How Do Lawyers Find Expert Witnesses?

Two weeks ago I finished up a survey of lawyers from 17 different law firms with which I’ve done credit reporting expert witness work over the past five years.  I was trying to ascertain how they find their expert witnesses and then quantify their search habits.  The results are as follows.

Search Engines*

57.1% of lawyers surveyed said they use search engines to find their consumer credit expert witnesses

28.6% of lawyers surveyed said they sometimes use search engines to find their expert witnesses

14.3% of lawyers surveyed said they do not use search engines to find their expert witnesses

0% of lawyers surveyed said they ONLY use search engines to find their expert witnesses

Other Sources*

85.7% of lawyers surveyed said they find their expert witnesses from referrals from other attorneys

42.9% of lawyers surveyed said they use expert witness clearinghouse websites to find their expert witnesses

28.6% of lawyers surveyed said they use expert witness search firms to find their expert witnesses

*The attorneys surveyed were able to choose more than one answer for each of the survey categories, which is why the results do not add up to 100%

Credit Reporting Expert, John Ulzheimer, is the President of Consumer Education at SmartCredit.com, the credit blogger for Mint.com, and a Contributor for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.  He is an expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft.  John has been an expert witness in over 100 cases, is twice FCRA certified and teaches a class on how to leverage your professional experience to become an expert witness. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry.  Follow him on Twitter here.

 

 

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