Attorneys who are involved in criminal or civil trials in which a key issue of fact is beyond the understanding of a layperson may need to get testimony from an expert in order to effectively represent their clients. Having to introduce expert witness testimony may be a little daunting, even for experienced litigators. Here are some things that litigators should keep in mind when choosing an expert for trial.
First and foremost, experts’ experience and education should leave little or no doubt that they are experts in their field. It is advisable to choose an expert who has worked at well-known companies and attended reputable schools. A banking expert, for example, should have practical experience working with prominent financial institutions.
Even if experts are clearly knowledgeable, triers of fact will have a difficult time listening to them if they aren’t likable or engaging. When litigators …