Applying Expertise as an Engineering Expert Witness - Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM) and Thursday, June 27, 2019 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

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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., VHB; and James F. Lee, Esq., Lee/Shoemaker PLLC

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 a regular basis

Group Discussion/Conclusion



Early Bird thru May 24, 2019

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

Standard starting May 24, 2019

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

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The Harris Tower, ACEC-Georgia
233 Peachtree Street
2nd Floor Conference Room, Suite 201
Atlanta, GA 30303

ACEC does not have a room block, but some nearby hotel options include:


Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Westin Peachtree Atlanta
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Hilton Atlanta



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



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