Effective Expert Witnessing: Practices for the 21st Century

By Jack V. Matson; Suhu F. Daou et al. | Go to book overview

The Authors

Jack V. Matson, Ph.D., is Professor of Environmental Engineering at Pennsylvania State University and owner of Matson and Associates LLC, a litigation support consulting engineering firm, in State College, PA. His expertise is in the field of chemical emissions, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution, hazardous waste, and standard of care. He teaches and conducts research in those technical areas. Dr. Matson has a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Rice University. He also attended the University of Michigan Law School. His work experience includes process engineering for the Sun Oil Refinery in Toledo, OH; chemical and environmental engineering for Enjay (now Exxon) Chemicals in Baytown, TX; and management of environmental engineering projects for S&B Engineers and Contractors in Houston, TX. He was on the faculty at the University of Houston from 1974 to 1992 and is currently at Pennsylvania State University, having completed his 29th year in academia. From 1991 to 1993, he was appointed to the Texas Air Control Board as a regulator and was Chair of the Enforcement and Regulation Development Committees. Dr. Matson began as an expert witness in the mid-1970s and, over the years, has been deposed in over 100 cases and has given testimony at 15 trials. He can be reached at Box 408, State College, PA, 16804-0408; e-mail: jvm4@psu.edu; phone: 814-231-5253.

Jeff Soper, Ph.D., is a member of the faculty at the University of Tampa, where he serves as an Associate Professor of Management, Associate Director of the TECO Center for Leadership, and the Senior Research Fellow at the Human Resource Institute. He has facilitated numerous professional and management development programs in a wide range of topics ranging from leadership development, ethics, and change management to creativity, innovation, and organization development. He coauthored the ASTD Models for Workplace Learning and Development. Dr. Soper earned a B.S. in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland, an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from Pennsylvania State University, specializing in Human Resource Development.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • The Authors vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Contents xi
  • Section I - The Legal Environment and Expert Witnessing 1
  • 1 - The Legal Environment 3
  • 2 - Key Cases and Precedents Affecting Expert Witnessing 13
  • 3 - A Closer Look at the Impact of Daubert 25
  • Section II - The Litigation Process 35
  • 4 - The Pre-Trial Process 37
  • 5 - Preparing for Trial 59
  • 6 - The Courtroom Drama 71
  • Section III - The Art, Business, and Future of Expert Witnessing 89
  • 7 - The Art of Expert Witnessing 91
  • 8 - The Business of Expert Witnessing 103
  • Appendix 123
  • Bibliography 125
  • Index 129
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