The Expert Witness Challenge

Court BuildingResearching the education and work experience of an expert  is a crucial step in challenging an expert witness. Certifications, licenses, publications, and social media need to be investigated as well. Litigators also examine the relevance between an expert witness’ prior experience and the needs presented by a particular dispute. In 5 Methods of Impeaching a Witness, Quentin Brogdon, partner with Crain Lewis Brogdon, Dallas, writes:

Impeachment is the most effective weapon in a cross-examiner’s arsenal. The Texas Rules of Evidence and the reported cases recognize five basic methods of impeachment:

1. Showing that a witness made a prior inconsistent statement;

2. Showing that a witness is biased;

3. Attacking a witness’ character for truthfulness;

4. Showing deficiencies in a witness’ personal knowledge or ability to observe, recall, or relate; and

5. Contradicting a witness’ testimony with testimony of other witnesses or the admission of contradictory evidence.

Excerpted from dated 2/23/16.

Quentin Brogdon is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.


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