The Engineer as Expert Witness

by James E. Hough, (M.ASCE), Principal; James E. Hough and Associate, Cincinnati, Ohio,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 12, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


Increased specialization in technical fields and the increasingly litigious nature of our society have resulted in a great deal of collaboration between lawyers and engineers in litigation involving engineering projects. Thus there has been an increasing demand for engineers to serve as expert witnesses. The article presents in summary form a complete guide for the engineer who is called upon to play this role, including the pretrial instruments of deposition and interrogatories, how to handle direct examination and cross-examination, and a variety of suggestions designed to aid in the effective presentation and compelling testimony required to favorably impress judges and juries,

Subject Headings: Expert witness | Litigation | Field tests

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