Comments from Madison and Milwaukee 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"
A+ seminar; A+ speaker. Musante is a wordsmith in his own right. Quality is an A+. Musante teaches how depositions can and should be done. He speaks in nouns and verbs, without needless adverbs and adjectives.
Kevin J. Lyons, 37-yr atty, 100s of adverse depos
A very useful and insightful seminar. Excellent speaker.
Nick Infugiro, 2-yr atty, 5 adverse depo
Very good seminar. This is in the top 10% of all seminars.
Jim McAlister, 13-yr atty, 75 adverse depos
Very good seminar; it is immediately useable in my day to day practice. Musante has a very strong ability to teach.
Walter N. Neta, 2-yr atty, 4 adverse depos
Useful practical content. I will definitely go back and critically reread my last few transcripts. Good speaker. Better than other seminars I've taken.
Janis A. Tabor, 21-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos
Great attempt to keep things "exciting" and interesting. Very good speaker. Very high quality seminar…better than most I've attended.
Anonymous, 6-yr atty, 50 adverse depos
An extremely practical seminar…easy to see how cross-examination depositions are a discipline. Excellent speaker…Musante is able to keep the audience's attention. His lesson was organized and easy to follow. This seminar is more entertaining than others…very useful and practical content. Depositions will take on a greater importance…my preparation for depositions will be more intense and detailed.
Christine D'Angelo, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos
This seminar has the most practical information presented at a CLE seminar in years. Excellent speaker. This seminar is the most entertaining…in addition to its useful content. It made time pass by quickly. CLE seminars most often go on and on and put you to sleep. This kept your attention! Even after hundreds of adverse depos and many successful ones, I learned much that I can apply and do even better.
Charles Mikhail, 26-yr atty, 750+ adverse depos
Excellent seminar…few speakers are so clearly committed to delivering value. Musante is excellent…very fluent, articulate and clear, but the even greater value is the work that's obviously been invested in this presentation.
Anne Reed, 24-yr atty, 30 adverse depos
Excellent information which can benefit even the most experienced litigator. Musante is very capable, informative and entertaining. This seminar is better than most.
Patrick McDonald, 29-yr atty 29 adverse depos
Very helpful seminar…never really thought about a depo as being a dry run for trial. Musante has great style…keeps it interesting with the anecdotal info and high profile cases. Posner and Dodd do not have as much substance [as Musante].
Mary Ellen Poulos, 32-yr atty
Excellent seminar…excellent speaker. Normally I do not follow the content and teaching without day-dreaming most of the time away. I listened to this entire seminar with great interest.
Todd Rankiw, 10-yr atty, 300 adverse depos
Skills for depositions were very helpful. Musante has good speaking skills. Keeps the attention of the audience. A "9" out of "10". This seminar will definitely help my skills and preparation.
Tara Plewe, 1-1/2 yr atty, 10 adverse depos
This seminar hits the nail on the head…litigation is war. Great speaker.
Jacques Mann, 17-yr atty
Great seminar…great speaker. Best seminar I've attended.
Erik Johnson, 1-yr atty, 5 adverse depos
Very good seminar. It opened my eyes to better ways of deposing witnesses. This seminar is better than others…much more prepared and professional. My adverse depos will improve immensely. As a defense attorney, I ask questions which are only OK I now realize. I now know how to make them much more impressive.
Sean Gaynor, 4-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos
This seminar really makes you think of the sometimes cavalier approach to depositions! Good practical content here to become more disciplined. Good speaker and good Powerpoint presentation.
Kari Green, 14-yr atty
Very informative seminar…interesting take on the subject. Excellent speaker…well-spoken…maintains interest. Best day-long CLE seminar that I've attended.
Aaron Kastms, 1-yr atty, 6 adverse depos
Practical content was rich…this is the kind of information I wish mentors and senior partners at my firm would deign to occasionally impart. Musante is very good…good deliver, good pace, good use of media to keep audience attention.
Kevin Davidson, 1-yr atty, 0 adverse depos
Excellent seminar…it's info I'll be able to use often. Excellent speaker…I was a teacher for 8 years before going into law, and I'm amazed at his energy level. I also appreciate that he treats his audience as intelligent and well rounded…love the literary references.
Diane, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depos
Seminar content outstanding. I look back on the depositions I've taken and am able to see so many things I did wrong and the effect each had on trial. Very good speaker…kept my attention. Usually I leave seminars half-way through, but definitely plan on staying through the end today.
Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 3 adverse depos
I feel I can incorporate the "killer depo" tools immediately! Musante is a great communicator; great energy.
Anonymous, 6-yr atty, 3 adverse depos
Very helpful seminar on a practical level. Musante was good about giving concrete examples of the principles he taught. Also appreciated that he had a reason for sharing war stories. He is very engaging and is wonderful at conveying his principles. I am a complete believer in Musante's techniques and can't wait to apply them in my next deposition.
Anonymous, 1-yr atty, 1 adverse depo
A practical and useful seminar. I wish I would have had the class in law school.
Tom, 19-yr atty, 500 adverse depos
Intriguing seminar--thoughtful. Great speaker--engaging.
Julie, 9-yr atty, 5 adverse depos
Seminar a wake-up call. Excellent speaker. Superior seminar.
Carol Dittmar, 21-yr atty, 100+ adverse depos
An informative seminar...excellent speaker! I particularly appreciated the use of real world examples of what not to do. The seminar changed my understanding of the goals of deposition which were based upon misconceptions put into practice by my superiors.
Excellent, entertaining and relevant. I stayed awake which is a major accomplishment and I didn't worry about what was going on at the office because I recognized the value of what I was learning and how it would apply to what I do.
Pamela M. Schmidt, 16-yr atty, 100-150 adverse depos, White, Hirschboeck Dudek, Milwaukee
Excellent practical content. As a young lawyer, this presentation will help me strengthen my skills and focus in on critical information. Musante is enthusiastic about t his material and he passes that on to his students. Much more focused, interesting and practical than other full-day seminars; skips some of the basic formalities, which is refreshing.
Jennifer Kopp, 3-yr atty, 7 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Excellent practical content; excellent, entertaining and informative instructor. More useful and informative than others.
Jennifer Walther, 13.5-yr atty, 30-40 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Interesting and funny. Great practical content.
Doris Brosnan, 6-yr atty, 10-12 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Tops! Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.
Ellen Brostrom, 8-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Excellent, interesting, entertaining, useful. Musante is superb ... definitely among the best.
Barbara Janaszek, 21-yr atty, Milwaukee
Excellent practical content; very good instructor. Much better than others. I believe it will improve the quality of my adverse depos.
Craig Nelson, 28-yr atty, 200 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Excellent! I was never bored. Much better than others I've attended ... imparted real knowledge. The logic and psychology behind the "Magnificent 7" is unmistakable. I will now be able to nail down the difficult witness and advance the theories of my case.
Patricia Lauten, 3-yr atty, 5 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Excellent practical content. Musante does a great job. Will improve my adverse depos 110%!
Dean Kelley, 2.5-yr atty, 3 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Very practical for anyone who takes adverse depositions. Musante is very engaging with a multifaceted teaching style. I will no longer allow "crap" to stand as an answer to a question!
Kevin Ferguson, 7-yr atty, 75-100 adverse depos, Madison
Very practical regarding depositions of adverse lay deponents. Musante is very good, smart.
Alan Kim, Jr., 13-yr atty, 250+ adverse depos, Madison
Content was informative and enlightening. Musante is an excellent instructor. I believe the seminar will allow me to more effectively obtain information in depositions and then use those depositions to advance my case.
Peter Bartlett, 3-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Madison
Better than most. Strong practical content; very good instructor.
Josh Johanningmeier, 5-yr atty, 20 adverse depos, Madison
Musante is excellent. Idiosyncratic and interesting. Very good practical content. I'll be thinking more about what I want out of deponents.
Christopher Stombaugh, 10+-yr atty, "very many" adverse depos, Madison
Excellent! Better than other full-day litigation seminars. Very favorable practical content; excellent instructor.
John Williams, Jr., 55-yr atty, Madison
Helpful seminar…accessible. Very strong speaker…energetic, reasoned, passionate. The most helpful seminar I've been to.
Steve Heinzen, 8-yr atty, 50 adverse depos
Excellent seminar…super speaker. Superior seminar.
J. Wickham, 32-yr atty
Excellent seminar…learned new techniques and reinforced techniques that I can use that are effective. Musante kept the audience attention. Most seminars get stale…this one kept my attention.
Anonymous, 18-yr atty, 150-180 adverse depos
Excellent seminar. Best seminar on a specific topic. Practical…good teaching skill…very fast. Highest quality. I feel as though Im starting over this time with rules and principles to use.
Interesting ideas…the logical approach made of lot of sense. I thought Musante's approach to breaking down the concept of using language and logic was very good, persuasive and easy to understand how to incorporate it into "real time". Excellent speaker…as hard as it is to sit for this long, it was informative and enjoyable.
Best I have attended. Excellent practical content. Musante is able to convey immense amounts of information in a short period of time. He proved "orthodoxy" is wrong and why. He specified and made concrete theories of cross-examination that were un-thought-ot or intuitive-only.
Anonymous, 12-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Madison
Content was great; liked the fast pace; lots of info; live examples were great. Musante is excellent: thorough, interesting, passionate, creative; definitely kept my interest.
Anonymous, 4-yr atty, 4 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Very good ... a welcome change from prior seminars/instruction on the topic. Musante has terrific energy. Superior compared to other full-day seminars.
Anonymous, 10-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Milwaukee
This topic is one not handled well by law schools and, in my experience, not handles well by firms either. I was looking specifically for a seminar like this for help with depositions. This is something I will incorporate into my practice.
Anonymous, 2-yr atty, 10 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Bold, innovative! Musante is very good, engaging, good sense of humor and timing. Great powerpoint presentation and use of real-life examples.
Anonymous, 20-yr atty, 100 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Interesting and informative. This is more than I've learned from senior partners. Musante is very vibrant and high-energy; keeps you focused.
Anonymous, 3-yr atty, Milwaukee
Excellent practical content; excellent instructor.
Best I've attended in my three years of practice. Very entertaining, fast-paced and the best use of A/V I've ever seen. I anticipate a night-and-day difference in my adverse depositions.
Anonymous, 3-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Fast-paced, full of useful information, with no wasted review of law school basics. Good mixture of theory with taped examples, allows point to be digested and remembered.
Anonymous, 24-yr atty, 750 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Excellent compared to other full-day seminars. Musante is energetic and uses good examples. Will improve my adverse depositions immensely.
Anonymous, 8-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Milwaukee
Gives me an entirely new and helpful model for depo preparation. Really enjoyed the videos ... effective and entertaining.
Anonymous, 12-yr atty, 50 adverse depos, Milwaukee
"The Toughest-to-Craft Credibility Argumentsl"
This seminar is a must for every person wanting to take a killer deposition. An exceptional speaker.
E.C. Ghantous, 21-yr atty, 70+ adverse depos
The practical content is very valuable. Substantial material elucidated through real-life examples. Musante is congenial, compelling, and competent speaker. Video clips worked well to apply points. I believe seminar will improve the quality of my adverse depos.
George Peck, 3-yr atty, 12 adverse depos
The seminar content provides useful points to improve questioning at deposition. Found axioms interesting. Animated speaker…makes class interesting.
Cathy McGinn, 8-yr atty, 50 adverse depos
An extremely practical seminar. The examples really helped demonstrate how these credibility arguments can be used. Great speaker…entertaining and engaging. Good knowledge and interesting events that are used as demonstrations. Video clips made the point of how important it is to listen to the answers given by the AD.
Christine D'Angelo, 6-yr atty, 10 adverse depos
Excellent seminar…information that I will use next week. Very good speaker…to the point and keeps your attention. Musante is obviously passionate about the material. This seminar is a huge reminder to keep digging, keep attacking and keep listening.
Stuart Spaude, 15-yr atty, 200+ adverse depos
I will see the form and the content of depositions very differently now. Excellent speaker. This seminar dovetailed very nicely with the "Logic & Whack" seminar…either one alone would have been helpful but together they really pack a punch.
Kelly Larmore, 2-yr atty, 15 adverse depos
Excellent seminar. Speaker's teaching ability was very effective…reinforced by repetition and visual aids. Can't wait for my next depo.
Joe Koening, 11-yr atty, 100 adverse depos
Practical content of this seminar can be used in real-life practice. Very good speaker. Video clips keep the audience interested…seem pretty on point. This seminar will help me prepare more effectively.
Tara Plewe, 1-1/2 yr atty
One of the most practical CLE seminars I have ever attended. Excellent speaker. Musante stays focused and makes his point systematically and logically…it's difficult to disagree with the point. Great job, Musante! This seminar will improve my depo skills vastly, even after 26 years.