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Covid-Enforced Virtual Working Boosts Litigators’ Confidence In Tech Skills

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | November 2, 2021

Of all the changes that COVID-19 imposed upon us, remote working has been one of the most profound. Now it has become a permanent fixture in full-time, part-time, or hybrid variations across many industries, including the legal profession. To understand how remote work affects attorneys’ day-to-day lives, Esquire executed a survey with litigators to explore…

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eBook: Seven Keys to a Perfect Deposition Transcript

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | August 18, 2021

Conducting remote depositions during the COVID-19 pandemic required attorneys to litigate cases under unfamiliar circumstances as everyone coped with social distancing and other government health mandates fashioned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of the circumstances, however, the litigator’s objective has always been the same: to create an accurate record of the deponent’s testimony…

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eBook: COVID-19’s Impact on the Future of Virtual Depositions

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | May 10, 2021

Historically, face-to-face depositions have been the norm in litigation. Even as technology has advanced over the last several decades, ushering the world into the internet age, legal practice has clung to tradition. In the last 15 years, there has been a steadily growing acceptance of technology’s role in litigation due in no small part to…

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eBook: Make Your Zoom Meeting as Secure as Possible

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | March 11, 2021

This eBook reviews security measures deployed by Zoom and security measures that should be adopted by users of the platform. Together, they can create an information-sharing environment that meets the legal profession’s ethical obligation to take reasonable measures to protect client information from access by unauthorized persons in most uses.

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eBook: Elements of a Strong Remote Deposition Protocol

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | February 23, 2021

Remote depositions are an efficient means of obtaining discovery at a time when few are able or willing to travel or gather in groups. More importantly, the reality for litigators today is that it is very difficult to obtain a continuance until some future date when the public health crisis will abate sufficiently to allow in-person depositions to resume.

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Depose Witnesses Early or Risk Losing Their Testimony, Experts Say

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | July 6, 2022
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Last week’s blog post on celebrity misbehavior during depositions made the point that deponents who answer uncomfortable questions with civility, humility, and honesty have the best chance for a successful outcome. There was, however, another lesson that could have been drawn from those same cases. For any number of reasons, critical witnesses won’t necessarily be…

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What Can We Learn From Celebrity Depositions?

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | June 29, 2022
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Is it just us, or have there been a lot of high-profile deposition disputes lately? It sure seems so. And all of them, at their core, involve rich and famous people who just will not, can not, and do not want to give deposition testimony under oath. Deposing deposition-shy celebrities is an uphill battle. They’re…

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Will Remote Depositions Shape Outcomes in Disputes Over Deposition Locations?

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | June 21, 2022
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The Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling in General Motors LLC v. Buchanan, No. S21G1147 (Ga. June 1, 2022), the subject of last week’s blog post, discussed factors courts should weigh when deciding whether a high-level corporate executive should be forced to sit for a deposition under Georgia’s pretrial discovery rules. The Buchanan court declined to adopt the…

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Georgia Sets New Ground Rules for Deposing High-Level Executives

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | June 13, 2022
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Much of the law is about balancing interests, and pretrial discovery is no exception. On the one hand, parties in litigation are entitled to discovery of any unprivileged information that could lead to admissible evidence at trial. Affording the parties wide latitude in discovery gives everyone the fullest opportunity to vindicate their legal rights. Extensive…

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What Lawyers Can Learn from Web Design Experts

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | June 9, 2022
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When website designers mention the term “usability,” they’re referring to a website’s ability to efficiently convey information to an online visitor and, hopefully, convert that visitor into a paying customer. In a highly competitive online environment, e-commerce websites live and die based on their ability to accomplish this feat. A poorly designed website will not…

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SOC Reports Provide Critical Insights on Vendor Data Security Practices

By Jim Ballowe | June 2, 2022
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I’ve written several times during the past year about the importance of information security for legal professionals. Mitigating the threat of unauthorized access to client confidential information is one of the most challenging operational responsibilities that law firms face today. Although there was a time when some legal community leaders believed that lawyers were not…

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Remote Depositions: A Power Tool for Modern Litigation

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | May 24, 2022
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Battle-tested during the COVID-19 pandemic, the remote deposition proved its mettle and quickly became a staple of pretrial discovery practice. Cost savings to the client, efficiencies to the busy litigator, and tens of thousands of successful outcomes truly have changed the salient inquiry from “Why take this deposition remotely?” to “Why not?” Advantages of Remote…

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Effective Use of Statistical Analysis in Depositions and Discovery

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | May 17, 2022
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Most of the available information on expert witnesses and deposition practice instructs litigators on how to effectively prepare and examine the expert. There’s very little information on how the expert can help litigators build their case and make the best use of an expert witness’s time and talents. That’s not because there’s nothing to be…

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Remote Depositions Are Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | May 10, 2022
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To their credit, law firms across the country commemorated Earth Day by assessing the measures they are taking to use less energy and generate less waste in their day-to-day operations.  Whether it’s for the purpose of cutting costs, creating efficiencies, or polishing their reputations as responsible members of the business community, law firms are taking…

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The New Normal Arrives Permanently in Minnesota

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | May 3, 2022
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Minnesota’s judicial system is not going back to the way cases were decided prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Starting June 6, litigators in Minnesota’s courts will have the certainty of knowing in advance which case matters will be held remotely and which will be held in person. In the vast majority of cases, the format…

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