George Socha: Using AI to Prepare for Depositions

Extract from George Socha’s article “Using AI to Prepare for Depositions”

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra

Artificial intelligence tools can help you get work done faster and better at every stage of a lawsuit – a topic I have been addressing in an ongoing series of posts. Today’s post looks at a few of the many ways to use AI when preparing to take a deposition.


To prepare cases for trial, parties conduct discovery. This is a formal process, governed by the applicable federal or state rules of civil or criminal procedure.

During discovery, parties have formal tools they can use to obtain information. These tools include interrogatories, requests for production of documents, requests to admit, and depositions. Some of the information obtained through discovery ultimately will use at trail should the case get that far. Some of the information will be used before trial as team members pursue various objectives. These objectives can include, but are not limited to:

  • To obtain yet more information,
  • To support arguments made to the court,
  • To help shape the case they intend to present at trial by defining the case, further strengthening strong points, and shoring up weak ones,
  • To help identify the case they think others likely intend to present at trial, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and
  • In support of other aspects of the case where needed, including potential mediation, arbitration, third-party actions, and so on.

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