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Working With Expert Witnesses 2020

Product ID: CA3003D
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

This program is an excerpt from Pretrial Techniques 2019.

Improve your pretrial strategies

There are many considerations attorneys must think about when it comes to using expert witnesses. Do you need them? Can you afford them? Who should you choose? How important are credentials?

In Working with Expert Witnesses, seasoned litigators Kelly L. Centofanti and William R. Wick will offer perspectives from both the plaintiff and the defense. They’ll share what to keep in mind when:

  • Finding and selecting a “good” witness
  • Writing your retainer letter to the expert
  • Preparing experts to testify – and what to do if you’re having trouble getting your witness to meet face-to-face with you
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This program is an excerpt from Pretrial Techniques 2019.

Improve your pretrial strategies

There are many considerations attorneys must think about when it comes to using expert witnesses. Do you need them? Can you afford them? Who should you choose? How important are credentials?

In Working with Expert Witnesses, seasoned litigators Kelly L. Centofanti and William R. Wick will offer perspectives from both the plaintiff and the defense. They’ll share what to keep in mind when:

  • Finding and selecting a “good” witness
  • Writing your retainer letter to the expert
  • Preparing experts to testify – and what to do if you’re having trouble getting your witness to meet face-to-face with you
Read More ↓

Kelly L. Centofanti is the managing partner of Centofanti Law, S.C. Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation on the plaintiff's side. She handles cases involving medical, legal and other professional negligence, nursing home neglect and abuse, insurance bad faith, motor vehicle and boating accidents, and premises liability.

Kelly has served as Chair of numerous State Bar Committees and has been involved in many other committees and boards. She has served as President of the Milwaukee Bar Association, President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA), Secretary of the State Bar of Wisconsin, President of the Association for Women Lawyers, and chair of the MBA Litigation, Civil Bench/Bar, and Judicial Selection committees. In 2005, she was named one of the “Top Twenty Women in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal. .

She received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and graduated in 1990 from Marquette University Law School, magna cum laude. She also was a long-time member of the Marquette University Law Alumni Board, including a term as President.

Hon. John W. Markson (ret.) served as a circuit court judge for Dane County from 2007 until his retirement in 2017. He worked in both the civil and criminal divisions, presiding for four years in drug treatment court and six years in Dane County’s OWI treatment court – which he also helped to create.

In 2016, he was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In 2017, he received the Aulik Award from the Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals for his contribution to the advancement of Wisconsin’s problem-solving courts. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a past member of ABOTA, and a former three-year associate dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College.

Before taking the bench, he was a trial lawyer for 28 years, where his practice mostly concentrated in the defense of medical malpractice cases.

William R. Wick is a defense lawyer at Nash, Spindler, Grimstad, and McCracken LLP, where he concentrates in general personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. He also is a frequent lecturer on topics involving civil litigation and a contributor to the Wisconsin Defense Counsel Journal.

Mr. Wick is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, as well as a member. He is also a fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), through which he is also certified as a Civil Trial Specialist. He has been President of the Wisconsin ABOTA chapter, President of the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (now known as the Wisconsin Defense Counsel), and a past chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Litigation Section. Every year since 2007, he has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America.

He received his B.S. in 1970 from Carroll College, his M.P.A. in 1972 from the University of Southern California, and his J.D. in 1974 from Marquette University Law School.

  • Improve your strategy for working with expert witnesses
  • Discover how to locate and select the right expert for your case
  • Determine whether expert testimony is required or unnecessary
  • Review the steps for developing testimony
  • Civil litigators
  • Personal injury lawyers
  • Torts attorneys
  • Criminal litigators
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