Expert Witnesses in Civil Trials, Effective Preparation and Presentation offers a logical and straightforward approach to the use of substantive, technical, strategic, and tactical considerations for successfully using expert witnesses in all types of civil litigation. It discusses each of the Federal Rules of Evidence pertaining to opinion testimony, expert witnesses, discovery, and more. The text examines the Daubert and Kumho Tire decisions and their progeny in federal and state law. It also covers:
- Effective use of an expert during discovery
- When hypothetical questions may be allowed and how to use them to your advantage
- How to simplify an expert witness's testimony so the jury can understand and retain it
- Objecting to expert testimony
- Arguments and closing thoughts
The book provides example interrogatories, in-depth commentary, practice tips on how to effectively use expert witnesses, illustrative motions, and supporting documents and forms. The Appendixes include the entire Rules of Evidence and selected Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for easy reference.