Early expert engagement is key

One of the key benefits of having a subject-matter expert at your disposal is to interpret the technical jargon that will be used by fact witnesses and the opposing Expert Witness. In legal proceedings that involve technical disciplines it is vitally important that the attorney litigating the case have a clear understanding of the meaning of terms and how they apply to and impact the evidence. Without a background in the area, only the professional experience and expertise of a well-qualified Expert Witness can provide this assistance. In cases that involve highly technical issues, the Expert Witness should be engaged and brought to speed well before the deposition of fact witnesses to help the attorney craft meaningful interrogatories that can go to the heart of the relevant technical issues.

Any litigation has four possible outcomes,

  1. settlement,
  2. summary judgment,
  3. verdict or
  4. dismissal.

The Expert Witness’s influence can help in the ordering of these events to the benefit of the end-client The key benefits of having a subject-matter expert at your disposal include:

  1. Interpreting technical jargon that will be used by fact witnesses and opposing Expert Witnesses.
  2. Assisting in claims construction (plaintiff) or rebutting claims (defendant).
  3. Helping the attorney craft meaningful interrogatories.
  4. Keeping relevant technical issues in focus.