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Best Practices for Developing Effective Relationships Between Lawyers and Origin and Cause Experts

Fall 2021 - DRI's In-House Defense Quarterly

Publications

Best Practices for Developing Effective Relationships Between Lawyers and Origin and Cause Experts

Fall 2021 - DRI's In-House Defense Quarterly

Lawyers representing a product manufacturer against claims that the manufacturer’s product started a fire rely on origin and cause experts to put their client in the best position possible, starting at the pre-litigation claims stage and, potentially, through trial. Experts play a vital role in defending these claims, so it is key for lawyers and their clients to identify the proper experts early so that relevant evidence can be analyzed in a timely manner and the experts can advise of their hypotheses. By leveraging a qualified expert’s knowledge and expertise, a lawyer can position her case to settle before substantial discovery costs accumulate, succeed on summary judgment, or have a significant advantage at trial. This article explores the interplay between attorneys and fire investigators, and identifies best practices and considerations for both parties through each stage of the investigation and defense of the claim, from the claim intake through trial.

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