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By Paul Powers, DC & Samuel Lisi
There is no disputing the influence that expert witnesses have on litigation outcomes—this much we know for sure. Their expertise is often relied upon by the court in rendering decisions and weighing the opinions, methodology, and indeed, the credibility of the competing expert witnesses involved for each party to the legal dispute. Considering what is at stake, it behooves litigators to be exceptionally careful and circumspect in their expert witness retentions and due diligence practices. Perhaps due to the competitive nature of expert witness work, human nature, or the lack of a universal, standardized credentialing body to track the credentials, background, or relevant employment experience of those who elect to participate in the judicial process as expert witnesses, there exists a reoccurrence of misrepresentation of licensure, academic credentials, certifications, and work history. In some instances, the circumstances are far more benign, yet still cause difficulties and considerable angst.
For example, licenses and certifications may have been surrendered or lapsed. Even if aware, an expert witness may not deem it a material matter to bring to the attention of the retaining counsel. Whether arising from benign oversight or purposeful deceit, such revelations, rooted in the lack of a verification mechanism, may be devastating in all forms of litigation, presenting opposing attorneys a set of circumstances that may be leveraged for use at trial or in an effort to impose more favorable settlement terms. It is the Expert Witness Validation Committee’s view that an expert witness’s misrepresentation of credentials, deliberate or otherwise, is clearly harmful to the adversarial system of justice, in that it: adversely impacts the interests of the parties involved, harms attorney client relations, and erodes confidence in the judicial system itself.