Well, it looks like I’m headed to Dallas for a deposition in a few weeks. Plaintiff’s counsel is asking for me to be on site so I’ll be deposed in defense counsel’s office as I’m the defense’s credit damage expert witness for this case. I realize the rules differ from state to state but I think it’s interesting how some lawyers insist on in-person depositions where others are fine with deposing someone via telephone or video feed. In fact, I’ve been deposed via Skype before from a dreary basement level board room in a run down hotel in Atlanta.
The cost involved with being on-site seems to be the same for the adverse attorney but it’s certainly more expensive for the defending attorney. Time spent traveling and the cost of travel expenses can add up very quickly. And while the expert witness fees for the actual deposition are the responsibility of the deposing party, all other costs are usually paid by the defending attorney, which means his client is picking up the bill.
Still there are advantages to being on-site. You get to actually meet the attorney that you’re working with, a nice treat to put a face to the voice and emails. And, you eliminate any of the technological issues with Skype or telephonic depositions.
After 100 cases a pattern seems to have emerged re: where most of my cases are coming from. It looks like California, Texas, and New York is where the bulk of my work is coming from these days. It’s not because I’m marketing any differently in those areas. And, it’s certainly not exclusive to those states. I’ve just signed retainer agreements with law firms in Arkansas and South Carolina to be a credit expert witness for two banks that are being sued.
Credit Reporting Expert Witness, John Ulzheimer, is the President of Consumer Education at SmartCredit.com, the credit blogger for Mint.com, and a Contributor for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. John is twice FCRA certified by the credit industry’s trade association. He is an expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert witness who actually comes from the credit industry and has worked for a credit bureau and a credit score developer.