Expert Witnesses

Follow that with a search of (a) expert directories, (b) news, (c)judicial opinions and (d) case filings in the relevant databases, as appropriate, on Lexis and/or a Westlaw. Also check directories for the expert’s field (find lawyers) and the appropriate article index(es) on Dialog (e.g., the “Engineering Index”) or elsewhere (e.g., Medline for doctors).

You might also want to:
•Search article indexes and trade journals in the experts’ field (see, e.g., “Medical Materials”or “Science and Engineering”)
•If the witness has a sufficiently unusual name, search Federal and state docket sheets for lawsuits involving the witness; for the best searching, use the fee-based Single Search on Courtlink, which includes case filings (for more options, see “Docket Sheets”)
•Search for the witness’ Ph.D dissertation (see “Dissertations and Masters’ Thesis”)
•Search for testimony at a hearing before Congress or before a state legislature (see “Congressional Hearings”)
•Search for conference papers in the Inside Conferences database on Dialog (File 65)
•Search blogs and podcasts (see “Search Engines”)
•Search SEC filings (see the Filings section of “Securities and Exchange Commission”)
•Search for publications by the author in: the U.S. Copyright Office (or other national copyright office database); the Library of Congress catalog and/or the catalog of any other library focusing on the expert’s specialty; also check
•Search for Patents registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or any other relevant national patent office (see “Patents – Foreign”)
•Check professional and social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook
•Check the expert’s credentials by calling the relevant schools, searching licensing agency Web sites, etc.

Choosing Witnesses:

You can use almost any of the above-mentioned sources to help choose an appropriate expert witness. You might also want to search Westlaw’s EXPNET and EW-DOCS databases or contact an expert-finding agency, such as the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA).



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