An expert is an individual who was not present when the “incident” occurred, but for a healthy fee will happily imagine what it was like and how it happened.
-Justin P. Murphy
What is litigation? It is a legal proceeding between two or more parties in an attempt to “right” an alleged wrong. The “right” usually takes the form of a demand for payment to the party alleging injury. The path to a legal solution is often filled with unanticipated twists, unexpected delays, and potentially high stress for even the most seasoned litigants. Litigation is more often about losing less than it is about winning more; a litigant “is a person about to give up his skin in the hope of retaining his bone.” (Ambrose Bierce). Understanding the basic rules and practices of litigation can help you prepare for your role as an expert witness.