar. Written materials do not contain many points speaker made…because of speed of presentation, hard to get all down on paper. Excellent speaker. Effective videos…illustrated points well and kept lecture interesting.


Very good speaker…very good seminar. This seminar will help both adverse and preparation of witnesses.

John Baker, 18-yr atty, 40 adverse depos, Jordan Schrader, PC