Trying to get a witness to talk during a deposition can be very difficult. But getting a witness to stop talking can be even harder. This webcast will provide tips on how to deal with these challenges, as well as other “problem witnesses,” like those that play word games or equivocate or give you an answer to a question you never asked.
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Ed Sullivan has extensive and varied experience in litigation and in advising Indiana public schools, private businesses and individuals on managing risks and resolving disputes. On behalf of his clients, Ed has litigated disputes to a jury, to a judge, to arbitration panels and administrative bodies and has argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court. As part of his practice, Ed routinely resolves disputes for his clients through mediations and through direct negotiation. Ed has experience in handling a wide array of issues including: Commercial disputes, Special Education legal issues, Public financing disputes, Construction disputes, Director & officer liability, Personal injury defense, Employment disputes, Labor negotiation for Indiana Public Schools, 1st Amendment disputes for schools, Premises liability defense, School Board governance issues
A nationally recognized teacher of trial advocacy skills, Ed has been invited to teach by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy ("NITA") through its "Next Generation" program in trial and deposition skills seminars in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Denver, CO, and Minneapolis, MN. Each November, as the Co-Program Director and Team Leader for NITA's annual Mid-Central Deposition Skills program in Indianapolis, Ed works with Indiana's top trial lawyers in training young attorneys in advocacy skills and legal analysis. Through his association with NITA, Ed has conducted "in-house" training seminars on trial skills for some of the world's leading law firms in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles. Ed is also an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame Law School where he has taught deposition skills, trial advocacy and coordinated the moot court team (twice reaching the national finals).
Ed has a focus in representing public schools, and he is the leader of the Baker& Daniels school law team. He is a frequent contributor to the Indiana School Boards Association seminars and has presented at conferences for the National School Boards Association as well as the Council of School Attorneys.
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