Questions any attorney or deposition summarizer should ask are “What is an effective deposition summary?” and “How can I prepare deposition summaries more effectively?” The answer lies in the question: the question posed by the attorney taking the deposition, that is.
A reader of an effective deposition summary should be able to read each entry of the summary and accurately guess what the deposer was asking the witness. The attorney’s outline should become visibly clear in the topical path of the summary, starting with the background of the witness and progressing into a categorical breakdown of every area explored in testimony.
After a decade of preparing deposition summaries to send to experts, prepare other witnesses or ready the team for trial, I have been able to improve my deposition summarizing technique so even someone with no familiarity with the case can quickly and easily read my deposition summary and understand the very essence of how the witness testified without the need to wade through hundreds of pages of objections, breaks and clarifications that bog down so many deposition transcripts.
If you are ready to have your depositions summarized by a professional team, give In Brief a call. You’ll only be sorry you haven’t called sooner.