Typically there is no preferred order of discovery. The parties in litigation are to schedule depositions at times that are convenient for each side. There is no rule that states whether a defendant or plaintiff should be deposed first. However, the general practice is that the plaintiff is deposed first followed by the defendant. The plaintiff brings the lawsuit and is therefore, given the opportunity to answers questions about the claims he/she has brought.
This answer is not intended to provide legal advice or legal opinion. This answer is simply general information about the litigation process.
Representing yourself is dangerous because litigation is complex. In California, there are statutes that set out how you notice a deposition and the requirements for it. There is no priority and no generally accepted plaintiff is first. If you notice the deposition with the right notice first, you get to take it first. I can tell you though that often defense attorneys will manipulate the client availability to gain a priority. Truth is, the facts are what ever they are and the timing should not matter. If you want it first, you notice it first.
Use the AVVO.com web site to find an attorney in your area. In addition to that, contact your local bar association for referral to an attorney who specializes in this. Often, but not always, the attorney will do an initial consultation free of charge. You will then be in a better position to determine what to do next. Best of luck to you!
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A duly noticed deposition notice will contain the date, time and pace of the deposition. So you need to go by the dates contained in the notices (assuming the notices are valid). However, the parties may stipulate to different dates or different order than would be dicated by the notices.
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