Research guides

Expert Witnesses

Witness Practice

The following treatises are a selection of the materials Jenkins has that focus on preparing and cross-examining expert witnesses.

To find more treatises, search Jenkins' catalog by doing a keyword search for expert witness* or witness* to find subject-specific materials with chapters or sections on witnesses. The search results can be limited by adding additional terms to the search or by modifying the search to a specific library location, i.e. General Collection, Pennsylvania Collection, or State Collection.

Member Databases

The following are available on the member database LexisNexis Digital Library. Members must be logged in to jenkinslaw.org to access this database. This database is also available in the library.

Art of Advocacy: Cross-Examination of Non-Medical Experts
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. Also available on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice (LexisNexis Practice Guide)
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. Also available on the library's Lexis computers and in print.
See Chapter 9: Expert Witnesses and Reports.

Onsite Print & Electronic - PA Specific

The following print resources include information regarding expert witness practice in Pennsylvania. Some resources published by West/Thomson Reuters may be available on the library's Westlaw computers. See below for more information.

Admissibility of Evidence West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Expert Opinions".

Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case National Business Institute
Library has previous editions: see all.

Expert Witnesses: Using Pennsylvania Court Rules to Your Advantage National Business Institute

Lights, Camera, Evidence! Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes chapters on expert witnesses.

Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice (LexisNexis Practice Guide) LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.
See Chapter 9: Expert Witnesses and Reports.

Pennsylvania Evidence West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Article VII: Opinions and Expert Testimony.

The Preparation and Trial of the Products Liability Case Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes various chapters on expert witness examination.

Preparing a Witness to Testify Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Standard Pennsylvania Practice West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 55: Expert and Opinion Evidence.
Library also has previous edition: see all.

Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Expert Witnesses in the index to find relevant sections. Library also has previous edition.

Taking and Defending Depositions for Lay and Expert Witnesses Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Trial Tactics, Tips & Techniques Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes chapters on examining and cross-examining expert witnesses.

Research Tip

Additional information may be found in popular encyclopedias, treatises, and form sets. See the Pennsylvania Secondary Materials and Pennsylvania Forms research guides for a list of additional resources.

Onsite Print & Electronic - General

The following print resources include information regarding general expert witness practice. Some resources published by ABA, LexisNexis, and West/Thomson Reuters may be available on the library's Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw computers. See below for more information.

Art of Advocacy: Cross-Examination of Medical Experts LexisNexis
Discontinued by publisher, last updated 2016. Also on the library's Lexis computers.

Art of Advocacy: Cross-Examination of Non-Medical Experts LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.

Daubert Practice 2013: How to Avoid Getting Sliced by Cutting-Edge Developments in Expert Witness Challenges Practising Law Institute

Expert Witness Practising Law Institute
Library also has previous editions: see all.

Expert Witness Checklists West/Thomson Reuters
Also referred to as Danner. Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Expert Witnesses in Civil Trials: Effective Preparation and Presentation West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Expert Witnesses, Valuation, & Damages: The Expert's Point of View American Bar Association

How to Examine Mental Health Experts: A Family Lawyer's Handbook of Issues and Strategies American Bar Association
Library has previous edition on microfiche: see all.

How to Train Your Expert: Making Your Client's Case American Bar Association

Litigator's Guide to Expert Witnesses American Bar Association
Library has previous edition on microfiche: see all.

Litigators on Experts: Strategies for Managing Expert Witnesses from Retention through Trial American Bar Association

Mastering the Art of Preparing Witnesses American Bar Association
See Part III: Expert Witnesses.

Model Witness Examinations American Bar Association
See Chapter 7: Opinions of the Expert. Also on the library's Bloomberg Law computers.
Library has previous editions on microfiche: see all.

Opposing the Adverse Expert: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Stage of Litigation American Bar Association

Preparing Witnesses: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients American Bar Association
See Chapter 30: The Expert Witness and Chapter 32: The Physician as Witness.
Library has previous editions on microfiche: see all.

Research Tip

Additional information may be found in popular encyclopedias, treatises, and form sets. See the Major Treatise Sets & Encyclopedias page of the Federal Practice & Procedure research guide for a list of additional resources.

DVDs & Videos

Video recordings of sample expert witness testimonies may be beneficial as you prepare for trial. The following media resource includes information regarding witness practice.

The Trial Lawyer ABA
Available as a DVD. Based on the 2003 print publication. See Chapter 7: Preparing and Presenting Witnesses for sections on expert witnesses. Library also has the updated 2018 edition in print.

To find more video and DVD recordings on preparing and examining witnesses, search the Jenkins' catalog for witness* and limit the results to the Media Collection.

Research Tip

Sample witness depositions and testimonies may be available on video sharing websites like YouTube.

Some legal publishers provide video witness training materials for a fee, including the American Bar Association, Empower Legal, New Media Legal Publishing, and The Perfect Witness.