Expert witnesses are used in a wide range of litigation and their opinions are often viewed as critical, yet few attorneys take the time to utilize the proper resources to find the right experts and evaluate their credentials. Researching the product at issue, e.g. bicycles, will facilitate hiring the right expert witness.
Information about companies and products can be found at the ThomasNet® site (formerly known as Thomas Register®), which has gathered company information from registrations of companies in its “industrial buying guides.” This free online directory provides access to over 600,000 industrial companies, indexed by 70,000 product and service categories. After a free registration, one can search for a product, service, brand name or company name. For example, a search for “bicycle pumps” leads to profiles for manufacturers, including each company’s description, its mailing address, phone number, fax number, website address(es), amount of assets, employees and the name of the parent company.