Learn more about Depositions in Bad Faith Litigation

Hosts: Guy O. Kornblum and Bradley A. Levin

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

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Taking and responding to depositions in insurance coverage and bad faith cases involves nuances unique to insurance law. Planning a deposition strategy requires in-depth knowledge of the policy and the underlying or ancillary matters. Testimony by fact witnesses, including the insurance adjuster and corporate representatives for both sides, can often determine the outcome.

Liability coverage disputes often include an underlying matter, triggering challenges in using fact witnesses and experts and preparing for depositions in cases where the doctrine of res judicata or collateral estoppel may apply.

Rule 30(b)(6) allows the policyholder to directly question the insurer’s corporate representatives about specific topics related to pending litigation. The insurer can designate the representative of their choice–and that person may or may not be the actual claims handler. Likewise, Rule 30(b)(6) allows the insurer to depose the entity policyholder and third parties concerning matters critical to the coverage or bad faith dispute.

If a 30(b)(6) witness is not the claims handler, can the policyholder subpoena the claims handler to testify at trial? Policyholder counsel must plan 30(b)(6) testimony along with questioning the claims handler. Likewise, Rule 30(b)(6) allows the insurer to gather information from entity policyholders and third parties for use in pre-trial practice and at trial. Careful preparation of the notice and for the deposition is critical.

Listen as our panel of experienced insurance litigators explains how policyholders and insurers can effectively handle coverage litigation deponents.


  1. Scope of Rule 30(b)(6) depositions
  2. Drafting effective 30(b)(6) deposition notices
  3. Selecting and preparing the 30(b)(6) witness
  4. Scope of questions and testimony for 30(b)(6) witnesses
  5. Use of 30(b)(6) testimony at trial


The panel will review these and other high priority issues:

  • If the insurer designates someone other than the claims handler for a 30(b)(6) deposition, what are the policyholder’s options?
  • What are the insurer’s options if the policyholder designates someone other than a percipient witness to testify concerning crucial matters relevant to the coverage or bad faith dispute?
  • To what extent should counsel educate a witness in advance of a 30(b)(6) deposition?
  • What are counsel’s obligations in preparing a witness?

Guy O. Kornblum
Guy O. Kornblum

Mr. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer for 40 years. He has handled over 3,500 litigated matters to conclusion and has several million dollar plus cases to his credit. Mr. Kornblum’s practice focuses on representing plaintiffs, claimants, policyholders and victims of tortious and contractual wrongs in insurance bad faith, among other claims.

Bradley A. Levin
Levin Sitcoff

Mr. Levin focuses his practice on tort and commercial litigation, especially insurance bad faith and insurance coverage disputes, representing corporate and individual policyholders alike. He argued the leading Colorado case concerning pre-judgment assignment agreements to the state supreme court. Mr. Levin lectures frequently on insurance law topics.