New Survey Evaluates Expert Witness Research Methods and Data Sources

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Inaugural Survey Assesses Expert Witness Location and Research Methods used by Litigation Professionals

Courtroom Insight, Daubert Tracker and Expert Witness Profiler today released the results of a new survey which was developed to better understand commonly used expert witness research and retention techniques among litigation professionals.

The nationwide survey was conducted by email in late 2017 and early 2018. Thousands of litigation professionals, including attorneys, law librarians and paralegals, were invited to complete the survey, with 580 actual respondents.

Highlights of the survey include:

  • Approaches used to locate an expert with specific expertise
  • Usage of expert witness referral firms
  • Impressions of expert witness directories
  • Evaluation criteria and encountered difficulties when performing expert research
  • Preferred sources of expert witness information

“Expert witness location and research are critical components of litigation. However, approaches vary widely both across and within organizations,” said Mark Torchiana, Co-Founder of Courtroom Insight. “I anticipate that firms will use this survey information to help establish thorough and consistent workflows for managing the use and research of experts.”

“The fact that nearly 60% of survey respondents reported being surprised by at least one aspect of an expert’s background or experience is alarming,” said Myles Levin, President of the Daubert Tracker and Expert Witness Profiler. “The importance of expert witness due diligence cannot be understated.”

About Courtroom Insight

Courtroom Insight offers the leading expert witness knowledge management solution which enables law firms and legal organizations to capture, share and analyze critical information about expert witnesses. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in San Ramon, California. For more information, visit http://www.courtroominsight.com.

About Daubert Tracker

Daubert Tracker is the leading provider of expert witness challenge data in the United States. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, go to http://www.dauberttracker.com.

About Expert Witness Profiler

Expert Witness Profiler was founded in 2008 and is considered a leading authority on expert witness research in the United States. The product is used regularly by large and small law firms, insurance companies, governmental agencies and corporations. The company's research team is comprised of over 50 legal professionals, specially trained to use advanced research tools and techniques to locate difficult to find information about expert witnesses. For more information, visit http://www.expertwitnessprofiler.com.

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