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The Role of a Paralegal in Working with an Expert Witness

The Role of a Paralegal in Working with an Expert Witness

Paralegals have often been described as the “glue” that holds a law firm together. The life of a paralegal can be hectic sometimes, mostly because it involves a great deal of multi-tasking to ensure that expert witness testimony has maximum impact.

A paralegal's role in working with an expert witness is crucial in terms of coordination between the attorney and witness when preparing a case for settlement or trial. Paralegals not only seek out and secure expert witnesses, they also serve as the bridge for communication between all parties involved. Along with these duties, the behind-the-scenes work of a paralegal involves managing meeting times and dates for the attorney in the case, maintaining communication within the courts, preparing and coordinating documents for review, and meeting court deadlines.

One of the most challenging tasks paralegals may face is knowing what kind of expert would be qualified to give testimony for a given case. There are over 10,000 categories of expert witnesses to pick from and paralegals must know exactly what kind of expert to look for. The ability to select which expert suits the individual case best and which one is the most qualified will benefit the client and ultimately lead to the most favorable outcome. In order to take on such a task, it is critical that paralegals be effective liaisons and demonstrate diligence, organization, communication, and attention to detail.

Working with an expert witness can be a hefty, yet rewarding task. Within a legal firm, understanding that role will lead to success for the entire team.

Published on March 02, 2016