How to Choose an Expert Witness

When you are involved in high-stakes litigation, you’ll need to bolster your case with the help of an expert witness. This witness will be able to delivery key testimony to help solidify your case and will have to use discovery methods that are permissible in court to ensure the validity of the testimony. Because an expert witness can have such a dramatic impact on your case, it is important to choose a qualified professional who can be trusted to do the job right. Learn more about choosing an expert witness in today’s blog, below.

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To protect your case, you need to choose the right expert witness.

When is an expert witness needed?

Not all cases require the testimony of an expert witness, but when the stakes are high it can mean the difference between winning and losing. Expert witnesses are often called in to help explain complex topics and lay out the facts when a case is confusing or convoluted. If your case will involve e-Discovery then an expert witness will be key for laying out the specific details that the judge or jury needs to know in order to make a valid judgment on the case. When it comes down to choosing the right expert witness, be sure that the following criteria are met:

No conflicts

One of the most important considerations is whether a witness will create a conflict of interest. Because of this possibility, it is important to bring in your witness early and fully disclose your client to ensure there are no direct conflicts.

Consider their record

If no conflicts arise then an expert witness should be vetted for their record, which should be available in the public record for at least the previous 4 years. You’ll need to examine not only whether their testimony was successful, but also any exclusions of their testimony from record as well as any instances that may have damaged their credibility.

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