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How Attorneys Research Expert Witnesses

October 28, 2010

In October 2009, Courtroom Insight President Everett Harry conducted a research survey asking attorneys about their preferred methods for finding experts and consultants.  Attorneys were asked how often (from “rarely” to “almost always”) they identify expert candidates from personal experience, referrals, printed resources, the Internet and expert search firms.  A summary excerpt from his survey findings follows:


Locating Expert Witnesses - Chart

A Survey of Attorneys: Methods for Locating Expert Witnesses



Not surprisingly, survey responses indicated that personal contacts such as prior experience or referrals, whether from colleagues or attorneys within or outside of one’s firm, are the primary methods used when locating expert witnesses.  Interestingly, there was no significant difference in responses among attorneys with varying levels of experience and primary practice specialty.  Mr. Harry published his survey results and the broader implications for experts marketing their practices in his article “Effective FVS Marketing – Insights from a Survey” which can be found in the Winter 2010 edition of CPA Expert, published by the AICPA.  Contact the AICPA at 888-777-7077 to order a copy of the article.


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