August 17, 2017 Articles

Why Doesn’t the Jury Like My Well-Credentialed and Exceedingly Intelligent Expert?

By Heather Russell Fine

Attorneys with substantial trial experience understand that choosing the right expert can be challenging. You need to select someone who is smart and engaging, with the requisite qualifications. Yet even when you have checked off each of these boxes, your expert may still fall flat in the courtroom. This is why it is critical that you evaluate not only your expert’s qualifications, but also the expert’s “fit” and how he or she will be perceived by jurors in your forum. Doing so will help you prepare your expert to be as effective as possible in communicating the evidence you need the courtroom to hear.

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