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“Deposition Tricks: The Dirty Dozen” by Neil Dilloff of DLA Piper.

The following practice tips probably will be of the most use to younger litigators. To the more senior lawyers who use these tricks, this litany will resonate loudly.

  1. The Big Pause
  2. How Boring
  3. Mr. Nasty
  4. The Stick
  5. The Carrot
  6. The Fireside Chat
  7. You Must Be An Idiot
  8. Karnak (a/k/a ESP Questions)
  9. Slimy Questions
  10. The Motor Mouth
  11. The Idiot
  12. The Stall

For a rundown of each of these tactics download the brief 3 page article here.

Dilloff, Neil Joel, Deposition Tricks: The Dirty Dozen (July 2009). Maryland Bar Journal, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 48-50, July 2009; University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1616838

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