How to Select and Evaluate an Expert Witness (CLE Course)

Presented by the Clark County Bar Association on October 10, this Continuing Legal Education course will feature Mike Rosten, CPA, CFE of Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern. He will discuss what to do in the planning stage, how to determine the right qualifications, and how to establish rapport with the expert witness. An example of things to consider before hiring an expert witness include:

  • Scope of work. Define the issues of the case for the expert as precisely as possible. This will allow the expert to better focus on the critical issues and create a realistic fee estimate.
  • Depth and breadth of analysis. Being excessively detailed or focusing on an extraordinarily long time period may result in excessive work-effort and increased cost. However, a narrow analysis may result in a report that is ineffective in court. Is there a happy medium? Based on my past experience as a witness, cases often wind up settling as a direct result of reading an expert’s report so it is better to be more detailed than general in the analysis.
  • Case Budget. With continuing economic struggles, litigation costs, including expert witness fees, will continue to be a significant issue for the foreseeable future. It is important that expectations are clearly conveyed to the expert to minimize miscommunication and foster greater control over fees.

The course will be held at the CCBA offices (725 Eighth Street, Las Vegas, NV) on October 10 from 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm. Please contact Mike at mrosten@pbtk.com if you are interested in attending.

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