Depositions 4 of 5: How to Ethically Prepare a Witness for Their Deposition
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Michael G. Watters
O’Brien, Watters & Davis, LLP
Mr. Watters is a veteran trial and appellate lawyer. He has tried more than 40 jury trials to verdict, more than 30 court trials to judgment, handled many arbitrations, as well as more than 75 appeals.
He has taken or defended more than 1000 depositions in a variety of cases including medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, employment litigation, real estate fraud, fraud in the sale of businesses, partnership disputes, family law, elder financial abuse, probate and trust litigation, etc.
Mr. Watters has been actively involved in ADR. He was on the AAA Commercial Arbitration panel for many years. He was a Mediator with the American Arbitration Law and Mediation Center. Mike was a long time Settlement Conference Panelist. Michael has also been a court appointed Discovery Referee.
He established a formal litigation training program at his firm and trained more than a dozen local trial attorneys including the first woman hired to do civil litigation in the county, the county’s first woman Superior Court Judge, two Deans of Empire Law School, and several other lawyers who also became Sonoma County Superior Court Judges.
Michael received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Cal and his J.D. from Hastings. Michael Watters has presented a number of SCBA MCLE programs including topics on the deposition.