© D.L. Crumbley
Dines’ Potpourri of Advice
Discuss with your attorney any weak (as well as strong) points your opinion may possess, especially if you have not testified before, and how to handle questions relating to it. Have your attorney bring these points out immediately during cross-examination. Although the opposing attorney will doubtless make an issue out of these issues, his attack will have been blunted.
Focus on only the scientific, technical, or objective portions of the case. Avoid extraneous or unrelated issues.
Practice a mock trial at least once: more is better. You can never practice enough. Your attorneys can save you the embarrassment of not being qualified. Also, this will prevent misunderstanding and any apparent contradictions.
Be prepared to attend a settlement or arbitration conference that includes you and the opposing attorneys.