August 25, 2014

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Robert L. Byman examines implications of  a recent ruling in which a judge imposed sanctions against a lawyer who made repeated deposition objections.  He explains that U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett held that it is improper to object to form without specifying what is actually wrong with the form.  Bob analyzes the July 28, 2014, ruling and then offers four lessons from the matter: 1. have fun, but not too much fun; 2. don’t just object to form; 3. coach your witness during preparation, not during the deposition; and 4. “say a little prayer, there but for the grace of God go we.”