Expert Witness Profiles and Vetting
Attorneys regularly retain IGI to profile opposing counsel’s proposed expert witnesses. In these engagements, we perform in-depth and wide-ranging probes to identify issues in the witness’s professional or personal life that are potentially disqualifying, or which could impugn the witness’ credibility or reflect negatively on his or her perceived judgment or character. We look for – and often have found – material omissions misrepresentations and exaggerations in an expert’s curriculum vitae; discrepancies or inconsistencies among different versions of an expert’s resumes or bios; and business, personal or professional ties or activities that could constitute a conflict of interest on the part of the witness. Similarly, we search for statements in the expert’s previous testimony, publications or presentations that could suggest bias, or which may contradict the witness’ expressed opinion in the instant litigation.
We are often tasked with taking these same steps to vet our client’s own expert witnesses, to mitigate the risk of embarrassing or potentially catastrophic surprises at trial.