The Expert Witness Handbook describes the qualifications necessary to become a litigation consultant, shows you how to break into the business and then takes you step by step in dealing with attorneys, judges and juries. To qualify as an expert, you must have education or practical experience in the field but an advanced degree is not required.
The Expert Witness Handbook answers the questions:
and much, much more.
- What does an expert witness do?
- How much does an expert witness charge?
- How will I prepare for testimony?
- What will happen in the courtroom?
- How can I make my testimony more effective?
- How should I handle difficult questions?
- Where can I get more information?
Serving as an expert witness is one invigorating and profitable form of consulting; a way to capitalize on many years of experience and study.
This book is not just for engineers, doctors or city planners. It is for every professional who wants an exciting new career as well as every expert witness who wants to serve more professionally and more successfully.
First published in 1987, The Expert Witness Handbook has been completely revised to reflect new law and new thought.
Author of The Expert Witness Handbook
Dan Poynter has been a practicing expert for more than 30 years; he counsels and testifies in parachute cases. He has served as an expert witness throughout the U.S. and in five other countries, so far. This book is full of the inside nut-and-bolts tips only a participant could know.
Dan Poynter's seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal, and his story has been told in U.S. News & World Report. The media comes to him because he is the leading authority on how to succeed as an expert witness. He has participated at the last ten National Forensic Conferences as a featured speaker, breakout leader and keynoter. Dan is an active member of the National Speakers Association.
The author was prompted to write this book because so many people approached him for information on litigation consulting. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Reviews and testimonials for The Expert Witness HandbookReviews
More and more businesspeople and professionals are discovering a new place to sell their expertise: acting as advisors to attorneys in complex legal cases.
—Business Opportunity Digest.
This handbook will tell you how to get started and how not to fall apart in the courtroom.
—Rainbo Electronic Reviews.
There is good reason to feel intimidated by the court system, but most everything you, as a potential witness, need to know to demystify it is contained in this book.
—Journal of Ground Water.
The chapter on what to expect at trial is, by itself, quite helpful, full of “nuts and bolts” techniques for being an effective expert witness, handling difficult or tricky questions, etc. The style is direct and informative.
—California DUI Report.
The book tells how to perform the job professionally—and successfully.
—The Welding Distributor.
A reference for the seasoned litigation consultant and a valuable introduction for the neophyte expert witness.
—American Consulting Engineers Council News.
This is definitely one book you will want to read.
—Veterinary and Human Toxicology.
Full of ideas and resources, The Expert Witness Handbook is chock full of sample forms and letters, checklists, guidelines and advice. —Institute for Professional Competency.
Read the book and/or hire the author to put on a seminar for you.
This 288 page hardcover is the most complete and thorough book I have seen on the subject of acting as an expert witness in legal cases.
—Cliff Martin in the COSMEP Newsletter.
(EWH) will suggest many pointers that will save a lot of trouble down the road.
—Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law.
This book is an extremely readable compendium of tips and techniques for the litigation consultant.
—IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine.
This is a real how-to book.
The Expert Witness Handbook is an interesting and informative primer for the photogrammetrist and surveyor into the legal profession and the use of expert witnesses by attorneys in the courts of law.
—Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.
Everything you need to know . . . This book will help you perform professionally and successfully in the courtroom.
—The Expert and the Law.
It is highly informative, well written and deals tangibly with an almost intangible subject. The many suggestions and pointers are well taken for the neophyte, the newcomer and the experienced litigation consultant.
—Journal of the National Association of Document Examiners.
Poynter writes from experience.
—Rental Products News.
The Expert Witness Handbook will make a valuable addition to the library of any consultant.
—Small Press Review.
For those of you involved in expert testimony, this handbook is a must.
Reviews and mentions have also appeared in Sharing Ideas; Journal of Private Sector Rehabilitation; The Legal Investigator; Liability Reporter; Legal Information Alert; Journal of Analytical Toxicology; Photoletter; Consulting Intelligence; Journal of Management Consulting.
EWH has been condensed in Lawyers Alert magazine
Excerpts have been published in Tire Imprint Evidence by Peter McDonald; Accident Reconstruction by John R. Carroll, P.E.; The Vocational Expert Primer by Terry L. Blackwell, Ed.D.;
The use of questions and answers to help the witness under direct or cross-examination is very good. A very helpful, practical presentation for the neophyte expert witness as well as the experienced witness.
—Oliver C. Schroeder, Jr. Director-Emeritus, The Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University.
I wish this book was available when I first started testifying in court.
—Eugene Wheeler, Land use expert.
Were it not for your fine book, I would have been severely handicapped in my effort to provide professional testimony services to my clients. The information contained in your publication has helped to smooth my entry and progress in expert witness work.
—Jack Siebenthaler, ASCA, horticultural consulting.
This book helped me to understand the process as well as calm my jitters. A must for anyone considering expert witness work.
—Janna Calkins, MS, CRC, CVE, Vice-President/Western Region Director, Lift, Inc.
Needless to say, estate litigation can get ugly. Your book gives me what I need to navigate through my workday.Satisfaction Guaranteed.
—Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Planwise.
Cover Price: $34.95