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Sinkholes and Karst Geology: Impact on Insurance, Litigation, and Priceless Automobiles

An understanding of karst geography and mining practices will help reduce the likelihood of sinkholes and other environmental disasters, which have caused death and the destruction of property.


Economic Experts and Estimation of Damages: The Basic Framework

Calculating damages can be complex and requires an understanding of applicable damage theories and relevant data analysis.


Expert Methodologies: Must They Be Subject to Peer Review?

Court addresses whether aspects of Daubert must be applied in evaluating admissibility of expert testimony under FRE 702 in Richard A States Jr. v. Fernwood Hotel and Resort.



Articles »

"Reasonable Certainty" Remains Uncertain

By Neil Steinkamp and Regina M. Alter

With such an ambiguous threshold, determining the extent to which damages opined by an expert rise to this level can be a puzzle.


Covenant Conundrum

By Charles Diamond and Edward McDonough

Economic analysis brings new insights into familiar problems such as employee covenants not to compete.


An Overview of the USPAP

By Boris Steffen

Knowledge of these standards can assist counsel in working with a valuation expert—and avoiding a successful Daubert challenge.



Sound Advice »

audio Reasonable Certainty Standard, Part II

By Michael Fahlman and Brian Josias

The second installment of a four-part series on the standard offers a case study exploring how much independent research an expert should do when performing a damages calculation. (12:10 min)


audio An Introduction to the Reasonable Certainty Standard

By Brian Josias and Michael Fahlman

Listen as Josias and Fahlman offer the first of four discussions on this standard. Whether you are a litigator or an expert witness this series promises to be helpful for your career. (12:08 min)


audio Bridging the Knowledge Gap

By Edward M. McDonough

When hiring an expert, counsel must not rely solely on the expert's knowledge. Edward M. McDonough explains that attorneys should still familiarize themselves with their expert's area of interest before engaging them. (14:04 min)


 

Announcements

2014 ABA Annual Meeting

The ABA Annual Meeting will be held August 8–10, 2014. Register now for what will surely be a fantastic weekend in the great city of Boston! Read more.


2015 Section Annual Conference

We are preparing proposals for the 2015 SAC to be held in New Orleans, April 15–17, 2015, and encourage you to share your ideas and suggestions with us. Read more.


Newsletter Articles and Website Postings

We are always in need of informative, topical material for both our newsletter and our committee website.



 
Expert Witnesses Leadership

Cochairs Vice Chair Newsletter & Website Editors

Kevin J. Bruno

New York, NY


Edward Salanga

Phoenix, AZ


Matthew F. Prewitt

Chicago, IL


Brian L. Josias

Chicago, IL

Bruce W. Burton

Chicago, IL

Jason B. Elster

Chicago, IL

John H. Bogart

Salt Lake City, UT

Christina Riggs

Philadelphia, PA

Laura Sixkiller

Phoenix, AZ

John B. Strasburger

Houston, TX