Essentials of Using Experts (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 12/31/2023


A pre-recorded streaming AUDIO replay of the September 2020 webcast, Essentials of Using Experts.

Topics Covered

  • Understand the rules and procedures regarding the use of experts
  • Learn how to best select, prepare, and utilize experts
  • 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, and it can be difficult for jurors to intelligently weigh the scientific facts of a case without any specialized knowledge. Defense lawyers must have access to experts to be able to respond to the science.

Today lawyers choose their experts earlier than before, work with them more closely than before, and rely on them more than just to testify. When handled correctly, experts can be a powerful tool but if mishandled, they can cause more harm than help. This essential program will cover how to:

  • Properly select an expert
  • Effectively use your expert’s testimony
  • Prepare your expert for cross-examination
  • Engage with experts in cross-examination
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Hon. Liam O'Grady, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Judge O'Grady received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College in 1973 and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law in 1977. He served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Arlington County from 1982 to 1986, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Virginia from 1986 to 1992. Judge O’Grady practiced as a patent trial lawyer at Finnegan Henderson from 1992 to 2003.  He was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2003 to 2007.  On January 9, 2007, Judge O'Grady was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by Claude M. Hilton. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 9, 2007, and received his commission on July 11, 2007.

Gerald Ivey, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP / Washington, DC

Gerald Ivey has extensive experience in the areas of civil litigation and trial advocacy. He concentrates his practice primarily on jury trial patent cases involving Internet, computer software and hardware issues, biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical products. Mr. Ivey has acted as lead trial counsel in jury cases involving computer software; optical character recognition technology; parental controls; hardware and software boot-up security; graphic user interface technologies; VOIP technologies; automated key duplication machinery; cases involving self-balancing vehicles; wind and jet engine turbines; cases for biomechanical devices including cardiovascular stents; diagnostic test kits; and pharmaceutical products, such as glaucoma, arthritis, and autoimmune medications. He has tried more than 69 cases to juries in federal and state courts, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Ivey was previously a partner at another law firm, where he served as trial counsel on major product liability cases involving a variety of claims such as brake failure and loss of steering in automobiles; claims of sudden acceleration and crashworthiness in motorcycles and all terrain recreational vehicles; and electrical system failures in different products such as elevators, automobiles, and computer monitors. Over the years, he has also handled numerous cases involving medical malpractice claims, general wrongful death actions, commercial, construction, and employment litigation.

Mr. Ivey serves as co-director and lecturer at the Annual National Trial Advocacy College, held at the University of Virginia School of Law. He has been an adjunct professor instructing third-year law students in trial advocacy at the George Washington University Law School since 1993 and an instructor at the George Washington University Law School/D.C. Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy. He is a lecturer at various American Bar Association (ABA), Practicing Law Institute (PLI), and Defense Research Institute (DRI) programs.

Mr. Ivey  has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for patent litigation, and voted by his peers for inclusion in the Top IP Lawyers by the Washingtonian magazine. He received the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy Skills.

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