Comprehensive Q&A guide lays out how to successfully use expert witnesses in federal and state courts
NEW YORK, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Practising Law Institute (PLI) has announced the release of the new Expert Witness Answer Book 2012, authored and edited by attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.
Expert Witness Answer Book walks readers through the entire process of qualifying and using an expert witness. The new Q&A guide explains how to:
- Establish an expert's qualifications and reliability
- Properly create the expert report
- Prepare the expert for deposition and trial
- Prepare the expert for direct and cross examination
"This PLI book will unequivocally become the 'Bible' for all litigators for their preparation, presentation and use of expert witnesses for trial, mediation or any contested forum," said Dan Bruch, partner at Swartz Campbell LLC.
Expert Witness Answer Book describes in great detail today's federal court requirements under the amended Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It also provides state-by-state guidance on procedures and requirements.
"As a trial lawyer who has tried cases for 35 years in many states, I believe this is the resource on expert witnesses that all litigators must have on their desks and in their briefcases," said Barry Mesher, partner at Lane Powell PC. "The format of relevant questions and then answers with cites to sources makes this a smart and effective comprehensive guide."
Co-authored and edited by Terry Budd, Eric R.I. Cottle and Clifton T. Hutchinson of K&L Gates LLP, each chapter includes practical hints on what works in court and what doesn't. They identify and respond to practical questions from trial lawyers about all aspects of the use of experts.
Additionally, Expert Witness Answer Book provides actionable guidance for experts in specific, highly contested practice areas, including:
- products liability
- commercial damages
- IP issues
- toxic torts
- personal injury
- forensic issues, including fire cases
"Written by litigators, for litigators, this work goes on the short list of indispensable reference works for trial-preparation and at trial," said Robert Meriwether, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. "A well-written, well-organized resource for analyzing and handling expert witness issues, this one goes in my trial box immediately."
The single volume Expert Witness Answer Book 2012 is $235 and is available for a 30-day free examination.
SOURCE Practising Law Institute