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Chapter Event: San Diego

Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trials and Depositions

Sean Simpson, who has tried a wide variety of civil jury trials to Verdict, will be discussing some lessons he has learned about preparing expert witnesses for depositions and trial. Some of the important topics will include:

Working together to build a good expert file:

  • When to start?
  • What docs included?
  • Add docs as case develops.

Preparing for deposition:

  • What's important?
  • What are allegations?
  • Jury instructions?
  • Verdict form?
  • Neutral is best!

Preparing for trial:

  • Don’t wait until last minute!
  • Opposing expert depo
  • Attend it?  Read it?
  • Be flexible if you can!
  • Teleconference
  • Skype, FaceTime
  • At court over lunch
  • Update as trial develops!

Reserve your spot today!



6:00-6:30 Networking

6:30-6:45 Business and Intros

6:45-7:45 Presentation

7:45-8:00 Closing

Sean Simpson

Sean Simpson is a trial lawyer specializing in handling catastrophic injuries, usually brain damage, spinal cord injury, or death. After graduating from law school in 1986 he spent three years serving as law clerk at the trial and appeals levels. Following his term of government employment Mr. Simpson joined a large insurance defense firm in San Diego -- McInnis, Fitzgerald, Rees, Sharkey & McIntyre (now merged with Higgs, Fletcher & Mack). In 1992, motivated by a desire to help those who are the victims of misfortune, Mr. Simpson started a small firm which concentrates on serving individuals and families who have been harmed by the careless or intentional acts of others. Since 2001 Mr. Simpson has obtained numerous noteworthy verdicts, including fifteen seven-figure verdicts and two eight-figure verdicts, most of which were against large corporations and included findings of fraud, malice or oppression – leading to awards (or settlements) for punitive damages.

Mr. Simpson is licensed to practice in California, Illinois and Missouri. He served 8 years on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America / AAJ. He frequently serves as a guest speaker at seminars presented by the State Bar of California, California Young Lawyers Associations, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and the Continuing Education of the Bar (“CEB”).


Mr. Simpson has received four Outstanding Trial Lawyer awards from CASD, and was selected CASD’s Trial Lawyer of The Year for 2006. His daughter Jayme is a 4-year lawyer who has taken over management of their San Diego office, allowing Sean more time to partner up with lawyers around the country to maximize the outcomes for their clients.

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