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Everything You Need to Know about AIA Trial Depositions

2021-06-07T16:08:55-07:00June 8th, 2021|News|

When a truly innovative product hits the market for the first time, other companies are quick to develop similar items. Inventors can protect their intellectual property by obtaining the appropriate patents. Of course, the patent approval process can be contentious and litigious in its own right! In fact, in 2011, Congress passed the America [...]

Why COVID-19 Doesn’t Eliminate Your Discovery Obligations

2021-06-09T15:13:43-07:00May 27th, 2021|News|

The coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves throughout the legal system, forcing practitioners to adjust time-tested procedures for the new normal. Accommodating special circumstances during the pandemic required the courts to set forth some new rules regarding discovery obligations. In this article, we’ll review one of these court decisions and explore the impact it may have [...]

The Worst Mistakes that Lawyers Can Make During Arbitration: Part 2

2021-05-25T13:11:35-07:00May 18th, 2021|News|

Welcome back to the First Legal Depositions mini-series on common arbitration mistakes! If you missed the first installment, we recommend starting from the beginning for the most enjoyable reading experience. In this article, we’ll cover the procedures for late-stage arbitration and offer our tips and tricks to help you ensure everything runs smoothly!  Let’s [...]

The Worst Mistakes that Lawyers Can Make During Arbitration: Part 1

2021-05-25T13:10:51-07:00May 4th, 2021|News|

Entering an arbitration agreement is a major decision for both parties. By forfeiting the right to a courtroom trial, it is often possible to obtain a resolution more quickly and effectively. On the other hand, arbitration awards are also significantly more difficult to appeal, which can be a major risk for unprepared attorneys.  We [...]

Exploring the Translation Challenges of Multilingual Litigation

2021-05-25T13:16:31-07:00April 29th, 2021|News|

Over the years, the legal industry has become increasingly globalized, leading to a sharp rise in cross-border, multilingual litigation. These language barriers can complicate every stage of litigation, but they are particularly troublesome during the discovery process. According to a recent Gartner study, almost 60% of the cost of litigation involves reviewing documents. These [...]

How Body Language Impacts Your Deposition Performance

2021-03-10T14:17:20-08:00April 15th, 2021|News|

Body language is a crucial part of human communication and it can influence your deposition performance. Whether you’re bouncing your leg under the table or tilting your head in confusion, these little motions will change how you are perceived by other deposition participants. In fact, studies have even shown that juries respond to nonverbal [...]

The Value of Presenting Deposition Testimony at Trial

2021-03-10T14:17:29-08:00March 30th, 2021|News|

When was the last time you turned on your favorite legal drama, only to see the actors reading off deposition transcripts from previous episodes? Although presenting deposition testimony isn’t the most glamorous part of the trial process, it can still play an important role.  In this article, we’re going to share some of the [...]

The Secret to Preparing Your Client for a Deposition

2021-03-10T14:17:08-08:00March 16th, 2021|News|

Depositions are critical to the discovery process, but the fact is, most witnesses have never given testimony before. For that reason, many will find depositions to be intimidating. To avoid mistakes during the proceedings, it’s important to spend time preparing your witness beforehand. After all, deposition testimony is the best opportunity for your client [...]

How Rule 11 Advanced Cases During COVID-19

2021-01-26T18:11:15-08:00February 25th, 2021|News|

Over the past year, attorneys have faced many roadblocks during litigation. Due to the pandemic, some were forced to rely on alternative strategies for advancing their case. In California, one of these strategies is based on Emergency Rule 11, which alters the traditional rules of procedure. In this article, we’re going to explain the [...]

The Effects of Revealing Privileged Documents in a Deposition

2021-01-26T18:10:47-08:00February 15th, 2021|News|

Attorney-client privilege is one of the most important features of the legal industry, but it can also be the subject of disputes — especially when privileged information is accidentally shared. In this article, we’re going to review one particular case in which a privileged document was inadvertently revealed during a virtual deposition. We’ll share [...]

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