Daubert and Rule 702: Effectively Presenting and Challenging Experts in Federal Court

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Whether you are hiring a qualified expert or cross-examining an opposing expert, there are legal, practical and strategic issues to consider. This webinar is a complete how-to course on both presenting and challenging expert testimony.

It provides in-depth treatment of the procedures involved in finding and retaining experts, including:

  • ensuring that your Rule 26 report is procedurally adequate under FRCP 26(a)(2)(B)
  • meeting the requirements of FRE 702
  • demonstrating the use of sound methodology.
It also examines the best ways to challenge a proposed expert under Daubert and FRE 702, including:
  • taking the measure of the opposing expert's report
  • deciding whether and when to depose the witness
  • using the principles of the witness's own discipline to expose methodological shortcomings.
Led by one of the nation's most accomplished civil trial lawyers, the webinar concludes with a question and answer period.


John L. Tate
A member of Stites & Harbison PLLC and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, John L. Tate engages in a national and regional litigation practice that focuses on defending complex product liability lawsuits. Based in Louisville, Ky., he has tried product liability cases to jury verdict in eight states, but his trial experience also includes admiralty claims, construction and insurance disputes, intellectual property, and a variety of personal injury matters. Mr. Tate has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1995 and in 2007 Kentucky Super Lawyers magazine listed him as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Kentucky. In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Tate is an active appellate lawyer and supplies risk management advice to manufacturers facing significant product liability risks.


1.   Finding, Recruiting, and Hiring Experts (15 minutes)
A.   using academic, professional, and legal sources
B.   obtaining the commitment
C.   consulting agreements and fees
D.   making the expected to testify decision
2.   Developing An Effective and Defensible Expert Report (25 minutes)
A.  choosing and supplying relevant materials
B.  following the mandate of FRCP 26(a)(2)(B)
C.  drafting, revising, and supplementing expert reports
D.  playing the devil's advocate
3.  Challenging Opposing Experts under Daubert and FRE 702 (40 minutes)
A.  getting an education in the witness's field
B.  dissecting the opposing witness's report
C.  making the deposition decision
D.  drafting motions to exclude
4.  Conducting Daubert Hearings and Cross-Examination (30 minutes)
A.  establishing the ground rules for a Daubert hearing
B.  knowing the criteria for exclusion
C.  focusing on methodological deficiencies
D.  cross-examining a challenged witness
5.  Q&A (10 minutes)

*This program provides 1.75 hours of approved participatory CLE credit in CA and IL, 2 hours in CO, GA, NC, NV, NY, OR, and 2.5 hours in FL. Self-study credit is also available for AK, AZ, ME, MO and ND. Approval pending in VA. For more information contact Alexandra Brescia at abrescia@alm.com.

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Registrants have free access to the program for one year.

Email: abrescia@alm.com
Phone: 212-457-7706

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