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When: Friday, February 15, 2019
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Where: Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Dr
Use West Entrance
St. Paul, Minnesota  55114
United States

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The MDLA Trial Tactics Committee asks you to please save the date for its Deposition Academy.  The Deposition Academy is the second event in the three trial tactics training events – targeted at new to mid-level associates with the goal of giving these lawyers a running start in their career development and business development.  Participants who attend all three events, will obtain MDLA’s Trial Tactics Committee Civil Litigation Certification.


The Deposition Academy will be held on February 15, 2019. It will be an all-day interactive seminar with live demonstrations to include topics such as: Deposition preparation, making and responding to objections, managing challenging witnesses / combative opposing counsel, use of documents and exhibits, what to expect in a 30(b)(6) deposition, defending your adjuster’s deposition, and spotting reptilian tactics. 


The Deposition Academy will be tremendously useful on its own and as a companion course to the November 9, 2018 “Representing Insurance Companies: What Your Clients Wish You Knew.”



$299 for MDLA members and $349 for non-members


Schedule subject to change (updated 1/28)

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Depositions 101:  What to Do & What to Expect Before, During, and After the Deposition
Presenter: Kirsten Pranschke, Progressive Insurance

(Topics will include before the deposition (understanding your case (claims, defenses, weaknesses, leaning toward settlement, SJ, trial, etc.), purpose of deposition, prepping your witness), during the deposition (basics, format, whether to ask your own client questions, etc.), after the deposition (follow-up with other witnesses, affidavits, damage control, etc.) 

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Presenter: Susan Tindal, Iverson Reuvers Condon

(including attorney-client privilege, including on breaks) 

10:00-11:00 a.m.

How to Handle Challenges 
Panel/Presenters: Jana Sullivan, League of Minnesota Cities; Paul Merwin, League of Minnesota Cities; Robert Roche, Ramsey County; Lindsey Woodrow, Waldeck Law Firm

(difficult witness, difficult opposing attorney, surprises, your client is hostile to you, your client provides damaging testimony)

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Getting Excited About Exhibits:  How to Use Documents & (Video, Audio, Etc.) at Depositions  
Presenter: Stacey Sorensen, Liberty Mutual

12:00-12:30 p.m.


12:30-1:30 p.m.

Presenters:  Paul Merwin, League of Minnesota Cities; Robert Roche, Ramsey County; Lindsey Woodrow, Waldeck Law Firm

A smaller group interactive session.

1:30-2:00 p.m.

30(b)(6) Depositions 
Presenter: Stephanie Angolkar, Iverson Reuvers Condon

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Depositions of Claims Reps & Defending Bad Faith Claims 
Presenter: Rylee Retzer-Busselman and Jeanette Wong, American Family Insurance

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Strategies for Handling Reptile Theory Questions 
Presenters: Jeannie Petersen and Dan Stahley, Provo-Petersen & Associates

*A New Lawyer Happy Hour will be held afterward at Surly.

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