Halfway through your trial, opposing counsel calls their expert witness. This professional, self-possessed personage takes the stand, and counsel introduces the expert’s accomplishments and accolades. The jurors all look impressed, and even the judge is nodding along with this recitation. Is it time to hang your head and admit defeat? Certainly not!
NITA faculty member Patrick Furman is here with effective techniques for cross-examining expert witnesses. He discusses the use of voir dire to weaken or limit the expert’s testimony, and methods for attacking the underlying science that forms the basis for the expert’s opinion, seeking possible bias on the part of the expert, and examining flaws in the factual basis of the expert’s opinion. Patrick also discusses the use of expert treatises for impeachment, and when to consider hiring your own expert witness. With these skills, you will be ready to take on opposing counsel’s expert and to prepare your own experts for cross-examination.
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