Comments from San Francisco 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 seminar was on a Friday. Approximately 98% of the audience stayed for the entire seminar. That fact is remarkable and a strong compliment. I have never witnessed such a high retention in 30 years of going to seminars. Musante's insights are persuasive. I concur. Content and presentation were well worth my time and investment.

Peter Mancus, 30-yr atty, "many" adverse depos

Insightful seminar...I am a fan of Powerpoint and appreciate the effort to create and assemble such a substantive presentation. Excellent, energetic instructor.

Mike Wise, 10-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

The best! Excellent strategies and helpful suggestions as to specific questions. I've been three times and I learn more every time I attend.

Ken Wilson, Perkins Coie

Worthwhile, insightful and taught with refreshing humor.

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

100% more effective and useful than 90% of CEB seminars that I have attended. Practical content AAA+; Superb teaching ability, style and energy.

David Secrest, 9-yr atty, 300 adverse depos

Best legal seminar I've attended and I'm a legal seminar junkie! No one else has synthesized these principles of pinning down evasive witnesses into a logical presentation. Compared to other CLEs without equal! Practical content A+! Instructor A+!

John H. O'Reilly, 21-yr atty, 60 adverse depos

It was the best I have ever attended. I actually learned something I've never seen other attorneys use, instead of merely "fulfilling" my CLE requirements.

Travis G. Black, 8-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos

I learned more in this class than in any other CLE course I've taken. [Musante] was excellent! If he teaches any other trial advocacy seminars, I would like to take them! [This seminar's set of deposition rules] is much more comprehensive, practical and clearly explained.

Laura Tudisco, 15-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

One of the best. [Practical content] Excellent, very helpful. [Musante] way to fall asleep; very clear. [This seminar's set of deposition rules] very helpful, will supplement 22 years of depositions.

Lawrence Mann, 22-yr atty, 1,000+ adverse depos

This was my first seminar. I can only hope others will be as useful or practical as this. It brought to light things no one tells you in law school. [Musante] was excellent.

Juliana Hishmeh, 5-month atty

This is definitely the best seminar on any subject I've attended so far. All good info to know before I develop bad habits. [Musante] keeps us interested throughout by using written materials, video, lecture. Very animated, holds my attention.

1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Superior to most "panel" CEB - continuity, energy and practicality better than "cites & stories" approach. [Musante] stayed on course. I'm rethinking my approach from top to bottom.

Bruce McCann, 19-yr atty

Far superior to most MCLE programs - excellent speaker, great use of video materials to illustrate points made, lots of useful information. I wish I could send all my partners to this seminar!

14-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos

Better than all the other CLEs in 10 years. Practical content extremely high. It reinforces things I learned the hard way and adds new ones. [Musante] was fabulous. I've evolved to doing things by this seminar's depo rules about 2/3 of the time; now I can make it conscious and use these rules consistently.

10-yr atty, 40 adverse depos

Good value. Kept my attention. I hope I can learn to apply the techniques by habit. [Musante] was great! Humor is always a great communication device. The material for illustration is great! O.J. and Clinton are great sources! I have been practicing in some of the ways suggested, but now I have names for what I'm doing and a context to consider before the next depo.

11-yr atty, 200 adverse depos

This seminar was far and away the most useful seminar I've ever attended. And, it clearly was the most entertaining. The rules conveyed seem especially accurate. Musante is an exceptional instructor and orator.

3-yr atty

Musante kept my interest throughout and expressed the techniques/tips clearly. He made it all make sense and fit. He convinced me I was capable of taking a KILLER! deposition. Entertaining and clear. [This seminar's set of deposition rules] are completely different. I have made every mistake he spoke about!

1-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

One of the best. The content was excellent; entertaining also. Appears to be quite useful. I'm anxious to try out the rules. [Musante] held my attention without difficulty for 6 hours. I like the logic of the rules, but I'll have to see them in action. They sound like they'll be more useful than other rules I've learned (orthodoxy).

David Monks, 6 1/2-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

More principles and techniques than I had imagined. Gave me an entirely new perspective on depos.

Larry Estrada, 14.5-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, US Postal Service

Better than any other seminar I've taken. Very practical. Set forth "rules" that were completely new to me. I know the techniques, if I remember them all, will drastically improve the results I get in depos.

Michelle Regalia McGrath, 6-yr atty, 60+ adverse depos, US Postal Service

Better, more thorough than others. Extremely practical.

Jocelyn Burton, 16-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, US Postal Service

Outstanding. Best I've been to yet. Great examples of good and "stupid" questions and the ease of modifying questions to be better. I have taught for 20+ years; adult learners need these visual examples, humor interactive discussion. No question this seminar will dramatically help the quality of my adverse depositions.

Richard C. Mosher, 30-yr atty, hundreds of adverse depos, US Postal Service

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor. I certainly think attending will improve the quality of my taking of adverse depos.

Larry Cirelli, 20-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Musante is excellent. Very useful. Good examples of common mistakes and ways to improve questions.

Walter R. Shneider, 10-yr atty, 30+ adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Current, funny, easy to understand. Musante is excellent; kept me engaged. This seminar is far above any others I have attended. This was the only "real" depo instruction I have ever received. I feel so much better equipped.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Wonderful practical content. Among the best seminars I have ever attended, including those where I was the instructor! I think I will be a much better taker of depositions as a result of taking this seminar.

Gordon McAuley, 23-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Will certainly put the practical content to use. Best seminar re depos, especially good use of examples. This should be required for all of our litgators.

David Baer, 22-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Excellent, insightful. Musante is engaging and dramatic. I look forward to the challenge of trying to implement some (or all) of the concepts.

Alison Sandman, 9-yr atty, 25+ adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Since my first attendance at the "killerdepo" seminar, I have improved my deposition questions immensely. The second seminar reinforced rules and reminded me of others to bring me to yet another anticipated level. Musante is entertaining, passionate about the rules he's teaching.

Sue Ann Van Dermyden, 10-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Fantastic practical content, excellent instructor.

Michele Trausch, 26-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Real-life examples were particularly helpful. The videos of actual depo/trial testimony and the analysis of them were the best parts of the seminar. I look forward to putting what I learned to use. Musante is dynamic, obviously passionate about the topic.

Cynthia Laberge, 8-yr atty, 25 adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Extremely practical; extremely effective. One of the most useful training sessions I've ever had.

Anonymous, 6-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Best seminar I can remember. Excellent practical content. I'd like to attend others.

Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

Musante is excellent: dramatic, lively and entertaining, Lots of practical content, plus the challenges to orthodox practice provide food for thought regardless. It was a long day in a hot, stuffy room and I nonetheless had no desire to leave ... it was too interesting and entertaining.

Anonymous, 24-yr atty, Hanson & Bridgett

Very educational and practical; makes you think and gives you a road map to improve. Excellent instructor have employed many of these techniques, but never really thought about why. I believe it will help me improve and I will obtain better results.

Anonymous, 25-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, Hanson & Bridgett

A highly practical seminar. Excellent speaker…funny, passionate provocative. Best video clips I've seen anywhere.

Anonymous, 5-yr atty, 60 adverse depos

Great seminar…it provides structure to much of what I feel instinctively so that now I have a framework to use in depos. Great speaker…very complete and entertaining.

Stephen Sommers, 3-yr atty, 35 adverse depos

Very practical seminar. Excellent public speaker…engaging, entertaining and yet substantively informative. Seminar much more comprehensive than a deposition seminar…much more practical too. Puts depos into context of litigation.

Ann, 7-yr atty

Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. The best seminar I've attended.

S. Johnson, 28-yr atty, 500+ adverse depos

The theoretical framework presented is very valuable but I think I would like to see more civil litigation/lower-profile examples. Musante is well-polished, highly concentrated substance in delivery.

Anonymous, 1/2-yr atty

Excellent seminar…I will now attend the second seminar. Musante is fast, but that's how I think, so I like it…kept me from boredom. I'd attend this seminar again…most suck. I loved the fact that this seminar turned what I have learned on its head.

Brian Branine, 5-yr atty, 30+ adverse depos

Seminar information is incredibly important to maximizing the deposition "tool". Good use of Powerpoint and media.

Justin Litvack, 1-yr atty, 25 adverse depos

Seminar broadened my understanding of the opportunities to pin down A.D.s and gain an advantage in the case. Musante is fun and concise.

Anonymous, 8-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

The seminar provided practical tips that are readily useable. Excellent speaker. This is one of the best seminars I've attended.

Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 4 adverse depos

A very useful seminar. This seminar is far superior to any others.

Steve Ngo, 2-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Useful and funny seminar…very effective speaker. Superior seminar.

Anonymous, 17-yr atty, many adverse depos

Helpful rules. The seminar gets you thinking about ways to improve your next deposition. Highly rated speaker.

Michael Horan, 16-yr atty, 15-20 adverse depos

Good practical seminar, but not as good as the impractical content. This was by far the highest-quality deposition seminar that I have ever attended.

Jacob Sider, 1-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Content value was excellent. I hope I can learn to use it correctly and effectively. Musante is excellent at keeping the class interesting and informative. He projects well…I learned things I may not have had he been different.

Leanna Dawydiak

Very useful seminar…makes you look at the big picture and how depos effect trials. Very good speaker. Excellent seminar.

Macus Colahiachi, 6-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Useful information that can be implemented with practice. Musante broke down complicated material into understandable parts.

Madeline Miller, 2-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Seminar made me think. Need more time to read material and analyze arguments to fully comprehend practical impact on weeding out and elucidating deception. Excellent speaker. Musante speaks and thinks very quickly…the audio/video examples clarified abstractions and thought process. Clips very helpful…thoroughly enjoyed subjects.


Effective and succinct material…should be helpful in honing depo techniques. Musante is entertaining and easily understood. Kept the seminar lively.

Yano Rubinstein, 6-yr atty, 60+ adverse depos

Useful content. Excellent teaching ability. Musante's enthusiasm is infectious. Good insights. Video clips effectively used to illustrate the talking points. The course gives me some strategy to deal with business people who have "memory lapses".

Anonymous, 22-yr atty, 70 adverse depos

"Mastering the Toughest-to-Craft Credibility Arguments"

Excellent seminar; these issues arise regularly in everyday practice. Musante is the best...I've told others that he's my hero.

Peter Flores, Sacramento D.A.

It's almost like Mike Myers (comedian) grew intellectually and elected to teach deposition and cross examination tactics. The presentation is insightful and effective with a touch of humor. Energetic speaker!

Mike Wise, 11-yr atty, 20 adverse depos

The seminar offered good tips to take with me. Musante is very animated and interested in the subject matter. Excellent video clips...proved all the points clearly.

April Molinelli, 1-yr atty

This seminar is really useful in pinning down the adverse liar...suggests a level of intensity that translates to trial--unlike any other depo seminar approach. This will help the quality of my depos tremendously. Musante is very engaging, very well organized and logical.

John Bullock, 13-yr atty, 100 adverse depos

Excellent seminar...I'm anxious to try them out. Fantastic speaker...entertaining and very instructive.

Dennis Pedersen, 31-yr atty, 100 adverse depos