Daubert Motions and Expert Opinions: Trends, Developments and Everything You Need to Know
The Daubert standard is a legal sphere which concerns both attorneys and experts. The US Supreme Court’s opinion in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 1993 has significantly changed the federal law that governs the admissibility of expert scientific testimony in federal trials. The opinion affirmed Daubert of its gatekeeping function with respect to expert testimony.
It is of vital importance that every litigator is knowledgeable about the fundamentals as well as the latest trends and developments involving Daubert to effectively devise a strategy in precluding an opponent's experts and, conversely, protect one's own experts.
Join a panel of key thought leaders and distinguished professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group as they bring the audience to a road beyond the basics of challenging and defending expert testimony and as they delve into the in-depth analysis of the current trends and recent court rulings involving the Daubert standard. Speakers will also provide the audience with practical strategies in bringing out the best in these lawsuits in a rapidly evolving legal climate.
Key topics include:
- The Daubert Standard – An Overview
- Daubert Exclusion Trends
- Recent Court Rulings
- Challenges for Litigators
- Strategies in Challenging and Defending Expert Testimony
- The Future of Daubert
Paul E. Wojcicki, Shareholder
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
- Overview of Daubert ruling
Anna Sumner Pieschel, Partner
Alston & Bird, LLP
- Conflicting epidemiology – what standard should courts apply?
- Lack of epidemiology – what is enough?
- What can counsel in civil litigation learn from recent forensic debates in criminal courts?
Who Should Attend:
- Litigation Attorneys
- Trial Attorneys
- Legal Counsel
PAUL E. WOJCICKI, a Shareholder with Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. (www.smsm.com), has been defending companies in complex state and federal litigation for more than 25 years. Based in Chicago, Paul focuses his national trial and appellate practice on product liability claims, class actions, and commercial disputes for clients in the automotive, medical device and electronics industries.
Mr. Wojcicki also works with companies in connection with product warranty and service contract program improvement, litigation and regulation. He serves on the board of directors of the Global Warranty and Service Contract Association (www.gwsca.org) and chairs his firm’s Warranty Practice Group. Mr. Wojcicki manages and writes for www.DrivingValue.com, a blog focused on client counseling and litigation in the areas of warranty and service contracts. In addition to being AV-rated, Paul has been recognized annually as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2017) and Leading Lawyer (2012-2017).
PAUL E. WOJCICKI, a Shareholder with Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. (www.smsm.com), has been defending companies in complex state …
Anna Sumner Pieschel is an attorney in the Alston & Bird’s Products Liability Group, focusing her practice in the areas of mass torts, products liability, clinical trials and medical malpractice. Her trial experience includes a significant defense verdict in an obstetrical medical malpractice trial which was profiled by The National Law Journal as one of 10 “Top Defense Wins of 2005.” Her products liability practice centers on medical device and toxic tort litigation. In addition, she has experience with the early management of litigation risks and resolution of claims outside of traditional litigation. Anna is co-founder of Atlanta Lawyers for Animal Welfare (ALAW), a pro bono organization providing legal services to animal rescue groups.
Anna is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Mississippi and is licensed to practice law in both states. Before joining Alston & Bird, Anna served as a law clerk for The Honorable Edith Brown Clement on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
Anna Sumner Pieschel is an attorney in the Alston & Bird’s Products Liability Group, focusing her practice in the areas …
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About Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
For more than three decades, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. has built a reputation as a national law firm of accomplished trial attorneys. Segal McCambridge routinely counsels and defends clients, including Fortune 500 companies, corporations and individuals, in complex litigation matters across the United States. Their attorneys are skilled at guiding clients in matters including, but not limited to asbestos, class action, construction, employment, environmental, insurance coverage and bad faith, life sciences, product liability, professional liability, technology and cyber risk, transportation and warranty. Since their founding in 1986, they have grown to more than 150 attorneys and seven offices in Austin, Chicago, Detroit, Jersey City, New York City, Philadelphia and St. Louis. Learn more at www.smsm.com.
About Alston & Bird, LLP
Alston & Bird is a leading national law firm whose core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate, and tax, with national industry focuses that include financial services, technology, health care, manufacturing, life sciences and energy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on Fortune magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.