Expert Witness Services in Computer Software and Information Technology
As an expert witness
and consulting expert we provide
services in the field of information technology and computer software.
We carefully select the cases we support, only
engaging where we can provide a genuinely expert opinion.
This sometimes means declining more cases than are accepted, but thereby ensure that our clients are always provided the quality of
support they deserve. Working together we will determine whether our expertise
matches the needs of your case. We also maintain a directory of other experts in this field and will gladly refer you elsewhere if we are not
convinced that Fair
can provide the expert witness services you
The scope of our expert witness practice includes the following technologies and industries:
Considerations when Selecting an Expert
Selecting the right expert witness is central
to your strategy
for litigating a case. The right expert
simplifies complex technical issues. The
credibility of their testimony convinces a jury of the
strength of your case. But select the wrong expert and you risk wasting
time and energy as you struggle to get a coherent expert report
produced. Or worse, you are faced with unpredictable behavior as
your expert seeks to advance their own legal theories of the
case. There are three major categories of expert witness from
which you can choose.
The Career Expert
Many expert witnesses make their primary income providing
expert testimony. These experts are experienced in developing
a professional report, managing discussions in a deposition,
and handling the tactics of opposing counsel in the court room.
Selecting the career expert can however
carry risks. They may be far removed from the practical,
business oriented use of the disciplines in which they have expertise.
They can also carry preconceived ideas from prior cases which
then influence their thinking about your case. A
particular concern is the risk that, in an attempt to reduce the effort
to develop their expert report, they will reuse prior work. This can
lead them to present their findings in a
way not best suited to the case at hand.
The Academic Expert
An academic expert will typically have
impeccable credentials: advanced degrees and a doctorate,
published articles, author of text books and may even
hold a variety of honor awards. Their academic
background prepares them well to
develop well-reasoned and professional expert
testimony firmly grounded in the scientific method.
Those academics who are effective teachers may also have the
experience to explain complex technical concepts to a jury.
There are many academics, however, whose experience has
rarely extended beyond the walls of academia and their views remain too
theoretical. While they may provide some consulting services
to industry, their personal experience at large scale in a business
setting can be quite limited.
The Expert Practitioner
The expert practitioner carries the credibility that comes from years of practical experience in a
commercial setting. This results in a pragmatic view of their
discipline that remains up to date and in line with current industry
practices. They may not match up to all of the academic
credentials of the academic expert, nor match the full array of courtroom
experience of the career expert witness, but they are generally a better
choice based on the credibility that comes from real world experience.
We believe that the Expert Practitioner is the best choice. So, when you are looking for an expert with real world experience and academic credentials, who has both breadth of experience and depth of
specialized skills, Fair
is the place to start.