Comments from Washington, D.C. 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"

An incredible seminar. It lays out a comprehensive philosophy to maximize the deposition of adverse witnesses. A can't miss opportunity! Musante's passion and credibility and knowledge = excellent teacher/presenter/coach of adverse deposition techniques. This is the best litigation seminar I have ever attended. Period! Also, Musante was very accessible during breaks and proactively sought out questions.

Thomas Sullivan, 10-yr atty

Fantastic speaker…highest quality seminar. Far and above the best seminar. Bottom line: Proving truth is good; proving truth plus the opponent lied about it is GREAT.

Doug Wright, 24-yr atty, unknown number of adverse depos

Very good seminar…Musante doesn't just make a statement and move on, but instead helps you through various examples. He's very dynamic…makes it easy to pay attention.

Tara Goebel, 5-yr atty

Lots of good practical tips to help create a strong foundation for taking adverse depositions. Excellent speaker…very dynamic and engaging.

Bronwen Blass, 1-1/2-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Excellent seminar...extremely useful. Very engaging and energetic. Musante was the best in terms of using time wasted time. Materials, with lots of terrific examples, were great. Musante provides easy to remember tactics and knowledge...good at grabbing the audience's attention.

Steve Chasin, 1-yr atty, 0 adverse depos, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

GREAT seminar…great speaker. His points about the failings of law school regarding depos is right on. Loved the video clips.

Jennifer Seifert, 8-yr atty, 10+ adverse depos

As a defense lawyer, I picked up lots of tips for preparing my "bad guys" in employment cases. Outstanding speaker…he shows, not tells. This seminar is above prior trial-litigation seminars I've attended.

M. Pirec, 26-yr atty, 50+ adverse depos

Very useful seminar in simplifying and clarifying some universal core principles often forgotten in getting too bogged down with extraneous details. Musante is confident, energetic, persuasive and opinionated…well presented and stimulating seminar. Video clips were effective and entertaining.

15-yr atty, 30 advrse depos

Very beneficial seminar in terms of persuasively presenting a different approach to depositions. Excellent speaker…high energy, clear, simple language. This seminar is the best I've attended.

Jim Tuite, 20-yr atty, 15 adverse depos

The tips and techniques were very practical and would be useful to taking a deposition. Musante was very engaging and presented the material in a very concise, user-friendly format. I've attended NITA's deposition workshop and I found this seminar to be a very useful supplement to NITA's program.

Ben Labow, 3-yr atty, 0 adverse depos, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Very good seminar…tips on when to chase and pin down an AD made me rethink how I tell my clients to respond. Musante is very good…I like his pace.

C.S. Deese, 10-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos

A useful seminar for focus and emphasis. A superb speaker. Best visual aids of any CLE.

3-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

The seminar examples help bring home the teaching points. Musante is very good…his illustrations shed light on what a well crafted deposition question should be. Very dynamic seminar…multimedia helps the flow.

Paul Mederes, 13-yr atty, 30-60 adverse depos

Videos and examples were very helpful. Musante is excellent, convincing and entertaining. Seminar is as good as any, better than I can remember and more enjoyable than any.

Stuart Benson, 5-yr atty, 5 adverse depos

Outstanding seminar…very good integration of written materials with the oral presentation. The best seminar. Imaginative use of video.

3-yr atty

A useful seminar…very animated and talented speaker. I was thinking this was going to be just another dry CLE…was I wrong…this kept me interested and engaged for the entire day…he's the Jim Kramer of depos!


Excellent seminar! The dissection of deposition transcripts made the course's logic immediately applicable. Musante was entertaining and engaging. His PT Barnum style held my attention throughout the course. Also, he efficiently used the course time. The logic presented in this course greatly differs from what has been taught in other depo seminars.

Peter Jeffrey, 1-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Outstanding content and presentation! Far superior to other litigation CLE programs I have attended. Extreme relevance and practicality. Outstanding communicator and motivator. Instills confidence. [Set of depo rules] unique, non-traditional, revolutionary.

Jacques Smith, 10-yr atty, 40+ depos

Very valuable seminar. Very practical. [Instructor] very good. Loved video clips. Even more would be better. I knew the principles generally, but it was helpful to see the examples and applications.

2-yr atty, 5 depos

Very good use of my time. Very good. Very practical. [Instructor] excellent, entertaining.

4-yr atty, 6+ depos

Extremely useful material that seems to be universally applicable. [Instructor] very knowledgeable of subject matter and able to convey that knowledge to others.

J. Christian Word, 2-yr atty, 0 depos

Kept my interest more than most. Practical content is high. I will use techniques.

3-yr atty, 4 depos

[This seminar] in the top 10%. Excellent [practical content]; [Instructor's teaching ability] of the highest level. I didn't really have any [previous deposition rules], [these] rules provide great intellectual tools.


I've only witnessed depos; never taken one. I am scheduled to do so in the next three months and I feel confident now of my goals and, most important, the practical strategyI'll employ to get there! [Instructor] puts the abstract rules into practical terms, e.g., LEAD the witness to a "safe spot". The constant presence of examples, be it hypos or video coverage, is an invaluable aspect to this style of training...VERY helpful.

1 1/2-yr atty, 0 depos

Excellent synthesis of core deposition skills which were explored in very practical contexts. [Instructor] good -- very entertaining, yet informative. I was much more a follower of the "stupid orthodoxy", which I will endeavor to change.

7-yr atty, 30 depos

"The 25 Credibility Arguments for Deposition and Trial"

[The seminar] is immediately practical to my daily employment litigation practice. Musante's blending of multi-media and lecture kept the audience engaged and illustrated his points well. I believe the techniques presented in this seminar will improve the quality of my cross-examinations.

Peter Jeffrey, 1-yr atty, 2 adverse depos

Excellent seminar…great, organized, analytical approach to break down cross-exam principles. Impressive graphic and conceptual presentation of techniques. Superb speaker…fantastic, dynamic, bright teacher…a truly enjoyable class. The video clips represent one of the best uses of fully integrated multi-media into a seminar that I've ever seen.

Avi Meyerstein, 4-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Fantastic seminar…very valuable information. Musante is engaging and funny. Video clips contributed greatly to the teaching points…good emphasis on the key points that would be hard to grasp without examples we are familiar with.

Jennifer Ann Davis, 1-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

Great seminar. Musante is wonderful…funny like Lewis Black and very clear in explaining everything…it was an engaging seminar!

Whitney Moore, 2-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

A very relevant seminar. Musante is very good at explaining material.

Ann Johnson, 7-yr atty, 1 adverse depo

Excellent seminar. Musante has the ability to extract meaningful, instructive examples from known, high-profile media events.

Dennis Taylor, 4-yr atty, 3 adverse depos

Very helpful, practical tips…excellent speaker. Interesting, illustrative, illuminating video clips. The two seminars complement each other well.


The seminar motivated this attendee to take a much keener interest in the value of depositions to his overall trial strategy. I was highly energized by the subject matter which adds to the energy-enthusiasm of his presentation.

Anonymous, 8-yr atty, 16 adverse depos

Very good seminar…excellent speaker. The techniques I have learned during this seminar will greatly improve my cross-examination ability and skill.

Kevin Chapple, 3-yr atty, 6 adverse depos

Very highly rated seminar…excellent speaker…a little frenetic, but engaging. Excellent video clips…they hold interest and encourage critical evaluation by students.

Ed Gehres, 5-yr atty, 7 adverse depos

Musante's teaching ability is very good but fast paced and geared toward an experienced litigator in my opinion. Video clips were great and aided in breaking up straight lecturing.

Monica Moore, 6-yr atty, 4 adverse depos

Very useful seminar for people who already have a basic grounding in taking depositions. Excellent speaker. This seminar will improve my ability to develop cross-examination testimony during depositions as well as establishing gaps in credibility of a witness.

Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 0 adverse depos

Very useful seminar…excellent speaker…very passionate.

Jim Cox, 10-yr atty, 50 adverse depos

Very useful seminar…good information. Musante was well prepared, knowledgeable and interesting. Video clips illuminated the teaching points to the fullest…made topics more interesting…come alive.

Bruce Britton

Great seminar…wonderful speaker. Seminar should have gone on longer.

Wiliam Mallory III, 16-yr atty