Discovery, Evidence & Experts

The best use of expert witnesses and how to strengthen your case by finding the evidence you need through discovery

Ronni Whitehead Otieno
2017 October

This issue is about examining how you use expert witnesses and how to strengthen your case by obtaining the documents and evidence you need.

Jonathan Bakhsheshian discusses the use of a deposition subpoena for the production of business records in gathering evidence.

Daniel Kramer and Teresa Johnson lay out a step-by-step plan of action from pre-trial to trial on how to cross examine the one-sided expert witness. This information is critical to distinguish your expert from your opponents’.

Alex Behar describes the improper use of Fifth Amendment.

Rami Hashish will describe how through case facts, peer-reviewed research, and established scientific processes, methods and calculations, an accident reconstruction and biomechanics expert can determine accident dynamics and injury potential.

Elizabeth Hernandez provides tips on how to thoroughly prepare your expert witness for a deposition.

Lee Previant discusses the attorney work product doctrine and the use of experts. He discusses the complexities of communicating with your experts during the retention stage, while formulating opinions and communicating with experts as advisors.

Patrick Nolan gives tips on how to use the California Code of Civil Procedure to make certain that you receive a full and compliant
production of documents from opposing counsel.

Geraldine Weiss explains why, if your expert is subject to a 402 hearing, you had better know your case law and that Sargon is the case to know.

Arash Homampour discusses the importance of framing key evidentiary issues before trial and then framing the overall case and evidence for the jury.

Finally, my own article looks at how the social-media age has changed what we do in discovery.

Ronni Whitehead Otieno, Associate Editor

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Ronni Whitehead Otieno is a senior trial attorney at The Barnes Firm, L.C. in the Los Angeles area, where she practices exclusively in the area of personal injury. Ms. Whitehead has served on the Board of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) since 2009. She received the CAALA Presidential Award in 2008 and 2011. She is a graduate of the CAALA Plaintiff Trial Academy. Ms. Whitehead was recognized as a Los Angeles Super Lawyer in 2017, 2016 and as Rising Star in 2015. Ms. Whitehead is a recipient of the National Bar Association’s Best Advocates 2015 Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award. She is also a member of the American Association of Justice, California Association of Black Lawyers and treasurer of the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles. Ms. Whitehead is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Illinois (2003) and California (2006).

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