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Engineering in the Courtroom: Becoming a Technical Consultant or Expert Witness

OnDemand Webinar (95 minutes)

Learn the essentials necessary to become an effective and persuasive communicator to key decision makers, be it judge, jury or arbitrator.New or seasoned expert witnesses are subject to the attorney's evaluation of their assistance during litigation. Word of mouth travels fast - especially when it is a negative review. Many of our clients have told us that there are too many times a key expert witness 'wows' them during the interview, but falls short in developing their opinions, writing the report, providing solid deposition testimony or worse, fails to deliver during trial testimony (solution). This topic helps new or seasoned experts refine their skill set to learn the essentials necessary to become an effective and persuasive communicator to key decision makers, be it judge, jury or arbitrator. From the perspective of the party who hires you (e.g., the attorney), you will learn what is important when developing a resume, how to develop defensible opinions and keep your objectivity. From the perspective of the jury consultant who has interviewed hundreds of jurors after trial, you will learn how to communicate your expertise persuasively and confidently to the key decision makers. Failure to follow these guidelines will undermine an expert's credibility, lessen your ability to effectively persuade, and develop a reputation among the legal profession that will hurt your chances of being hired consistently.


Merrie Jo Pitera, Ph.D., Litigation Insights
Joseph M. Price, J.D., Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


The Role of Expert Witnesses in Civil Litigation

• Why Are Expert Witnesses Necessary?

• How to Properly Define Your Area(s) of Expertise and Practice Areas

• Business Aspects (e.g., Setting Your Fee, etc.)

Developing a Curriculum Vitae

• What Should Be Included and Why

• What Should Not Be Included and Why

• What Additional Features Are Important to Bolster Your Credibility?

Developing and Communicating Your Opinions

• How to Form Defensible Opinions

• Understand the Standards That Govern Your Opinion

• Essentials of Expert Witness Report

• The Deposition and Trial Testimony

Increase Your Credibility With Your Audience ' Judge, Jury or Arbitrator

• What Are Decision Makers' Attitudes Toward, and Expectations for, Experts?

• Build Credibility

' Factors That Increase Witness Credibility

' Factors That Decrease Witness Credibility

• Importance of How to Clearly Answer Questions to Keep the Decision-Maker's Attention

' Develop Themes

' Answer Style/Structure

' Graphics

Avoiding Ethical Issues and Maintaining Integrity

• Make Sure They Are Your Opinions, Not Your Attorney's

• Know When to Say No

• Fee Structure

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