Deposition Summaries: Tell Them to Keep It Short!

When you’re analyzing cases and reading multiple deposition summaries, the shorter the better. But what’s the best way to get the essential information succinctly?

Some carriers and hospitals have specific templates for deposition summaries. Others rely on counsel to summarize and evaluate the deposition. Either way, you can take control of the situation by insisting on the following best practices that will streamline your deposition summaries:

  • Keep the summary under three pages and highlight or bold the most important points;
  • Assess how the deponent will present at trial (i.e., likeable or believable) and his/her effectiveness as a witness;
  • Explain how the deposition testimony impacts the case (litigation strategy/resolution plan);
  • Include a picture of the deponent — a picture is still worth a thousand words;
  • Use thoughtful bullet points and paragraph headings.

We understand that you don’t have time to review a 10-page summary. With that in mind, we always strive to adhere to our own best practices and provide concise, informative deposition summaries. Our goal is to make your job easier!

If you want to work with trial counsel that constantly strives to understand your needs, give us a call. We’d love to be on your team!

Christina Billiet

Christina Billiet

Christina Billiet is a trial attorney and partner at Waranch & Brown, LLC. She has extensive experience defending medical malpractice cases, as well as representing physicians, nurses and other health care providers in a variety of Board of Physician, guardianship and hospital privileging matters. Ms. Billiet has successfully tried cases in the District and Circuit Courts of Maryland, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She has acted as lead counsel at trial, obtaining defense verdicts in several multi-million dollar cases.
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