Comparison Shop When Hiring an Expert Witness

Make sure to comparison shop when hiring an expert witness. Interview several potential experts and be sure they can tell you how they will proceed with your case. Checking their background has become less of a burden since much of the information can be found online for free.

The experts own web site should be carefully reviewed prior to retaining them. Is there anything embarrassing or contradictory on the site? Does the expert pronounce that he or she “is the leader in the industry” or put forth similar bravado that could affect how the jury perceives the expert? Imagine how the jury would react if the pages of the expert’s web site were displayed as exhibits at trial – because they very well could be.