An expert’s value in the litigation process extends beyond their own report and testimony. Consulting experts can be used by attorneys to more completely and effectively examine both fact and opposing expert witnesses. Consulting experts bring specialized knowledge and experience pertaining to a particular topic, industry or profession. Meeting with a consulting expert prior to taking a deposition is a great way to identify the questions, issues, data, and facts that are important to the case.
Consulting experts can also provide tactical assistance during depositions by formulating real-time follow-up questions, providing interpretation of a witness’s responses, and recognizing when the witness may not have even answered the question at all. Having answered deposition questions themselves, a consulting expert can bring that experience to bear to assist the examining attorney in fully unearthing relevant details and obtaining a clear transcript that is useful for cross-examination at trial. These contributions can be invaluable to the overall outcome of the case.
Jonathan Couchman, is a Managing Director in the Financial Expert business unit working out of the Reston (DC Metro) office. He has testified in federal court in matters involving economic damages and has extensive experience providing consulting services related to every phase of the litigation process.
To explore this topic and how it could influence your case, please contact: Jonathan Couchman, CPA, CFF, ABV at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (703) 654-1423.