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Training Guide

Taking a Corporate Deposition


Training Guide

Taking a Corporate Deposition

Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • Differences between corporate and fact witnesses
  • Confirming the corporate witness’s understanding of their role
  • Questions about the corporate witness’s prep
  • Asking the corporate witness substantive questions  
  • How to handle “I don’t know” answers
  • Asking a corporate witness about documents
  • Seeking more deposition time of a corporate witness

Before the Session

Prepare the Attendees

Send the attendees an invitation for the session. Include this link, which has the videos and exercise they’ll need to prepare.

Prepare Yourself

Watch the videos and read the exercise so you’re familiar with the Hotshot material.

During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check

Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:

  • What are some differences between deposing corporate and fact witnesses?
  • What are some of the first things you want to accomplish at a corporate witness’s deposition? 
  • In what capacity does a corporate witness testify?
  • How would you use documents at a corporate deposition?
  • What do you do if the corporate witness doesn’t have sufficient knowledge of important topics?

Part 2: Group Exercise

Lead a group discussion based on the exercise. To encourage collaboration, divide the attendees into groups to discuss the exercise, then have a representative from each group summarize their views to the larger group. Call on people to share their thoughts and ask others to respond.

Tip for remote sessions: use your web conferencing system’s breakout room feature to divide people into groups.

Part 3: War Stories and Firm Specifics

Share your own experiences and guidance, including:

  • Anecdotes and war stories (e.g., about a near-disaster or a tough negotiation)
  • General practice tips (dos and don’ts)
  • Firm-specific guidance and practices

After the Session

To continue their learning, attendees can check out related courses in Hotshot’s Depositions topic.

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