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How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for a Deposition and Testimony

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Expert witnesses can be a key element in a variety of lawsuits, from financial experts in securities litigation to medical experts in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Some experts have been put through the proverbial litigation ringer many times and operate as experts for a living. Other experts are newer to litigation and may simply… Read More »

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Helping a New Attorney Learn to Conduct Successful Depositions

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Conducting a successful deposition is a skill that most lawyers spend their entire career honing. While no attorney will depose a witness perfectly on their inaugural effort first-chairing a deposition, there are several strategies that more senior attorneys can use to help newer associates learn how to conduct a deposition. Read on to learn… Read More »

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Clear Communication During a Deposition is Critical

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Despite the fact that videotaped depositions are growing in popularity, the purpose of a deposition is to create a written record of one witness or expert’s opinion on a topic, generated by the court reporter assigned to memorialize the deposition. Without clear verbal communication from the deponent, the facts or opinions the deponent is… Read More »

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Task Force Recommends Sweeping Changes to Arizona Legal Practice

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A new report issued by the Arizona Task Force on the Delivery of Legal Services recommends substantial changes to the laws and rules governing the practice of law in the state. The report includes several recommendations that have been recently adopted in other states, such as softening the prohibitions on non-lawyers being partial owners… Read More »

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Technology that Can Simplify the Discovery Process

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If you’re a litigator, you know the overwhelming feeling that can come during the discovery process. In the era of digitized records, it’s a common litigation tactic to flood the opposing side with reams of materials, leaving them with the struggle of locating the relevant information and keeping an organized record of what they… Read More »

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Ways to Integrate Multimedia Technology into Your Trial Strategy

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The days of attorneys relying on nothing but their dazzling verbal displays to win over a judge or jury during a trial have passed. These days, attorneys are expected to use a full array of audio and visual media to keep the court’s attention, not to mention the advantages gained from the persuasive power… Read More »

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Setting up a Successful Home Office

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More and more law firms are offering their attorneys the option of working from a home office. Working from home can involve a period of adjustment, but once you find the right office setup, you might find yourself getting more work done from home than in a busy office. Read on to learn some… Read More »

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Applicant to Court of Appeals Withdraws Application that Included Plagiarized Material

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An Arizona attorney who was seeking a seat on the bench of the state’s Court of Appeals has recently withdrawn her application. The application was shown to include passages from recent US Supreme Court justice confirmation hearings that had not been attributed to the original speakers. Passages lifted from hearings for Gorsuch and Alito… Read More »

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Four Things that a Witness Should Know about Testifying at Trial

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Getting a witness ready to testify at trial requires hours of time spent preparing and practicing. While there is much for a witness to know about testifying at trial, you’ll find a list below of some important aspects of testifying that your client should understand before getting on the stand. Contact a skilled Arizona… Read More »

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Six Tips to Ensure Your Deposition Runs Smoothly

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Even in the best of circumstances, a deposition can mean a long and draining day for everyone involved. There are ways that you can make the next deposition you take run more smoothly and productively by planning ahead on how you’ll respond to issues that are sure to arise. Read on for several deposition… Read More »