Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse previously shared some points to consider before a deposition. Now, he addresses some related issues. An executive’s consideration of these points could make a difference in how effectively the executive conveys his side of the story.
1. Slow down. Executives are used to things moving quickly. But, in a deposition, an executive must force himself to slow down, to consider each question carefully, and to articulate a thoughtful response.
2. Avoid an emotional response. Employment law disputes affect the litigants personally, and an executive may feel venomous towards his former employer. But, he should avoid making snide, sarcastic, or disparaging comments during a deposition. Remember, things said in a deposition may be read aloud or replayed via video for the jury.
3. Hold firm to the truth. An opposing lawyer may try to twist an executive’s words or “put words in his mouth.” An executive should not accept the opposing lawyer’s characterization of an issue unless he absolutely agrees with it. Instead, he should use his own words to explain the matter.
To discuss an employment dispute with employment law counsel, contact an employment lawyer in your area. This article is presented by Mr. Clouse and the Dallas, Texas employment law attorneys at Clouse Dunn LLP. For inquiries, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (214) 239-2705.