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G. AAJ Exchange: A research and litigation support service with databases containing depositions, court documents, case abstracts, and more. Association members who are plaintiff lawyers can search for free, and several pricing plans are available for obtaining documents. exchange.justice.org/exchange/product_search.asp?


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H.TrialSmith (formerly DepoConnect): A single search can provide information from depositions and court testimony, messages from listserves across the country, medical database searches, and public records. www. trialsmith.com


I. Your Firm’s Archived Files: Your firm should have a single location for expert information,


including


depositions, useful reports, exhibits, and impeachment materials. Update this information after the conclusion of every case.


J. Other State Trial Lawyer Associations: Contact local counsel in the witness’s home state, and ask them to post messages to state TLA websites on your behalf.


K. Westlaw/Lexis: Although you must subscribe to use Westlaw and Lexis, you can search them for testimonial history information in any state court, as well as the federal courts. For example, you might find that an expert you are preparing to depose failed a Daubert challenge in a prior case. Databases to search include: 1. Federal and state cases 2. Court documents 3. 4.


Business and news Expert databases


L. Jury Verdicts: Search for jury verdicts where the expert testified. Te National Association of State Jury Verdict Publishers lists experts with links to the local publication that contains specific information. www.juryverdicts.com


• Your Experts: Check with your own expert witness about defense witnesses—they often have useful information.


• Curriculum Vitae: A. Compare it to prior versions to make sure nothing has been omitted. If something is missing, investigate why.


B. Confirm that the expert is indeed a member in good standing of all organizations or associations listed. Check to see if those associations have ethical standards for testimony, or views on your issues contrary to those of the expert.


C. Examine the publications to see if any are relevant to your issues.


• Publications: Search for anything published by the expert.


A. Textbooks: If the expert edited a textbook, look for articles included that are contrary to his opinions. If his article is included in a textbook, find other articles in the same text that are contrary to his opinions.


B. Articles: Make sure the expert’s citations are legitimate.


If peer-reviewed, find out what other


experts say about the article. Useful locations to search for articles include:


1. PubMed: Te PubMed database is part of the National Library of Medicine and was designed by publishers of biomedical literature as an access and reference tool. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed.


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2. MedScape: Te MedScape database is • Property/Business:


run by


WebMD, and features articles on all topics of medicine. com.


Registration is free. www.medscape. Search the property and business


websites of the expert’s home state. In Maryland, this is: State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) (http://www.dat.state.md.us/)


• Social Networking: Check to see if the expert maintains a Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, or Twitter account. See if the expert posts anything on on-line dating sites. Frequently you can view information by signing up for accounts, or have a friend check them out.


Use this checklist and leave no stone unturned in your


quest for valuable expert information. If you do, you will know if your expert has any skeletons in his closet, and you will be well armed to disarm the defendants’ experts at deposition and trial.


Biography John J. Cord (Miller & Zois, LLC) graduated from the


University of Colorado School of Law. He concentrates his practice on assisting victims of automobile negligence, medical malpractice, and defective products. He is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Minnesota. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and is a former chair of the MAJ Technology Committee. Read his blog at www.drugrecalllawyer.com, and follow him on Twitter at @johnjohncord.


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