In How to Use Experts to Prove the Plaintiff’s Case, Thomas M. Demsey advises attorneys on how to find the right fit with an expert witness. In complex factual situations such as medical malpractice cases Demsey states that “Too often the initial consideration is not well thought-out.” Finding the right medical malpractice expert witness begins with meeting the expert.
This has several purposes, one of which is to evaluate this person’s ability to analyze, communicate, and deal with adversity (e.g cross-examination). Make sure your theories and personality mesh with the expert. This is someone with whom you will be associated for the duration of the lawsuit, so it should be someone with whom you feel comfortable in approaching and discussing various aspects of the case. In addition, it will help you to know whether or not he or she will have the time and willingness to help you prepare and conduct your trial.
From How to Use Experts to Prove the Plaintiff’s Case, Thomas M. Dempsey, The Advocate Magazine, January 2008.