In this episode of the Perspectives podcast, sponsored by Planet Depos and hosted on, we’ll look at highlights from the December 5th presentation titled “Trends in Discovery and Depositions.” This event featured William E. Thomson, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Tai-Heng Cheng, partner and global co-head of the international arbitration practice at Sidley Austin; and Billy DiMonte, founder and managing partner of Planet Depos.

The full on-demand webcast can be found here:


William E. Thomson | Partner | Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

William E. Thomson is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Transnational Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law and Securities Litigation. Mr. Thomson’s practice focuses on federal and state appellate and Supreme Court litigation, and on strategic analysis and briefing in high-stakes cases in trial courts around the country. He has broad experience before both trial and appellate courts in a wide variety of high-profile cases, including civil RICO, mass tort, foreign judgment recognition actions, voting rights and First Amendment litigation, product liability, and class actions.

Tai-Heng Cheng | Partner and Global Co-Head of the International Arbitration Practice | Sidley

Tai-Heng Cheng is a preeminent arbitration practitioner whom clients across industries turn to for sound strategic advice in managing risk, and successfully addressing and solving a myriad of complex business issues. He has earned a reputation for being a stellar advocate, having won 9-figure awards for clients both in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and successfully carried out worldwide enforcement campaigns to collect judgements and awards. With 20 years of experience, he is also a trusted advisor to companies and boards. He uses the full range of legal tools to create leverage in disputes, investigations and government enforcement matters. His clients span many industries including, energy and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, real estate, manufacturing and financial services.

Billy DiMonte | Founder & Managing Partner | Planet Depos

Billy DiMonte is the Founder & Managing Partner of Planet Depos, an international court reporting firm headquartered in Washington DC. Billy has been in the court reporting space for over two decades and has watched the industry adapt and grow with the emergence of deposition technology. His passion for exceptional customer service is something that keeps him up at night and motivates him to be a better leader.