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Expert Witnesses Committee




The Expert Witnesses Committee’s focus is to:

  1. Provide continuing education to litigators regarding expert witnesses including retaining experts, preparing expert reports, preparing expert testimony, and examining expert witnesses in depositions and at trial;
  2. Explore best practices designed to determine the qualifications, scope, and proper parameters for expert witness testimony; and
  3. Promote networking opportunities for litigators and expert witnesses in commonly encountered substantive areas, such as accounting, engineering, and science.

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Daubert/Frye Survey 2014–2015

Several years ago, our friends at the Trial Evidence Committee published a survey of the standards for the admissibility of expert opinion testimony in the 50 States and the District of Columbia, with emphasis on the applicability of Daubert in each jurisdiction. The survey is a summary of each state’s standard with respect to the admissibility of expert testimony, and in particular, whether Daubert, Frye, or a different standard is applied. This survey is in the process of being updated by the Trial Evidence Committee beginning with the First Circuit.  We are pleased to share the Trial Evidence Committee's updated work with you.

Newsletter Articles and Website Postings

We are always in need of informative, topical material for both our newsletter and our website.  This is a great way for you to get involved with our committee.  Please contact our vice chair of content, Matt Prewitt, for more information.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the Expert Witness Committee’s website. We hope you find our notes and content to be worth the visit! In that regard, please check out our links to our committee’s newsletters, as well as the content from our CLE events.

Registration is open for the Section Annual Conference, which will be held on April 13 through April 15 at the Four Seasons/Ritz Carlton in Chicago, Illinois.  We will be holding a Committee dinner on Wednesday evening, location TBD. Please let Darren (dvan@freeborn.com) know if you would like to join us.  We will also have a Committee networking lunch on Friday at 12:15.  Please join us to hear more about what our committee is doing and how you can get involved.  We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

We are always in need of informative, topical material for both our newsletter and our committee website. This is a great way for you to get involved with our committee, and provides our members with a tremendous opportunity to get their name and expertise out there. Please contact our editors to submit content for the newsletter and website: Marylee Robinson (mrobinson@srr.com); Jason Elster (ElsterJ@gtlaw.com); Vicki Lazear (vlazear@cornerstone.com); Ryan Blackney (rblackney@freeborn.com). 

Lastly, new members are always welcome! If you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in the Expert Witness Committee, please encourage them to join and get involved. It’s easy to join!

Best regards,

Meaghan Boyd

Matthew Prewitt

Darren Van Pumbrouck

Cochairs, Expert Witnesses Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Appraisal & Valuation
  • Computer Forensics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction
  • Damages
  • Diversity
  • Economics


  • Emerging Issues
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Membership
  • Newsletter & Website Editors
  • Programming
  • Young Lawyers


Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:


Navigant Partners

Frank Pampush

Expert Witnesses Leadership


Newsletter & Website Editors

Meaghan Boyd

Atlanta, GA


Matthew F. Prewitt

Chicago, IL


Darren VanPuymbrouck

Chicago, IL



Jason B. Elster

Chicago, IL


Marylee Robinson

Baltimore, MD


Ryan Blackney

Chicago, IL