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Honing Your Deposition Skills 2019: Basics & Beyond

Sponsored by the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law (TICL) Section of the New York State Bar Association.   
Thursday, November, 21 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Long Island
Friday, November, 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Albany & Webcast 
Monday, November, 25 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | NYC 

4.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 2.0 Skills

NYSBA Member: $150 | Non-member: $125
Section Member: $250

Learn more about Honing Your Deposition Skills: Basics & Beyond    

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Program Description:
New and experienced attorneys involved in virtually all areas of the law will benefit from this extremely practical seminar.  Seasoned practitioners will present an overview of the law governing depositions and will provide practice pointers on many topics relative to deposition practice under both New York and Federal court practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to build and sharpen your deposition skills!

Albany and Long Island: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m
NYC: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Albany and Long Island: 9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
NYC: 1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions

Albany and Long Island: 9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
NYC: 1:10 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
How to Take a Deposition

  • How to Select and Control a Witness
  • Dealing with Difficult and Evasive Witnesses
  • Selecting Exhibits and Learning How to Discover and Authenticate Documents for Trial
  • What Objections Can Be Raised
  • How to Prevent a Witness From Answering and What to Do When Your Witness Volunteers Information1.0 Credit in Skills

Albany and Long Island: 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
NYC: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Impact of Discovery & Disclosure

  • How to Manage Unexpectedly Damaging Testimony
  • Using Depositions at Trial to Impeach Witnesses
  • Introducing Testimony of Absentee Witnesses
  • Placing Exhibits Into Evidence1.0 Credit in Skills

Albany and Long Island: 10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
NYC: 2:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Albany and Long Island: 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
NYC: 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Video, Telephone and Live Depositions

  • The Differences Involved in Taking and Defending Witnesses
  • Engaging in the Challenge of Using of Exhibits
  • Understanding the Impact of Having a Recording
  • Use of Each at Trial1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

Albany and Long Island: 11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
NYC: 3:50 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Federal Court v. State Court Depositions

  • Selecting and Designating Witness
  • Rule 30(b) Witnesses
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Understanding the Difference in Objections and Tactics1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

    Albany and Long Island: 12:40 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    NYC: 4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Program brochure coming soon

    Overall Planning Co-Chairs:
    Joanna M. Roberto, Esq. | Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady LLP
    Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Esq. | Island Companies

    Tuition Assistance: Any New York attorney who has a genuine financial hardship may apply for tuition assistance for a CLE program. Learn more at
    Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to
    Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.
    Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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    If you have any questions about the content of this program, please contact Simone Smith, CLE Program Manager, or Bridget Donlon, CLE Program Coordinator.
    For any questions related to program registration, please contact the NYSBA's Member Resource Center by email at [email protected], or by phone at 800-582-2452.


    Thursday, January 17, 2019
    8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
    Total MCLE Credits: 7.00 (Professional Practice 4.00, Ethics 1.00, Skills 2.00)
    Regent, 2nd Floor

    Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download the Registration Form Here.

    Including basics for new attorneys as well as  information, current case laws, strategies and updates for the experienced practitioners 

    8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Business Meeting and Election of Officers and District  Representatives of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section and Business Meeting and Election of Officers and District Representatives of the Trial Lawyers Section

    9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Class Actions 101:  From Basics to High-Level Choice of Law Issues (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
    This session will outline Rule 23’s elements using real-life cases, audience participation, and debate regarding whether class certification should have been granted.

    Daniel R. Karon 

    Karon LLC

    9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. New York Court of Appeals Decision in Desrosiers v. Perry Ellis Menswear, LLC and its Impact on Notification of Class Members (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
    This past year saw significant developments in class action jurisprudence.  Our panel will address recent federal and New York state class action decisions, including the New York Court of Appeals decision in Desrosiers v. Perry Ellis Menswear, LLC.
    Hon. Eugene M. Fahey 

    New York Court of Appeals

    Professor John C. Coffee, Jr.
    Columbia University Law School

    10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Break

    10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. The Long Reach of Class Actions:  Trends in Class Action Litigation (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
    Class action litigation is increasing in volume, with claims ranging from labor and employment to consumer fraud to product liability and beyond.  This session will cover the litigation and subject matter trends based on a survey, as well as topics such as the use of arbitration clauses and risk management approaches.
    Julianna Thomas McCabe, Esq. 

    Carlton Fields

    11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Avoiding Legal Ethics Violations in Class Actions (1.0 Credit in Ethics)
    From soliciting potential plaintiffs at the outset to final settlement of claims, this session will provide valuable guidance to practitioners navigating a host of ethical issues.
    Peter A. Bellacosa, Esq.

    Phillips Lytle, P.C.

    12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch – On Your Own

    1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Critical Junctures: Depositions of Class Representatives and Challenging Expert Testimony at the Class Certification Stage (1.0 Credit in Skills)
    Critical junctures in the life of a class action include the depositions of class representatives, and challenges to expert testimony at the class certification stage. This session will highlight key strategies for approaching these key depositions and challenges to expert witnesses.
    Jacqueline K. Seidel, Esq.

    King & Spalding LLP

    Honor R. Costello, Esq. 
    Crowell & Moring LLP 

    2:35 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break

    2:45 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Emerging Issues in Data Breach and Privacy Regulation Class Actions (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, III once observed that there are two categories of companies: those that have been breached, and those that will be. With soaring numbers of data breaches, and other improper use of personal identification information, the courts have grappled with jurisdiction, mandatory arbitration provisions, pleading sufficiency, privilege issues, class certification and settlement.  Learn where this litigation has been and where it is heading.
    Steven P. Benenson Esq.,

    Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC

    3:35 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. New Settlement Paradigms – How to Navigate the Rule Changes (1.0 Credit in Skills)
    This session addresses the recent amendments to Rule 23(c) and (e), as well as recent New York State court settlements and decisions, and their significance for new settlement paradigms.
    Ellen Gusikoff Stewart, Esq.

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

    For further information on this program, please contact Catheryn Teeter at [email protected] or 518-487-5573.

    Sponsorship opportunities available! Support this event and get recognition for your company. See sponsorship options (PDF)

    TICL Law School for Insurance Professionals

    Recorded November 7, 2018 - Albany, NY

    The 2018 Law School for Insurance Professionals was only held in Albany this year.  The Program was recorded and is available for purchase.

    View details and purchase recording >

    This program does not carry MCLE or CE credit.

    Topics and Speakers:

    Additional Insured Coverage: Shifting The Risk With Contracts And Endorsements
    Speaker: Laurie A. Vahey, Esq., Vahey Muldoon Reston Getz LLP (Rochester, NY)

    Dealing With Data Breach, Business Interruption and Privacy Claims
    Speaker: Eileen E. Buholtz, Esq., Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC (Rochester, NY)

    Claims Investigation: When, Why and How Should You? Before and after litigation; impact of covered and uncovered claims
    Speaker: Paul J. Callahan, Esq., Brown & Kelly, LLP (Buffalo, NY)

    Auto: Impact of Court of Appeals Decision in Rodriguez v. City of New York - Who is responsible and how to handle Uber/Lyft and personal auto policy claims
    Speaker: Alyssa Jordan Pantzer, Esq., Ryan & Conlon, LLP (New York, NY) 

    Primary vs. Excess Insurers: Friends or Foes? 
    Speaker: Thomas Cunningham, Esq., Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf & Cunningham LLC (Buffalo, NY)

    Workers Compensation: Compensability Issues Arising Out Of MVAs
    Speaker: John H. Snyder, Esq., Gitto & Niefer LLP (New Hartford, NY)

    Recovery and Reimbursement: How Do I Do That?  Interaction between GOL 5-335, Statutory Liens, Medicare/Medicaid, Erisa, Health/Disability claims for reimbursement and which are recoverable and which are not in the third party action and why it is important in determining  claim valuations.
    Speaker: Dirk Marschhausen, Esq., Marschhausen & Fitzpatrick PC (Hicksville, NY)

    Cost: $120 per person
    10% discount for TICL Section members and NYIA members ($108) each).  TICL member discount will be applied automatically; NYIA discount with coupon code which is available from NYIA staff.

    See complete details and purchase >

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    James P. O'Connor, Esq. (View profile)
    Maroney O'Connor LLP | New York, NY 

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    CHAIR:  James P. O'Connor, Esq., Maroney O'Connor LLP (New York)

    VICE-CHAIR:  Lori E. Petrone, Esq., Kenney Shelton Liptak Novak LLP (Buffalo)
    SECRETARY: Michael P. O'Brien, Esq., O'Brien Law Firm, PLLC (New York)
    TREASURER:  Brendan Francis Baynes, Esq., The Baynes Law Firm PLLC (Ravena)

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