At our October, 2014 dinner meeting, Douglas L. Field showed Westcon construction consultants to steer clear of traps for an unwary expert witness by using the practical application of his P.O.U.N.C.E. formula:
- Prepare – An extraordinary number of attorneys (and experts) fail adequately to prepare for depositions and other expert testimony.
- Opinions – The proper eliciting (and delivery) of expert opinions.
- Underpinnings – The successful development (and explanation) of assumptions, testing, bases and literature underlying expert opinions.
- No New Work – Pinning down (and avoiding commitment) that there will be no new work and no news opinions.
- CV – Attacking (and defending) the expert’s Curriculum Vitae.
- Embarrass – Embarrassing (and avoiding), harassing, menacing, vexing and otherwise psyching out the expert witness.
About our presenter:
During the entirety of his active practice of nearly 40 years, Douglas Field worked closely with expert witnesses in several fields including medicine, architecture, accounting, engineering, biomechanics, most of the building trades and accident reconstruction.
Douglas L. Field attended the Universities of Madrid (Spain) and California (Berkeley), graduating from the latter in 1970. He then completed law school at King Hall (U. C. Davis) in 1973 and immediately entered the practice of civil litigation in Oakland, California.
He practiced civil defense litigation for over 39 years in the Bay Area and Sacramento. Most recently he was the managing attorney of the Sacramento Branch Legal Office of Farmers Insurance Exchange. There he oversaw fifteen to seventeen attorneys, with an average file load in the office of 1,150 active cases. He retired from Farmers at the end of 2011. He has tried numerous jury cases to verdict.
After retiring from Farmers, he has dedicated his energies to the presentation of seminars and workshops for expert witnesses on a wide range of topics.
He is the author of The Expert Expert – The Pathway to Prosperity and Prominence as an Expert Witness, published in 2013, which is a detailed study of successful expert witness practice and the legal system in which it is carried out.