Comments from San Diego 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's course revitalizes, synthesizes and energizes the art of taking depositions. This course is a must ... no matter your experience level.

Browning Marean, 27-yr atty, Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich, San Diego

Just as advertised! Much better than other CLEs. Terrific practical content; very, very good instructor. I'd like Musante not to come back to San Diego and share this information with any more defense lawyers! Keep this secret!

Dan Stanford, 25-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos

On a par with the best seminars I've attended. Excellent practical content. Musante very personable, charismatic.

Blaise Jackson, 7-yr atty, 300 adverse depos

Much better than others because it doesn't stray from the theme or focus of the subject matter. Stimulating and provides info that is perfected. Should increase the value of taking depositions. Musante was excellent. Although he covers the material quickly, he speaks concisely and emphasizes the point to be made. This seminar will improve the strategic focus of future depositions I'll take.

Gretchen Fusilier

Mr. Musante is energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and makes his points well. The examples and advice in this seminar are logical and enlightening. These techniques and rules can be applied in my practice tomorrow. Musante demonstrated how application of these rules would be effective in obtaining the most favorable testimony possible.

Loran Pinkerton, 1-yr atty, 40 adverse depos, Gray & Prouty, San Diego

One of the best! Superb practical content; excellent instructor.

Kari Marchant, 4-yr atty, Oceanside

Excellent and invaluable insight. Musante is terrific, enthusiastic, humorous, yet concise. I definitely would have listed the "save-impeachment-for-trial" as one of my rules before this; thus, this was a perfect time for this seminar, i.e., before I become set in bad habits.

Steven Wedel, 1-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Center for Disability Access, San Diego

Offers interesting ideas and approaches to taking an adverse deposition. Very beneficial on a practical level by offering helpful approaches in taking an adverse deposition. Musante was good -- kept the seminar moving. This seminar's set of depo rules are different and I intend on using them.

6-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

It's been too long since I've attended such a seminar. Excellent! I'll use impeachment on a depo more than I have previously.

Patrick M. Smith, 36-yr atty, 500 adverse depos, Nugent & Newnham, San Diego

My rules have changed dramatically! This seminar is of much greater value than others. Excellent practical content and excellent instructor.

Frank M. Jodzio, 20-yr atty, 800 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…this program gives a new and different view of a subject which is often boring and dry. Top notch speaker…intense, lively. Seminar far superior to most other, if not all, prior depo seminars I have attended.

Edward Chapin, 35-yr atty, 1,500+ adverse depos

Great information communicated effectively. Very entertaining speaker…he explained the material clearly. Musante effectively demonstrated how carefully-crafted depo questions can increase settlement value or create a transcript the trial attorney can use. Loved the Clinton and George Will videos.

Leslie Ryland, 4-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…there was much that I will use…examples were very instructive. Excellent speaker…he is very interesting. One of the best seminars.

Bruce Beach, 30-yr atty, many adverse depos

Useful seminar…wonderful to think about utilizing the rules to practical benefit. Very good speaker. I'll be back in December. Highly effective and entertaining videos.

Jill Houlahan, 10-yr atty, 20 advesrse depos

Excellent seminar! Mind-provoking. Well-spoken speaker.

Donna Lawrence, 11-yr atty, 40+ adverse depos

Excellent seminar…very motivational speaker. Seminar much better than other seminars I have been to, including CEB and Rutter Group. I have been to this seminar before and I would attend again. See you in Dec!

Karin Backstrom, 16-yr atty, 30 adverse depos

A healthy refresher with new approaches.

30-yr atty, 500 adverse depos

Good practical hints, good presentation. Kept interest, good humor, good stories and relevant known examples.

Jason Baker, 2-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Macaluso, Baker & Macaluso, San Diego

Excellent presentation. Best one-day seminar I've taken. Highly practical and useful.

15-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Exceptional for practical content, and I can't say enough about Musante's teaching ability.

Stan Tomlinson, Carlsbad

Nice to see a structure and presentation of things learned by trial and error or picked up bit by bit. Musante keeps your attention.

Art Moreau, 7-yr atty, 200 advese depos

As good as any I've been to, and I attend more than anyone I know, probably the most direct and useful. So much of the uncertainty I've had is gone. Musante is great, easy to listen, understand, amusing without losing effectiveness, great examples on Microsoft [deposition]. Where other instruction lets issues drop, your technique shows how to keep depo alive. Way more useful and in depth. Only course that pursues how to persist in questioning a lying, uncooperative and/or accomplished deponent.

Daniel Grunbaum, 3-yr atty

Much more interesting than most. Very good practical content. The dissection of famous trials was helpful. Musante was very good. Energetic and very interesting speaker. Kept the seminar moving. Very good ideas -- different approach.

Debora Buljat, 4-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

A+ for practical content; A+ for instructor. Musante supported his claims with clear and convincing evidence.

9-yr atty, 120 depos, San Diego

Excellent! This is the best seminar I have ever attended. The hours flew by, I would have liked to hear more.

4-yr atty, 1 depo

Far superior to other CLEs. Very practical to those who have made the mistakes Musante teaches how to avoid. The seminar's depo rules are much more effective and comprehensive than any I have previously utilized.

10-yr atty, 150 depos

Very good seminar, more practical than most. Excellent instructor.

Bruce S. Rosen, 5-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

Very helpful. It will change how I do depos and will also make me pay more attention to the other attorneys conducting them.

Robin Montes, 5 1/2-yr atty, 10 adverse depos

Definitely delivered. Much more practical and "how-to" oriented than other CLEs. This set of deposition rules are totally different. I'm going to have to work harder to get ready for the depos, but I can see the value.

7-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

Musante's marvelous grasp of the English language, containing literary references, descriptive vocabulary and body language made this subject interesting and informative for six hours.

23-year attorney, 100+ adverse depos

Outstanding. Musante has a point of view and delivers it clearly and defends it persuasively.

3-year attorney, 25 adverse depos

Teacher very motivational, prepared, competent. Substantive and thorough, beneficial instruction combined with the reinforcing videos.

10-year attorney, 50-100 adverse depos

Entertaining. Good organization. Good humor.

11-year attorney, 100+ adverse depos

Excellent. Mr. Musante is a captivating and animated speaker. He knows the subject of depositions inside and out.. I plan to utilize all of the techniques I learned in my next depo. I feel as though I have new tools and templates that I can apply to any case I am handling.

1 1/2-year attorney, 15 adverse depos

Very good. Appreciated session on knowledge, belief & motivation. Entertaining, interesting lecturer. Wish I'd taken this years ago.

James Austin, 14-year attorney, 80-90 adverse depos

The categorical best I have had the pleasure of experiencing!

Howard Kipnis, 15-year attorney, 100 adverse depos

One of the best seminars I have ever attended. Nuts and bolts approach.

2-year attorney, 50 adverse depos

Excellent. Best seminar and most practical litigation practice I have ever attended.

Brian Forbes, 24-year attorney, 300 adverse depos

This was one of the best seminars I have taken. All subjects covered were valuable.

7-year attorney

This was a terrific seminar for my level of deposition-taking. I appreciated how quickly [Musante] went through the materials, how well he spoke and especially the fact that all of it was practical and I can use it.

3-year attorney, 35-40 adverse depos

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Informative and entertaining.

Bruce Beach, 30-year attorney, 100+ adverse depos

Very valuable seminar…top flight. Musante is an excellent teacher…interesting presentation style combined with significant intellectual content. Video clips superbly illuminated the teaching points.

B. Paul Husband, 29-year attorney, 25-30 adverse depos

Beneficial seminar…dynamic speaker. Videos were great. The case of high profile individuals made the videos more interesting.

Anonymous, 4-year attorney, 3 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Videos illustrated the points. My depositions will improve in structure and in effectiveness.

Anonymous, 18-year attorney, 10 adverse depos

Seminar content cast a new light on taking depositions. I think the effect will be positive. Excellent speaker.

Ed Chapin, 35-year attorney, >2,000 adverse depos

Excellent seminar, but wanted more sample cross-exams attacking the "I don’t know", etc. Very good speaker…focused, emphatic and entertaining. Great quality graphics.

Jill Houlahan, 6-year attorney, 50 adverse depos

This seminar is really ahead of its time, as most don't understand how critical depositions are to winning cases.

Pierre Domereq, 1-year attorney, 3 adverse depos