When it comes to winning at trial, it is not always the quality of lawyer or even the quality of the case that matters. While the movies and television paint the picture of litigation as a process where the most savvy lawyer always wins, this is not quite accurate. In the real world, winning in litigation is all about preparation. The people who end up walking away with the best possible results are those people who have the best experts and the best plan on how to use them. For instance, in a case on finances, a banking expert witness can make all the difference.
What do expert witnesses do? They help to establish credibility in a way no other person in the room can. People expect lawyers to make any argument they can to win over a jury on behalf of their clients. People do not expect witnesses to do that, though. When a person goes in front of a jury and claims to be an expert who has sworn under law to tell the truth, there is more credence in that promise. Juries will give more weight to what the witness says.
In many cases, an expert witness can do a good job of filling in the gaps a juror might have in his thinking. The juror might be wondering what something means or how something can happen. The expert witness’s job is to skillfully bridge the gap in communication between himself and people who know very little. The good experts are those you can relate to. Though they have significant knowledge of banking, construction or some other topic, they are able to speak about those topics in a way that connects with the common man or woman. It is a skill that be the difference in winning or losing when it comes time to contest a massive lawsuit in state or federal court.
Lawyers who ignore the importance of experts do so at their own peril. That is why it is often said that the party with the best financial standing is in the best position to win in litigation. Those who can hire the best experts and build their litigation plan around the expert’s knowledge are usually able to come out on top when it comes time to take the case to a jury.