The following suggestions result from my experience serving as a witness, watching hundreds of other expert witnesses, and locating witnesses when servings as a confidential consultant. They are intended to help attorneys avoid common mistakes in selecting an expert witness.
An attorney called me on a water damage case for a downtown historic building in San Francisco. His client had been damaged by water in her retail, wholesale, and storage area in this 1920 three story brick building on which seismic updates had started. His client was being sued for not paying rent on two floors
Searches for quality "Security Experts" are conducted on a daily basis by attorneys, V.I.P.’s and corporate executives. Most experts list themselves with referral agencies or expert database web sites. The experts usually list their experience, background and credentials and some of the sites require a fee to be paid by the experts
Expert can be found in many scientific fields, and include many variations of disciplines. Some injuries may be sufficiently analyzed by an amateur even including trial testimony. But in complicated and detailed matters an expert with many years experience and specific education and training, on the subject matter may become crucial
Participation of the proper automotive expert in a personal injury lawsuit can govern its success. This article develops four basic principles to optimize their use, while minimizing their cost, and describes some important techniques used by the accident reconstructionist
In many respects, the cross-examination of an expert witness is the same as for other witnesses. Some basics include: Be brief…Do not quarrel with the witness…Never ask a question to which you do not already know the answer…Avoid one question too many…and so on. However, there are some important differences
A prominant southeastern Michigan law firm specializing in certain types of litigation recently asked me if I was able to serve as an expert regarding measurement of damages in an employee discharge case
Recent Supreme Court decisions emphasize the need to regulate the admissibility of expert testimony by means of standards that require opinions going beyond ipse dixit; that is, that are based on more than the fact that the expert "said it him/herself