Broadcast Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


Effectively-handled depositions provide a strong foundation in prosecuting or defending cases. However, with several legal developments continuously shaping the landscape along with the changes brought by the implementation of remote depositions because of the pandemic, handling a deposition has now become more challenging and complex.

To avoid potential risks and pitfalls, it is of utmost importance that lawyers keep themselves abreast of the strategies in taking and defending depositions. Devising efficient deposition techniques must also be considered to maximize its potentials in winning a case.

In this LIVE CLE Webcast, trial lawyers George A. Kiser (HeplerBroom LLC) and Robert S. Ludlum (Melick & Porter, LLP) will provide the audience with an in-depth discussion of an effective deposition. Speakers will also offer practical tips and strategies to avoid legal risks and pitfalls.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

  • Fundamentals of an Effective Deposition
  • Legal Trends and Developments
  • The Implications of Remote Depositions
  • Common Risks and Pitfalls
  • Practical Tips and Strategies
  • Outlook


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)





Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

George A. Kiser, Partner
HeplerBroom LLC

George A. Kiser focuses his practice on trials involving toxic tort litigation, including asbestos and silica cases. He handles asbestos cases pending in Madison and Cook Counties in Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and outlying Illinois counties. He has coordinated and negotiated settlement of asbestos cases, prepared and argued trial motions, and acted as trial counsel in asbestos trials, as well as having oversight and management responsibility for hundreds of asbestos cases.

Before entering private practice, Kiser did a two-year judicial law clerkship for the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri. He has represented clients throughout Illinois and Missouri and has tried 29 cases to jury verdict in Missouri and Illinois. He has handled automobile personal injury defense litigation cases, insurance coverage defense litigation cases, contract defense litigation, administrative proceedings, criminal defense, and municipal contract negotiations and oversight. He has also has argued cases before the Missouri and Illinois Courts of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits.

Robert S. Ludlum, Partner
Melick & Porter, LLP

Robert has extensive experience in the litigation, trial, and appeal of a broad spectrum of cases on behalf of businesses and individuals in the state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Along with his insurance, construction, employment, and general liability practice, Robert has substantial experience representing manufacturers and distributors of building products, consumer products, industrial machinery, transportation equipment, residential equipment and machinery, marine equipment, sprinkler systems, ansul systems, construction products, and automotive equipment in complex litigation matters. Additionally, Robert has substantial experience representing manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products in toxic tort cases in multiple jurisdictions. He has participated in the selection and development of expert witnesses, including medical, industrial hygiene, and liability, and has conducted hundreds of lay and expert depositions and successfully used those depositions to obtain favorable results for his clients.



George A. Kiser, Partner

HeplerBroom LLC

  1. Don’t try and hit a home run with your deposition.
  2. Depositions serve two purposes:  gathering information that your client needs to know and that you can use to investigate further, and to obtain helpful testimony for trial.  Both are equally important.
  3. The personal knowledge of the witness (or plaintiff) is essential. No guessing, assuming or believing.
  4. Be precise when asking about what really matters.


Robert S. Ludlum, Partner

Melick & Porter, LLP

  1. Defending the Deposition
  2. Remote depositions – technology and tips

Date & Time:

Thursday, June 17, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Litigators
  • Trial Attorneys
  • General Counsel
  • Paralegals
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George A. KiserPartner
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Robert S. LudlumPartner
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