Comments from Sacramento area attorneys who attended "Great! Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques" and/or "Mastering the Toughest-to-Craft Credibility Arguments"

"Great! Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques"

This is the most powerful legal/analytical skills course I have ever taken or could ever find. Musante is gripping and memorable. There is no comparison to others ... this seminar is in a league of its own. Robert Musante took me apart and put me back together as a much improved depo-taker.

Noreen Skelly, 7-yr atty, 40 adverse depos

Musante is one of the most energetic, impassioned teachers I've ever had. This seminar will greatly improve the quality of my depos.

Peter Flores, 11-yr atty, Sacramento D.A.

Extremely relevant; excellent instructor. More interesting and more practical than any others I have attended.

Kevin Howard, 1-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

The best! Great practical content; terrific instructor. Will improve the quality of my adverse depos tremendously.

Lara Shapiro

Dynamic, interesting, intellectually challenging, attention grabbing.

Gregg McKerroll, 1.5-yr atty, Pritchard and Kay, Sacramento

It's always good to refresh and re-evaluate one's practical techniques. This seminar deals with an area often overlooked in CLE classes. Mr. Musante is a fast-talked and gets a lot of info into the six hour course and helps keep your mind from wandering. Compared to other full-day seminars, this is a 9/10.

Kay Kerekes, 2-yr atty, 6 adverse depos

Fast-paced seminar…eclectic mix of strong vocabulary and logic with vulgarity and humor…effective for retention. Practical content of seminar is very applicable. I'll take my 20% retention, along with the written materials, and reference in future adverse depositions.

Anthony McClaren, 2-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Very beneficial seminar…thorough. Excellent speaker--engaging, easy to follow, well-developed.

Rory Coffey, 28-yr atty, 2,000 adverse depos

Very practical. Musante is very effective. Lots of passion, supported by concrete examples to illustrate points.

Sui La, 3-yr atty

Best seminar yet. Excellent practical content. Very effective instructor; kept my attention the whole time.

Kathlyn Rhodes, 17-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Very practical content. This is the first time anyone has given me a framework for how to do an adverse deposition. Musante gives a clear an concise explanation of his theory and provides clear examples.

Danesha Nichols, 1-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Should focus preparation and make more efficient representation for the client.

Alan Foutz

Better than virtually all other full-day seminars. Very practical for civil litigators. Musante is very talented and engaging. Great use of PowerPoint.

K. Blanco, 5-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

Excellent practical content. Will be a GREAT help to my adverse depos.

W. Lance Blanco, 4-yr atty

This seminar is a necessary requirement to a successful practice in almost all areas of law.

Ben Platon

Musante is above-excellent! Far better than other full-day depo seminars; much better focused on theory of case and practical application to trial.

Daryl Katcher, 10-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

Excellent practical content; the most useful CLE I have attended! Other deposition seminars can't compare. Iit's actually useful, relevant and interesting. Musante is very good, moves fast, keeps your interest.

Danielle Guard, 9-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, Sacramento

Excellent and very helpful. Better than most litigation seminars.

Mark Spring, 12-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger, Sacramento

Substantive and helpful; will give me tools to master for the rest of my litigation years. Musante captures the audience with his zeal, powerpoint and video techniques.

Sue Ann VanDermyden, 10-yr atty, 40+ adverse depos, Hanson Bridgett, Sacramento

Best yet. Great practical content; great and entertaining instructor.

Andreas Rockas, 9-yr atty, 30 adverse depos, Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, Sacramento

Worthwhile, insightful and taught with refreshing humor.

Robert Fleischman, 25-yr atty, 12 adverse depos, Friedman, Dumas & Springwater, San Francisco

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Has helped me to focus on principles and increase my confidence in my approach.

Tom Walker, 26-yr atty, 150 adverse depos, El Dorado Hills

Very helpful, well thought-out and thorough.

Philip Pogledich, 5-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Pillsbury & Winthrop, Sacramento

Very good practical content; very good, animated and interesting instructor. More interesting and useful than other full-day litigation seminars.

David M. Trapani, 16-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos, El Dorado Hills

There are no other seminars like this to my knowledge. I would like to take it again and again and again.

Robert Lovein, 7-yr atty, 700-1,000 adverse depos, Anwyl, Scoffield, Stepp & Universal, Sacramento

A very useful and totally ignored approach to taking adverse depositions. Significantly better than others. A captivating presentation. I believe my adverse depositions will improve dramatically.

Ranbir Ahdan, 3-yr atty, 5-10 adverse depos, Sheridan & Carroll, Sacramento

Very applicable; by putting this new knowledge to work, I will do better in my future depos. Musante is very dynamic and enthusiastic.

Jim Henderson, 1-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, Carroll Burdick & McDonough, Sacramento

Excellent and applicable to everyday practice. Musante is great ... this is the first CLE I've been to where I wasn't tempted not to return after lunch.

Sarah Ream, 3-yr atty, 4 adverse depos, Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, Sacramento

Excellent distillation of basic premises necessary for success. Musante is outstanding.

Tom Barth, 15-yr atty, 40 adverse depos, Kronick, Moscovitz, Tiedemann & Girard, Sacramento

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. I will be using this information in my next deposition.

Brian Katz, 22-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

One of the most engaging seminars I've attended. Great practical content.

Cynthia Smith, 5-yr atty, 10-15 adverse depos, St. Helena

Best deposition seminar I have attended. Practical content is very helpful to polish my skills. Some of the things I had already figured out, other concepts will change the way I have been doing things. Musante is high energy with the right amount of volume, intellect, humility and humor.

Stephen A. Cain, 20-yr atty, 1,000 adverse depos, Rancano & Rancano, Modesto

The value of this seminar is much higher than all other courses I've taken. It provides nuts-and-bolts techniques instead of generalizations of limited usefulness. Musante is an excellent communicator; the course is well-thought-out. He uses video examples of historical cases to bring principles home. It provides tools to utilize to recognize "crap" and avoid "crap" when taking depositions, techniques that should work at trial, as well. Everything was valuable.

Randall Wiens, 20-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

Excellent. Riveting. Probably the best I've experienced. I very much appreciate the emphasis on rules as opposed to style. Musante was excellent.

William L. Loughman, 23-yr atty, 1,000 adverse depos

Excellent seminar -- an analytical approach to something that is very difficult to develop skill in. Musante is outstanding -- dynamic and passionate. Compared to other like seminars, this one is more thought-provoking. It challenges long held assumptions by forcing us to think. I don't have any firm "rules," but I did tend to accept those general principles. I am now rethinking my approach,

Bruce Kilday, 21-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Excellent. The best lawyers I've seen would benefit from these techniques. No comparison to other one-day seminars. This is by far the best.

Glenn C. Nunes, 2-yr atty, 7 adverse depos

Very helpful. I wish I'd taken it much earlier in my career. More in-depth than others, more relevant, more real. Very much enjoyed the pace ... the humor was also appreciated and helped to keep the interest. I can see that by not following the "rules," my depos have not been as effective.

Kristin Lucey, 6-yr atty, 20-40 adverse depos

Excellent. Packs it in. Distinguishes between strategy and tactics well. Excellent practical content.

Ed Smith, 20-yr atty, hundreds of adverse depos

Highly informative. The rules and practical examples were explained clearly and concisely. My rules would have been more applicable to an interview than a deposition.

Michael Jones, 12-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos

Compared to other seminars I've taken, this is by far the very best and most useful. Practical content was excellent. Musante was excellent. My only "rules" were to get information and facts as thoroughly as possible, i.e., the standard mediocrity.

Cyrus Zal, 22-yr atty, dozens of adverse depos

Very educational and enlightening as to how poorly I was organizing my depositions. Musante kept my attention and was able to convey the information. Superior compared to other CLEs. Musante's "rules" are very organized. I feel that I can go from "a" to "b" or "c" with far more clarity and confidence. I had previously taken Musante's "expert" seminar and will retake it tomorrow!

28-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

More practical than theoretical. Great instructor.

Angela Scatena, 1-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. Certainly the best I've taken.

Kiersta Perlee, 5-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Excellent! Musante's enthusiasm and creativity are contagious. Better than probably most, if not all! I feel I learned a lot in one day.

Robin Leslie Stewart, 23+-yr atty, hundreds of adverse depos

This seminar is at least as valuable as specialized in-house skills seminars. The rules and truisms presented are all helpful. Musante employs an excellent use of examples to reinforce point.

Maralee MacDonald, 6-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

Excellent! This is what I needed t this stage of my career.

Joe Marman, 40-yr atty, 50 averse depos

Good practical content; good instructor. More intense and tense than other one-day seminars.

Larry Freeman, 31-yr atty, 75+ adverse depos

Seminar was extremely helpful in pointing out my flaws and providing tools to improve my depo skills. Excellent content. Musante kept my attention and provided practical tools I can use now.

Lana Shearer, 3+-yr atty, 80 adverse depos

Fabulous practical content. Fabulous instructor. Better than others.

Julie Garfield, 25-yr atty, 30-40 adverse depos

Excellent! Good powerpoint presentation. Fast pace keeps interest.

Anonymous, 7-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

Very good practical content. I like the no-nonsense approach; more entertaining and informative than other one-day seminars. Had I turned in a list of my "rules", it would have been a blank page. Now I could write something down.

Anonymous, 9-yr atty

Great seminar ... so good that this is my second viewing. Comparable to others I've attended, but I only attend highly recommended seminars due to time constraints.

Rebecca Freeman, 17-yr atty, 75-100 adverse depos

Excellent program with practical tips. A terrific value for the money. Musante was great and engaging.

Anonymous, 1 1/2-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

A- instructor. Much more practical than other one-day seminars.

David Garcia, 2-yr atty, 4 adverse depos

Very good practical content. Excellent instructor.

Anonymous, 14-yr atty, dozens of adverse depos

The very best! Very detailed principles for dealing with common tactics employed by adverse witnesses. Indispensable to the trial lawyer. [Most useful aspect] importance of WHACK! How to deal with "don't know, don't recall". Use of motivation and rationale to impeach conduct.

Anonymous, 9-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

Much better than most. Extremely good practical content, for a change. [Musante's] energy helps impact the important points. The videos really help with an understanding of the point Musante is making. So does his recollection of cases he's tried.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

More valuable than any other deposition seminar I've been to. [Musante] very good. Kept my attention and was very informative.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Excellent [practical content]. A lot of common sense practical advice that we may have heard before, but it's valuable to hear again and to have put into this framework. [Musante] very good to excellent. Very fast talker, but there's a lot to get through. [Most useful aspect] viewing entire process as the "argument" or "trial" -- a fresh perspective for what I do every day.

Anonymous, 15-yr atty, hundreds of adverse depos

Different qualitatively. Most CLEs are less practical-oriented, more theoretical. But this actually is also very theoretical, but in a broader sense. Very good instructor. I like energy without frenetics or yelling. Good outline, good buzz words, repetition ultimately helpful, good [video] clips.

Anonymous, 9-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Excellent [compared to other CLEs]. Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor.

Anonymous, 18-yr atty, hundreds of adverse depos

Above average. I wish I had taken this seminar 10 years ago. [Most useful aspect] helping cure some of my "bad habits" which have crept into my deposition examinations.

Anonymous, 12-yr atty, 750 adverse depos

Much better than most. I have taken hundreds of depositions and I gained insights I'd like to put into practice immediately. Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor. The whole seminar was great.

Anonymous, 16-yr atty, 300 adverse depos

Practical lessons that need to be put into practice. It all makes great sense when explained. Great presentation, good humor, engaging speaker. [Most useful aspect] establishing "standard" concept; making the implied-express.

Anonymous, 1-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Of more value [than other CLEs]. Particularly good use of live testimony in the depo settings. Very good instructor. The no-nonsense approach to not letting a deponent waffle [was most useful aspect].

Anonymous, 18-yr atty, 500-1,000 adverse depos

As helpful or more [than other CLEs] due to application of theory to tangible examples of implementation. Putting theory to practice is the most helpful to me as a newcomer to the profession.

Anonymous, 7-month atty, 9+ adverse depos

One of the best. Excellent practical content. Excellent instructor. [Most useful aspect] the logic.

Anonymous, 13 yr atty, 1000+ adverse depos

If not the best, one of a very short list. Very practical; excellent teaching ability.

Anonymous, 22-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

Top 5% for providing real-practice insight and guidance. [Instructor's teaching ability] Unimpeachable!

Anonymous, 6-yr atty, 80 adverse depos

Among the best. Musante is excellent, obviously knows the subject and cares about his presentation.

Anonymous, 18-yr atty

A+ instructor. Will improve the quality of my adverse depos, despite my experience.

Anonymous, 30-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Excellent practical content. It is such a relief to now have a framework with which to approach a deposition. Extremely valuable.

Anonymous, 1-yr atty, 3 adverse adverse depos

Excellent. The most useful and interesting CLE seminar I have taken. Musante is great; good mixture of humor, practical application, nuts and bolts and overall theory. I have a number of adverse depos coming up this year and will certainly apply this method.

Anonymous, 6-yr atty

This is unique and a real intellectual challenge. There is so much information and technique that this would be better in a 2-day seminar. High practical content. [Most useful aspect] examining the logic of the depo process helps me see what I've been doing right and helps me focus on difficult areas.

Anonymous, 18-yr atty, 400+ adverse depos

Excellent compared to others. Incredibly helpful; will be instrumental in re-thinking strategy for depos and litigation prep.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

"Mastering the Toughest-to-Craft Credibility Arguments"

A very worthwhile seminar, each point discussed can apply in almost every cross-examination. Musante is very animated and expresses enjoyment of the subject. Gives a lot of information in a very short period of time. The techniques provided will help in building up the steps and points before attacking the witness' story/reasoning and making my argument.

Anonymous, Sacramento County D.A.'s office

Very practical seminar...it made the implied express! Great practicality. Musante is a terrific speaker...educated, well versed, funny and keeps the attenton of the group. He definitely gave me a lot of new tools to work with. Video clips were a great tool to exemplify the arguments and techniques that were central to this class. This seminar will definitely help improve my cross exam techniques. Musante's teaching style and humor are great! A great use of my Saturday!

Denise Halstead, 9-yr atty, Sacramento County D.A.'s office

This is essential to taking a meaningful deposition. Musante is an excellent, dynamic speaker! The video clips added maximum credibility to the teaching points. The seminar will improve my ability to conduct cross examinations of adverse witnesses.

Danielle Teeters, 6-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

"A+" speaker. Good use of Powerpoint.

Gale Filter, 17-yr atty

Most practical CLE course I have ever taken. I am a repeat customer…only course I have ever repeated. I used to dread taking depositions…now I look forward to it.

John Murphy, 34-yr atty, 750 adverse depos

Extremely interesting seminar. No doubt in my mind the principles explained do and will work to craft questions and be persuasive to a jury or fact finder, used appropriately. Musante is very passionate about the subject. Sometimes disjointed…but I followed what he was saying. Would like to attend his Great! Adverse Deposition seminar.

Elisa Ungerman, 16-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

Seminar makes sense…will require practice in application. Good speaker…good sense of humor. No flaws in the information presented. The clips illuminated the points and were helpful.

Benedict DiDuca, 5-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Very engaging.

Rory Coffey, 28-yr atty, 1000+ adverse depos

An informative and challenging seminar. Good use of video and phrase repetition…good techniques. Seminar should be of enormous help.

Roy Chastain, 23-yr atty, 8 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. I wish Musante would do more seminars. The seminar will help me a lot.

Dennis Halsey, 31-yr atty, 1000-1500 adverse depos

As an in-house counsel, it is helpful to have these ideas to make sure litigation counsel is focused on the key points that need to be covered. Musante presents his ideas well and shows passion for the subject. Videos were helpful to illustrate the points being made as well as they help to maintain interest.

Anonymous, 17-yr atty

Useful and realistic seminar. Good speaker, especially with the multi-media examples…breaks up the presentation and provides realistic, real world applications of concepts being taught. I think this seminar will, when put to use, improve various aspects of my deposition of CEs, esp. in using rhetoric and identifying the argument to use.

Greg Fisher, 8-yr atty, 70 adverse depos

Helpful, real world examples. Dynamic speaker…expresses genuine interest in the material being presented.

Ryan Buckley, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Quite good seminar…real life examples were most useful in concepts taught. Very good speaker. Sure to improve my depos…this type of training should be done at law school.

Anonymous, 10-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Very good seminar. The ideas, the logic, the incorporation of Musante's teaching points are extremely helpful. Excellent videos.

Anonymous, 14-yr atty, 4 adverse depos