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Discovery Strategy and Techniques with David Markowitz


Live in-person
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
Global Knowledge Training Centre
2 Bloor St. E., 31st Floor • Toronto


Live webcast
includes 30 day replay*

6:00 am – 1:00 pm (Pacific)
7:00 am – 2:00 pm (Mountain)
8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Central)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Atlantic)


*This program features real-time video and audio of the presenter with synchronized slides, and the ability to ask questions by web chat, and receive real-time answers by video. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Registration Fee

Save $50.00
Register on or before April 27, 2017:
$445.50 + HST


Register after April 27, 2017
$495.00 + HST


ON: This program is eligible for up to 6.0 CPD hours, including 0.5 Professionalism hours.

BC: This program has been approved for 6.0 CPD hours, with a min. 0.5 hours involving professional responsibility, ethics, client care & relations, and/or practice management.

SK : This program has been approved for 6.0 CPD hours, 0.5 hours of which qualifies as ethics.

NB: This program has been approved for 6.0 CPD hours.

Lawyers in all other mandatory CPD jurisdictions may count their actual attendance at the program towards their CPD requirement.

Seminar Partners is an Accredited Provider of Professionalism content by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a pre-approved CPD Provider of the Law Society of British Columbia.

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Who Should Attend

Whether you're new to trial practice or want to refresh your discovery skills, this dynamic, information-packed program by one of America's litigation icons is an opportunity not to be missed.

About the Program

Cases are won and lost at discovery. For over thirty years, David Markowitz has been studying American deposition and trial techniques, and presenting seminars to improve the skills of practising lawyers. Don’t miss Dave’s best-selling deposition seminar, adapted for a Canadian audience, and updated in this presentation, in which he shares his 10 important goals of discovery, including avoiding undesired results. Learn the value of question structure and how to deal with evasive and incomplete answers, the most important questions and techniques the best lawyers use, and a key component of any discovery - knowing when to stop asking questions. Through Dave’s keen ability to communicate and persuade, he will demonstrate powerful, practical methods for getting the most from your discoveries in the future.

Meet Your Presenter

Roger J. Dodd

David B. Markowitz is considered to be among the best trial lawyers in the American Northwest. His keen instincts and commanding presence have made him a courtroom icon. He is a senior partner in the law firm of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, where he focuses on commercial litigation. Dave is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for “betthe-company” litigation, is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Oregon and by Super Lawyers magazine as the top Oregon Lawyer for 2013. In addition to his active trial schedule, Dave is a popular, internationally sought-after speaker. His deposition program, adapted for this presentation for Canada, is a nationally-recognized training seminar in the US, and was produced as a DVD by Trial Guides™. It is one of the company’s best-selling products.


Program Schedule (Eastern)*

8:30 am Registration


9:00 am

Conducting a Discovery Part I

  • Discovery goals
  • How to ask questions effectively
  • What to ask


12:00 pm Lunch break


12:45 pm

Conducting a Discovery Part II

  • Dealing with the problem witness
  • When to stop asking questions
  • Getting it all - discovery thoroughness
  • Style and demeanor


Defending a Discovery

  • Goals
  • Pre-discovery meetings with witnesses
  • Teaching your client how to be a terrific discovery witness
  • Protecting your client during a discovery


4:00 pm Wrap-up and Program Evaluation


*Both the morning and afternoon sessions include a 15-minute break.

Here’s what past attendees have said about Dave Markowitz’s program

“Brilliant, thorough, prepared, articulate - and practical! David Markowitz is incredible!”
“It’s like being with a mentor all day!”
“I’ve seen him three times and I learn something new each time!”
“I knew Mr. Markowitz was a great presenter -and I wasn’t disappointed.”
“I can’t remember a better CLE for litigators.”
“So practical. You don’t learn any of this in law school.”


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