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Depositions Answer Book (2019 Edition)

Author(s): Thomas R. Jackson
Practice Area: Depositions, Discovery, Litigation, Practice skills (Litigation)
Date: Sep 2018 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402431210
PLI Item #: 241251

Depositions are the key component of all litigation matters that survive a motion to dismiss, allowing parties to discover the legal and factual theories of their opponent and to explore the validity of their own case theories and themes. What litigants learn from depositions can guide critical strategic decisions such as whether to settle (and, if so, at what value) or proceed to trial.

Depositions Answer Book draws on author Thomas R. Jackson’s decades of experience in antitrust, business, securities, IP, and other litigation to help you master the crucial deposition process, delivering practice-based guidance on all stages of the deposition. Coverage ranges from the basic to more complex matters, including:

  • Scheduling, arranging, and preparing for a deposition
  • Stipulations, admonitions, and determining the best form of questioning for a witness
  • Formulating the exact language of subject matters to be covered in the deposition of a corporate entity
  • Using an expert report to prepare for a deposition
  • Applying the ethical rules pertaining to witness preparation
  • Post-deposition issues, including reviewing the transcript, addressing new facts raised, re-assessing witnesses and the case theory; and more

Graduated from Western Kentucky University, summa cum laude, in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and government. Tom went on to law school at Duke University, graduating in 1979, Order of the Coif, and immediately started working at Jones Day. Tom’s practice focused on a variety of litigation-related matters, primarily in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and securities litigation. He retired from Jones Day at the end of 2016. Early in his career at Jones Day, Tom took an interest in ensuring 
 that younger lawyers had an opportunity to learn about litigation skills prior to putting them to use in the real world. Tom helped develop Jones Day’s litigation skills training program, which includes a program on 
 depositions. Tom has taught, and continues to teach, the Jones Day training programs. In addition, Tom has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s National Trial Program, at its Pittsburgh Trial Program, and at Emory Law School’s Kessler-Edison Trial Practice Program. Since retiring, Tom has also taught a class at SMU Law School on depositions