NASHVILLE, TENN.—Womble Bond Dickinson business litigation attorney Jennifer Collins presented on “Remote Depositions: Establishing a Real Presence in a Virtual Environment” at the 2021 DRI Products Liability Conference. Her presentation took place Aug. 20 in Nashville.

Technological innovation, cost sensitivities and COVID-19 have all contributed to the rise in the use of remote depositions.  These types of depositions are not new to some areas of litigation yet have raised new issues for product liability attorneys including whether a virtual deposition is the best opportunity for the client, which platforms and techniques are best for the particular deposition and the best practices for rules of engagement for all participants related to experts and exhibits.

Collins said, “I was really excited to be speaking on remote depositions and the changes to litigation practice resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been following the case law in this area for over a year, and we have lessons learned as we assess remote depositions going forward. I was thrilled that joining me to provide the in-house counsel perspective was Nicole Brunson of Arrival and to provide the science of the remote experience was Dr. Emily Skow, a principal in the Human Factors Practice at Exponent. Womble Bond Dickinson’s James Weatherholtz is the current Committee Chair for DRI Products Liability and was wonderful to collaborate with on a great conference.”

DRI is a global organization of more than 16,000 defense attorneys and in-house counsel. For more than 50 years, DRI has provided education and advocacy for members of the defense bar.