Construction Site Expert Witness On Marketing Part 3

In Peaks and Valleys for Expert Witnesses construction site expert witness William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:

“The worst part of a tight economy is a lack of funds to properly represent clients [President Carmen Roberto of the Ohio State Bar Association]. As a defense attorney he has had to forego hiring his own expert witness and relied on cross-examination of the prosecution’s witness. A possible upside is that tools like mediation, designed to ease court dockets, are being used now to save money.” (“Economy has ripple effect on lawyers,” J.D. Bruewer, October 5, 2010,

There you have it from the source: Attorneys do cut back on expenses in a bad economy and may even forego hiring an expert that they would otherwise have hired in a better economy. This equates to a lower retention rate for experts. That said, and with all due respect to Mr. Roberto, this is generally a big mistake in most cases. As Melvin Belli Sr. said, “The cost may be high to employ the expert, but it may be well higher not to employ one. Indeed, counsel who chooses to proceed without an expert may be flirting with malpractice.” (Melvin Belli Sr., Trial Magazine)

William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company for more than 35 years, specializes in excavation & construction site preparation – earthwork and grading, water mains, sewer installation, trenching, containment, underground utilities, dike repair, heavy equipment rentals.