Consciously or not, attorneys hold informal expectations of the experts they work with; these expectations concern both the expert witness’ professional approach and personality. Although informal expectations are not included in retainer agreements, they can significantly impact both the quality of the relationship attorneys develop with their experts as well as the outcome of the case.
It is vitally important to find the right expert for your case. Both experts and fields of expertise are highly specialized and compartmentalized. Just because an expert is effective in one subject area does not mean he or she will be effective in another, even closely-related, area. Similarly, experts who are successful in one geographical area may not “sell” in another. It is important to constantly look for new faces and be willing to go outside the immediate geographical area to find the expert best qualified for your particular case and question in issue.