Deposing Rule 30(b)(6) Corporate Witnesses

Preparing the Deposition Notice, Questioning the Corporate Representative, Raising and Defending Objections, and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will prepare business litigators to depose corporate representatives in accordance with Rule 30(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The webinar will discuss best practices for meeting the 30(b)(6) notice requirements, effectively questioning the corporate representative, dealing with difficult representatives, and raising and defending objections.

Description

Attorneys engaged in litigation against corporations rely on the Rule 30(b)(6) deposition as a strategic tool to question corporate representatives about specific topics related to the case. Testimony obtained during the deposition may be used by the plaintiff for any purpose and binds the corporation.

Getting the 30(b)(6) notice right is key to a successful deposition. There are frequent disputes over the adequacy of the scope of the notice. There is also a great deal of legal wrangling over whether the corporation fulfilled its obligation to select an appropriate deponent and properly prepare the deponent for deposition.

The 30(b)(6) deposition is one of the most challenging aspects of litigation because expectations of the deposing attorney regarding how the 30(b)(6) deposition should be conducted almost always differ significantly from those of the corporation and its representative.

Listen as our experienced panel of litigators explains legal and practical considerations for attorneys when preparing for and conducting a Rule 30(b)(6) deposition. The authoritative panel will share useful insights on the strategic and effective use of corporate depositions in commercial litigation.

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Outline

  1. When to take a Rule 30(b)(6) deposition
  2. Notice requirements under Rule 30(b)(6)
  3. Preparing for the deposition
  4. Questioning the corporate representative
  5. Raising and defending objections
  6. Dealing with evasive or difficult corporate representatives
  7. Understanding the party’s obligations in designations witnesses

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are some best practices for crafting a deposition notice that adequately identifies the scope of the 30(b)(6) deposition?
  • How should attorneys respond when the corporate defendant designates an inappropriate deponent?
  • What strategies are effective when questioning the corporate representative and raising and defending objections during the deposition?
  • What are some best practices for dealing with difficult deponents?

Faculty

Charles H. Allen
Charles H. Allen

Trial Lawyer
Charles Allen Law Firm

Mr. Allen is an expert on depositions, was involved in hundreds of successful cases, and has spoken and consulted...  |  Read More

Ronald D. Coleman
Ronald D. Coleman

Partner
Archer & Greiner

Mr. Coleman is a commercial litigator focusing on copyright, trademark and unfair competition. He concentrates on...  |  Read More

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