Texas Lawyer Publishes New Article on Choosing the Right Expert Witness
Yesterday, Texas Lawyer published Attorney Quentin Brogdon’s new article entitled “13 Must-Ask Questions Before Enlisting An Expert Witness.” In the article, Mr. Brogdon emphasizes that when it comes to hiring experts, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Attorneys should apply the same level of scrutiny when choosing their own experts as they do investigating opposing experts, because hiring the wrong person could end up being a very costly mistake.
According to the article, here’s what you should consider:
- Is expert testimony really needed in a particular case? Some legal issues in which expert testimony would not be appropriate include 1) the dollar value of love and affection, 2) whether conduct is outrageous, 3) the truthfulness of a witness, 4) common knowledge subjects, and more.
- If you must hire an expert, make sure you steer clear of those who have problems communicating, act unethically, have a criminal or disciplinary history, have been struck by other courts, etc.
- Meet with the expert before hiring them to assess how he or she carries his/herself. Ask pointed questions about why they are qualified and what type of experience they have, including whether they have testified against or for the opposing party before, prior publications and speaking engagements, etc.
- Be wary of anyone who seems overly confident or who makes promises.
Please follow the link above to read the full text of the article.
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