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|Expert Application||Mediations||Litigation Glossary|
Pacific Coast Expert Knowledge Consulting (Pacific) maintains a database of expert witnesses and
mediators who we refer to attorneys. Attorneys nor their clients pay a fee for
expert witness referrals. Experts pay a reasonable one-time fee only after they are retained and a deposit is received. Attorneys and their clients receive the advantage of substantially lower costs with no hourly markup, as
required by many expert witness referral services. Experts receive the advantage of paying a one-time fee, with no hourly markup, only after they have a new client and funds are received by them.
After selecting a referred expert witness, attorneys are generally required to send a $3,500 deposit to Pacific (made payable to Pacific). The attorney and client receive a full credit with the expert witness while Pacific deducts its fee before sending the balance to the expert witness. Our fee per case is $1,500 which is earned when the expert witness is accepted and the deposit is received.
Attorneys will find our Attorney Referral Agreement on this site. Likewise, expert witnesses and mediators will find our Expert Witness Referral Agreement and Mediator Referral Agreement on this site.
Our database includes expert witnesses and mediators with expertise in the following areas:
|Categories of Expertise|
|Accounting, Valuations, Damages||Personal Injuries|
Diminution of Value
Loss of Earnings
|Alter Ego||Real Estate Loans|
|Joint Enterprise Liability
Joint Ventura Liability
Piercing the Corporate Veil
Designating - Alter Ego Expert - Article
Americans with Disabilities Act
Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Classifications
Leasing Companies & Joint Employers
Wage and Benefit Policies
|Financial Institutions||Real Estate|
Checking Accounts / CDs
Diminution of Value
Business Judgement Rule
|Business - Miscellaneous||Attorney Malpractice|
Prospective Expert Clients
If you are an expert witness and would like to be considered by
Pacific for addition to our database, please complete an
application and send it to us with a copy of any CV that you would like us to provide to prospective clients.
*Our database of mediators is currently full so we are not currently accepting new applications for mediators.
Attorney Referral Agreement for Experts
Upon an attorney (Attorney) hiring an expert (Expert) referred by Pacific, Attorney agrees to the following:
- Attorney shall provide Pacific with a deposit of $3,500 within five days.
- Attorney and his or her client shall receive full credit with the Expert for the $3,500 paid.
- The Expert shall compensate Pacific $1,500 from the deposit upon receipt of
the deposit by Pacific.
- All future bills for Expert services shall be sent directly to Attorney by the Expert for direct payment to the Expert.
- Attorney shall have no obligation to pay a fee to Pacific for utilizing the services of an Expert referred by
Pacific for any subsequent cases.
- Attorney is fully responsible for determining the suitability of any Expert referred to Attorney by Pacific.
Example of Transaction
- Attorney pays $3,500 to Pacific.
- Expert receives $2,000.
- Expert's standard compensation rate is $250 per hour.
- $3,500 would normally cover 14 hours of time.
- $2,000 received equals $142.86 per hour for the first 10 hours.
- Thereafter, Expert is paid his or her standard rate of $250 per hour.
We believe the receipt of $142.86 per hour for the first 10 hours is a small price to pay for a new attorney client that may be a repeat client.
Expert Witness Referral Agreement
Upon an attorney (Attorney) hiring an expert (Expert) referred by Pacific, Expert agrees to the following:
- Pacific shall obtain a deposit of $3,500 from Attorney and shall retain a one-time $1,500 fee from the deposit.
- Pacific shall forward $2,000 of the $3,500 deposit to Expert and Expert shall give Attorney and/or his client credit for the full
- After Expert receives the $2,000, all future billings shall be sent by Expert directly to Attorney who will pay Expert
- Expert shall have no obligation to pay a fee to Pacific for any subsequent cases where Attorney uses the services of
- Expert agrees to provide Attorneys referred to Expert with current, accurate, and truthful information about his or her education,
background, qualifications and experience.
Special Expert Witness Searches
Sometimes attorneys need experts with unique qualifications that require special searches. Pacific Coast Expert Knowledge Consulting conducts special searches for hard to find experts at no cost to attorneys. There is no fee payable unless you engage a referred expert. Please call to discuss your expert witness and consulting needs at any time.
Our Clients Evaluate Our Service
In order to constantly improve our service, we have implemented an Expert Evaluation Program. At the end of each case, we request that each attorney complete a short evaluation form that we use to make future decisions about referrals. The feedback is invaluable to us and our clients. Our goal is to provide the best and most effective experts every time we make a referral.
What is an Expert Witness?
An expert witness is a witness, who by virtue of their education, training, skill, or experience, is believed to have expertise and knowledge about a subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others, including a judge or jury, may rely upon the expert’s opinion. Only experts are permitted to offer opinions at trial. Whether a person qualifies as an expert is for each trial judge to determine. Often, attorneys challenge whether an opponent’s offer of an expert should be permitted to testify as an expert. Once a person qualifies as an expert, is it up to the trier of fact, either the judge or jury, to determine the credibility of the expert’s testimony and how much weight should be placed on his or her testimony. Experts charge an hourly fee for their time. Their compensation can never be contingent on the outcome of a case. Like all witnesses, experts take an oath requiring them to tell the truth.
What Does an Expert Witness Do?
|•||An expert can explain to a judge or jury a complex process in an understandable way. For example: what is involved in originating, underwriting, processing, closing, and selling mortgage loans.|
|•||An expert can explain to a judge or jury the advantages and disadvantages, including any costs, associated with making decisions concerning possible courses of action. Balancing all advantages and disadvantages is necessary in all negligence cases.|
|•||Expert witnesses can explain to a judge or jury the risks associated with various alternate courses of action.|
|•||Expert witnesses can explain what can happen if someone falls below the standard of care and why.|
|•||An expert witness can provide an opinion as to whether a person met or fell below the standard of care.|
|•||An expert can explain to a judge or jury the relationships between parties. For example: real estate brokers and agents, mortgage brokers and lenders, and homeowner association boards and members of the association.|
|•||An expert can explain to a judge or jury what a person in a certain occupation or profession does or is expected to do.|
|•||An expert witness can provide an opinion defining the standard of care for various professionals, businesses, and others.|
|•||Experts can explain why certain conduct is expected and why certain conduct should be avoided.|
|•||Experts can explain their experience with certain courses of action.|
|•||Experts can recommend other experts to attorneys.|
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