Breaking into Expert Witness Work: The Ultimate Guide

Carolyn Casey, J.D.

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— Updated on October 29, 2021

Breaking into Expert Witness Work: The Ultimate Guide

Are you one of the many highly skilled professionals looking to break into expert witness work? Whether you are a mechanical engineer, a pediatric gastroenterologist, an accident reconstructionist, or another highly experienced professional, expert witness opportunities are waiting for you. Finding them, however, is another matter.

Many experts new to the field spend a ton of time and money trying to market themselves. They figure if they get their name out there with updates to their LinkedIn profile or paying fees to get listed in an expert directory, suddenly opportunities will come flooding in. Unfortunately, these would-be experts are left waiting for job opportunities that never come. Here, we’ll discuss the most foolproof method to break into expert consulting and how you can be matched with opportunities that precisely match your experience.

Introducing Expert iQ

Expert iQ is your free business development tool for legal consulting opportunities in your area of expertise. Once you’ve completed your profile, our team does the heavy lifting to get you connected with attorneys looking for professionals with your exact credentials. Through Expert iQ, you’re able to directly engage with prospective cases and establish working relationships with attorneys. From here, you’re just a retainer agreement away from kicking off your legal consulting work.

Easy to Join

It’s simple to join Expert iQ—in just three steps, you’ll be ready to get to work. The first step towards consulting is creating an Expert iQ account. By submitting a quick form with your basic contact and specialty information, you’re in. The next step is to fill out your expert profile. This is your chance to highlight all your skills and achievements. In your profile, you’ll also be asked to provide a professional picture and CV, along with the details of your education, employment, expertise, and credentials. This is also where you can set your fee schedule, list any previous legal experience, and upload supplemental documents. Once your profile is complete, the next step is providing your expert feedback on opportunities our team presents to you—and the final step before formally signing on to your first case.

Opportunities Come to You

The greatest advantage of joining Expert iQ is the support of Expert Institute’s team. Our researchers are behind the scenes, doing the heavy lifting to connect you across our pool of 4,000+ attorney clients. Just by joining the Expert iQ network, your exposure to attorneys increases exponentially, without any additional work from your end.

Once our team finds a potential case match for your expertise, you’ll be notified through Expert iQ. This is also where you’ll be able to review case details and give preliminary feedback. From here, an attorney may request an introductory phone call to further discuss a case. This is coordinated seamlessly through Expert iQ’s call scheduling feature. On this call, an attorney will assess your fit for the case and explore how your working relationship might come together.

A Seamless Digital Experience

Through Expert iQ, your legal consulting tasks are fully streamlined. The portal provides a seamless digital experience to make collaborating with attorneys simple and organized. From your Expert iQ dashboard, you’re instantly alerted to any notifications on new opportunities or updates on active cases. When you’re presented with a new opportunity, all communication and document sharing remains centralized through Expert iQ. An attorney will upload medical records, accident reports, photos, or any other related documents for your review through the portal. And in turn, your feedback is also provided through Expert iQ. No more endless email chains littering your inbox, just a simplified workflow to securing consulting work.

No Fees, No Obligation

Unlike many expert witness services, Expert iQ is completely free for experts. Expert Institute will never charge a commission or a usage fee. Once you’re connected with an attorney, you work directly with their firm and keep 100% of your fees. You’re also never obligated to take on cases presented through Expert iQ. You’re allowed to be picky and only take on the cases you find most interesting. This is your opportunity to make an impact on active litigation with your specific expertise.

Ready to put your expertise to work? Get started here.

 

 

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