Expert Witnesses’ Crucial Role in Litigation

In Utilizing Experts In An Expert Way, Kelli Hinson and Tesa Hinkley describe the crucial role expert witnesses have at trial and give advice on how best to use them.

Plan ahead when considering experts. Some cases may benefit from muliple testifying experts. Start by considering anticipated phases of the case (class certification, liability, damages) when determining the scope of your expert needs. Breadth of consulting support can help you avoid retraining a new support team when new experts are added. For larger litigation, identifying an expert early will lessen the risk of losing the expert’s services to another party in the litigation.

Excerpted from the ABA Expert Witness Alert, Summer/Fall 2007

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