Eight Tips for Retaining an Expert, Even During COVID-19


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

The attorney-expert team is critical to the successful litigation of complex cases. Whether exploring potential strategies, assessing the strength of a particular allegation or presenting a persuasive argument to a jury, experts can help attorneys prepare their case and, ultimately, defend their client with confidence. However, determining when – and who – to select is no easy task. This talk presents tips, insights, and examples from the perspective of two experts who provide services at different stages of the litigation process. As well, we present some potentially unique considerations due to COVID-19-related court closures and economic uncertainties.

Key topics to be discussed:

• How and when to identify an expert
• Preparation for speaking with the expert
• How to support the expert’s analysis
• When to change your expert and when to settle your case
• Considerations for court closures and uncertain deadlines

Date / Time: January 6, 2021

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: August 13, 2020

Dr. Caroline Crump | Exponent

Dr. Caroline Crump is a Human Factors scientist with Exponent in Southern California. In her doctoral and postdoctoral work at UCLA, she studied human visual perception, attention, reaction time, and the effects of stress on information processing. Since joining Exponent, Dr. Crump incorporates her expertise into analyses of human performance in a variety of day-to-day and accident contexts, including questions of driver behavior and response, product use and failure-to-warn claims, use of guards and personal protective equipment, children’s capabilities and understanding of hazards, and slips, trips, and falls.

Natalie Baker Reis | Medical Research Consultants (MRC)

Natalie Baker Reis leads business development and marketing efforts for Medical Research Consultants (MRC), a litigation support provider that specializes in nurse review & analysis, record retrieval and data analytics. A former litigator, Natalie is a graduate from the University of Texas School of Law and the University of Florida.


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I. How and when to identify an expert 2:00-2:12
II. Preparation for speaking with the expert 2:12-2:24
III. How to support the expert’s analysis 2:24-2:36
IV. When to change your expert and when to settle your case 2:36-2:48
V. Considerations for court closures and uncertain deadlines 2:48-3:00