The attached link is a re-post
of an article geared towards pharmaceutical
consultants, but offers tips that are useful when hiring a consultant or expert witness in any
field. Tips # 2 and 3 – “Determine the hard and soft skills required” and “They
really must have worked in the industry” are particularly pertinent.
Our initial blog posting with resources for first time expert witnesses and
seasoned witnesses alike was very well received. This is actually a prequel –
the steps and processes important at the earlier stages of an engagement that
work together to make an expert witness successful.
(From the CECON
case files – Chemical Explosion in a Refinery Unit)
A worker was injured in an explosion and fire while operating a refinery unit. There were multiple safety and insurance claims to resolve.
The plaintiff’s attorney conducted an expert
search using several expert placement firms and was not able to find an expert
who could perform a root cause analysis. The attorney contacted CECON and spoke with one
of our technically trained Project Managers. The PM, a Ph.D. chemist himself with both the training and
real world experience to understand the complex issues in this case, understood
the process and specific expertise that was needed in this case.
CECON was able to provide an expert engineer with hands-on operation
knowledge regarding how a fluid coker works, the role of the bag house, safe
operation of a coker, and control procedures and analysis of the opposition's
deposition. The chemical expert determined the cause of the explosion was drying the product too rapidly. The
expert was instrumental in helping the client reach a favorable settlement.
CECON’s technically trained staff does more than
just run a search through a computer database to find an expert. Our staff will
discuss the case with you and provide insight into the technical nuances that
can make the difference in finding the best expert for your case.
CECON’s Project Managers
are scientists and experts themselves with advanced degrees in technical
disciplines and personal experience in various scientific and engineering
fields. CECON has been providing consultants and expert witnesses to clients
globally since 1985.