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What counts as litigation experience?

So I looked at job postings that say that they look for atto ambulancechaser201304/17/17
You have litigation experience. Could use more expert exposu 2breedbares04/17/17
In criminal law - we generally mean court experience. Prefer adamb04/17/17
California Superior Court. I have defended like 5 expert de ambulancechaser201304/17/17
Does "defending a deposition" require much more than sitting orgdonor04/17/17
The only thing defending a deposition does for you, is if yo ambulancechaser201304/17/17
"Regarding expert depos, I agree, the expert has been to thi jeffm04/17/17
90% of defending a deposition is preparing the witness. That flharfh04/17/17
ambulancechaser2013 (Apr 17, 2017 - 6:21 pm)

So I looked at job postings that say that they look for attorneys with litigation experience.

I wanted to know based on the litigators on this board would consider this legit attorney litigation experience or if its more paralegal work.

I respond to and propound written discovery, defend depositions, draft complaints, write meet and confer letters. I do sparse motion work. I have been to a couple mediations. NO MSJs

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2breedbares (Apr 17, 2017 - 6:32 pm)

You have litigation experience. Could use more expert exposure. State or fed court?

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adamb (Apr 17, 2017 - 6:45 pm)

In criminal law - we generally mean court experience. Preferably, oral arguments, hearings, and trials.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Apr 17, 2017 - 6:50 pm)

California Superior Court. I have defended like 5 expert depositions in employment law cases.

I tried some criminal cases, no civil cases though.

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orgdonor (Apr 17, 2017 - 6:55 pm)

Does "defending a deposition" require much more than sitting next to the expert at the depo?

I would mostly be asking a new associate to do discovery. Work him up to discovery motion practice and then simple MSJs. I wouldn't send him to trial before he did a few depositions. And probably then only on a loser.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Apr 17, 2017 - 7:04 pm)

The only thing defending a deposition does for you, is if you have done tons of them you get to understand how you should take one simply from being there. I have defended about 100 depositions. I can tell you I can take a 3 hour depo in a slip and fall if I needed to. Obviously, I would write my outline first but still, when you do about 100 it's pretty clear what is going to be asked.

Regarding expert depos, I agree, the expert has been to this rodeo like 100 times so he/she knows that to say and not say.

I wish I had more law and motion experience. I have done some demurrers and motions for judgments on the pleadings and a couple motions to compel further discovery responses. No MSJs.

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jeffm (Apr 17, 2017 - 7:10 pm)

"Regarding expert depos, I agree, the expert has been to this rodeo like 100 times so he/she knows that to say and not say."

Experts are among the scariest witnesses. They can practically blow your case in an instant.

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flharfh (Apr 17, 2017 - 7:54 pm)

90% of defending a deposition is preparing the witness. That's the important thing that you need to play up, not the actual deposition practice, which is just sitting and objecting from time to time.

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