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Webinar: The Basics of Taking an Effective Fact Witness Deposition in Asbestos Cases
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Webinar: The Basics of Taking an Effective Fact Witness Deposition in Asbestos Cases

When: May 29, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Sandra Wulf

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Depositions are an important part of the litigation process in any case. However, due to the nature of an asbestos-exposure claim, depositions in asbestos cases are often unique in their importance and the challenges they present. The ability to take an effective deposition is crucial to a competent representation of an asbestos client. Illinois and Missouri play host to the most active litigation dockets in the country, yet each venue has different rules, customs, and procedures governing depositions. During this seminar, the speakers will provide a general tips for taking an effective deposition in any asbestos case, and then provide venue specific guidance for depositions that occur in Madison County, Illinois; St. Clair County, Illinois; Cook County, Illinois; and St. Louis City, Missouri.  

This course has been approved for 1.0 hours of Illinois General CLE Credit.

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Featured Speakers

Tucker Blaser joined Brown & James, P.C. in 2009 and practices in the firm's Belleville, Illinois, office. His practice focuses on defending medical practice, premises and product liability, and toxic tort cases. Mr. Blaser currently leads the toxic tort division for the Belleville office and serves as local counsel for multiple product and premises liability clients.

Andrew German is an Associate at Husch Blackwell LLP in their St. Louis office. Andrew defends clients in matters involving toxic tort, product liability, premises liability and personal injury. Andrew earned his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served on the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, earned the Honor's Scholar Award and the Dean's Service Award for Pro Bono Service.

Gregory W. Odom of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC in Belleville is an experienced trial attorney whose practice is focused on complex business litigation matters in the areas of toxic torts, personal injury, product liability, premises liability, environmental law, and commercial litigation. He represents individuals, local businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts across Illinois and Missouri. He has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict and has successfully argued before the Illinois Court of Appeals. Mr. Odom received his B.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2005 and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University in 2008. He is Chair of the IDC Toxic Tort Law Committee for the IDC and a member of the IDC Board of Directors. In addition to his membership in the IDC, Mr. Odom is a member of the Madison County and St. Clair County Bar Associations. He also serves as an arbitrator for the Third Judicial Circuit Court-Annexed Mandatory Arbitration Program.

Eric Rosser is a partner in the Chicago office of HeplerBroom LLC. He focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters including toxic torts, product liability and personal injury. He is involved in all aspects of defending these cases, including the drafting of dispositive motions, deposing plaintiffs, fact witnesses and experts, and working with his clients to develop defense strategies through trial. Mr. Rosser serves as local counsel for product and premises liability clients throughout Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Justin Zimmerman is a partner in the Madison County, Illinois office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Environmental & Toxic Tort Practices. He represents clients throughout Illinois and Missouri on various matters including commercial litigation, product liability, premises liability, automotive claims, and general practice matters. Mr. Zimmerman is a trial attorney who has participated in jury trials in both state and federal court.