Applying Expertise as an Engineering Expert Witness - Boston, MA

Thursday, June 15, 2017 (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM) and Friday, June 16, 2017 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

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Massachusetts, 02115
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Curriculum Track: Legal Issues and Ethics

Member Organization: National Events

Faculty: Hon. Arthur Bergman, J.S.C., New Jersey Superior Court; Guy Wm. Vaillancourt, P.E., The Johnson Company; and James F. Lee, Esq., Lee & McShane

Engineers are often asked to serve as expert witnesses in legal proceedings — but only the prepared and prudent engineer should take on these potentially lucrative assignments. If asked, would you be ready to say yes? Developed exclusively for engineers, architects, and surveyors, this unique course will show you how to prepare for and successfully provide expert testimony for discovery, depositions, the witness stand, and related legal proceedings.

Applying Expertise as an Engineering Expert Witness is a focused and engaging 1-1/2 day course that will run you through each step of the qualifications, ramifications, and expectations of serving as an expert witness.

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Day 1: 8:00AM - 5:30PM


The Forum

  • Forums for dispute resolution
  • Parties
  • Litigants, Attorneys, Judges, Juries and Arbitrators
  • Processes (steps in litigation or arbitration)

 The Agreement 

  • Taking an Engagement as an Expert Witness
  • Testifying in your area of expertise. 
  • Being aware of your own limitations
  • Experts using other experts
  • Acting as the Client’s Agent or Advisor

The Expert

  • Qualifications
  • The Effective Expert Witness
  • Standard of Care (Primary purpose of testimony) – Legal term
  • The Expert’s report
  • Focus on the Issues at Hand
  • Fact witnesses and expert witnesses – differences  


  • Preparation
  • Arriving at your Opinion
  • Tests and Investigations

Deposition Testimony

  • Depositions – Purpose  (Opponent’s fact finding – case background, Obtain commitment regarding opinion, Test your knowledge, Observe your demeanor and effectiveness as a witness, What to expect – How to respond)

Trial Testimony

  • Trial (Purpose of Direct Examination, Daubert guidelines, Purpose of Cross Examination, What to expect – How to respond)
  • Deposition and Trial Demeanor 

Day 2: 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Recap/Questions from Day 1

Ethical Guidelines

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Terminating an Engagement
  • Compensation in return for testimony
  • Confidentiality
  • Professional Demeanor

Case Studies/Miscellaneous

  • Significant cases where expert witness testimony was influential?
  • Keep your CV up to date
  • Bill on regular basis

Group Discussion/Conclusion



Early Bird thru April 21, 2017

ACEC Members: $895
Non-members: $1,095

Standard starting April 22, 2017

ACEC Members: $995
Non-Members: $1,195

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Faxable Registration Form: Click here


Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton St, Boston
Massachusetts, 02115
Click here for online reservations or call (617) 236-1100 and mention “ACEC”
Deadline to get the ACEC rate is May 10, 2017.


Katie Goodman
Phone: 202-682-4332
Fax: 202-789-7220


Refunds, Credits, Substitutions, and Cancellations

For cancellations received at least 15 days prior to program date, ACEC will issue a full refund. For cancellations received between 14 days and 3 days prior to program date, ACEC will issue credits toward any ACEC online class, live or on-demand. Credits are valid for 6 months from issue date. For cancellations received 2 days or less before a program date, no refunds or credits will be issued. Refunds or credits will not be issued for "no-shows." Registrants may choose another online class or substitute attendee/s without penalty at any time. Contact for further information.




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