The Art of the Trial: Experts

Hueston Hennigan’s “Art of the Trial” series, authored by the firm’s partners and published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, continues with a new chapter by Douglas Dixon. In “Art of the Trial: Experts”, Mr. Dixon offers considerations for selecting the witnesses charged with converting technical and scientific data into a compelling narrative for  jurors — experts.

By Douglas J. Dixon

Most trials today involve expert witnesses, and they can often make or break your case. The best expert witnesses are good communicators. They can credibly explain and simplify complex, technical evidence and connect with jurors. The worst come across as arrogant, combative hired guns who bore and confuse jurors. So, how can you retain the former, and avoid the latter? Here are some considerations to keep in mind when selecting and retaining testifying experts…

Trial lawyers not only have a thorough grounding in the applicable law governing experts, they know how to determine whether they need one. They know how to find the best expert, and perhaps most importantly, how jurors perceive experts. It’s the unique alchemy of an impartial mind, rigorous intellect, and honest demeanor. These qualities will bring testimony to life, bolster your evidence and yes, help make your case.

Read the entire column here.

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