It’s easy to fall into the trap of not nailing things down in deposition as well as you thought you did. Check out one expert’s advice for getting the deposition testimony you’ll need for your summary judgment motion. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Lynn Hollenbeck. Lynn is a litigation attorney with Bunting Drayton & Alward in San Francisco, with expertise in premises defense, insurance defense, asbestos defense, and construction defect.
For defense counsel, plaintiff’s medical records often contain unexpected sources of information beyond examination findings, diagnoses, and prognoses. You may not find the dispositive document that disproves causation, but the records can bolster other issues in the case. Continue reading
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The following is a guest blog post by Micha Star Liberty. Micha represents plaintiffs in cases involving unlawful employment practices, personal injury and mass tort, defective products, civil rights, discrimination, antitrust violations, and consumer protection. She has offices in San Francisco and Oakland.
If you’re defending your client’s deposition and you have a problem with some of the questions the other attorney is asking, you’ll likely be tempted to object, as you do in court. But remember that there are different rules for objections in court versus in a deposition. Continue reading
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Law and motion practice is the nuts and bolts of litigation and fertile ground for training new attorneys. To make sure you don’t miss anything the next time you’re hit with a notice of motion, here’s a handy checklist to use. Continue reading
Do you know the difference between a consultant and an expert witness? You should—it could be to key to a successful case. Continue reading
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Are you objecting to a request to turn over a document based on privilege? You better log it. Continue reading
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Issues around pretrial publicity polluting the jury pool were at the forefront in the recent case against Floridian George Zimmerman for the killing of an unarmed teenager. Attorneys handling high-profile cases are presented with a dilemma during voir dire: should they ask about pretrial publicity or not? Continue reading
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The first step when you want to offer something into evidence at trial is to have it marked for purposes of identification. Do you know when and how to mark exhibits? Continue reading
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