I found a great article on twelve common deposition techniques attorneys use to throw off the witness. The list is below, but the article is worth reading.

  1. The Big Pause
  2. How Boring
  3. Mr. Nasty
  4. The Stick
  5. The Carrot
  6. The Fireside Chat
  7. You Must Be An Idiot
  8. Karnak (a/k/a ESP Questions)
  9. Slimy Questions
  10. The Motor Mouth
  11. The Idiot
  12. The Stall

Deposition Tricks: The Dirty Dozen