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2023 Deposition Workshop

  • 03 Mar 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • 04 Mar 2023
  • 12:15 PM
  • Jepson Alumni Center at University of Richmond, 442 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173


  • Registration fee does NOT include mandatory $45 Workshop case file which must be ordered separately by participant. Instructions will be sent in confirmation email.
  • Registration fee does NOT include mandatory $45 Workshop case file which must be ordered separately by participant. Instructions sent in confirmation email.

Registration is closed

Attorney slots for the mock depositions on Saturday are full, but you may still register and attend the Friday sessions and participate as observers Saturday.

This two-day workshop will teach you the skills needed to (1) face down a bullying senior plaintiffs’ attorney; (2) handle a lying deponent; (3) pull the information you need out of a reticent deponent; (4) ensure that what you discover in depositions is admissible in court; (5) use the latest in technology to build an air-tight case; (6) depose experts effectively; (7) handle sympathetic or minor deponents; and more!

The second day will be spent in four-person breakouts in which each new attorney will play the parts of defense attorney, plaintiffs’ attorney, and observer. At each stage of the depositions, senior coach-attorneys will critique performances and suggest approaches to use.


Sessions include:

Videotaped Depositions and Beyond: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know
Josh Dunn, Planet Depos
Melissa H. Katz, VADA Past President, McGavin, Boyce, Bardot, Thorsen & Katz

Deposing Medical Experts
Samuel Bernier, Frith Anderson & Peake

Taking Remote Depositions & Other Deposition Challenges
Samuel Bernier, Frith Anderson & Peake
Gracemarie Braunberg,Planet Depos
Josh Dunn, Planet Depos

Preparing Your Own Witness
Tate Love, VADA Past President, TimberlakeSmith

Preparation and Use of Depositions at Trial
Marshall H. Ross, VADA Past President, Emeritus Bar Member

Detailed Workshop Agenda


The registration fee includes all meals and Friday's networking reception.  You may register a guest for $50 to attend the reception. New members, joining with this meeting, get their first year's VADA membership free.  First membership bill will be sent in January 2024. The $45 case study must be ordered separately - instructions will be sent in your confirmation email.

Space is limited. The first 24 attendees will be assigned attorneys roles.  Additional attendees may register and attend as witnesses or observers.  


  • We will be meeting at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond both days.  We do not have a block of hotel rooms for this meeting, but there are many hotels nearby in the west end area of Richmond. There are also a limited number of rooms onsite at Bottomley House at the Alumni Center.  You can call the reservations line at 804-289-8989 or use the dedicated e-mail address – bhreservations@richmond.edu - and note that you are attending our event and how you will be paying.  Learn more about the Bottomley House here (Bottomley House - Events, Conferences and Support Services - University of Richmond).  


Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for sponsorship information.

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

11533 Busy Street, #327

N. Chesterfield, VA 23236


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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