What is an Expert Witness?
- Expert witnesses can strengthen a case by providing credible testimony.
- A qualified expert understands the importance of agreeing to only work on cases where they have the proper expertise.
- An expert witness has the responsibility of educating the jury by explaining complex topics in easily understood terms to help jurors better understand the facts.
A case can be undermined by weak expert witness testimony, such as:
- Communication problems, like providing more information than is necessary to answer a question or using complex technical terms not easily understood by non-experts.
- Credibility problems, like shaping their opinion based on the lawyer’s case theory, being unprepared, or answering questions beyond their field of expertise.
- Conflict problems, by taking on a case where the expert does not agree with the lawyer’s side of events.
A qualified expert witness:
- Will have the knowledge, skill, experience, training, and education and uses reliable facts, data and methodology:
- To form and express an expert opinion,
- To help counsel understand the evidence, and
- To help counsel deal with opposing expert witnesses.
- Will be comfortable disagreeing with the lawyer that hired then when appropriate so it does not appear that they are there to just satisfy the lawyer.
- Will be versed in how to testify during challenging questioning by using techniques that provide the opportunity and time to consider a question and provide an intelligent answer.
A qualified expert witness
- Will be prepared in the process of testifying and how to meet the expectations of jurors.
- Will ensure the hiring lawyer understands how the expert reached their conclusions, the methodology used and opposing theories.
- Will practice with the hiring lawyer to improve their planned testimony by using mock trials, practice depositions and question and answer sessions that highlight their opinion.
- Will have the ability to put together visual aids or other graphics that help inform the jury.
- Will understand the focus on both body language and verbal communication and how those behaviors can influence a jury.
How Can OSC Help?
Ralph V Collipi Jr. possesses important credentials including:
- Certification in the comprehensive practice of in the industrial hygiene (CIH)
- Certification as a Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM)
- Certification as a Certified Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor (CPEA)
- More than 40 years of experience as an occupational health professional
- More than 10 years of Expert Witness work.
- Serving as the designated company witness for AT&T and its subsidiaries in asbestos litigation since 2009.
- Serving as an industrial hygiene expert witness by both plaintiff and defendant counsel in a variety of workplace injury and personal injury cases.
- Writing expert reports based on documentary evidence, site visits and personal interviews.
- Completing depositions in more than 15 cases since 2009.