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Oil & Gas Valuation Issues Lead to Litigation

The U.S. domestic oil and gas industry is still reeling from the drop in demand and ongoing price uncertainty due to the pandemic. These unique circumstances have illuminated critical issues regarding the valuation of oil and gas reserves, which can be seen in the bankruptcies within the industry over the last couple of years.1 Despite how impactful the valuation process is, experts in the industry explain that it is subjective, leading to regular disagreements and litigation.   Read more >>

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The Forensic Meteorologist as a Litigation Expert Witness

What happens when natural disasters such as tornados, hurricanes and other hazardous weather conditions cause significant damage to homes, businesses and entire communities? Who do you look to for these types of assessments? A forensic meteorologist is retained when disputed facts to hazardous weather conditions, such as hail occurrence, may or may not have caused a covered insurance loss.

NFTs & Intellectual Property

NFTs hold the power to improve processes associated with securing, selling, and licensing patents. However, NFTs could also result in litigation should owners of an NFT infringe on trademarks or copyrights.

Will Metamaterials Become a Focus of Patent Litigation?

With an eye towards the future, let us explore some of the areas in which we are seeing commercial product development activity using metamaterials. These product areas are currently seeing an uptick in the filing and buying of patents, which tends to serve as a good precursor to litigation.  

Are Litigation Fees Tax-Deductible?

Can litigation fees be deducted as a business expense? Read more about a recent case study on this.

Emerging Litigation Around 5G Technology

“As more devices and tools become connected, smart cars, crop communication, machinery, etc. will be further developed by innovators to maximize incoming data.” Read on as we assess how 5G will impact businesses around the world and affect the subsequent influx of litigation surrounding this new technology.

How Can Defense Attorneys Prepare for Pre-Trial Publicity?

While some litigation receives little to no attention, allowing the proceedings to play out quietly, other cases catch the eye of the news or the public. When this happens, it is up to the defense lawyer to ensure a fair trial. Because of this, lawyers need the right toolbox to address pretrial publicity before it gets out of hand.

Differentiating Between Testifying & Consulting Experts

International law presents a unique challenge to lawyers, where every country and jurisdiction is vastly different. Because of this, the use of expert witnesses is vital for understanding and effectively navigating a tricky case. So, how can you find and use the right experts for your practice?

Are Cannabis Contracts Legally Enforceable?

The enforceability of a cannabis-related contract is determined by a variety of circumstances: What is the language of the state statute related to legalization? When was the contract formed, and was the conduct illegal at that time? No matter the circumstance, this challenge is one that cannabis businesses and their legal teams should prepare for. 

An Emerging Solution for Litigation Finance

Commercial litigation can be a war of attrition with heavy legal expenses building over time. Some strong cases are never pursued because the company or firm lacks the resources to see it through. While litigation insurance can be helpful for recuperating losses, many cases still need funding to go to trial.

The Secret to Vetting an Expert Witness

With years of experience in the expert witness field under his belt, Ashish Arun specializes in the intersection of law and technology. As the Principal Owner of Expert Witness Profiler, Ashish provides detailed expert witness reports to attorneys so they can be more prepared in court. So, what kind of information do these reports provide, and why should you order one for your next case?

How to Prepare an Expert Witness for Trial

Working with an expert witness is a nuanced process. From search and retention to consultation and trial, there is no one way to ensure a smooth collaboration and successful outcome. However, some attorneys have really honed and refined this process. Recently, we spoke with Brian Weinthal, who is one of the world’s leading experts on…

The Importance of Pro Bono Work in 2021

Pro bono work is more important than ever before, and Round Table Group has had the honor of working with so many attorneys dedicated to representing their pro bono clients. On our podcast, Engaging Experts, we recently sat down with Greg McConnell, the Senior Pro Bono Counsel at Winston & Strawn. Greg has been a…

A Glimpse Into False Advertising Litigation

On occasion, we as business owners see advertisements from competitors that seem false. Remember back in the 1980’s when now famous commercials came across your TV for garbage bags that would leak, batteries that would die early, or someone would claim to have the lowest prices in the universe? False advertising has been an issue since…

Expert Privilege & Confidentiality Best Practices

H. Bernard Tisdale has been practicing employment law for over 25 years. During this time, he has covered a wide variety of cases—including those focused on employee safety and health—that have required the insight of an expert witness. In these cases, confidentiality and privilege are essential for protecting the expert’s work and, ultimately, winning the case. But, with varying rules around attorney-client privilege and work-product protection, how do you maintain confidentiality while still getting the most out of your relationship?

How Copyrights and Patentability are Impacted by A.I.

Artificial intelligence is one of the most bizarre, confusing, and astonishing staples of the 21st century. In fact, the entire concept of AI feels like it’s been pulled straight out of a sci-fi novel! However, AI is even more complicated and far-reaching than most people realize. In reality, it is impacting not just the tech industry, but also the legal field—among others. So, what do litigators, attorneys, or other legal professionals need to know about the increase of AI in 2021 and beyond?

The Nexus of Law, Entrepreneurship, and Philosophy

Are you an attorney, litigator, or legal professional looking for a meaningful cause to dedicate your skillset and services to? Do you want to give back to your community, but don’t know where—or how—to start?

Game Theory & Settlement Negotiations

Over 90% of cases settle, though it could take months or even years before settlement discussions become serious for all parties involved. There are methods to help legal teams expedite these discussions, and one of our renowned experts has pioneered a process using game theory that achieves just that. 

Station-Keeping for Stratospheric Airships

A balloon or airship, floating in the stratosphere and providing communications or surveillance services to users on the ground, would be a boon to many users. 

Helping Attorneys Achieve Success After an Expert is Placed

Round Table Group is the expert at finding and placing expert witnesses using its extensive database and network. But, what happens after an expert witness is placed? Does the team at Round Table Group remain involved in the outcome, or does it simply leave the rest of the process up to the client?

Finding the Perfect COVID-19 Expert with Round Table Group

Finding the perfect expert witness for your case is difficult enough—so how in the world do you find an expert on a never-before-seen virus during a global pandemic?

Placing Expert Witnesses & Case Evaluation Process

Finding the right expert witness for a case is like finding a needle in a haystack—and, as a busy legal professional, you just don’t have the time to sift through all of that hay. That’s where Round Table Group comes in.

The Origins of the Experts on Experts®

Why Round Table Group was founded, how we built our expansive network of experts, and the power of good conversation during the intake process.

Saving Truth and Good Will on the Internet

Dr. Heppe discusses how the problem of fake news and misinformation on Internet could be addressed through a solution of technologies, operating systems and creating certificates of status.

Expert Witnesses in Commercial Real Estate Settlement Discussions 

Richard Williamson, a leading commercial and complex civil litigator, talked to us about the importance of settlement discussions in commercial real estate industry.

At the Round Table with Richard D. Williamson

We conversed with attorney Richard Williamson about commercial real estate litigation and when to rely on professional or academic experts for trial.

Stories from Industry: US Patent 6,961,018 and the Moving GPS-RTK Base Station

Dr. Heppe discusses how ScanEagle, a small, unmanned aircraft, was developed to provide precise GPS navigation and positioning.

5 Time Management Tips When Working with an Expert Witness

When attorneys have to suddenly shift their focus on a case, it’s important to keep their experts updated too. Read our 5 tips so you stay ahead of schedule and keep the case moving with your expert!

Authentication Features Needed for GPS

Dr. Heppe discusses his 40 year career span in GPS and how this technology developed, its vulnerabilities and necessary evolution.

How Publicly Traded Companies Can Avoid COVID-Related Securities Litigation

A rise in securities and other shareholder-related litigation is currently trending during COVID-19 pandemic. Read how retaining financial experts may help in upcoming litigations.

At the Round Table with Corey Wehmeyer (Interview)

We sat down with attorney, Corey Wehmeyer, to discuss how COVID-19 has changed legal hearings and how mastering video depositions and testimonies is a must.

At the Round Table with Thomas Maas (Interview)

We sat down with attorney Thomas Maas to talk about the common attributes among world-class expert witnesses, what he looks for when examining the experience of an expert, and where he finds his best experts.

How Much Should Previous Testifying Experience be Weighted When Choosing an Expert Witness?

When selecting your expert, should you choose an expert with years of testifying experience or one that is well-versed in topic but less courtroom experience?

Advice from Medical Expert Witnesses on the Transmission of COVID-19

How do businesses reduce transmission of COVID-19 so they can successfully open and operate? How can legal teams advise their clients on navigating this pandemic and avoid litigation?

How Governmental Intervention Can Control the Spread of COVID-19

How can local, state and federal governments work together on specific policies to control the spread of COVID-19? How can attorneys quickly find medical experts for insight and guidance so that they can better serve their clients?

Preventable Workplace Safety Mistakes During & After COVID-19

The rapid spread of a virus on the scale of COVID-19 has highlighted the role employers play in keeping illnesses from spreading in the workplace, and the risks (including litigation) that may arise. In order to help attorneys educate their clients on preventable workplace safety mistakes during and after COVID-19, Round Table Group has assembled…

3 Workplace Safety Best Practices During & After COVID-19

With an eye towards potential future litigation, a few members of our COVID practice group have offered their insight on workplace safety best practices.

Busting Expert Witness Contract Myths

We take some time to quickly bust three common contract myths within the industry.

How to Optimize Expert Witness Budgets

Legal teams must sometimes work under strict budget restrictions without impeding the expert’s ability to conduct work effectively.

What COVID-19 Has Taught Law Firms About Retaining Expert Witnesses

Every industry has been forced to re-examine their processes and adjust business models in order to adapt to the impact of COVID-19. The legal world is no different.

8 Tips to Improve Expert Selection — Part II

Picking up where our previous blog article left off, we are continuing our examination of how to improve expert selection through a thorough and rigorous expert search process.

8 Tips to Improve Expert Selection

Expert selection has the potential to make or break a case, requiring legal teams to be thorough at every stage in the process.

Successfully Replacing an Expert Last Minute

Surprises during litigation can be devastating. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances arise, and sometimes a retained expert must be replaced.

Why DIY Expert Witness Searches Aren’t Adequate

As an attorney, you understand your case and strategy better than anyone else. Does this make you the best person to lead the search for an expert witness?

Witness Preparation and Jury Persuasion

What is persuasive to a jury and how do you prepare your expert witness? What are the current trends in Intellectual property challenge reports?

Trends in IP Expert Challenges: Science, Technical, and Financial/Damages Experts

How are Daubert challenge trends changing in intellectual property litigation? RTG’s Dan Rubin reviews why expert challenges are decreasing faster than the patent docket numbers themselves.