Before evidence rules were codified, expert testimony was rare outside of personal injury and medical malpractice actions. By eliminating many technical restrictions on expert testimony, the rules of evidence now permit experts to take the stand in a wide variety of cases that were once thought inappropriate for such presentations. Due to the increased reliance on expert witnesses, it is now more important than ever to present their testimony effectively to bolster the evidence at trial. In an increasing number of cases, winning the battle-of-the-experts is the key to winning at trial. Achieving success requires a thorough understanding of expert witness law, careful selection and screening of expert witnesses, effective preparation and discovery, and a strong performance at trial.
In this crash course, we share expert witness strategies to present persuasive evidence in state and federal courts by: