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Deposing Difficult Witnesses

with Michael Lesage

Thursday, September 19, 2024

Learning Options:

Live webinar with chat*
includes 60 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Newfoundland)

*This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Registration Fee:

Save $25
Register on or before August 30, 2024
$140.00 + HST

Register after August 30, 2024
$165.00 + HST

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CPD Credit Hours:

Credit Hours

CPD Hours (live presentation*)

ON: This program contains 1.5 Substantive hours.

BC: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

SK: This program qualifies for 1.5 CPD hours under the Law Society of SK CPD Policy.

Lawyers in other mandatory CPD jurisdictions may count their attendance towards their CPD requirement/plan.

Seminar Partners is an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario and a pre-approved CPD Provider of the Law Society of British Columbia.

*The circumstances under which CPD credit will be recognized for watching archive programs vary by province. If you are viewing the recording of the live webinar, please verify with your law society the circumstances under which they will recognize CPD hours for the recording.

Technical Information:

Live webinars allow you to hear faculty and see their presentation slides, and ask questions by chat. There is no video feed of the presenter(s). You will need a current web browser (Chrome (Chrome works best), Safari, Firefox), a wired (better than wireless) connection to the Internet of at least 2 Mbps. You can test your internet speed/bandwidth here. If you miss the live program, you can access the archive, at your convenience, for 60 days.

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Who Should Attend

This intermediate to advanced level program is for lawyers who want to move beyond the basics of deposing witnesses to a new level of proficiency.

About the Program

Every litigator knows that depositions can make or break a case. The answers you get from a witness often increase the likelihood of winning your case or push the opposing party towards settlement. But what happens when you meet a witness whose sole task is to test your patience and skill? The ability to effectively deal with these witnesses is what separates a great litigator from a good one. This highly practical, focused presentation with experienced litigator Michael Lesage will show you how to stay in control and get the information you need from difficult witnesses. Drawing on personal experiences and publicly available transcripts, Michael will address common recurring witness behaviours, including hostility, forgetfulness, obfuscation and evasiveness. By the end of the program, you’ll have fresh ideas to help you:

  • control the direction of the conversation with a witness;
  • deal with different “types” of difficult witnesses;
  • respond effectively when a witness tries to throw you off balance; and
  • prepare for the unexpected.

Every litigator needs a plan for navigating difficult situations in discovery. Don’t miss this opportunity to get lawyer-tested techniques for getting the most from difficult witnesses during deposition.

Meet Your Presenter

Michael Lesage

Michael Lesage is the founder and principal of Michael’s Law Firm, with offices in Niagara, Hamilton, and Toronto. After receiving his B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, he attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, and worked for a large litigation boutique on matters ranging from complex class actions to medical malpractice to personal injury cases. After graduating from law school, Michael practiced commercial litigation, professional malpractice, insurance and personal injury law at a prominent Florida litigation firm. There he achieved the coveted “Peer Reviewed” rating from Martindale Hubbell. In 2012, Michael returned to Ontario as counsel for one of Toronto’s largest injury firms. He subsequently started his own firm, doing primarily business and commercial litigation. Michael speaks and writes on law and litigation related topics, including for Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, The Lawyer’s Daily, Advocate Daily, and as author of Chapter 3, in The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases 2018.

Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks

What Makes a Witness Difficult?

The Uncooperative Witness

The Forgetful Witness

The Witness Who Complicates Things

The Witness Who Refuses to Answer

Other Difficult Witnesses

Key Take-aways

Program Wrap-up and Evaluation

Praise for Michael Lesage

"Very good program, I learned some new things."

"This was an excellent seminar, and Michael was an excellent speaker who methodically covered every relevant topic related to civil trial preparation."

"I have an upcoming trial and this was a good refresher course for me."

"Bravo! Good presenter, easy to listen to. Very good materials."

"One of the best seminars I have attended in a long time. Relevant, highly informative and useful presentation."

Returning Registrant

Registration Fees

All costs are in Canadian dollars before taxes.

HST/GST: 848208492

Until August 30, 2024

Deposing Difficult Witnesses with Michael Lesage, Thursday, September 19, 2024

After August 30, 2024

Deposing Difficult Witnesses with Michael Lesage, Thursday, September 19, 2024

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