An Economist’s Stories from the Courtroom – How to Work with an Expert Witness

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Online Webinar
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Recent Supreme Court decisions, including Comcast v. Behrend and Wal-Mart v. Dukes, have highlighted the important role that rigorous, scientific expert analysis can play in determining the outcomes of major litigation matters.  E.G., the central issue in Comcast v. Behrend was “whether a district court may certify a class action without resolving whether the plaintiff class has introduced admissible evidence, including expert testimony, to show that the case is susceptible to awarding damages on a class-wide basis.” These recent cases have demonstrated that the rigorous tools of empirical economics can be used to address important legal issues, further emphasizing the importance of economists' roles in these matters.

An effective working relationship between the expert and the attorney in any litigation matter is a critical aspect to achieving the best possible outcome for clients.  In this webinar, Dr. John Johnson and Chuck Fields explore the different ways that economic and statistical experts can provide necessary information and evidence in litigation. They will discuss the standards for admissibility of expert testimony, the credibility of expert testimony and best practices for working effectively with your expert.

Dr. John Johnson, President and CEO of Edgeworth Economics, is an expert in antitrust and labor/employment litigation. He is retained in litigation where he provides economic consulting and testimony in cases involving class certification, liability, damages, and settlements. Dr. Johnson is an Affiliated Professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.

Mr. Chuck Fields, Partner at Edgeworth Economics, is an expert on human resources and employment issues regarding labor litigation, regulatory compliance, and labor relations. His case experience includes age discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hours litigation. Prior to joining Edgeworth, Chuck worked for Honeywell International.

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