Expert Witness Training: Profit from Your Expertise

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Judd Robbins, 2010 - Business & Economics - 302 pages
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Expert Witness Training is packed with practical details and instruction about becoming, being, and succeeding as an expert witness. It features more than one hundred specific tactics for use by the specialist retained by an attorney as an expert witness. This comprehensive training program incorporates thorough explanations of qualifications, opinion formation and expression, testifying skills, witness credibility, and jury persuasion. Written in confident tutorial form by an experienced expert and teacher, it includes the latest references and legal standards needed by a well-trained expert witness for admissibility of evidence and testimony, as well as Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Daubert challenges. This book covers issues of importance to every expert from the perspective of the witness, along with perceptive insight into the attorney's mindset. Attorneys wishing to learn what experienced expert witnesses know and think should have a copy and copies for each of their experts.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
STEPPING INTO THE LEGAL GAME
21
First Contacts with Attorneys and Clients
34
MONEY AND ETHICS
41
Formalizing Your Retention as an Expert
47
Have Your Own Website
60
Convincing Attorneys That You Can Help Them
73
WORKING WITH ATTORNEYS
79
Your Relationship with Attorneys
146
Physical Mental and Emotional Preparation
152
Defending Yourself with the Little Things
167
Sample QA the Good the Bad and the Ugly
180
Questions That Denigrate or Demean
186
Federal Rule of Evidence 706
199
Final Reviews and Rehearsal
212
The Main Phases of Trial Testimony
222

Relating to the Clients
89
CONDUCTING AN EXPERT INVESTIGATION
97
Conducting Interviews
103
Evaluating Gaps in History or Documentation
109
The Importance of Your Choice of Words
116
Other Considerations for your Report
123
Reviewing your report
127
Attacking your Impartiality
134
Different Styles of Opposing Lawyers
140
Helping and Not Hurting Your Side during the Case
233
MINIMIZING THE DANGERS OF CROSS
239
Defending Yourself
248
Recognizing the Most Common Questioning Traps
254
APPENDICES
261
Appendix B Federal Rules of Evidence
279
Sample Expert Report
291
Appendix G Index
301
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Judd Robbins has been an internationally recognized expert witness since 1986 in more than 120 legal matters in the United States and in the United Kingdom. He has testified in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has been featured as a computer forensics expert and cyber sleuth on cable TV shows on MSNBC, Court TV, and Tech TV. His cases range widely from intellectual property infringement to murder. He is a best-selling author of thirty computer training books, and his books have been translated and sold in more than a dozen languages and foreign countries. He has created more than twenty-five training DVDs and videos on various computer subjects. Robbins has advanced degrees from the University of California--Berkeley and the University of Michigan, has been an Information Systems manager and an Education Systems manager, and currently runs his own consulting and training company.

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