The Survivor's Guide to Expert Witnesses: From Selection Through Trial

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Video on Site: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 / Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Wednesday, January 31, 2018 / Tysons
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
This program is a video replay of a live seminar that took place in October 2017.


Why Attend?

Experts are more important than ever—do you know how to use them?

  • Understand the rules and procedures regarding the use of experts
  • Learn how to best select, prepare, and utilize experts
  • Consider your expert through the eyes of the jury—as told by a jury expert
  • Hear what the judges think about what works and what doesn’t

Almost every lawyer now utilizes experts in virtually all cases, criminal and civil, that go to trial or are disposed of by motion and in many cases that settle. Lawyers who try business, construction, civil rights, intellectual property, or most other civil cases increasingly consider how best to use experts at every stage of the proceedings. Prosecutors increasingly rely on scientific evidence to prove cases, which means defense lawyers must have access to experts to be able to respond to the science. Judges, most of whom do not come from science and engineering backgrounds, are increasingly called upon to act as gatekeepers under Daubert and its progeny for both scientific and non-scientific experts.

The possibility that your expert may now be critically injured at any stage of the proceeding—and eventually not permitted to testify—has reshaped the paradigm of expert selection, the drafting of a report, and the manner in which lawyers prepare their experts to meet evidence and procedural requirements and to testify in depositions and trial. And the possibility that an opponent’s expert might be the one critically injured means that lawyers use their experts to assist them in attacking opposing experts. Today lawyers choose their experts earlier than before, work with them more closely than before, and rely on them more than just to testify.

This program addresses the new paradigm. It will walk you through every aspect of expert selection, preparation, and testimony. Emerge from this intense and varied program with more confidence and new insights on how to manage one of the most important considerations in dispute resolution today.

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8:30 Registration
9:00 Federal and Virginia Standards on Experts
Steve Saltzburg
9:30 Choosing and Retaining the Right Expert
Jerry Ivey
10:00 Preparing the Expert: From Report Through Deposition
Steve Saltzburg
10:30 Break
10:45 Expert Testimony at Deposition and Trial
Jerry Ivey
11:30 An Example of Persuasive Expert Testimony
Steve Saltzburg
11:45 How Juries React to Experts
Dr. Jeff Frederick
12:20 Lawyers Talk to the Bench
Judge Bellows, Judge O’Grady, Jerry Ivey, Steve Saltzburg
1:15 Adjourn



Hon. Randy I. Bellows, Fairfax Circuit Court / Fairfax
Hon. Liam O'Grady, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Dr. Jeffrey T. Frederick, National Legal Research Group, Inc. / Charlottesville
Gerald Ivey, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP / Washington, DC
Stephen A. Saltzburg, George Washington University / Washington, DC

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Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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