How to Write a Bullet-Proof Expert Report

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Chapter Event: Orange County

In many cases your expert report documents your opinions and provides a roadmap of how you developed your opinions.  A solid expert report is invaluable for depositions and trial testimony. Depending on the court and type of case, you may or may not be required to write an expert report.  Federal cases require what is called a Rule 26 Expert Report and these have very specific requirements.  Experts may also be asked to write a rebuttal report critiquing on the opposing experts’ opinions.  The presentation will describe how to approach writing your report, the key elements of a solid, defensible report, some ‘tricks and tips” to make your report stand out and some “traps” to avoid. 

As a polymer expert, Dr. Gotro has been retained over 25 times in cases involving:

  • Product Liability (plastic part failure)
  • Personal Injury (resulting from a plastic part failure)
  • Material Selection (was the right plastic used for the application)
  • Patent Infringement (involving polymer use or process)

About the Presenter:
Dr. Gotro holds a Ph.D. on Materials Science with a specialty in polymer science from Northwestern University.  In addition to expert witness litigation support, Dr. Gotro provides consulting services in the field of polymer science including; polymer/plastic materials selection, polymer mechanical properties, polymer physics and rheology, structure-property-process-performance relationships, testing and characterization, and polymer processing. 


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Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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