FCRA Deposition Tactics and Strategies

Webinar Date: 
January 31, 2013
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This Webinar will focus on effective strategies for noticing and taking depositions in FCRA cases. When should depositions be noticed? Where and how should they be noticed? How should they be recorded? What should be the order of witnesses? What are the purposes of the depositions that the plaintiff seeks? What happens when the witness is unprepared or uncooperative? How should you deal with an obstructionist defense attorney? How should you mange deposition exhibits? Are you effectively taking a trial deposition? The presenter, John Soumilas, has litigated numerous FCRA cases and taken over 100 depositions of consumer reporting agencies, furnishers, debt collectors, defense experts and third party witnesses. In this Webinar, Mr. Soumilas shares those strategies for taking depositions that he has found to be most effective.

Presenter

John Soumilas is an attorney with the law firm of Francis & Mailman, P.C. in center city Philadelphia. He concentrates his practice in the areas of consumer protection law, including fair credit reporting, fair debt collection, and consumer class actions. Mr. Soumilas has litigated hundreds of FCRA cases, primarily in federal courts throughout the country. He has tried several cases, obtaining the highest FCRA jury verdicts in Pennsylvania. He has also handled FCRA appeals and been appointed class counsel in several FCRA class actions. Mr. Soumilas is a regular lecturer on consumer matters, including for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute, the National Consumer Law Center, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and other organizations. Mr. Soumilas has been interviewed and quoted concerning many legal issues affecting consumers by a wide range of media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine to the New Jersey Law Journal and Free Speech Radio. Mr. Soumilas is a 1994 cum laude graduate of Rutgers University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a master’s degree in American history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Soumilas received his law degree cum laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1999, where he was a member of the Jessup Moot Court and Temple Law Review. He began his legal career by clerking for Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

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