Comments from San Jose 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"

Excellent. Experience is a great teacher, but Musante's analysis puts this to the next level. Musante is excellent; he possesses good presentation skills and packs the most knowledge into short vignettes. Much better than other full-day litigation seminars - there is a very good litigation map given that gives us the most knowledge in a short time.

James A. Bratton, 27-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos, San Jose

Great practical content. Musante does a good job, very entertaining.

Hana Callaghan, 3-yr atty, 1 adverse depo, Mount & Stoelker, San Jose

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Krista Carter, 1 1/2-yr atty, Day, Casebeer, Madrid & Batchelder, Cupertino

Excellent. Best deposition seminar. Very enjoyable and helpful. Musante is very lively.

Richard Brennen, San Jose City Attorney's Office

Helpful, insightful, thought-provoking. Compared to other training courses, thisis one of the better ones.

John Firoetta, 20-yr atty, Office of the District Attorney, Santa Clara

Excellent instructor; got right to the basics, gave the building blocks; gave me focus and a method to analyze my cross-examinations.

Margaret Glenn-Scheer, 6-yr atty, 6 adverse depos, Adelson, Testan, Brundo & Poplardo, San Jose

Daily usefulness. this seminar gives concepts that can be used every day. Musante is logical, straightforward, uses looping and example to continually shed brighter light on concepts that had not been taught before.

Helene Marie Ambrose, 1-yr atty, LaMore, Brazier, Riddle & Giampaoli, San Jose

A+ practical content; A+ instructor. Far, far more valuable than NITA.

Chad Walsh, 2-yr atty, 2 adverse depos, Townsend & Townsend & Crew, Palo Alto

I highly recommend this seminar. It will tremendously improve the quality of the depositions I will take from now on.

Keaton Parekh, 5-yr atty, 20+ depos, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, San Jose

Excellent -- an epiphany -- Musante shook me awake today!

Jon Parsons, 23-yr atty, 250 depos, Palo Alto

Very effective, applicable to my day-to-day practice. Musante is articulate and thorough. I learned the value of focusing and preparation. I also learned how to pursue a witness to truly pin down testimony.

Jeff Rickard, 16-yr atty, 100-150 depos, Pedersen, Sheik& Brodies, San Jose

Excellent! A terrific teacher, Mr. Musante is engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable. I'm more willing now to use the "hidden fact" at deposition, ask pointed and leading uncomfortable questions, and repeat good answers throughout the deposition.

Ken Van Vleck, 9-yr atty, 100 depos, Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean, San Jose

Excellent instructor. Very good practical content; gets to the heart of the most difficult issues.

Mitchell Ehrlich, 3-yr atty, 100 depos, Lonich & Patton, San Jose

Seminar delivered without a doubt. It's not even in the same universe as other CLEs, much more to the point and universally applicable. Practical content was fantastic!! Both entertaining and extremely informative. Instructor was better than I, and I have an extremely high regard for my own teaching technique. This seminar must be taught in every law school...after I retire!

30-yr atty, 300 depos, San Jose

Excellent. Especially good at emphasizing use of deposition for settlement and trial purposes. Great video tape examples. I was very impressed with this course.

18-yr atty, 100s depos, San Jose

I will use all of the material in upcoming depositions. Mr. Musante is excellent. Teaching by example makes the topic more interesting. I will no longer hesitate to impeach the deponent whereas prior to this seminar I was under the impression that such questions should be saved for trial. Also, I will integrate the pieces of prior answers to state the obvious conclusion.

Eileen P. Kennedy, 6-yr atty, 20 depos, Berliner Cohen, San Jose

Very useful. Examples were helpful and entertaining. Musante is excellent. I think I take a quality deposition, but I know I let a lot of "crap" go by that I will now recognize.

Alexis McKenna, 3-yr atty, 40-50 depos, San Jose

Beats all others! Excellent practical content; excellent, almost spellbinding instructor.

Anthony Santucci, 5 depos, San Jose

Seminar delivered. Excellent practical content; provides structure for knowledge gained over long experiences, thought through by a good teacher.

Ronald H. Wecht, 24-yr atty, 1,000+ depos, San Jose

Higher than the usual quality of CLEs; excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Norman E. MacKay, 25-yr atty, 75+ depos, San Jose

Much better than other CLEs. The combined use of analytical tools and graphics was great. [The seminar's set of deposition rules] similar to mine, but much more systematic.

Julian Hubbard, 18-yr atty, 200 depos, San Jose

Seminar better than others I've attended. Practical content contains concepts which can be implemented easily and quickly. Instructor very active and knowledgeable, puts his ideas across well.

1-yr atty, 1 depo, San Jose

Seminar delivered! I think many attorneys lack this information and would benefit from this course. Very practical and informative.

3-month atty, 0 depos, San Jose

I feel more confident in approaching a deposition intelligently. Mr. Musante is delivering good and very useful information; he is a very effective teacher.

4-month atty, 0 depos, San Jose

Other seminars on depositions covered only battleship grid -- this one gives a guideline to getting into someone's head. Practical content was excellent. This is the only class I know of to quantify and qualify. Very good instructor.

14-yr atty, 100 depos, San Jose

Excellent. It gave me insight into setting up cross-examinations. Musante's enthusiasm is key.

Anonymous, San Jose

Very good. Superior compared to other full-day seminars. I'd begun to think that depos were not important ... Musante has changed that impression.

Anonymous, 16-yr atty, 15-20 adverse depos, San Jose

Incredibly practical. Musante is great. Seminar too short, but very important. Will force me to focus on the form of the questions I pose, and force me to listen to deponent's answers more carefully.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, San Jose

Lots of good information and core ideas to transfer to multiple areas of law. Musante is very interesting and informative.

Anonymous, 1 1/2-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, San Jose

Well worth the time and money. I give Musante high marks. Careful, well-prepared, listens closely to questions asked. Will reinforce good habits and help to build many more.

Anonymous, 10-yr atty, San Jose

It was a useful and entertaining overview that provokes thought on the topic of taking a deposition. Musante "grew" on me ... by the end of the day, I was convinced. This was a wake-up call to avoid falling into the habit of only conducting interviews.

Anonymous, 11-yr atty, 500+ depos, San Jose

Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.

Anonymous, Hinshaw Law Firm

Tops! Excellent instructor ... I didn't yawn once.

Anonymous, 1-yr atty, San Jose